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Your business is a dynamic enterprise. It can grow, build, change shape, and point in new directions in the blink of an eye. At Lakeside Executive Suites, this is how we approach office space. We don’t build boxes. We create workspaces that are as future-minded as the entrepreneurs who occupy them and that deliver the flexibility and technology required to operate on the cusp of tomorrow. Whether it’s a full-time office space, or just a meeting room for the day, we offer a range of options and services designed to help you conduct business your way.

Closest places to Florida to see fall foliage
Posted On November 16, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

While we’ve got pretty much the best of everything here in Florida, one of the things we miss out on is the riot of color that the fall foliage brings to the northern climes. However, there are a few places within easy driving distance where you can drink it all in while it lasts – and some of them are right here in our state!

If you are hoping to experience the beauty of autumn foliage, we’ve got you covered. Head for the hills! Higher elevations bring cooler temperatures and that’s what nature needs to get those reds and oranges going.

Here are some of our top picks for the closest places in and around Florida for fall foliage:

Torreya State Park

Just west of Tallahassee you’ll find Torreya State Park. Its high bluffs overlook the Apalachicola River whose slopes are replete with Acer maples, sweetgum, and sourwood trees. Late October is the time to go if you want to experience fall color here in all its splendor. Note that currently the park itself is closed due to storm damage from Hurricane Michael, but surrounding areas of Bristol are still accessible to traffic.

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Traveling south from Tallahassee, you’ll find plenty of maple trees in full regalia at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. Boat tours are available too, where you’ll be able to see the sights while touring some of the state’s deepest freshwater springs and discover places where dinosaurs used to roam free.

Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail

Here, you’ll get the best of the fall season in a uniquely Floridian way: imagine seeing colorful trees, dolphins, manatees, and whales all in the same excursion! The 30-mile loop takes you through some of the state’s oldest forests as well as pre-civil war plantations, lagoons, and more. Storm advisories recommend checking road closures before setting out.

Out-of-state fall foliage destinations

If you’re up for a slightly more ambitious excursion, you can always venture out-of-state. North Carolina, Georgia, and parts of Alabama are gorgeous in the fall – and what better excuse is there to get out of town and explore the majesty of the season?

Asheville, NC, in the western part of the state, is well-known for its fall foliage. The Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains feature 6,000-foot elevations, supporting one of the longest fall color seasons in the country. With a window that lasts up to five weeks or more, you’ve still got plenty of time to plan a long weekend trip.

If you’re looking for a little urban adventure to go with your nature-tripping, try Atlanta, GA, on for size. The landscape surrounding the city is blazing with color right now and you can spend your evenings discovering Atlanta’s nightlife or culinary scene.

Lakeside Executive Suites is dedicated to supporting local businesses in Weston, FL, with flexible office solutions that answer every need. Drop by for a tour today and find out how we can help you get things done.

 

 

Top Tips for holding effective interviews
Posted On October 12, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

Interviews are important on many levels. No matter the reason and no matter which side of the desk you are sitting on, it’s crucial to keep in mind that an interview can make or break a relationship. It can begin one, or, it can end one before it even begins.

The success of the exchange lies as much with the interviewer as it does the interviewee, but let’s talk about you. You’ve got a full plate as it is, but you have several candidates to meet with. You don’t have the luxury of an HR department and you need the process to go as smoothly as possible so you can get the results you need and get back to what you do.

Here are our top 10 tips on how to get the most out of your interview:

Before the interview:

1.Know the job that you are offering

Familiarize yourself with every detail of the job and its requirements. That way, you will be in a better position to assess whether the candidate has the basic goods to do the job.

2.Get to know your candidate

Review your candidate’s CV and work history. Take a close look at everything he or she submitted during the application process – cover letter, references, and so on. Make careful note of any employment gaps, ambiguous job titles or personal information that may have a bearing on their future performance.

3.Create an interview agenda

There may be several areas you want to cover. Determine how much time you have for the interview and set time limits on certain aspects so you can get everything you need covered. Be sure you start on time as much as you can. This will demonstrate that you respect your interviewee’s time as well as your own.

4.Prepare interview questions in advance

As you go through the candidate’s CV and portfolio, make note of any specific questions you want to ask about their work. Think along the lines of what you need and prepare questions that help you determine whether or not they will meet those expectations.

