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Founded in October, 2008, the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce is committed to the growth and development of our member partners. Our goal is to facilitate the economic empowerment of minority-owned businesses in Northern Virginia and of those businesses that wish to partner with them. Through our initiatives, the Chamber provides leadership, advocacy and support for the economic development of minority communities in Northern Virginia. We serve members in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and Prince William County, as well as the municipalities within the region. The Chamber is a member of the National Black Chamber of Commerce.
“Efficiency in operating cost is the most important part that we sell to our customer. That is one of the reasons why we at GL-Solutions choose Intelligent Office to provide all the answers, solutions and effectiveness that we need in an efficient and cost effective manner. Intelligent Office and their personnel have been able to provide GL-Solutions with the perfect framework of operation and continuing support for our growth.” - Gregory Llinas, GL Solutions
Elizabeth Scott Consulting is an organized development consulting firm that works with clients to develop systems and strategies to improve their effectiveness and promote a sustainable organization.
"Intelligent Office had helped me leverage my business model and gives me a professional image to share with clients. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and always willing to go the extra mile. The facility is breathtaking, well maintained, and beautifully designed. I would, without hesitation, refer any business owner in need of virtual, on-demand or dedicated services and space." -Elizabeth Scott
For over 15 years Cary Gray Kelly has been helping leaders and organizations succeed. She brings that experience to her coaching of today’s executives, tomorrow’s leaders, and those who seek to lead a fulfilling life.
"Many thanks for holding down the fort – you don’t know how much I value you!"
"This was lovely space and we really, really, thank you for the use of it for our Continuing Legal Education classes. Everyone noticed the décor—so beautiful, quiet, and conducive to pondering deep legal issues. Thanks also for the use of the copier – it made a difference to me since I could stay on site as all the lawyers came and went. I was doing a bit of work, but could still check the door – Thanks for saving me the trip to Office Depot." -Sidoux
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest and most effective chambers in the Greater Washington region, with 1000 business members who employ more than 49,000 people. Governed by a 33-member Board of Directors, the Alexandria Chamber is one of the oldest chambers in the country, having been founded in 1906, before the United States Chamber of Commerce. The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice of business in the City of Alexandria through its aggressive lobbying efforts at the local, state and federal levels. In addition, the Chamber offers a variety of programs and services to assist member firms in promoting and expanding their business base. The Alexandria Chamber is also proud to host the Leadership Alexandria program and the Alexandria Small Business Development Center. Intelligent Office of Alexandria proudly provides Intelligent Assistant services for the Chamber. You can find us at many of their events.
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Matt Whitaker to Kick Off Exit Planning BootCamp Series at Intelligent Office
Alexandria, Virginia - October 5, 2015 - On Tuesday this week, Intelligent Office of Alexandria will host the first session in an eight-part Exit Planning Boot Camp, targeted at business owners who are thinking about planning for their future.The series is being organized and sponsored by Quantive Valuations, an Intelligent Office client that provides valuation services for businesses of all types.
Matt Whitaker, the owner of Intelligent Office of Alexandria, will deliver the first session of the series, titled “An Overview of Exit Planning.”In addition to operating Intelligent Office, Matt is also a Mergers and Acquisitions advisor with Clear Rock M&A Advisory services, where he works with the owners of lower middle market companies who are seeking to sell their businesses or buy other companies.
“This first session is really the survey course,” said Matt.“We’re going to discuss why it’s important for all business owners to have an exit plan, and we’re going to review the different parts of the plan and define the set of advisors that can help an owner create and execute a successful exit.”
“Most small business owners have up to 80% of their wealth tied up in their business,” said Dan Doran, owner of Quantive Valuations.“But many of the owners we work with are so tied up in the day to day activities of running the business that they fail to plan ahead.In a best case, they leave a lot of money on the table in the sale of the business or in a lack of tax planning and estate management.In a worst case, they are never able to retire.”
A thorough Exit Plan starts with the personal goals of the business owner including a personal financial plan, and an assessment of the current value of the business.Once those are established, the owner can take concrete steps to grow the business and exit on his or her own terms.
“Many businesses get sold when a buyer happens to come along and knock on the door,” said Matt.“An owner with an exit plan that is well thought out will be in a better position to respond when he or she gets those calls.”
Of course, Intelligent Office has hosted many events over the years.If you have attended one, you’re used to seeing Matt welcome the guests and introduce the speaker.“I’m ready to step into the spotlight on this one,” said Matt.“Usually I can sit on the sidelines and toss out a few smart comments.But this issue is so important.I’ve worked with a number of business owners who wanted to sell their companies but had not taken the right steps to prepare the company to get the highest value.If we can help even a few of our audience members to take the first few steps, then it will be a great day.”
While last week we focused on one of the most efficient organizations in Alexandria – the Albert V. Bryan “Rocket Docket” Courthouse – today we turn to one that has caught a lot of criticism over the years for having a notoriously tedious process: the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Previously comparable to a horse and buggy, they’re hoping the PTO can become a freight train with John B. Owens II as the chief engineer. Not usually a bureaucracy that garners much attention, the USPTO has had its share of the limelight recently; first with their announcement of satellite offices, second their vast modernization of their DC office, and thirdly, the Washington Redskins patent being reviewed and cancelled.
