Virtual office space rented in Salt Lake City
Attorney Michael Labertew from Park City represents corporate clients with merger acquisitions and public and private security work. His focus leads him to clients out of the country and out of the state. Labertew uses electronic commerce and in the past two years he signed up for a virtual office. He now stays connected with his various clients, whether he is in Salt Lake City, London or Bangkok. Labertew rents virtual office space from Davinci International, a company with buildings in Draper, Sugarhouse and the Cottonwood Business Center. Davinci International’s receptionist services answer and forward calls to Labertew whether he is working from his home in Park City or traveling.
"It really doesn’t matter where you are anymore," Labertew said. "The way that the office and the concept is set up it allows me to work comfortably from my home, or comfortably from a Starbucks or in a coffee shop in London."
Tim Furlong, president of the Land Group, an oil and gas land consulting firm based out of the Cottonwoods, also utilizes Davinci International’s virtual office option. Furlong, a Park City resident until last year, started using the virtual office services in 2000. The Land Group serves clients in Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, Colorado and Nevada. Although the Land Group maintains a staff office in the Cottonwoods, Davinci International will route calls to the office line, cell phones or home numbers, depending on daily requests.
Furlong said the answering service allows customers to receive a live voice as opposed to voice mail and helps the company cut costs.
"If you want to have full-time secretarial staff you are going to be paying employee costs plus benefits," Furlong said.
Both Furlong and Labertew said they are able to rent out conference rooms from Davinci International when they need to meet with clients.
"I was looking for something that was professional from the standpoint of being able to meet clients when I needed to," Labertew said.
Although Labertew primarily utilizes Davinci’s Cottonwood location, he reserved conference space over the holidays in the Sugarhouse building so that a client can walk to the meeting. For clients who live near Brigham Young University, Labertew plans to use the Draper location as a common meeting ground.
Labertew said he is able to set up additional conference space in his travels through Davinci International’s partnership with other virtual office companies.
Bill Grodnik, president of Davinci International, said there are 550 conference room locations available through Davinci’s network.
He said the conference rooms cost $25 to $65 per hour depending on size. He said there are rooms for four people and those that can accommodate 25 people with a computer for every person.
In addition to the three locations in the Salt Lake City area, Grodnik said Davinci has offices in Boise, Idaho and Las Vegas, Nev. He said a location in Albuquerque, New Mexico will open in the spring.
"It’s becoming more timely these days," Grodnik said. "Not everybody needs an office and they don’t need the four walls to go to."
Davinci International opened its first executive suites and services in 1998. A Sandy location opened in 2002 and moved to Draper in 2004. The Sugarhouse location opened last year.
Grodnik said Davinci International adds approximately 50 virtual clients per month.
Matt Hargreaves, a spokesperson for Davinci International through Politis Communications, said at least eight businesses based in Park City use Davinci International’s virtual office services. He said this includes attorneys, dentists, real estate agents and financial service workers. Davinci charges $125 a month for phone answering, $175 a month for phone and mail and $225 a month for mail, phone and patching calls to several lines. Offices and computers can be rented by the day, week or month. For more information visit http://www.davincisuites.com or call (800)-Voffice
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