On the day of the meeting:

5.Meet in a professional environment

First impressions are everything! Even if you are an entrepreneur or startup who doesn’t have a physical office space, it’s important to project a professional appearance. On-demand meeting rooms are an affordable way to host interviews – and it’s a great way to lay the groundwork for a working relationship.

6.Give your interviewee 100 percent of your attention

Make sure you have a quiet environment for the interview. Choose a location that is comfortable and has a minimum of distractions. Mute your phone, send calls to voicemail, ask to not be disturbed.

7.Ask behavioral questions

Ask for specific examples of how the candidate handled certain stressful situations and ask for both good and not-so-good scenarios. Asking behavioral questions will give you a good idea of how they will handle similar situations for you.

And finally, never forget the golden rule of interviewing: Listen first. Because you’ll never learn anything if you are the one doing all the talking.

Lakeside Executive Suites is a premier supplier of flexible office space and services as well as meeting rooms on-demand. Book your meeting room today or call to learn more.

 

 

 

The Booming Economy of Fort Lauderdale
Posted On September 28, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

These days, Fort Lauderdale is booming as a surge of new developments underscores the city’s current status as a “city of choice” for commercial and residential real estate investors. As a city that has long been seen as playing second fiddle to Miami in terms of market growth, developers are flocking to this South Florida jewel to take advantage of lower prices and a strengthening business community.

Ft. Lauderdale: A city on the move

A new focus on luxury amenities and services serves the needs of the growing residential base, and the tourist economy is getting an upgrade too as the Four Seasons completes a $200 million renovation at their West Ft. Lauderdale property. The $500 million Auberge Beach Residences and Spa is another such project, offering luxury beachfront living at its finest. To support and service the new influx of high-end pleasure seekers, more than 1000 new restaurant seats are soon to be seen as well, many focused on Las Olas, the city’s premier dining, shopping, and entertainment district.

A clear indicator of the evolution is the ever-changing skyline as developers are tapped to add thousands of new residential units over the next two years. An additional injection of cash is directed towards improvements for existing hotel properties in the city, courtesy of investors who were quick to recognize the growing popularity of the area.

Accessible oceanfront living in South Florida

But before you think Ft. Lauderdale is only for the rich and privileged, the cost of living here, in general, is very reasonable. Unemployment is very low, with reports showing that 95.4 percent of the population is employed full-time. With a median annual income of about $51,000, there is a very good standard of living to be had without breaking the proverbial bank.

Ft. Lauderdale offers a distinct business advantage

Many new companies choose to set up shop in Ft. Lauderdale for many reasons. Besides the obvious perks – the fabulous South Florida lifestyle, great weather, stunning scenery, and a vibrant culture – Ft. Lauderdale boasts the most diverse labor force in the state (90 languages are spoken here!), some of the most respected public schools and more than 35 post-secondary colleges, universities, and business schools.

As a business center, it is home to more than 150 major corporations while new companies find it attractive because of Florida’s favorable business tax climate. There is also no state income tax, which is a big draw for people seeking employment in tandem with a great quality of life.

Companies that do business globally find Ft. Lauderdale to be very convenient as it has three major commercial airports that lend easy proximity to Latin America as well as domestic and international destinations. Seven more airports in the region are dedicated to business and executive travel and Ft. Lauderdale’s port is the number one container port in the state as well as the top seaport for exports in Florida.

Are you doing business in Florida or thinking about launching a branch of your business here? Lakeside Executive Suites is South Florida’s destination for professional, flexible office services including meeting rooms on-demand, coworking facilities, virtual offices, and short-term office rental. Drop by for a tour today and discover how we can help you do more.

The many benefits of offsite meetings
Posted On August 16, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

Meetings are an essential component of any business. Meetings connect your departments, provide a forum for ideas and innovation, strengthen your company culture and your employees to stay in touch with your company’s mission and vision. That said, there are many benefits to conducting your meetings off-site.

Let’s look at some of the ways that offsite meetings can help:

1.    Offsite meetings minimize distractions

When your staff is away from their normal working environment, they will be less tempted to wander off or worry about calls they are missing, and so on. A change of scenery reduces stress and often provides a boost in productivity that can be energizing and highly stimulating.

2.    Offsite meetings feel special

Your employees likely don’t get the opportunity to spend time working outside of the office. Offsite meetings encourage them to express themselves more freely and will likely lead to better retention of the information you cover during this time.

