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Regus and AT&T Team up

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DALLAS, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Further extending its holistic approach to meeting the needs of small businesses from coast to coast, AT&T announced today an alliance with The Regus Group (LSE: RGU), the world's largest provider of workplace solutions. Under the alliance, Regus will provide AT&T small business customers with affordable, convenient and flexible office space, featuring administrative, communications, printing and technology services.

The new alliance offers AT&T small business customers benefits and discounts at Regus business centers, including:

-- Six months complimentary membership in Regus' Businessworld Gold
program, which provides users with access to more than 1,000
Internet-equipped Regus business lounges in 450 cities worldwide
-- Two complimentary months on any Regus Virtual Office package, which
includes a business address, personalized telephone answering services,
and a local phone number

-- One-free month rental on any full-time office

"We're committed to helping small businesses succeed by helping them stay productive, wherever their business takes them," said Alicia Dietsch, Vice President of Marketing Communications, AT&T. "The freedom to conduct business anywhere is increasingly a requirement of our customers. Affordable, virtual office space extends this freedom to entrepreneurs on an as-needed basis, and is a great addition to the suite of values we offer to enable small business success."

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Protecting your office from the H1N1 and Flu Viruses

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One of the big concerns of this flu season is keeping you office employee from spreading the flu, whether the regular seasonal flu or the H1N1 virus. One of the obvious keys to doing so is to know the symptoms and making sure your employees know the symptoms so that they will not come to work if they are experiencing them. If they don't stay home you will know when to send them home.

Symptoms of H1N1 and Flu...and How They Are Different from the Co

Symptom Cold H1N1 Flu


Fever is rare with a cold.

Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.


A hacking, productive (mucus-producing) cough is often present with a cold.

A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).


Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.


Chills are uncommon with a cold.

60% of people who have the flu experience chills.


Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.

Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.


Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.

Sneezing is not common with the flu.

Sudden Symptoms

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.

A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat

Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.

Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.

Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.

Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

The best advice for you and your employees is to stay home until you feel better and have gone at least 24 hours without relying on medicine to break your fever.

In addition, wash your hands and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – and then throw the tissue away immediately. Finally, if you have to share a small space with other people, consider wearing a facemask to help make sure you don't spread the flu to the people around you.

From IMW Consultants

You cannot stop H1N1 from infecting your community, but you can limit the losses to your business caused by a flu outbreak.
30-50% of Population Could Stay Home with Flu
An H1N1 Contingency Plan gives you the resources you need to protect your employees, customers and business, including:

  • A written plan for your business
  • The latest tools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Presentations and tips to help prevent the spread of flu in your business
  • Worksheets to plan for and respond to employee and supplier absences
  • Suggested informational campaigns for both employees and customers
  • Checklists for janitorial and support services

Assure Your Customers and Employees that Your Business is Doing all it Can to Protect Them

IMW Consultants has developed a cost-effective plan that will provide you with these essential materials. Our plan can be downloaded and put into use immediately.
IMW Consultants has years of experience providing compliance and contingency plans for companies throughout the United States.

For additional information, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has a useful website at


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Regus is celebrating their 20th birthday

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Regus LogoRegus is celebrating 20 years of business in the serviced office / executive suite business.  According to Wikipedia: In 1989 while on a business trip to Brussels, an English entrepreneur, Mark Dixon, noted the lack of office space available to travelling business people; they were often forced to work from hotels. He identified a need for office space that was maintained, staffed, and available for companies to use on a flexible basis and went on to found his first business center in Brussels in Belgium.

Today Regus rents office space with services in over 1,000 centers in 450 cities and 75 countries serving 200,000 clients daily. In the US they operate over 400 centers.

Mark Dixon was a true visionary. He saw a need for flexible office space filled it and expanded the concept. As we move farther into the  21st century, the concept of on-demand offices is likely to see even more acceptance. As the workforce becomes even more mobile in a technology driven workforce, demand will continue to increase.

Executive Suites are an excellent option for a mobile workforce, smaller companies or branches.  Many companies, large and small, choose to operate their business or satellite offices from an Executive Suite. Executive Suites are shared offices with services provided by a management firm. They are also known as an Office Business Center or serviced offices and are a great way for small companies to get off to a fast and low risk start and a great way for a fast growing company to have the flexibility for rapid growth. In an Executive Suite, you can focus on your business, while the Executive Suite operator handles the details of managing your office. Most Executive Suites also offer a Virtual Office Program, as well. More on Executive Suites.

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Loopnet Q4 Poll Results: When will the Market Recover?

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Loopnet's recent poll mirrors what most of the commercial real estate pundits are saying that we won't see much improvement in the commercial real estate market until 2011. Commercial real estate almost always lags behind employment numbers.

"More than 1,000 LoopNet members completed our poll on the Q4 commercial real estate market. Sentiment has turned more pessimistic since the Q3 survey, with 46% of respondents expecting a rebound in transactions to wait until 2011 or beyond, compared to 1/3 in our last survey. Still, the glass half full view notes that over half are still expecting a 2010 recovery. Get more detailed results, including expectations for pricing and the major obstacles that are standing in the way of a recovery on our blog."

Also from their blog:
"Nearly 1 in 5 are expecting to wait until 2012 to see a recovery."

More information from a previous post.


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USA Office vacancy rate is up, but how much?

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A couple of different reports have come out this month related to the 3rd Quarter office vacancy rate nationwide. They do not match.  The vacancy rate according to these reports is between 13% and 16.5%. Quite a big difference.  Neither noted whether sublease space was considered or what class of space was included. Bottom line is that you can't always take these number at face value.

From the Money Times, "According to real estate research firm Reis Inc, the U.S. office vacancy rate touched a five-year high in the third quarter. The national vacancy rate stood at 16.5 percent, 0.6 percentage higher than the previous quarter.

The dismal vacancy rate
The present vacancy rate is 2.3 percentage points higher than the vacancy rate in the comparative period last year. Thus the gains made during the commercial real estate boom have been washed away.

"So in seven quarters, the current recession has almost undone all additions to occupied space that occurred during the years when office rents peaked," Calanog said.

The office vacancy rate increased in 72 of the 79 primary metropolitan areas, up from 66 primary metropolitan areas that witnessed an increase in the vacancy rate last quarter."

From CoStar "Vacancy is continuing to rise in most major office markets around the nation. According to a third quarter market report produced by CoStar, overall vacancy in the United State climbed to 13 percent, which was an increase of 40 basis points from the second quarter’s vacancy of 12.6 percent.

Year-to-date statistics showed that the nation has seen negative absorption of 48.2 million square feet with 38 of the 63 major office markets tracked by CoStar having posted negative absorption during the third quarter. CoStar also reported central business district vacancy climbed to 11.1 percent from 10.7 percent in the second quarter. Suburban vacancy also grew to 13.6 percent, up from 13.2 percent in the second quarter."


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