Virtual Office Business Model Becoming an Attractive Alternative to Traditional Office Space in Queens NY

a great place to workVirtual office services and serviced office space are quickly becoming a favored alternative to traditional office space in Queens, New York.

The Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows , which opened in October of 2011, is the first such office center to open in the borough of Queens, and has already attracted over one hundred tenants and virtual tenants!

I am a personal believer in the virtual office business model for small businesses. It’s such a practical and cost-effective alternative to traditional office space, it is just a matter of time before it changes the office rental marketplace forever.

The borough of Queens, NY, is a latecomer to the virtual office concept. It’s somewhat surprising, considering the fact that the idea has been around for a while, and that it’s such an important component of the marketplace for office space in Manhattan. I believe that the economy ofQueens, which consists primarily of small businesses, makes the virtual office model particularly relevant.

Over 100 companies have joined the Queens Executive Office Center since it opened last year. Nearly 40% of the firms are attorneys. They are the ideal candidates for this type of office space. A lot of them don’t really need full time office space, just a place to meet an occasional client. We have quite a few social workers and accountants, as well. But the rest of the companies span the professional and entrepreneurial spectrum from environmental consultants to real estate brokers.

This past week, the Executive Office Center was joined by the Law offices of Heath Goldstein & Caitlin Donahue, Expert Elevator Corp, Best Senior Home Care, the Eilav Law Firm and Lynx Electrical Corp.

When I started out in business 35 years ago, I wish I could have opened an office in Queens for $39/month and look like the consummate professional! With the advent of virtual offices, you can make it appear as if you have already conquered the world!

Why is this man upset with the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows?

How Albert Einstein and Virtual Offices have Changed the Way we View Time and Space

great place to playDuring the course of the last two thousand years, science has dramatically changed the way we view and understand time and space. For the better part of this period, the civilized world subscribed to the Ptolemaic, or geocentric model of the universe, which placed the earth at the center of the solar system. In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus, stood the world on its head, with his introduction of a heliocentric model – placing the sun at the center of the universe.

Since then, we’ve been shaken up a good deal more than that. Scientists now tell us that space and time were born some 13.7 billion years ago, with the big bang. Far from being at the center at the universe, our solar system, along with everything else in the cosmos, is moving with great speed away from its original point of origin.

Albert Einstein, with his Theory of Special Relativity, helped us understand why we don’t have to hold on to our chairs while we go hurtling through space. Actually, no one in the world understands this, save for a few mathematicians of the same rank, but he made it digestible for us simple folk.

Imagine, he said, that we are standing on the ground, watching an airplane sail across the sky. It appears to move slowly. However, if we were standing on a cloud right next to it, it would appear to rush past us at tremendous speed. Yet, the people inside the plane hardly feel as if they are moving at all.

In the good old days, we used to think of space as something finite, measured by length, width and height. Einstein threw in a fourth dimension – time. Einstein perceived that space around mass was actually curved. And that’s not all. Time, as it turns out, is not linear at all. It actually slows down as you approach the speed of light.

Enough about Einstein, however. In the last twenty years, there has also been a re-conceptualization of time and space in the universe of commercial real estate. Fortunately this revolution in is much less abstract. Once we believed that an office space could only be leased by a single entity for a prescribed period of time.

This idea has been replaced by a virtual office model, which allows multiple tenants to coexist simultaneously in the same space. The Queens NY office building now known as the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows was once home to First Choice Real Estate – a single tenant – for over twenty years. Now, the same space is the professional business address of over 150 different companies. This doesn’t have anything to do with space being curved or time being relative. It merely allows multiple tenants to utilize the same space at different times.

A lot of business owners here in Queens New York and elsewhere – people who work out of their homes, for example – are not familiar with the concept of virtual offices. They may associate the world virtual with ethereal or intangible. But the space and services provided by the Executive Office Center and other office business centers are very real, and very inexpensive. They include personalized Queens telephone answering, telephone and internet service, Queens mailbox rental, access to ready to use office space and conference rooms, and much much more.

