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SBA offers great business tools

If you are a small business owner, you need to know how your business stacks up with the competition in order to succeed. SizeUp will help you manage and grow your business by benchmarking it against competitors, mapping your customers, competitors and suppliers, and locating the best places to advertise.

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Get to know the Corporate Housing Industry – CHPA Regional Conferences

Now is the time to start learning about the Corporate Housing industry – only $225 for non-CHPA members

Washington, DC Regional Conference  October 18, 2012 » 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Chicago, IL Regional Conference  November 6, 2012 » 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

DC Event 

Prospecting for Success, Kevin Toomer, Premier Furnished Solutions
Gain confidence and the ability to secure appointments with qualified prospects for the corporate housing industry. Learn the principles of successful prospecting and directly apply the program to your current efforts in today’s challenging competitive environment.

Outsell, Outmarket, Outpromote, But Never Outspend! Bill Todd, Immediate Impact Marketing
Gain an arsenal of cutting edge ideas, strategies and tactics to increase sales, decrease marketing costs and improve your bottom line. Learn how to be more successful and spend less than your competitors. Implement these solutions immediately and start seeing results!

State of the Union: Government Spending
Kathy Lane (moderator), National Corporate Housing; David Chertcoff, DMC Management Services, LLC; Bill Foos, Basic Overnight Quarters; Chris Scott, Office of Asset and Travel Management, Office of Government-wide Policy
What’s really going on with government spending in the GSA and DOD sectors? What determines government standards, policies and per diems rates? Are your standard ‘perks’ potentially fraudulent per government regulations? Get an insider’s view on these issues and the impact on your business’s success. Corporate housing professionals also share their experiences and perspectives on how to successfully navigate this important sector.

Chicago Event

Lunch continues with presentation: Rental Trends in Chicago, Ron DeVries, Appraisal Research Center
Get an insider look at trends impacting the local market from an industry expert. Experienced with Chicagoland Apartment Association, Ron DeVries gives a uniquely qualified perspective on rent trends for conventional apartments in the Chicago area.

Prospecting for Success, Kevin Toomer, Premier Furnished Solutions
Gain confidence and the ability to secure appointments with qualified prospects for the corporate housing industry. Learn the principles of successful prospecting and directly apply the program to your current efforts in today’s challenging competitive environment.

Outsell, Outmarket, Outpromote, But Never Outspend! Bill Todd, Immediate Impact Marketing
Gain an arsenal of cutting edge ideas, strategies and tactics to increase sales, decrease marketing costs and improve your bottom line. Learn how to be more successful and spend less than your competitors. Implement these solutions immediately and start seeing results!

Expert Insights into Today’s Relocation Trends
Larry Gersch (moderator), Kraft Foods; Deborah Benavides, Shorewest Realtors; Karen Danner, Koenig & Strey; Tiffany Johnston, Weichert Relocation
Learn first-hand from relocation professionals what’s new in the industry and how that impacts what you need to be doing right now! Now more than ever, it is critical for companies to stay informed of the ever changing mobility landscape. Explore major trends emerging in relocation programs and potential implications for the corporate housing industry.

 

Starting a Corporate Housing Business

An AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing Franchise is best suited for something with real estate or corporate housing experience and for someone with general business knowledge.  Lets face it, there are a lot of moving parts with running a multi million dollar business.  AvenueWest is, at its core, a provider of class “A” corporate housing properties designed to meet the housing needs of the business traveler.

So what can you do if you are interested in getting started but might not yet be qualified to be an AvenueWest Franchisee or have a different product model in mind?  Actually we get calls like this every week and would be happy to answer your general questions but to get you started here are a list of resources that you might find helpful.

SBDC – Small Business Development Centers

Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

CHBO – Corporate Housing by Owner

Corporate Housing by Owner (CHBO) is an online marketplace that connects private homeowners with individuals and companies in need of short-term furnished rentals. At corporate housing by owner, private owners and companies list and advertise their rentals while companies and individuals in need of corporate housing search from the thousands of listings on our site throughout the world.

CHBO – Handbook

CHBO – Annual Report

CHPA – Corporate Housing Providers Association

The Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) is a professional trade association exclusively dedicated to supporting corporate housing providers around the world.

More than 220 companies worldwide currently belong to CHPA.   Additionally, there are more than 50 member companies around the globe that offer goods or services to the industry as invaluable partners to the industry’s success.

Power Hour – for Corporate Housing Companies

PowerHour® is a thought-leader in executive recruiting servicesinvestment banking servicescorporate housing training,corporate housing webinarssearch engine optimization {SEO}search engine marketing {SEM} and group co-op buying services for our corporate housing clients around the world. Since 1995 PowerHour has been the industry leader, the author of the SmartMatch Alliances book and research analyst of Internet Marketing PowerHour White Papers.

Skill Path Seminars

Our unique brand of training enhances skills, saves time and money and contributes to career and organizational success. Along with our technical training division, CompuMaster, we accomplish all this through:

Seminars, workshops and conferences. From teambuilding and business writing to Microsoft® Office suite applications we bring hundreds of one- and two-day sessions right to your community.

On-site training. We build customized training programs and deliver more than 3,500 courses to 80,000 employees each year–at Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

NEWS: Corporate Housing 2011 Industry Data

The annual Corporate Housing Industry Report has just been released.

Corporate Housing was a $2.49 billion dollar industry in the US in 2011 and it is growing.

The ADR – Average Daily Rate in 2011 across the United States was $123.81

I have often found people confuse furnished rentals with Corporate Housing – if your experience in renting a furnished property is less than $123.81 a night than chances are you are not tapping into the Corporate Housing market.  To learn more about Corporate Housing and how you can make it a business take a look at www.AvenueWest.com/Global

Oil Boom in North Dakota – They need an AvenueWest

AvenueWest is looking to expand into business markets not typically serviced by traditional corporate housing companies.  Let us know if you or someone you know would be interested in starting an AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing franchise in North Dakota.

To learn more about this market opportunity see this PBS News Report

New technology unlocks a gusher of a problem for North Dakota. There’s a huge demand for workers, but those already in the region are pushing the infrastructure to the max.

Now Open – AvenueWest Corporate Housing Boston

NEWS: Boston.AvenueWest.com is Open

Yes AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing is now in 5 cities: Boston, Denver, Dallas, Colorado Springs, San Francisco – AvenueWest is a network of locally owned real estate brokerages that manage exclusive fully furnished residential properties available for business and extended travel

AvenueWest is looking for high energy professions who understand business, growth and are interested in their own business but supported by a knowledgeable and experienced team.  You could be next – http://www.AvenueWest.com/Global  Connect with us

December Corporate Housing Data

CHPA – Corporate Housing Pulse in December – 71.4% of the CHPA Board Member Companies better than the year before – 85.7% have a positive outlook – 85.7% had fewer units that Nov (but this is a seasonal norm) – What is your outlook?

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