Located one block from Intelligent Office of Alexandria, the Patent and Trademark Office announced it would have remote offices in every time zone in the US. Dallas, Detroit, Sacramento, and Denver are all looking forward to the new jobs that will be created, especially Denver’s which a USPTO press release estimated “will create an estimated 130 high-quality, good-paying jobs, eventually housing patent examiners, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges.” As an office that values creativity we couldn’t be more pleased to see the expansion provide better accessibility to those wanting to get involved with the progression of technology. Many of our clients – especially those like Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Sev1Tech – promote learning in the community, and their investments will pay off in academic and economic growth for years.
No matter the economic growth, the modernization of the patent office seems to have slowed production for at least the time being. One employee mentioned taking off days from work because the building was under repair. Often time progression comes at an expense, but this seems to be a long-term investment. Owens was recently reviewed in the Washington Post relatively favorably, and he focused primarily on rapid development and agility within their office. These goals, set to be the next up-and-coming modern bureaucracy, seem to be paying off. With the expansions across America and a thorough review process, the USPTO has done its best to make changes as seamlessly as possible. Innovation is essential to a successful company, and the Patent Office is doing what it can to increase creativity and to decrease any roadblocks in the creative process. Mr. Owens stated his belief firmly that he “believes our founding fathers were right in protecting someone’s intellectual property.” He goes on to mention the lengthy process is one that will cause more heartache as inventors see their projects drag on. This transition to agile development has a heavy, much-needed focus on functioning consistency.
One final thing that has drawn attention is the name change for the Washington Redskins football team. Although a decision was made by the review board to cancel the trademark, the appeal process will allow Dan Snyder to keep the name pending final verdict. As a wider-reaching effect, the lingering notion that a handful of board members could have such a wide influence on one of the most recognized brands in sports does seem to be weighing heavily on those wary of too much government involvement. The same situation happened before where the Redskins won the appeal, and they’ve stayed as such until now. We’ll be waiting to see if things stick this time around too. No matter what they’re in the news for, the US Patent and Trade Office seem to be making their mark, and we’re glad we’re close enough to see it.
Fondly referred to as the “Rocket Docket,” the Eastern District of Virginia Court has built a reputation as the surefire way to expedite a ruling, making it a popular initial step for plaintiffs. Plaintiffs have the advantage of knowing the litigation plans, the EDVA does not require a prefiling notice, and since decisions are usually made in less than a year, time is of the essence. Starting the tradition years ago was the judge this courthouse is named after: Albert Vickers Bryan. He set the trends that are still continued in many aspects of the courthouse today; the architecture focuses on pointed accuracy, there’s an understanding of no-nonsense manageability, and tight security is in place discouraging anything that might so much as set off a scanner. My favorite part of the courthouse though is their ability to balance the succinctness of efficiency with the cordialness of a truly effective system; it seems that when things are running smoothly people are more pleasant, and the employees at the courthouse are easy to work with.
For nearly the past forty years the Court has taken on some of the most important cases, many of which have to deal in international law and, because the Patent and Trademark Office is in its jurisdiction (located only one block away), intellectual property. Patent law cases are resolved in an average of less than eight months, placing them first out of all 94 District Courts in civil litigation time. Although patents may be one of their specialties, they don’t waste time in other case matters either. Besides the speed of proceedings, the Rocket Docket has also gained prestige through some of the cases it’s handled. Bryan Sr. was the one who paved the way for the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision with his ruling for racial integration in schools, and his son, Albert V. Bryan Jr. (also a federal judge) was notorious for making rulings as soon as arguments had concluded. Zacarias Moussaoui, suspected of Al-Qaida involvement was tried and indicted on terrorist charges in correlation with the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. Recently of note eleven men were tried and sentenced in relation to the Somali Pirate hostage situation; the first sentences were served on August 22, 2011, a mere seven months after the events occurred. Through all of these difficult sentences, the justice system has remained intact and been embodied by the fairness of the Eastern District Court.
Needing to try a case in a court such as this can be intimidating, but there are ways around the stresses. One of the top ways to increase manageability, especially in this area, is by cutting down on your commute. Traveling from a firm to the courthouse, and then around the area without having a home base can be nerve-wracking and distract you from the litigation you need to attend to. Our office is a mere three minute walk from the courthouse, and the easy accessibility give you as much control over the litigation process as possible. With space ranging from small offices to large conference rooms available by the day, week or month, we can help with hectic schedules and the pressure of needing immediate action. Following the standards set by the courthouse, we also are able to keep your things secure, under lock and key for as long as you need. If you have a case coming up at the Rocket Docket give us a call, stop in for a visit, and get going!