In just two decades, the concept has spread across the globe, and can be found in every major metropolitan center in the world. It is such a practical and cost effective alternative to traditional office space, it is just a matter of time before it changes the rental marketplace forever.

Is a Virtual Office a Real Office?

a real officeI like the definition of the word, “virtual” in the Merriam-Webster Learners Dictionary. It defines it as “very close to being something without actually being it.” That, in essence, is the definition of a virtual office. A virtual office is something very close to being an office, without actually being one.

It’s not something ethereal or intangible like the concept of virtual reality. We don’t put you to sleep and plant a subliminal notion in your mind that you have an office, where you can hang out at the water cooler with gorgeous members of the opposite sex. There are things that are real and there are things belong in the realm of fantasy. We’re talking about something real, functional, and utterly practical.

At the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows, located in Queens NY, a virtual office is an office that you can use on on as-need basis. It’s not an office that you can move in to and decorate. The offices are already decorated. You can bring a picture of your family, and place it on the desk while you work, if you like. You can use one of our offices for an hour, for a day, for a week – whatever you need – and pay for it by the hour. Prospective tenants of the Executive Office Center have a range of virtual office service packages to choose from, as well. You can see them online at: http://executiveofficefm.com/virtual.htm.

Most of our tenants use our office suites as a place to meet clients. These rooms are usually used for meetings with individuals or two to three people. If you need to meet with a larger group, you can use the Executive Conference Room, which seats twelve around the table. We have about forty attorneys who regularly use our offices, and nearly ten psychotherapists, as well. The other tenants of the Executive Office Center are mostly small businesses and non-profit organizations. All of our tenants are featured on our consumer website: http://everythingunder1roof.com/

Can you use the Executive Office Center as a regular business address? Of course. A listing of your business is placed in the lobby, along with other tenants and virtual tenants of the office building. You can use the address on your stationary, and as a reference location for Google and other search engines.

Can you use the office to receive mail? Yes. At the Executive Office Center, you get your own secure mailbox. Even better than that, we’ll receive your packages, Fed Ex envelopes, and even call you if it looks like something important.

Having a virtual office (or a serviced office suite) at the Executive Office Center is better than having a regular office in a lot of ways. You don’t have the burdensome fixed costs associated with a traditional office space. You also don’t pay for for internet service or telephone use. At the Executive Office Center, it’s on the house.

And there are other significant benefits as well. We have a receptionist who can provide you with personalized telephone answering. You have to pay for it, of course – but not much. One thing for certain is that it’s much less expensive than hiring a personal receptionist. Our receptionist also courteously greets your clients when they come into the office building.

Additionally, there is a beautiful cafeteria, where you can have lunch, watch TV, grab a cup of coffee, or enjoy a snack or a can of soda from one of the vending machines.

And let me add one more thing about the aforementioned Executive Conference Room. It is equipped with a 46″ wide screen HDTV, ideal for videoconferencing and/or business presentations.

So, is a virtual office a real office? It’s real, alright. In many ways, it’s better than a real office. And it’s a real deal for anyone who comprehends its exceptional value.

Queens NY Start ups Find a Home at the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows

2RQK_101executive_r3_c1Queens NY Start-ups Find a Home at the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows
In Queens, NY, start-up companies no longer have to be relegated to the basement or gargage. There is a home for them at the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows, Queens’ premier provider of virtual office services and serviced office space.

Since opening in October,2010, more than 50 start-ups have joined the Queens business center, which caters to small businesses and solo professionals. (See the new popular new video about the Executive Office Center,”Down with Virtual Offices!”

“Virtual office services are the perfect fit for start-up companies, which have to operate on a very lean budget,” according to Executive Director Jack Blumner. “It’s also a perfect fit for Queens, because the Queens economy is largely composed of small businesses.”

