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Oct 5 2015

Matt Whitaker To Kick-Off: Exit Planning Boot Camp Series at Intelligent Office

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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.”

Jul 30 2014

US Patent and Trademark Office Draws Attention Through Modernization by Akira Keller

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.

Jul 16 2014

Adjacent to Albert V. Bryan Courthouse – aka “The Rocket Docket” by Akira Keller

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.

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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!

Jul 3 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama Addresses American School Counselor Association at Annual Conference

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.

Apr 1 2014

Welcome Maryland to our Reception Team!

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.

Apr 25 2011

Government Contractor secures future with Intelligent Office

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. 

Feb 7 2011

Old Town Attorney Relies on Intelligent Office

Alexandria Estate Planning Attorney Luke Lenzi has known that he wanted to run his own practice ever since he was a third-year law student prosecuting cases with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. “While at the office, I learned three valuable lessons. First, I would better understand the law if I didn’t have a supervising attorney whom I could lean on as a crutch whenever I had a question. Second, I could better hone my skills if I could consult numerous seasoned attorneys as colleagues, rather than being directed by one supervising attorney. Lastly, I needed to be in control.”

Lenzi’s practice, The Lenzi Law Firm, PLLC (www.oldtownattorney.com) focuses on Wills, Trusts, Asset Protection, and Estate Planning. “I love estate planning because it’s non-combative and I get the opportunity to know my clients on a very personal level’” he said. “I enjoy meeting with clients and getting to know who they are, their family dynamics, their needs and their aspirations. I believe my enthusiasm helps me produce exceptional work and really enjoy what I do.”

Lenzi faced many challenges and costs in getting his new practice off the ground. He found Intelligent Office of Alexandria to be a crucial partner in helping his firm grow. “I spend a lot of money to have superior legal forms and the best tax software available,” he recounted. “My low overhead at Intelligent Office allows me to stay on the cutting edge, stay true to my business model, and have all the desired amenities.”

Lenzi uses Intelligent Office of Alexandria as more than a mere office address for his boutique estate planning practice. Lenzi relies on Intelligent Office receptionists to operate his firm. “The Intelligent Office staff takes the place of costly employees. I have the staff answering and screening my calls, greeting clients and offering refreshments, printing and preparing my estate binders (which sometimes exceed 300 pages), scanning documents and creating client CDs, notarizing documents and serving as witnesses. I use the conference room with the round table for document signing, the conference rooms with the rectangular tables for negotiations, and the larger conference room for hosting CE accredited seminars for financial advisors. The white boards and projectors help me explain the intricacies of my clients’ estate plans and provide professional seminars. The a-la-carte pricing allows me to precisely tailor the staffs’ efforts towards what I need. Consequently, I get more for less and unnecessary wasteful costs aren’t passed on to the client. It’s not just cost effective, it makes very sound business sense.”

Lenzi notes that with the low overhead costs offered by Intelligent Office and the peace of mind he experiences by having much of his administrative burden lightened by Intelligent Office staff, he is free to spend more of his personal time and resources on his clients. After nearly three years in his practice, Lenzi has found that those three lessons he learned as a third year law student have helped guide him to a successful and enjoyable practice.
Jan 6 2011

Alexandria Attorney Launches with Intelligent Office

Alexandria, VA, January 6, 2011/ - When Alexandria, VA attorney Nathan D. Baney decided to open his own practice, one of his first calls was to Intelligent Office of Alexandria (www.intelligentoffice.com) for virtual office services. Now Nathan D. Baney, Attorney at Law, PLLC, is about to celebrate its one year anniversary, and Baney claims that Intelligent Office has played a significant role in his success so far. “It almost feels like cheating,” says Baney. “Intelligent Office helps me keep my overhead so low that I can undercut almost anyone and still do well. A big firm would lose money at the rates I charge.”

Baney, a 2007 graduate of Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, decided to open his own practice after a short but intense period at a respected Alexandria law firm. “It was a small firm,” he recalled, “just four partners, and so my experience was very different than what the big-firm associates get. I got to operate independently, take my own cases, make my own mistakes and fix them. The partners were there for me whenever I needed them, and I watched how they worked and asked lots of questions. It didn’t take me long to feel very comfortable, and once I realized that I could bring in my own business, I decided to try a solo practice.”

Baney’s practice focuses on bankruptcy and civil litigation. He found that the bankruptcy cases filled most of his time initially, but as they slowed down toward the end of 2010 he was engaged to work on a real estate dispute and defend a company against a shareholder lawsuit. His goal for 2011 is to continue to pick up more trial work to diversify his practice.