3.    Offsite meetings are great for team building

Being outside of the office gives your employees a chance to get to know each other better. They will be better able to understand how their unique skillsets complement those of their colleagues and the process will serve to strengthen your company culture in the process.

4.    Offsite meetings give you access to technology you may not otherwise have

If your office operates on a lean budget, you may not have access to all the bells and whistles of a high-tech environment. Choosing an offsite meeting space will provide you with the latest audiovisual equipment as well as next-generation conferencing and webinar technology. Having these tools at hand will help you bring your work to life in ways you couldn’t normally do. Additionally, if you work with remote teams, video conferencing technology can be very helpful as it will allow your home office group to get to know colleagues who work from other locations and collaborate with them in real-time.

5.    Offsite meetings boost productivity

There is nothing like a fresh environment to stimulate the creative flow. Studies show that an offsite meeting space encourages out-of-the-box thinking, which could lead to major innovation as well as creative solutions to problems you deal with every day.

6.    Offsite meetings give you a chance to connect with your team

While you may work with your teams on a daily basis, how often do you get to sit down with them in an intimate setting and really see and hear what they have to offer? Having a direct connection with your employees will foster loyalty and openness and will provide a level of comfort between you and others that may not have existed otherwise.

Lakeside Executive Suites in Weston, Florida, is dedicated to empowering small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs with flexible office solutions designed to help you grow. Our on-demand meeting rooms come fully equipped with today’s communications technology, helping you accomplish more without breaking the budget. Call today or schedule a tour to find out more.

Things to do to prepare for hurricane season in Florida
Posted On July 25, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

 

Hurricane season is upon us and with it comes thoughts of how bad it’s going to be and what we can do to plan. Though we’d all like to think that this year, maybe we’ll be spared, the reality is that doing nothing is probably the worst possible strategy.

To help you stay on top of it, we’ve put together some tips to help you prepare for hurricane season – because being ready is far better than bearing the brunt of it without a plan in place.

Plan your evacuation route in advance

When hurricanes hit, we often see an unusual and incredibly rapid surge in water level. This could mean flooding – even if you don’t live along the coastal areas. When the evacuation call comes down, you need to be ready to move fast. This means knowing where to go and what route you are going to take. Check the City of Weston website in advance of coming storms to get up-to-date information on local shelters and evacuation procedures.

Prepare an evacuation kit

Having a well-equipped kit on hand in case of emergency could mean the difference between your survival and having to depend on others for it. Pack your kit into a large, air and water-tight plastic bin and make sure it’s in a handy place so you can grab it and go when you need to.

Some of the items you should include in your kit:

- Clean socks and underwear
- A spare pair of shoes
- Battery-operated or hand-crank radio
- A variety of batteries
- Flashlight
- Flares
- Strike-anywhere matches
- Lighter
- Protein bars
- Non-perishable nutrient-dense foods
- A few gallons of water
- Toiletries: shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.
- Blanket/sleeping bag
- Local maps
- Whistle to signal for help
- First aid kit
- Copies of your property deeds, ownerships, and insurance certs “just in case”
- Pet food and supplies (if you have pets)

Make copies of your most important documents

After a major storm, there is no telling what resources you may have to access. Make sure you have copies of all your insurance policies, ownerships, and land titles just to be sure you can prove your claims if the need arises. Put these copies in a safe, water-tight zip-lock and keep them in your evacuation kit.

Back up all your computers and devices

If your computers are lost, you can still access all your data – if it’s backed up to the cloud. Backup your data to a cloud backup service to be sure your personal information will always be accessible when you need it most.

Seek out local pet shelters and animal services

If you have pets, be sure you know where you can take them in case of an impending storm event. Whatever you do – don’t leave them behind! Be prepared by making sure they are up-to-date with all their shots and have adequate carriers ready to take them to safety. Many shelters accept pets, but it’s always good to be on the safe side.

Lakeside Executive Suites in Weston, Florida, provides flexible office solutions, on-demand meeting rooms, coworking spaces, and so much more. If you are in the area, drop by for a tour today and discover how we empower small businesses just like yours.

The benefits of a virtual office for starting a business
Posted On June 5, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

Launching a new company can be a complex, costly endeavor. Setting yourself up in a professional situation that will reflect your commitment and focus is the key to encouraging confidence from your stakeholders, but office space can be expensive.

You’ve got the space itself, furniture, office equipment, technology, and supplies. Then there is the not-so-small matter of a phone system – and somebody to answer it. Before you know it, you will have spent your entire nut and not gotten any further along.