“Many start-ups operate out of the house – like the legendary Steve Jobs, who started Apple, Inc. in his his garage. But the garage isn’t the ideal place to meet with clients or prospective clients. That’s where we come in,” said Mr. Blumner. “A virtual office service plan at the Executive Office Center allows you to meet people in one of our beautiful meeting rooms, or in the executive conference room, on as-need basis, at a decidedly nominal cost.”

“We also offer such services as mail acceptance, and personalized telephone answering services, ” he added.

“Furthermore, certain types of businesses are regulated by the state or by the city of New York, and are required to have a commercial business address,” said Mr. Blumner. “Electricians, for example, who want to work within the five boroughs of New York, must have a commercial business address within city limits to meet NYC Department of Buildings licensing requirements.”

“Certain other businesses, such as home care agencies, are regulated by the state, and are also required to have a legal NYC commercial address if they want to operate within the five boroughs. The Executive Office Center offers the most economical way of fulfilling those licensing requirements,” said Mr. Blumner.

About the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows:

The Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows, located in Queens, New York, offers two economical alternatives to traditional office space – serviced office space and virtual office services. New York. It is perfect for Queens attorneys and other professionals and entrepreneurs in need of a full-time or part-time professional address in Queens. Day suites and conference rooms are also available to business travelers to New York at hourly, daily and weekly rates.

For further information, visit the Executive Office Center at http://www.executiveofficefm.com, or call Associate Director, Mary Abrams, at 718-475-2121.

Read more: Queens Examiner – Queens NY Start ups Find a Home at the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows

High Demand for Virtual Office Services in Queens Makes Fresh Meadows Office Center New Business Hub

2RQK_101executive_r3_c1There are an estimated 50,000 small businesses in the borough of Queens, and many of them appear to be headed over to the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows for virtual office services.

Owners Steven and Jack Blumner perceived the demand for flexible office space in Queens when they decided to open the Executive Office Center in 2011, but Executive Director, Jack Blumner, admits that he did not predict the extent of it. Last month, after being open for a little more than a year, the Executive Office Center signed up its 100th tenant.

The roster of the Executive Office Center presently includes 35 attorneys, half a dozen realtors, 5 accountants, and 5 social workers. The rest of the tenants run the gamut of business enterprises from business loan consulting to wedding DJ services.

“Queens is not a borough of Rockefellers,” said Executive Director Jack Blumner. “The borough’s 2.3 million people is overwhelmingly middle-class. They don’t need floor to ceiling windows with a view of the Manhattan skyline. What they need is high quality flexible office space at an affordable price, and that’s exactly what they get at the Executive Office Center.

The Executive Office Center offers two alternatives to economy-minded companies, full-service furnished office space and Queens virtual office services.

When you rent an office at the Executive Office Center, your monthly rent covers all of your expenses, including telephone and internet service, utilities, cleaning, lobby reception and telephone answering. If you don’t need an office on a full time basis, but only for part time or occasional use, you can become a virtual tenant of the Executive Office Center for as little as $39/month.

On Sunday, March 4, 12:00 to 4:00, the Executive Office Center will hold an open house to showcase its office suites and virtual office services.

“It’s almost springtime,” said Mr. Blumner. “Spring means growth. That applies to the plants and trees that have lain dormant all winter, but it is also a time when businesses come out of hibernation, too.”

About the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows:

The Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows is the premier provider of serviced office space and virtual office services in the borough of Queens, New York. Day suites and conference rooms are available at hourly, daily and weekly rates. High quality videoconferencing services are also available at the office center.

For further information, visit the Executive Office Center online at www.executiveofficefm.com, or call Associate Director, Mary Abrams at 718-475- 2121.

Read more: Queens Examiner – High Demand for Virtual Office Services in Queens Makes Fresh Meadows Office Center New Business Hub

Fresh Mdws. center to celebrate one year

fmofficecenter_ft_2011_10_13_q_howard_iWhen Jack Blumner and his brother, Steven Blumner, opened the Executive Office Center in Fresh Meadows one year ago, all they had was a dream.

Now the center, which provides temporary office space for up-start companies and professionals such as attorneys, contractors and realtors, has 75 tenants, including 16 permanent ones.

