The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’s of Buying Office Furniture

As property managers, we are commonly asked the question, “Where is the best place to buy office furniture?” This is a loaded question, because there are many places to buy office furniture from. The real question is how much are you willing to pay, and what level of quality are you looking for?

Throughout the years we have purchased from them all; Staples, Bush, LOTH, IKEA, Target, and even Meijer. We buy furniture for office models, employees’ offices, and home offices. We also offer furniture packages to our tenants.

Whether you are expanding your office, starting a new satellite location, or turning a great idea into a startup business, you need furniture. That’s why we want to “share the wealth” by giving you our opinion of each brand. They all have their good, bad, and ugly’s, and it’s better to find this out through our first hand experiences rather than going into this challenge blind.

So let us begin…

Staples: They offer a large selection of modern and classic pieces for a variety of prices. You can buy one piece initially and add on attachments later. They deliver and offer assembly. This furniture looks great but does not do well if you have to relocate. http://www.staples.com/Furniture-Chairs-Cabinets/cat_SC2

Bush: Their products are very similar to what you may find at Staples, but better quality. The desks we have from them make for a large work space and look great! They have all kinds of additions you can get to make your office look complete. http://www.bush-furniture-online.com/?source=google_BushFurniture&gclid=COL9hY2XqbwCFStnOgodCg4ACQ

LOTH: You will find furniture with higher price tags but the quality makes up for it. Our trick is to shop the clearance section and hope to get lucky. Finding a piece from LOTH means that you can keep it forever,not to mention the pieces are beautiful. http://www.lothinc.com/loth-outlet/

 

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Valentine’s Day Networking and Tenant Appreciation Event

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“We Love Our Businesses a Brunch”

 

Valentine’s Day will be here soon and hopefully Spring weather will follow soon thereafter!  For the holiday I want to show my appreciation to our business owners for their continued loyalty to doing business at CMC’s Perfect Small Office, Turfway.  I would like to invite you to enjoy your Valentine’s Day with us and attend our……

                                “We Love Our Businesses a Brunch” event!

Please join us on Friday February 14th in the

73 bldg. Lobby & Conference Room

         Brunch treats, hot & cold drinks coupled with great networking    

from 10-11am

 

It will be a great chance to meet your neighbors and see what they have to offer while sharing any specials or opportunities you may have with others as well.   We encourage you to bring your business cards and exchange them like valentines. Make sure to drop your business card in our raffle bowl for your chance to win a LOVELY door prize!

Additionally I will be taking names for those who are interested in having a blog written about your company & its products or services.

 First come first serve limited spots available.

 

Looking forward to seeing you there,

 

George Fiorini & Bill Ring- Turfway Staff

Every Small Business is a Family Business

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Every Small Business is a Family Business

As a commercial property manager, I get to observe people working hard to carve out their piece of the pie. I see the struggles and triumphs of start-ups and small businesses. Better yet, I witness the human qualities of small business owners as they create a life for themselves and for their families. After years of observing entrepreneurs in their natural habitat I have come to the conclusion that every small business is a family business. Traditionally, a family business is defined as “a firm controlled primarily by a family and in which at least two family members work” (Jennings, Breitkreuz & James, 2013, p. 472). This had always been my understanding of a family business prior to managing an office building. I always pictured a father and his sons, a husband and wife or siblings working hard every day, side by side, building a business to pass on to future generations.  After getting a closer look, I see that a family business is not about blood lines or lineage. It’s not about heritage or legacy. A family business is about support, solidarity, encouragement, and never hearing the word “no” when you ask for help. A family business is any business that relies on the day to day support of people who care about its success.  

One of my favorite experiences of managing an office building is getting to meet the family members of the tenants I serve. I meet them for the first time when the glowing small business owner is giving a tour of the new office. I see them when they stop by to help run an errand or deliver emergency purchases from the office supply store. I see them walking briskly determined to help their loved one reach a deadline. I see them helping move items into a bigger office while smiling about what the expansion will mean.  I have seen it many times on their faces, how this is really their business too. They are invested. They have hope for the future success of someone they care about. It is for this reason I assert, that every small business is a family business, maybe not on paper, or on the business letter head, but in the hearts of those who share the dream of a loved one.

 

Reference

Jennings, J. B., Breitkreuz, R. S. & James, A. E. (2013). When Family Members Are Also Business Owners: Is Entrepreneurship Good for Families? Family Relations. 62, 472-489.

Beneficial but Overlooked CMC Office Amenities

CMC’s The Perfect Small Office Tenants are offered a wide array of amenities simply by being Tenants of ANY of the 7 area office complexes. Oftentimes, we get caught up in our business and forget to take advantage of all that surrounds us. Below are some of the commonly overlooked amenities that you can take advantage of immediately!

1.      Conference Rooms

Conference Rooms are available at all sites and are offered to you at a Tenant rate no matter where your CMC office resides. If you are looking for a small meeting space conveniently located closer to your client or need a facility that will host a large seminar, there is bound to be a location that will be happy to accommodate your needs! Many of our area locations are also able to play host to a day office for you.

2.      Fitness Centers

Fitness Centers are located at multiple CMC’s The Perfect Small Office locations as well. What better way to relieve the day to day stress of small business ownership than to jump on the treadmill and watch soap operas during your lunch break? Fitness Centers are also equipped with showers so you can get back to work clean and refreshed, ready to tackle the rest of your To Do List.

3.      Networking Events

Networking Events are critical to most business ventures and we know how hard it is to commit to yearly memberships with elite networking groups. CMC hosts monthly, non-membership, networking seminars at the Blue Ash Office Center brought to you by Market and Profit (MAP). This event is FREE to CMC Tenants with lunch catered by Raffel’s Catering. You can register for the next event at www.MarketAndProfit.com. CMC also hosts various events at each site throughout the year which you can stay up to date on through the site’s Facebook Page or the Quarterly Newsletter.

Many CMC Property Managers are also Licensed Notary Publics and are happy to notarize business or personal documents for you. Consult with your Property Manager if you are interested in utilizing any of the above, often overlooked, amenities and would like more information. We are here to help you and your company succeed!

Social Interaction vs Social Media

Working from home sounds ideal, right? Sure, there are benefits of not getting dressed in the morning or that dreaded commute….in the snow! We all have thought about the luxury of being able to relax at home or getting dinner in the crock pot before we start our workday.  We think about  the time we would be spending on our normal morning routines and having flexibility in our schedules to accommodate life. How could there ever be a disadvantage of working from home?

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Demystifying Small Business Blogging

Blogging Misses the Cut for Small Business Priorities

If you own or lead a small business, you are familiar with the vast number of tasks that need to be completed on a daily basis jut to keep the doors open. Priorities like paying suppliers, managing payroll, invoicing and sales probably top the list.

Over the past few years social media and blogging have become a big conversation piece in the small business world and have left many small business owners feeling a bit on the outside as to how to approach these new media opportunities in a way to maximize their businesses.

Hence the reason that blogging and social media aren’t on the “high priority” list.

The biggest reason for this is probably the fact that measurement in the new media arena is still hard to come by and what can’t be measured becomes incredibly hard to invest in.

However, the fear of not participating is causing a lot of companies to jump into social and blogging (content) activities. However the approach is more of a “check the box” rather than a strategy that works.

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