Case Study: Sela the Graphic Artist and a New York Virtual Office

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How can a Virtual Office help you?

Case Study: Sela
Type of Business: Graphic Designer
Location: Long Island City, New York
Services: NY Company Formation, NYC Virtual Office, Mail Handling, and New York Registered Agent

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Sela, an only child from a single parent home, moved to Long Island City while attending a famous NYC design school. It broke her heart to leave her mother alone, but they both knew it was for the best.

After obtaining her degree, Sela was immediately hired as a graphic artist at a local Silicon Alley company. After a few years, she was heading up the same department with a promising future with the company. However, her Silicon Alley employer was not doing well in the current economic climate and the company was heading towards closing their New York location. They offered certain employees the opportunity to relocate to their headquarters in San Francisco – Sela was on board.

Unfortunately, right before her big move to San Francisco, tragedy struck. Her Mother, out for a leisurely evening walk, was struck by a car; Sela left New York immediately. Her mother had a compound fracture in her right leg and it was going to take a long time to heal. Sela, a self-professed “Momma’s Girl”, knew that she was going to be in Jackson for quite some time. Sela’s employer gave her her remaining vacation and banked days. In the meantime, she started to wrap-up her New York life from a distance.

Her employer did not want to loose her – Sela was way too talented. They worked out a deal where they would hire Sela as a freelance graphic designer, Sela agreed. She would be able to work from a distance without a problem. She always wanted to start her own firm, needed to take care of her mother, and saw this as her golden opportunity to be her own boss!

Sela searched online for a way to make her situation work. She realized that forming her company and renting a business address with mail forwarding would work perfectly for her. During her searches she found VH International Business Solutions’ office perfectly situated just a few blocks from her former Silicon Alley office – She loved the neighborhood!

Sela hired VH International Business Solutions to establish her New York business presence. She formed her LLC in New York, opened her virtual office, and selected VH International Business Solutions as her Registered Agent.

During the transition period from New York to Mississippi, Sela flew back and forth several times to vacate her apartment and put her furniture and belongings up for sale on Craigslist – with the help of friends. Sela had her mail from her Long Island City home forwarded to VH International Business Solutions office in Manhattan. We would then forward her personal mail, along with any business mail to her mother’s home in Jackson.

Within a month from her mother’s accident, Sela was back in Mississippi, full-time, tending to her mother’s every need. While her Silicon Alley former employer continued referring her with new freelance jobs, Sela worked on growing her own client base to supplement her income. She found it simple and convenient to work from Mississippi with a New York business presence.

Thankfully Sela’s mother’s recovery time was better than expected. Even though her business was growing every day, Sela wasn’t about to leave home anytime soon. She was going to stay home, close to her “Momma” and let VH International Business Solutions run her New York business presence for her.

We are proud to still call Sela one of our valued clients – and congratulate her success.

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How can VH International Business Solutions help you?

Website: Manhattan Virtual Office
Tel: 1.212.627.8900
Fax: 1.646.861.6610

Since 1990.

VH International Business Solutions, Inc.
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Strad for Lunch Series – Monday, January 11

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Statue of Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy

Every Monday at 12:30pm, WMP Concert Hall offers a 45 minute long chamber music concert to the public, and it is free admission with a suggested donation of $10.00. The idea of the concert series is to offer high quality music to their neighbors while they take their lunch break.

Monday, January 11th @ 12:30pm:
Duets with Violinists Leo Adamov and Eliot Lawson

These two talented violinists will perform works by Leclair, de Beriot and Prokofiev.

Leo Adamov, violinist, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Rotterdam Conservatory in The Netherlands. While living inAmsterdam,he enjoyed an active career as a freelance orchestra musician, performing and recording with the Netherlands Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Opera, and the Radio Chamber Philharmonic, among others.

At home in many of the world’s premiere venues, such as the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Boston Symphony Hall, Leo’s professional musical experience ranges from traditional classical concerts to tours with such artists as Duncan Sheik and Jill Scott, from Broadway to Shostakovich String Quartets to solo improvisation with a dancer.

In 2007 Leo moved to New York to perform as concertmaster and soloist with diverse ensembles and explore new music and new genres. In 2009, among other things, Leo performed as soloist with orchestras the Mozart, Bach, Corelli, and Vivaldi concerti, Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Chaussone Poeme and Beethoven Romance in F in New York.

Leo is on the faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory and has taught the past two summers at an International Masterclass in Dinant, Belgium. In early 2010 he will make his New York/Boston debut with the Adamov/ Lawson Violin Duo.

Born in Brussels in 1978, Eliot Lawson is of Belgian and Luso-American nationality. He started studying the violin in 1985, and was chosen by Yehudi Menuhin in 1989 to pursue his studies in London. It was, however, in Belgium, with Leon Souroujon, that he continued his studies, subsequently completing them with H. Krebbers, I. Oistrakh, I. Grubert, J.J. Kantorow, P. Vernikov and N. Shkolnikova.

