Case Study: Siobhanne, Her Talent Agency and a NYC Virtual Office

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Case Study: Siobhanne
Type of Business: Talent Agency
Location: Greenwich, London, UK
Services: New York Virtual Office Business Address Rental, Meeting Room Usage, Mail Handling

Siobhanne lives just across the pond from New York in Greenwich, a suburb of London. A former model and retired actress herself, she parlayed her expertise and experience into running a small talent agency out of her home office. Her work brought her to the United States every few weeks – client opportunities in the States were starting to show a profit.

Siobhanne needed a New York business address to receive correspondence. Initially, she unwittingly rented what turned out to be simply a mailbox service from a “virtual office” company right here in Manhattan. She ran into huge problems when potential talent clients would attempt to visit her office to drop-off head-shots and found a room of mailboxes, how embarrassing! She knew it didn’t portray a professional image; she needed to rent an actual business address, with facilities to receive both her mail and guests in a professional office environment. That’s when she contacted VH International Business Solutions, Inc.

After several emails containing detailed questions, phone calls, and viewing facility photos, Siobhanne was confident with the environment and professionalism of the employees who would be running “her” office. She signed up for our business address rental services online.

She gave precise instructions, to be left on file with the receptionist, on how to deal with any talent that would show up unannounced to drop-off head shots. After the talent left their packages with reception, the resumé and head-shots would be scanned and emailed to Siobhanne. All mail and packages received would then be forwarded, at the end of each month, via courier (flat rate envelope) to her home in Greenwich. She would pickup her mail herself while in New York.

Two weeks after opening her account, Siobhanne made an appointment to rent the private office facilities for a few hours during one of her trips to New York. She was thrilled with the accommodations, size, brightness, and privacy of the room… over 200 sq feet of private space all to herself for only $15 an hour! VH International Business Solutions, Inc provided exactly the service she needed! She was confident her business was in good hands.

We are proud to call Siobhanne and her talent agency one of our valued clients.

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How can VH International Business Solutions help you?
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Flatiron High and Low Exhibition at the Van Alen Institute

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The rich architectural heritage of one of New York’s historic districts is the subject of “Flatiron High and Low,” an exhibition of photographs, architects’ renderings, vintage views, and film footage to be presented by Van Alen Institute in cooperation with the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District. The exhibition, free and open to the public weekdays between noon and 5 pm, will be on view at Van Alen Institute from Wednesday, October 28, through Friday, December 11. A panel discussion with distinguished architects and architectural historians is slated for Tuesday, November 3, 6:30 pm, also at Van Alen Institute. RSVPs ( are required for the panel discussion.

“Flatiron High and Low” spotlights two centuries of building culture in the Flatiron district. The exhibition imaginatively explores the multiple meanings of high and low—from height and cost to technology and culture—and showcases the built juxtapositions, typological mixtures, and architectural inventions characteristic of this Manhattan neighborhood.

In addition to the Flatiron’s centerpiece park and namesake building, the exhibition will include a variety of built and unbuilt projects representative of the district’s history: charitable hospices and high-end hotels, popular entertainment venues and high-culture institutions, ephemeral spectacles and high-tech enterprises. Among the featured projects will be Roger Ferri’s visionary “green” skyscraper of 1976, an unbuilt project for the northeast corner of Madison Square Park.

The exhibition is curated by architectural historian Joan Ockman and designed by architect Eunjeong Seong. Urban archivist Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks, is the exhibition consultant, and selections from her collection of vintage postcards will be on view in the show. Participants in the panel discussion will be architect Shohei Shigematsu, partner in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and director of OMA*AMO New York; Robert A.M. Stern, founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture; Carol Willis, architectural historian and founder of the Skyscraper Museum; and James Wines, artist, architect, and founder of SITE, the multidisciplinary architecture and environmental arts organization. The moderator will be Deborah Berke, principal of Deborah Berke and Partners Architects and professor of architectural design at Yale.

Special walking tours based on the exhibition will be offered by the Flatiron Partnership. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will take place at Van Alen Institute on Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 pm.

Exhibition Dates:
October 28—December 11, Monday—Friday 12-5pm

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, October 27, 6:30-8:30pm

Panel Discussion:
Tuesday, November 3, 6:30-8:30pm

Exhibition Location:
Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010

The exhibition is made possible by sponsorship and support from Newmark Knight Frank, managing and leasing agent for the Flatiron Building and 230 Fifth Avenue; the Ace Hotel, 20 West 29th Street; ’wichcraft, 11 East 20th Street; FotoCare, photography and printing specialists at 41 West 22nd Street; and Avery Digital Fabrication Lab at Columbia University.