Baney does most of his work from his home office, but he relies on Intelligent Office of Alexandria for a variety of virtual office services. He uses Intelligent Office as his business address and receives mail and packages there. He also leaves packages for his clients and asks them to drop off documents at the front desk of Intelligent Office. He conducts his client meetings in the conference rooms at Intelligent Office. And Intelligent Office provides its virtual receptionist services for the solo practice so that all of his phone calls are answered by a live, professional voice. “I have an intern now, but before that my only staff was the Intelligent Office receptionist team,” he said. “I’ve counted on them and they have always come through for me. I couldn’t have gotten this far without them.”

Baney relishes his self-reliance and independence more than anything. As he pondered whether he would ever join a larger firm, he said “I enjoy doing all the work myself, and I just don’t like to rely on others.” His clients so far have appreciated his high level of diligence and attention, and after a successful first year of practice, it is apparent that with the help of Intelligent Office, he can look forward to many more years of success.
Mar 12 2010

Intelligent Office of Alexandria partners with Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce

Alexandria, VA, March 29, 2010/PR Newswire/ - Intelligent Office of Alexandria, part of the Intelligent Office network that spans North America, has launched a partnership with the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (NVBCC).

Intelligent Office will provide its Intelligent Assistant service for the Chamber, providing live professional voices on the Chamber’s inbound calls. Intelligent Office receptionists will answer frequently asked questions and assist all callers with event registrations.

NVBCC will work with Intelligent Office of Alexandria to increase its reach into diverse business communities through exposure at events and in publications, and the Chamber will facilitate connections with its professional, civic and community partners.

Matt Whitaker, owner of Intelligent Office of Alexandria, said, "We are thrilled to launch this relationship with the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce. We’ve already seen how it fosters valuable relationships between businesses and we’re confident that our Intelligent Assistant service will help enhance its services to the business community."

“We’re pleased to enter into this partnership with Intelligent Office of Alexandria,” said Randy Philip, NVBCC Chairman. “Small businesses can greatly benefit from services like Intelligent Assistant, leveraging a valuable asset that used to be the privilege of big companies.”

About Intelligent Office of Alexandria
Intelligent Office of Alexandria (www.intelligentoffice.com) is part of the Intelligent Office network, which spans North America and replaces traditional office solutions with money-saving alternatives. The company’s virtual office solution provides commercial office space, conference rooms by the hour, remote and on-site receptionist services, capable and professional administrative support and much more. The facility is located in a brand new building in the Eisenhower corridor of Alexandria. Current clients include law firms, Information Technology companies, management consultancies, executive coaches, medical practices, and more.

About the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
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.

Contact: Matt Whitaker President, Intelligent Office of Alexandria Phone: 703-224-8800 Email: Mwhitaker@intelligentoffice.com
Dec 15 2009

Intelligent Office of Alexandria changes ownership

Alexandria, VA, December 15, 2009/PR Newswire/ - Intelligent Office of Alexandria, part of the Intelligent Office network that spans North America, was recently acquired by Jomico, LLC. Matt Whitaker, Managing Partner of Jomico, has assumed the role of President and will oversee day to day operations.

Intelligent Office of Alexandria’s services include Class A offices and conference rooms on-demand, professional remote receptionist and administrative services, and business identity packages which bundle receptionist services with a professional address and mail handling. The location offers 13 private, furnished offices, three conference rooms, a kitchen/break room, access to a well-equipped fitness center, and plentiful parking. The facility is located in the Eisenhower corridor of Alexandria, close to the US Patent and Trade Office and Federal Courthouse, and a short walk from the King Street and Eisenhower metro stations. The facility opened in February, 2009.

Matt Whitaker previously founded a successful payment processing company, which was acquired in 2007. “I started my first company from my home, and I was always nervous that clients would think poorly of us for being a home-based business. If I had known of Intelligent Office back then, I would have been spared a lot of worry,” said Whitaker. “When I learned that this asset was for sale, I loved the idea, and I’m looking forward to spending my days working with small business owners and entrepreneurs to help them grow their companies.”

Current clients include law firms, Information Technology companies, management consultancies, executive coaches, medical practices, and more. Candace Tuohey, Director of Sales, notes that “while our office is very well positioned to serve the local legal community, we actually see a wide variety of clients benefiting from our services. We customize our services for each client’s business.”

About Intelligent Office of Alexandria

Intelligent Office of Alexandria (www.intelligentoffice.com) is part of the Intelligent Office network which spans North America and replaces traditional office solutions with money-saving alternatives. The company’s virtual office solution provides commercial office space, conference rooms by the hour, remote and on-site receptionist services, capable and professional administrative support and much more. The facility is located in a brand new building in the Eisenhower corridor of Alexandria. Current clients include law firms, Information Technology companies, management consultancies, executive coaches, medical practices, and more.

Contact:
Matt Whitaker
President, Intelligent Office of Alexandria
Phone: 703-224-8800
Email: Mwhitaker@intelligentoffice.com

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