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Today marks the 11th anniversary of that fateful day. I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news in the morning, and the devastating scenes of the planes flying into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania will forever be etched into my mind. We will always remember and empathize with the thousands of people whose lives were changed forever on 9/11, and send our thoughts and prayers to their families and friends. We have shown remarkable resolve during the tough times we’ve faced, from the 9/11 terror attacks and subsequent two wars in the Middle East, to political turmoil and an economic recession at home. We have worked together to encourage freedom and get our country back on the right trick.
In the aftermath of 9/11, we stood with the victims and their families, and we also stood with each other. Today should be a day of remembering and grieving, but it should be a day of reflection; a day to look back at the past 11 years and how, despite how much adversity we’ve faced, we have been able to get back on track and truly be the UNITED States of America. This is why our country is so strong.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends today. We will never forget, and we will never struggle to end extremism and stand together to fight oppression.
A 2011 study from the Center for Marketing Research was conducted with the Inc. Magazines top 500 fastest growing companies to determine how the Internet and social media are affecting businesses.
The results of the research find a significant increase in the use of social media, including sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and others. These fast growing businesses are also incorporating mobile applications for smart phones, iPads and tablets, as well as continuing to leverage email, text messaging and blogging.
The study shows that 74% of the Inc. 500 companies are using Facebook as part of their marketing strategy, and 73% are using LinkedIn. 88% find social media important to generate a business website traffic, and 81% find it important for lead generation.
What does this mean for entrepreneurs and small business owners?
As part of your business planning process, you should have an online business presence and include social media as part of your marketing strategy. Because so many businesses are going where their customers are which is online it is critical that your business has a presence as well.
The next concern is cost and resources to manage all the aspects of an online business. A virtual office is a new trend that has helped many small companies with their online business management. Virtual office services can include:
- A business street address to use instead of a residential address
- Conference call and conference room services
- Wireless internet connectivity for webinars and working online
- Phone and fax services with call forwarding to your cell if needed
- Professional answering services and voicemail
- Meeting facilities and office space to present a professional image
Instead of using your home office and phone, a virtual office can give you a true professional image without the expense of leasing separate office space.
The New York City of United States is a leading global city exerting a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture and entertainment. New York is unique among American cities of its high use of and 24-hour availability of mass transit and for the overall density and diversity of population. And imagine your companyâ€™s physical presence in the heart of New York City, the worldâ€™s business and entertainment capital! Whether you want to impress your clients, build a professional image or think about partners, a New York City presence will help you definitely.
A great business presence is important for any company and the internet has revolutionized the way business is done to make it easier and faster. A Manhattan business address is world recognized for prestige and value. However, it is too expensive for a company to open a satellite office or rent an office space. To meet this growing demand, virtual offices are ideal for small and home based businesses. It is a perfect way to enhance your company image and reach new and potential customers without spending overhead. With facilities like meeting place, conference rooms and other office facilities, it is still a great way to keep the physical presence of a big company and impress your clients. You can sound even bigger, when your virtual Manhattan office answers calls from your clients. It provides freedom, flexibility and cost savings that the current business climate demands.
The costs of setting an office in New York, employing a secretary or receptionist and installing phone, fax and other facilities can run into thousands of dollars. And within a fraction of costs, you can use a number of services provided by a virtual offices like mail forwarding, telephone answering and on-demand meeting rooms, which is ideal for any kind of businesses, who wants a corporate presence in New York City. It is a profitable alternative to paying high rent, as it is not always feasible to open an office in a city like New York.
A New York virtual office service generally includes-
Call forwarding to any location
Unique New York City telephone number
Voicemails and faxes delivered to you/as per your instruction
Prestigious New York address
Access to office space and conference rooms
Give your business a New York presence. If your business does not need a full-time office space and at the same time, you want a high profile New York City address, virtual office is the ideal solution for you. With a virtual office in New York, you are in business for real with a local phone number, auto attendant, call screening and forwarding, voice mail, message and fax delivery, meeting/conference rooms as and when needed basis.