How to Run a Successful Business Meeting

Meetings are the linchpin of any successful business. They give you and your colleagues an opportunity to plan, strategize, set priorities, solve problems and brainstorm. But a poorly run meeting can be a major time-waster, and it can even create new problems and challenges, instead of solving old ones. So if you’re the one running the meeting, you’re going to want to plan accordingly. Any meeting you conduct is a direct reflection of you. Ask yourself: What kind of image am I projecting: Calm, efficient and professional? Or scattered, unproductive and ineffective? Here are some tips to give your office… Read More

Tools and Resources Every New Business Should Have

Whether you’re a lawyer, an accountant or a tech entrepreneur, starting your own business can be an exciting, promising and sometimes frightening proposition. On the one hand, it’s the American dream to work for one’s self, call all the shots and chart one’s own success. On the other hand, there are always unknowns in the business world. But if you arm yourself with the proper tools and resources, you can infinitely increase your chances for creating a successful business that will grow and expand over time.  Law & Order Unless you’re a law firm, you’re going to need to retain… Read More

How to Decorate Your Executive Office

Your look and feel of your executive office says a lot about you. It immediately telegraphs to colleagues and clients essential information about your professionalism, taste level and work style. Office design and arrangement can even impact your productivity and ultimate success rate. So how do you decorate your executive office to maximize your output? In general, less is more. Décor in an executive office is generally sleek, efficient and charming. It should project a sense of both humming activity and quiet calm – and of both professionalism and personality. And it should impress rather than depress. Here are some… Read More

Executive Suites Success Story: Alliance Residential Company

Today’s Executive Suites Success Story is Alliance Residential Company, a national real estate company whose Northeast Headquarters is located at Executive Suites at the Hippodrome. We spoke with Adam Fruitbine, Managing Director & Portfolio Manager. Number of Employees: 2,000 total, 3 in the New York office. Specialties: Real estate — specifically, U.S. rental apartment development, acquisitions and property management. They handle the firm’s Northeast operations from NYC, as well as its fund and discretionary investment management platform. Company History: Fruitbine says: “Alliance is a national apartment operator, developer and property manager with over 70,000 units under management and roughly $9B AUMs. We are one… Read More

Choosing the Perfect Receptionist

We’ve all experienced both sides of the coin: You walk into an office, perhaps a little late after an uneasy commute, or nervous before a job interview. The receptionist gives you a warm greeting, checks you in and then shows you where to make yourself comfortable while you wait for your appointment.You’re offered a cup of coffee or some water, and her smile puts you at ease. Then there’s the flip side. You walk into the office, stand at the edge of the desk without being acknowledged while the receptionist carries on what appears to be a personal phone call…. Read More

NYC Entrepreneur Profile: PictureLife

Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past, people took photos with a camera, removed the film, brought it in for developing, waited up to a week or more, and then — if they were lucky — wound up with a couple good shots which would then go into a photo album or get tossed into a drawer forever. Then came digital photography. And Facebook. And Twitter. And Flickr. And Instagram. And suddenly, it wasn’t unusual for a single individual to photograph and post dozens of images in a given week. Enter Nate Westheimer, Charles Forman, Jacob DeHart, founders of New… Read More

NYC Entrepreneur Profile: CitySlips

This is a story about Katie Shea and Susie Levitt, two NYU undergraduates studying Marketing and Finance who loved wearing high heels — but hated the way their feet felt after walking around New York City in them all day. So, in 2008, they put there heads together and created CitySlips — ballet flats that fold up and fit into a little purse women can easily carry with them — allowing them to change into comfy shoes at any point in their busy day. Cut to six years later. Shea and Levitt’s and little ballet shoes are selling at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom,… Read More

Choosing the Perfect Name for Your Business

You’ve covered every base, dotted every “i” and made the most of your resources, and the time has finally come: Your baby needs a name. Not the kind of baby that sleeps in a crib – the kind you are proud to introduce as your very own business. We were reading about a restaurant recently and couldn’t get over the sheer ordinariness of its name. We won’t repeat it here, but let’s just say it fell along the lines of “Food and Table.” The place had a name that showed no imagination, thought or personalization, which is a huge missed… Read More

The Top Five Ergonomically Correct Executive Office Chairs

Those of us who work in an executive office space are all too familiar with one constant presence in our office environment: Our chair. To put it simply, we spend most of the day sitting. In fact, most Americans spend more time in their office chairs than they do in their beds. Which begs the question: What are we sitting on, and is it the best option for our minds and bodies? It all comes down to ergonomics, a fancy-sounding word that simply means “human factors.” An ergonomic design or arrangement is one that allows people to interact with objects in… Read More

Executive Suites Success Story: Gary Kleiman, CPA, P.C.

In today’s Executive Suites Success Story, we highlight Gary Kleiman, CPA, P.C., a thriving NYC accounting firm with offices at Executive Suites at the Hippodrome. Number of Employees: 4 Specialties: Tax and auditing services for businesses and individuals Company History: Kleiman explains: “I started the business by myself in 2006. I had been a partner in a larger firm for nearly 15 years, and I realized that I could run a firm on my own, enabling me to focus on my core group of clients. My current employees are three of the best I have had in my 20 or so years as an employer,… Read More