Florida has historically offered affordable real estate given the climate and popularity of the region. However, those who invested during the boom of 2006 unfortunately really took a bath. And not in one of the many beautiful beaches. But like the rest of the country, Orlando is making an effort to rebound.
Still, startups experience the same challenges in Orlando as they do anywhere else. Even though a business can get a suite for under $600 a month, there is rarely enough space for your desk and supplies, let alone to have meetings. This is when booking a meeting room outside of the office can really make a difference – for staff, investors, prospects, and clients.
Orlando has many business events like the Business Growth Expo, so small companies and entrepreneurs can mix and mingle with over 900 of central Florida’s hottest professionals. With over 80 exhibitors and tons of speakers, new startups should saddle up and take that ride, for sure! And while you’re there, what if you make a great hook up? I’m not talking about a romantic fling, but what if you have a chance to pick the brain of a bunch of really smart people?
These events are always great, but they get really noisy and it is hard to have private conversations. Chances are, when you get back home and email all the contacts – many of them won’t even remember who you are, let alone answer your email. The same holds true for LinkedIn — good luck with getting connections after just meeting people for that short period of time.
Here’s an idea. Before an event, book a meeting room as close to the location as possible. Then invite a few people you consider as great to know. It beats hanging out in bars or golf courses. In a meeting room, you can make a presentation and ask questions about things that you can only learn from experience.
Just like when you get a guy or girl’s phone number, if you don’t strike while the iron is hot, you could lose the moment. There is a lot going on at these events that can be very distracting. But if you book a meeting room in Orlando in advance, you can show that you really mean business — and that’s the best thing you can do for your business.