About Van Alen Institute:
Van Alen Institute promotes innovative thinking about the role of architecture and design in civic life. Among our activities are design competitions, lectures and symposia, exhibitions, publications, research and advocacy. Our programs engage a broad constituency of people in New York City, the nation, and around the world who participate in shaping the designed environment, from architecture students to emerging and established professionals to the interested public. For more information, please visit

About the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership:
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District, formed in 2006, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the area’s reputation as one of New York’s most vital and exciting neighborhoods. This is undertaken by maintaining a clean and safe environment for those who live, work and visit the area; by spearheading area improvement projects; and by marketing the diverse business and retail options in this vibrant and historic neighborhood. For more information, please visit


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Meatball Madness hosted by Giada De Laurentiis

Meatball Madness

The New York City Food and Wine Festival took place from October 8, 2009 through October 11, 2009 at various venues throughout the city, hosted by the Food Network and Travel and Leisure magazine and proceeds benefited the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength. It’s the only festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs.

We here at VH International Business Solutions, Inc were sent 2- tickets to the Meatball Madness event hosted by Giada De Laurentiis by the New York City Wine and Food Festival Founder, South Beach Wine and Food Festival Founder, and Director of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Lee Brian Schrager.

Meatball Madness Ticket

Event Description:

“At its juiciest, spiciest best, the beloved morsel of goodness known as “meatball” can elevate the spirit and satisfy the soul. Crafting a true standout beauty requires plenty of know-how, not to mention a secret ingredient or two, some technique and perhaps a daring move. Giada De Laurentiis, herself no stranger to the art of successfully creating tonight’s featured dish, will host what could be the meatball blowout of the decade. The city’s greatest examples will go on display for your tasting pleasure. A great way to end the weekend, this gathering could kick off a hot new craze as meatball lovers enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to compare tastes, textures and sauces – and all to the festive sounds of traditional Italian music. A chef’s signature accompaniment will accent each meatball, turning the sampling plates into mini-masterpieces of sheer delight. And as with any food that packs a real punch in the flavor department, only the boldest – dare we say most audacious – wines will do. Expect to sip some of the best as you indulge, indulge, indulge.”

Grocery coupons are always available for ingredients.

Participating Restaurants and Chefs:

A couple represented VH International Business Solutions, Inc. at the event. Here’s their account:

“We arrived at “la.venue” at 6:50 pm and found a block-long line full of people eager to start one of the last events of the New York Food & Wine Festival 2009. The doors opened on time and we ran in to start tasting some of the most amazing meatballs I have ever had in my life.

La.venue is a restored 1800 square feet event space at The Terminal Stores in Chelsea Built in 1891. The space was filled with food, wines, beer and desserts offered by different restaurants from all over the city. Regional authentic Italian music was playing live by three gentlemen while the guests walked from one corner of the space to the other going from one great meatball to another. There were judges tasting the food and writing notes and photographers blinding poor Ms. De Laurentiis with a million flashes.

There were many Food Network personalities serving their own versions of meatballs. We spoke with Anne Burrell from Food Network’s “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef”, Mama DiSpirito and Rocco DiSpirito, Cesare Casella from Salumeria Rosi, Amanda Freitag from The Harrison, John DeLucie from The Waverly Inn and Alex Guarneschelli from Butter.

Our favorites were Mama DiSpirito’s Famous Meatball and Felidia’s Fortunato Nicotra’s Meatball Pâté.

Judges Frank Bruni, Gail Simmons and Jeffrey Steingarten awarded Andrew Carmellini from Locanda Verde a $5,000 gift from Pat La Frieda meat purveyors for his meatball.

We finished the night with some great Sicilian cannolis from Ferrara Bakery & Café handed personally by Ernest Lepore and crawled back home with a full stomach.”

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Rocco DiSpirito interview Rocco DiSpirito being interviewed Rocco DiSpirito and Meatball Lover

Rocco DiSpirito Palm Beer Not Meatballs

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Illy Espresso Table Giada De Laurentiis Abstract Portrait Giada De Laurentiis (3)

Giada De Laurentiis (2) Giada De Laurentiis Ferrara Pastries

Diet Coke Chef Cesare Casella's Table from Salumeria Rosi Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli of Butter

Bill Telepan from Telepan Restaurant Barilla America Corporate Chef Lorenzo Boni, Barilla USA Chef Assistant Yury Krasilovsky, Chef Edmondo Sarti of Pasta Pomodoro Amanda Freitag from The Harrison

Anne Burrell from Food Networks Secrets of a Restaurant Chef Anne Burrell Food Networks Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (2) Anne Burrell Food Networks Secrets of a Restaurant Chef

Acqua Panna and Pellegrino Table Acqua Panna

Hungry? Feel like you’ve missed out? Never fear: The culinary delight will continue next year! Make sure you save the date for the 2010 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, October 7-10, 2010. Stay tuned into the excitement all year long by following Festival founder and director Lee Schrager on Twitter.