He has master’s degrees in music, awarded “with greatest distinction” by the conservatories of Brussels and Rotterdam, as well as an “Artist Diploma” of Indiana University in Bloomington and a soloist’s diploma from the Fiesole Music School in Italy.

A laureate and finalist of several national and international competitions (including Brahms, de Beriot, Premio Jovens, Mozart, Proce Vitate, Vieuxtemps, Maasmond, Lantier, Krebbers, Premio Vittorio Gui, Tibor Varga, Cardona competitions), Eliot Lawson has given many concerts in Europe and the United States, appearing on numerous important stages and invited by many radio and television companies in Portugal and in Belgium.

He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie, Porto Symphony Orchestra, the Simfonieorkest van Vlaanderen, the Belgian National Orchestra, The Bonn Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Gulbenkian Foundation, The Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra in renowned concert halls. He performed during festivals such as Festival van Vlaanderen, Ars Musica, Festival de Wallonie, Festival de Bretagne, Festival Tibor Varga, Festival Roussel, Brugge cultural capital of Europe and played the opening concerts of halls such as AMUZ and Les Brigitinnes.

As a chamber musician, Eliot Lawson is a member of the ensembles Hermes, One-Off, Enigma and Joseph Jongen. He forms a regular duo with David Cohen (principal cellist of the Philharmonia Orchestra) and with his sister, the pianist Jill Lawson. He was concert master of the Rotterdam Young Philharmonic and the Prima la Musica Flanders chamber orchestra. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses in Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Portugal and the United States.

Since September 2006 he is professor in the Amsterdam Conservatory. He recorded several CD’s for labels such as Cypres and Fuga Libera receiving excellent reviews in magazines such as the Strad, Diapason (5/5), Crescendo (Joker). He will be recording the complete Hindemith sonatas, de Castera sonatas, Victor Vreuls and complete solo works by L. Souroujon

WMP Concert Hall is located at 31-33 East 28th Street, between Park and Madison. No food or beverages are permitted in the concert hall.

Future Shows:

Monday, January 25th @ 12:30:
Cellist Clara Yang and pianist Joseph Liccardo

More Details and Source: WMP Concert Hall

New York Virtual Office

Open your office in this cultural and trendy neighborhood today!

Website: Manhattan Virtual Office
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Fax: 1.646.861.6610

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New York Virtual Office Trial for January 2010

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Starting a new business and need an office? Have you considered the services a virtual office can offer your business?

Virtual office service is great for start-ups, small/home-based businesses or those simply looking to expand into new markets. Virtual offices are a great value alternative to having a full-time office and your virtual office can be set up virtually overnight.

Ready to see how your business can benefit from a virtual office? We have a trial virtual office offer during January 2010 just for you!

For the absolute best deal in Manhattan you’ll receive a physical New York Office Address in Midtown Manhattan with a 212 dedicated phone number at an unbeatable and incomparable trial rate of only $35 per month, for 2-months of service.

Special offer of $35 per month includes:

  • New York City Business Address
    Physical Manhattan Office address rental. A real office address, not a mailbox; not a fake suite number disguising a mailbox number. An actual office address that you can walk into, and if necessary, receive mail at, and meet clients in – all in a trendy neighborhood – on Broadway. Mail handling privileges including mail forwarding/pickup, reception and meeting room available if required.
  • 212 Manhattan Phone Number
    You will receive an exclusive dedicated 212 direct dial 24 hour phone number with voice mail. You can record up to a 2-minute outgoing greeting for your callers to listen to before they leave you up to a 3-minute long message. You can store 30 played or unplayed messages in your voice mailbox for up to 30 days. To retrieve messages, simply dial into your 212 phone number, enter your passcode, and listen to your messages. (Optional email delivery of messages is available for a one time setup of $10.)

To apply for this offer, simply click here to visit our website and access the online application.

Let VH International Business Solutions help your company establish a complete business presence in NYC today!

And for all the fun caveats: Offer valid for new approved clients only. Offer may not be combined with any other offer. Applicants must order and have their completed applications approved prior to January 31, 2010. After the 2-months are up, you can opt to not renew all services or phone service. Address renewal rates revert to standard published rates. Current rates for renewal are from $25-$60 per month for the address rental and a $10 flat per month for the 212 phone number. If you select to add on email delivery of messages, the phone messages come as .wav files and the fax comes as .pdf files. You can select to have your mail forwarded daily, weekly or monthly. Service charge of $00.50¢ per piece plus postage. Mail pickup is available by appointment and is a flat $3 per pickup. Meeting space available at $15 per hour with a 2-hour minimum. An initial $25 deposit required for any account activity costs, for example, mail forwarding costs. Account setup takes just one business day from receipt of your completed application.

New York Virtual Office

We look forward to serving your New York business needs. Please contact us with any questions:
Tel: 1.212.627.8900
Fax: 1.646.861.6610
Manhattan Virtual Office

Since 1990.

VH International Business Solutions, Inc.
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