“I had no tenants a year ago,” Jack Blumner said Monday at the center, at 61-43 186th St., where photos of the borough’s past, including shots of the U.N. General Assembly declaring Israel a state in 1947 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, decorate the walls. “I’ve gone from zero to 75 tenants in a year. It’s exciting to see a vision becoming a reality.”

The building where the center now stands was constructed in 1990 and was the home of First Choice Real Estate, the borough’s top residential real estate company, until it was sold to the conglomerate NRT Inc., which closed in August 2009 and sold the property to the Blumner brothers.

The brothers renovated the building before opening it as the Executive Office Center Oct. 7, 2010.

“The concept of the building is it’s an executive suite center,” Jack Blumner said. “It’s sort of like a business hotel. In a tough market, we thought it would be a good idea to convert this building into this type of office space.”

Jack Blumner said the space is used by up-start companies or other professionals in the early years of their careers who need to keep a professional appearance.

The center uses a tiered pricing model and gives you access to office services, such as a mailbox, personalized reception service, telephone service and a conference room, depending on which tier you choose.

“I think [the center is] perfectly suited to Queens because of the thousands of small businesses in Queens,” Blumner said.

In addition to 16 permanent tenants, the center has 60 “virtual” tenants that have the opportunity to use the office on an a la carte basis.

“This becomes a branch office for them, but not a permanent branch office,” Blumner explained.

He said the center is ideal for attorneys and realtors who need to meet clients.

“When they need to meet clients or use a conference room, they usually give us a holler,” Blumner said. “This is the kind of model that will allow them to meet clients in a professional environment.”

Reach reporter Howard Koplowitz by e-mail at hkoplowitz@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4573.

One Queens Office Building Does More Than Offer Space For Rent It Offers To Help Its Tenants Make More Money

2RQK_101executive_r3_c1By Michelle Baus

Executive Office Center owners, Jack and Steven Blumner may have hit upon a novel idea when they opened their state-of-the-art business center in the fall. The brothers, former owners of First Choice Real Estate, once the top selling residential brokerage in Queens, are not merely landlords. They are actively engaged in helping their tenants make more money.

Since opening in October, the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows has attracted 50 tenants and virtual tenants, including seventeen attorneys. “We’re right on schedule,” says Executive Director Jack Blumner, who expects that number to double by the end of the year.

The Executive Office Center, offering serviced office suites and virtual offices, is the first such business center to open in the borough of Queens. There are scores of executive suite office centers in Manhattan and Long Island, but none until now in the densely populated borough of Queens.

Executive suite centers typically offer a menu of administrative services to their tenants, but supplementing these services with marketing support elevates the concept of serviced office space to a new level.

Jack and Steven Blumner are no strangers to marketing. In the 1990s they made their company, First Choice Real Estate, a household name in Queens by sending out millions of pieces direct mail to homeowners in the borough. Now they are using the World Wide Web to help accomplish their objectives.

What they have done is to develop two consumer websites to help promote and facilitate business for their tenants, as a value added benefit. The two websites are www.everythingunder1roof.com and www.queensforless.com.

• www.everythingunder1roof.com is a business directory of the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows tenants that shortcuts the customer’s hunt for business and professional services in Queens. There are presently 50 companies affiliated with the office center. In time, there will be several hundred, says Mr. Blumner, “and we want Queens consumers to know that they can find virtually everything they need right here under one roof.”

• www.queensforless.com offers coupon discounts for Queens neighborhood stores and restaurants, while featuring the professional and business services of the Executive Office Center’s tenants. Consumers are lured to the website by attractive retail discounts. Once there, they also find the many different professional and business services offered by tenants of the Executive Office Center.

Tenants of the Executive Office Center are also featured on the 16 foot LED display that faces the busy parking lot of the Fresh Meadows shopping center.