A super huge “THANK YOU” to Lee Schrager for the tickets!!!

Official Event Pictures

About the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival:
The 2009 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is produced by Karlitz & Company and Southern Wine & Spirits of New York. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York is also the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival. Hosted by and benefiting the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength(R), 100 percent of the Festival’s net proceeds go toward helping these community based organizations fight hunger.

About the Food Bank for New York City:
Food Bank For New York City recognizes 26 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. Through its citywide network of approximately 1,000 food assistance programs, the Food Bank helps provide 300,000 free meals a day to New Yorkers in need. The Food Bank further mobilizes its efforts through direct services, food stamp access, research and policy initiatives, nutrition education and free tax assistance for low-income New Yorkers. Every dollar donated to the Food Bank helps provide five meals to New Yorkers in need. Learn how you can help at

About Share Our Strength:
Share Our Strength(R) is the leading national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. By weaving together a net of community groups, activists and food programs, Share Our Strength catches children at risk of hunger and ensures they have nutritious food where they live, learn and play. Working closely with the culinary industry, Share Our Strength creates engaging, pioneering programs like Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation(R), the nation’s premier culinary benefit; Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale(R), a national grassroots effort; Share Our Strength’s A Tasteful Pursuit(R), a touring dinner series; Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out( )(R), a week-long program involving thousands of restaurants nationwide; and Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline(R), a cooking-based nutrition education program. Visit to learn more about our goal of ending childhood hunger in America by 2015.

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Thank you notes from Ms. S’ Class

Thank you from MsS Class to VH International Business Solutions

We just received our Thank You notes from Ms. S’ class for sponsorship of a project through Donor’s Choose.

Project: Frozen Moments: Captured Learning

Project Description by Ms. S.:

My students can best be described enthusiastic, curious, and tenacious. Most of my students have many challenges in their lives but school is a safe haven where they can come and be a bit carefree. Many are many grade level behind or have parents who can’t or don’t spend much time with them.

We work hard in the science lab. We are a hand-on working lab. We learn by investigating and recording our findings. We don’t have alot of official “work” to hang on the walls or send home for the kids to share. Most of our work is in our notebooks and minds.

A camera would allow the students to record our work and their discoveries. A close up of an organism we are studying, the results of chemical mixture, setting up a course to test how friction effects speed, a plant they want to identify, and more. They can use the pictures to support their claims and to take home to share with their parents. We can even post our science learning for other classes and teachers to see. These moments of learning are crucial to students being about to share their ideas, predictions, processes, and evidence. With a digital camera, memory, paper, and and printer we can take our learning to a new level.

This gift will go towards helping 7 classes of future scientists. You will be facilitating communication between school and home and give us the hard proof of how much work and learning is going on.

Letter from Ms. S after the project was funded:

Dear VH International Business Solutions, Inc,
Thank you so much for you donation. I am very excited to get this for my kids and the classroom. It is going to be such a wonderful tool to capture kids learning moments. We are always doing hands-on science and writing in our science notebooks, but sometimes it is difficult to show how much work is happening in our classes. With this camera we will be able to photograph our work and display it and share it with our parents and school community.

With gratitude,
Ms. S.

Letter from Ms. S after the project was completed:

Dear VH International Business Solutions, Inc,
Thank you for this wonderful gift to my classroom. Thanks to you I am able to offer a photography club at our school’s enrichment time. They were so excited and we are toying with the idea of creating a yearbook.

As you will see in the pictures they are having a great time taking pictures of themselves and I have also included some of the pictures we have taken in Photography club and other pictures of students in science class. They have really enjoyed taking turns capturing their fellow students in action. We are using these photos once we have printed them to create of bulletin board of our learning.

Your gift has and will touch the lives of many students for years to come.
Thank you!

With gratitude,
Ms. S.

Previously received Thank You packages.

Ace Hotel’s ExPAC Halloween Eve Party

Another ExPAC night at the Ace Hotel:


ExPAC Halloween Eve Party at Ace Hotel New York

Join Ace Hotel and Adam Davidson for a special Halloween second installment of ExPAC, celebrating Pacific Northwest Ex-pats living in New York City.

Friday, October 30th, 2009, from 8-11pm in the lobby of Ace Hotel New York at 20 West 29th Street.

Guest DJ John Richards of KEXP will be on the turntables. Dress like a Northwesterner for Northwestern drink specials, or just show your Washington or Oregon ID.


NEW YORK, NY 10001
T. 212.679.2222

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