Congratulations to the staff and board at our client the American School Counselor Association! Their yearly conference was a hit, and Michelle Obama's speech was poignant and touching - and the extra exposure for their organization was a great bonus too!
The collaboration needed to pull off this feat was no small undertaking, and it was great to be part of such an influential meeting. We were pleased to take the load off of their staffers by handling their phone calls, registering participants for the conference and workshops, and renewing memberships so staff members could focus on their work. With our help, Executive Director Richard Wong stated that their "staff of nine does the work of 100!" We are excitedly awaiting next year's conference, which will take place in Phoenix, Arizona.
You may have noticed a new voice – and maybe even a new language – on the Intelligent Office of Alexandria phone lines.We recently welcomed Maryland Rodriguez to our receptionist team.Maryland is Mexican-American, and she switches as easily between English and Spanish.
She hopes her daughter will one day do the same.Maryland is the mother of 2 year old Samantha.The family lives in Fredericksburg.“I spend all my time with Samantha.I have no hobbies except for her.I speak to her equally in English and Spanish so that she’ll learn both,” says Maryland.
Samantha might ultimately pick up another family trait as well.Maryland comes from a family of entrepreneurs.After emigrating from Mexico as a young man, Maryland’s father eventually started a drywall and painting business that currently employs 25 people.Back in a small village in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, Maryland’s grandfather runs a large farm and owns the only store in town.“When I was little, it was just a gas station,” Maryland recalls.“Now it’s like Walmart.”Maryland spent summers as a child on the farm, helping in the store, doing odd jobs and tending the chicken, pigs, sheep, and horses.
After experiencing work on the farm, Maryland finds life at Intelligent Office of Alexandria so far to be a breeze.“I really enjoy working with our clients,” she says.“My favorite is (a small law firm) because I like hearing the stories of the callers and figuring out which attorney should receive each call.”She also seems fond of a client with a shredding business, because they receive a lot of calls from Native Spanish speakers.
Please stop at the front and say hello to Maryland the next time you are in the office.Don’t worry about which language she happens to be speaking when you arrive. Her warm smile works in English and in Spanish.
Adam Bennett always had a passion for his work as an IT security specialist. But when he saw how much his employer was billing its government clients for his time, he found a new passion for entrepreneurship and launched his own company, Cloudburst Security. Two years later, when his wife Andrea left her position in resource management at NASA to join the company, Cloudburst gained the resources needed to support fast growth. The company began using virtual office services from Intelligent Office of Alexandria in April 2010, and over the next eight months they experienced 300% growth as they added contracts with Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security.
Andrea Bennett, now the CEO of the company, described how the couple have worked well together to grow the company. “It was a tough adjustment when I started working with my spouse. Our styles are very different. But over time we realized that our skills complement each other’s. Now he takes the lead on business development and I take the lead on delivering results to our clients and managing our company operations.”
Ms. Bennett takes great pride in the company’s flagship accomplishment, standing up the security operations center at a highly-targeted agency within 60 days of contract award. They continue to provide continuous monitoring for the agency. The firm’s service offerings include: Enterprise Risk Management, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, 24x7 Security Operations/Continuous Monitoring, Cyber Threat & Intelligence Analysis, Malicious Code Analysis & Reverse Engineering, Software Assurance/Application Security, Application Development, Server Consolidation & Virtualization, and many others.
After using virtual office services for nearly a year, Cloudburst finally moved in to a large executive office at Intelligent Office of Alexandria last month, and now the couple spends most of their work week at Intelligent Office. “Intelligent Office has helped us meet the demands of a growing small business,” said Ms. Bennett. “I felt like it was a step further in strengthening our corporate infrastructure.”
She also mentioned how she enjoys the environment at Intelligent Office. “After working at home for a while, I really love being at Intelligent Office. I can close my door for some seclusion, or I can walk out into the hallway and meet someone new every day. The staff is so friendly, and the location is great for us. I also like the personalized services – the Intelligent Office receptionists take on the personality of a Cloudburst employee. “ The Bennetts have two daughters, Annika, 5, and Anastasia, 2, so work-life balance is always a challenge, and Intelligent Office helps them separate work and home life and work more effectively.
Cloudburst Security is poised for further growth in 2011. Ms. Bennett described that the company is investing in infrastructure to support business development in the government space. With an expanding list of successful contracts, a focus on business development, and the support provided by Intelligent Office of Alexandria, an additional 300% growth is a real possibility.
Intelligent Office of Alexandria is an veteran-owned, owner-operated provider of virtual office services.
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We are conveniently located near the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Albert V. Bryan Courthouse, the Pentagon and Old Town Alexandria.
We are also just a short walk from the King Street and Eisenhower Metro Stations, and our location allows quick access to the Richmond Highway and Interstate 495 as well as local restaurants, movie theaters, and running trails.
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Intelligent Office of Alexandria offers 13 private offices and three conference rooms, two of which can be configured in many ways to meet your meeting or training needs. Our building was built in 2009 and features free 2-hour visitor parking, paid covered parking, free access to the on-site fitness center, high-speed internet, and much more!
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