The Executive Office Center is the perfect place for attorneys and other solo professionals and small companies doing business in the borough of Queens. It is ideal for companies that need a branch or satellite office in the borough. The Executive Office Center is also the closest office business center to JFK and LaGuardia airports. Business travelers to New York may wish to take advantage of the building’s close proximity to the airports. Day suites and conference rooms are available at hourly, daily and weekly rates.

For further information, visit the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows online at www.executiveofficefm.com, or call Associate Director Mary Abrams at 718-475-2121.

Read more: Queens Examiner – One Queens Office Building Does More Than Offer Space For Rent It Offers To Help Its Tenants Make More Money

www Queensforless com to provide discounts to Queens neighborhood stores and restaurants

JSB0_queens_for_less_logoThe Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows is pleased to announce the launch of the first dot com from within the new business center, www.queensforless.com. The new website offers coupon and professional discounts to many neighborhood stores and restaurants in northern Queens.

“Queens for Less is a valuable resource for Queens consumers,” according to Jack Blumner, developer of the new website. “There’s no longer any need to wait for that special offer in the mail or that circular to arrive in your driveway. Now, before you step out the door to go shopping, you can visit www.queensforless.com first and print discount coupons for many of your favorite merchants and service vendors in northern Queens.”

The website officially launches on 1/11/11, featuring stores and restaurants in zip codes 11365 and 11366, with a mailing to residents of the two zip codes. “That is ground zero for the website,” said Mr. Blumner. “From there, it will pick up advertisers in Bayside and Flushing before branching out through northern and western and ultimately south Queens.”

All advertisements on the site are free to participating businesses and restaurants until April 30, 2011.

“This is an ambitious venture. Queens is huge. We need to be as methodical as possible

in order to build a resource that will benefit all the residents of northern Queens,” said Mr. Blumner.

The Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows, which opened three months ago, is one of the most innovative new office buildings in Queens, offering “instant” offices and custom virtual office solutions for professionals and business. It aims to become a major launching pad for dot com enterprises, like www.queensforless.com.

“If you’ve got a great idea for a website or small business,” you can open an office at the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows for a s little as $149.00 per month,” according to Associate Director Mary Abrams. There are other significant benefits that come with being a tenant at the new executive office center. “One of the unique aspects of our office building is that we offer marketing support to help our tenants get more business,” said Ms. Abrams.

The Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows is already home to more than two dozen professional and businesses from attorneys to web designers. “It’s objective is to provide a one stop business resource center, where neighborhood residents can find an attorney, an accountant, an insurance broker, and dozens of other types of service oriented businesses. Our goal is to turn the building into a concierge service center for the community,” said Ms. Abrams, who anticipates the day when the building will be home to more than one hundred such businesses.

Read more: Queens Examiner – www Queensforless com to provide discounts to Queens neighborhood stores and restaurants

Executive Office Center Offers Work Space At Affordable Rent

One of the many historic photographs of Queens on display at the new Executive Office Center in Fresh Meadows. This image depicts the Flushing Post Office that was located on Main Street in 1898. Courtesy Queens Historical Society
One of the many historic photographs of Queens on display at the new Executive Office Center in Fresh Meadows. This image depicts the Flushing Post Office that was located on Main Street in 1898. Courtesy Queens Historical Society
A display of historic images of Queens, culled from the archives of the Queens Historical Society, was shown to the public as part of an open house preview of the Executive Office Center building.

The new facility, 61-43 186th St., Fresh Meadows, provides office space rentals for those who run their own business yet have no established or long-term office space.

At Executive Office Center, tenants co-exist in a shared office environment.

More than forty images, strategically placed in each room, depict people and places in Queens from the late 19th century through the 20th century and illustrate dramatically how life and the geography of the borough has changed over the course of the last 150 years.

Local Fresh Meadows residents who were present at the event marveled at a 1952 image of the Horn & Hardart Food Company, now Hooters off Horace Harding Boulevard and reminisced about the auto shows that took place in the parking lot of the Fresh Meadows shopping center shown in a photograph from 1953. Another image, dated 1895, showed the Van Siclen farm, at the corner of Utopia Parkway and Union Turnpike, the present day site of St. John’s University in Jamaica.