A virtual office is a smart alternative to traditional office space. For a fraction of the cost, you will have access to all the amenities of a professional office without the costly overhead of maintaining physical real estate.

A virtual office provides the following benefits:

Cost savings

Cutting costs is important, especially when launching a new venture. For just a couple of dollars a day, you can have all the benefits of a traditional office without the expense.

A physical business address

To give your business credibility; you will need a physical business address. Print your address on your business cards and marketing collateral. Have a professional address to note on your website. It’s also a physical location staffed by professional office staff who will receive your mail, collect your phone messages, and support you with a range of great services on-demand.

A dedicated phone number

Establishing a land line for your business can be incredibly costly but using your personal phone or a voice mailbox is not always ideal. With a virtual office package, you will have access to a dedicated number, your own extension, and a live receptionist to field your calls during business hours – all for pennies a day.

No need to commute

Think about how much time you waste going to and from the office. Now, think about what you would do with that time if you had it back. You can start earlier, work later, and you won’t have to worry about gassing up the car, waiting for transit, or getting on the freeway. Freedom!

Grow at your own pace

Having a traditional office space can become a burden if your company grows or downsizes. Having to acquire more space, lose money on the space you’re not using, or get out of a costly lease agreement just adds unnecessary worry. With a virtual office, you can grow at your own pace. Adding a new voice mailbox for a new hire is as simple as making the decision.

Meeting rooms on-demand

One of the biggest drawbacks to not having a dedicated office space is that you can’t accommodate your most important meetings. Sometimes, the coffee shop just isn’t going to cut it. With a virtual office package, you will have access to meeting rooms when you need them, either as part of your package or on a pay-as-you-go basis. This means you can focus your efforts—and your resources—where they matter most.

Virtual office packages are just part of what we offer at Lakeside Executive Suites. If you would like to learn more about our virtual office packages and the amenities we offer for startups, reach out today.

Boating and water safety tips for South Florida recreation
Posted On May 16, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

The summertime is prime boating season here in South Florida, so it’s never a bad idea to bone up on boating and water safety tips for South Florida recreation. Many of our members are keen on getting out on the water as often as possible, whether for fishing, diving, snorkeling, water sports, or just to enjoy the gorgeous, sparkling, warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Safety first

But safety should always come first. There is nothing that will taint a summer outing on the water faster than a preventable injury, accident or—worst-case scenario—drowning. Even experienced boaters have fallen victim to largely preventable mishaps, so even if you feel great confidence in your skills, it’s always best to err on the side of safety. You’ll be doing yourself a favor and protecting your friends and loved ones from harm.

To help you get the most out of your summer boating adventures, we’ve put together our top tips on how to stay safe on the water.

Stay sober

Drinking alcohol while boating can, at the very least, get you arrested for DUI. At worst, it could seriously impact your ability to respond in case of an emergency. Save the drinking for dry land.

Wear life jackets

Every boat should have enough life jackets for everybody on board. They should all be safety-approved and be the proper size for the person wearing it. Be sure to check for fit before heading out.

Tell a friend where you are going

If you are staying at a hotel, let the front desk know where you are going. Conversely, tell a friend or colleague what you are up to and where you are headed and when you expect to be back. On the off chance if you don’t arrive back on schedule, knowing your plans will help to spur fast action to locate you and bring you in safely.

Check the weather

South Florida weather can change in a heartbeat. It might look clear and perfect when you set out, but things can get ugly very quickly, leaving you no time to take cover. Make sure you check a reliable weather service to be sure there is no chance you will get caught in a storm.

Keep children within arm’s reach

Accidental drowning can happen in seconds. Always keep children within arm’s reach so you can be there to help “just in case”. Even if they are strong swimmers, make sure they are equipped with proper floatation devices such as life jackets. Floaties and pool toys don’t really cut it in open water.

Hire a boat captain

One of the greatest advantages to living in Florida is that we’ve got so many resources to help us get the most out of the water. A boat captain can take you to places you wouldn’t find on your own. They know the area—including the dangerous parts—and will take care of the business of navigation while you are your friends and family relax and enjoy to the fullest.

Boating in South Florida is a great way to spend a day on the water, but safety always comes first. Be sure you are following proper water safety procedures so you will come back with only good memories. Do you have any great water safety tips? We’d love to hear about them! Drop us a line at Lakeside Executive Suites today and share your thoughts.

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