Executive Office Center provides office space rentals for those who run their own business yet have no established or long-term office space with rent as low as $750 per month. Photo Jason D. Antos
Executive Office Center provides office space rentals for those who run their own business yet have no established or long-term office space with rent as low as $750 per month. Photo Jason D. Antos
Some of the photographs include the Flushing Post Office and its employees as they were in 1895, a 1905 print of the Queens Library in Queens Village, a parade down Northern Boulevard in 1902 for the election of Joseph Cassidy, candidate for Queens Borough President.
Also on display is a picture of Bayside’s own “Gentleman” Jim Corbett, the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1892 to 1897, out for a buggy ride with his wife in 1903.

Other lost treasures included the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Park that was the temporary headquarters of the United Nations from 1946 to 1951, before it moved to its present location on the east side of Manhattan. It was here in the United Nations General Assembly room that the State of Israel was voted into existence in 1948.

Executive Office Center is a prime example of the concept of what is known as a virtual office.

“A virtual office allows a company to operate off-premises and yet receive many of the benefits of an actual long-term tenant,” Owner Jack Blummer explained.

Each office is handsomely furnished with the latest office equipment with rent as low as $750 per month.

Services provided and covered by the rent include lobby reception and waiting area, utility expenses, conference room, personal mailbox, parcel pickup and acceptance and cleaning service.

Telephone, voicemail, high speed Internet, copy services are also available for a nominal fee.

For more information, visit www.executiveofficefm.com.

Historic Images of Queens on Display At the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows

One of the 40 historic images of Queens that line the hallways of Executive Center. Read more: Queens Examiner - Historic Images of Queens on Display At the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows
One of the 40 historic images of Queens that line the hallways of Executive Center.
Read more: Queens Examiner – Historic Images of Queens on Display At the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows
A display of historic images of Queens, obtained from the Queens Historical Society will be open to the public on Sunday, November 14, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows.

The images, which depict life in Queens from the late 19th century through the 20th century, illustrate dramatically how the borough of Queens – and of course, life itself – has changed over the course of the past one hundred years.

An image of the quaint wooden structure of the Flushing Post Office, from 1895, is remarkable in its disparity from the hectic service center it is today. Similarly, the Queens Library of today bears little resemblance to an image of the institution in 1905.

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, would no doubt be amused by a photograph showing a parade in 1902 for the election of Joseph Cassidy for Queens Borough President.

Residents of Fresh Meadows will take special interest in many of the photos on display at the Executive Office Center. Only local senior citizens will remember that present day Hooters, at 193-03 Horace Harding Blvd, was once the home of the Horn & Hardart Food Co. (shown in 1952). There is a picture of an auto show in the parking lot of the Fresh Meadows shopping center in 1953. Another image, dated 1895, shows the Van Siclen farm, at the corner of Utopia Parkway and Union Turnpike, the present day site of St. John’s University,

Also on display is a picture of Bayside’s own “Gentleman” Jim Corbett, the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1892 to 1897, out for a buggy ride with his wife in 1903.

Few people may recall that the a NYC building in Flushing Meadows Park was the temporary headquarters of the United Nations from 1946 to 1951, before it moved to its present location on the east side of Manhattan. The conference room of the Executive Office Center is graced by an image of the United Nations General Assembly voting the state of Israel into existence in 1948.

A photographic retrospective of Queens would not be complete without pictures of the Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadow Park. There are images in the hallway outside the conference room showing the opening and closing days of the 1964 Worlds Fair.

For further information about the gallery event, contact Executive Office Center Associate Director, Mary Abrams, at 718-475-2121. The office building is accessible by the Q-17 bus, which stops nearby at the intersection of Horace Harding and 188th Street, and by the Q-30 and Q-31 buses, which stop at Utopia Parkway and 64th Ave.

Read more: Queens Examiner – Historic Images of Queens on Display At the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows

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