Locations

Here is a list of locations that all OfficeKey members have access to:

BLUE ASH

Westlake Center
4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 650
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Directions

DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI

Scripps Center
312 Walnut Street, Suite 1600
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Directions

HYDE PARK

Rookwood Tower
3805 Edwards Road, Suite 550
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Directions

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Turfway Ridge Office Park
7310 Turfway Road, Suite 550
Florence, KY 41042
Directions

WEST CHESTER

Union Centre
9078 Union Centre Blvd,
Suite 350
West Chester, OH 45069
Directions

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"Client Q & A: Meet Scott Jacobs of Queen City Angels"

Queen City Angels Queen City Angels (QCA) is one of the first, if not the first, angel group in the Midwest. Founded in 2000, QCA has funded approximately 90 startup companies, investing nearly $65 million. With over 60 members, QCA supplies “smart capital” to startups. It’s not just about the money. QCA firmly believes that it is their responsibility and obligation to mentor, coach, and guide entrepreneurs to success! Learn more about them and their Executive Director, Scott Jacobs in this month’s Client Q & A. 

Q: What is unique about QCA compared to other angel investment groups or venture capitalists?

A: QCA is so firmly dedicated to education (on angel investing and topics of interest to entrepreneurs) that we formed and recently received approval from the IRS for a 501c3 non-profit focused on education. If you look at the programs QCA with its partner HCDC have administered over the past 18 years (e.g. eKickStart, Morning Mentoring, Entrepreneur Boot Camp), you can clearly see how we’ve supported and helped build the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Q: How does Cincinnati stack up relative to peer cities with regard to development, retention, and support of its startup community?  And what could be improved?

A: Cincinnati stacks quite well with its peer cities. With #StartUpCincy leading the charge through Cintrifuse, Cincinnati has gotten more than its fair share of national press for all that is going on. The cost of doing business here is quite low, and we have so many resources. It is an easy city to navigate. Tech talent is going to cost you a lot less than on the coasts. There is a strong national movement to move toward the Midwest for all it offers, and we are going notice for the higher level of quality startups born here. We could improve by attracting the “boomerangs” back to Cincinnati to raise families, start new businesses, and attract C-level talent into our startups. We need to get more accredited investors off the sidelines and get them engaged in this space. Remember, net job growth in this country comes from small business. Not large corporations!

Q: Are you seeing a particular industry or trend that stands out as something poised for tremendous growth?  

A: Our society has really only scratched the surface on the technological possibilities utilizing blockchain technology and artificial intelligence. My personal opinion is that there is a tremendous upside in our use of these technologies and others. It’s about the data.

Q: What do you like most about your partnership with OfficeKey?

A: The staff is awesome, so kind and accommodating. The flexibility of being able to operate out of numerous locations is a great feature as well.

Q: What was your work experience prior to becoming the executive director of QCA?

I ran a “solo-preneurship,” marketing consulting practice; developing marketing plans for smaller companies and then staying on contract to implement the plans.  

Q: How do you spend time outside of work?

A: Mostly spend time with my family. My wife and I have three little ones, ages 6, 4 and 1.

Q: If you could have dinner with one historical figure (living or dead) who would it be and why?

A: Albert Einstein

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? 

A: Tele-transportation – wouldn’t it be cool to see how people lived 100, 200, or 300 years ago. Imagine going to a Mozart performance? How cool would it be to see how life on our planet will be 100, 200, or 300 years from now.

Q: What is your favorite movie or tv show?

A: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: Recent read, Bad Blood

Q: What is your favorite singer or band?

A: Radiohead 

Connect with Scott on Linkedin or check out QCA online! 

 

"Meet Pat of Turnbull-Walhert Construction"

 

Pat Raverty with Turnbull-Walhert Pat Raverty is the Director of Business Development for Cincinnati-based, Turnbull-Walhert Construction and is a true pleasure to have in our office community.  He is also very involved in the community through the Florence Rotary Club and is the chair of the Steinford Toy Drive which is currently collecting toys for local needy children.

Q: What does your company do?

A: Turnbull-Wahlert Construction offers services for commercial construction management, design-build, bid-spec, and design-bid-build construction. With a current client base that has grown to include Fortune 500 companies, school districts, medical facilities and major retailers across the nation, the success of Turnbull-Wahlert Construction is most evident in the high percentage of clients who have relied on our services in the past and return to us with new assignments. The forging of these relationships has resulted in a trend of sustained growth year after year with last completing nearly $90,000,000 in new projects. This year Turnbull-Wahlert Construction was one of  the Cincinnati Business Couriers Fast 55 and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Emerging 30 Companies plus numerous other project awards.

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?

A: Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, plus each of my daughters had our first grand-babies this Fall. I also enjoy travel, community involvement and working on our farm.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

A: Meeting and interacting with interesting people.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: I like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Die Hard, or any movie with John Wayne. I like movies with a happy ending, where the little guy comes out on top! 

Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?

A: The ability to eliminate poverty. I am the chair of the Florence Rotary Club Steinford Toy Project. I execute the Steinford Toy Drive, which provides Christmas presents to children in need. Since I took the lead of the drive, in 2014, we have gone from 33 to 75 locations. There is even a box at the Northern Kentucky OfficeKey location to collect toys!

Q: What is your favorite part about working in an OfficeKey location?

A: A quality environment in a convenient location with a supportive staff.

From construction to Christmas spirit, Pat Raverty does it all.

 

Post contributed by Kenzie Walters

 

"May Key Connections Lunch – UC Academic Internship Program"

Internships and Co-Ops

Internships and Co-Ops

Each month OfficeKey hosts a lunch open to all clients called Key Connections. It allows those sharing the office to meet each other and build a stronger sense of community, while enjoying some good food and listening to a guest speaker present on a relevant topic.

On May 6th at our West Chester location, OfficeKey was honored to have Paula Harper speak at the luncheon. Paula is the Manager of Job Development of the Academic Internship Program at the University of Cincinnati.

Businesses of any size can benefit from these programs and it is good to know what’s out there. Several OfficeKey clients have taken advantage of this great resource and hopefully others will do the same. Paula explained that there are four primary types of experiential learning opportunities for UC students:

–Co-op
–Academic Internship
–Service Learning
–UC Forward

The co-op program consists of alternating terms of full-time academic study with working full-time. It is a five year commitment with no summers off. By graduation, each student will have about one and a half years of experience. All engineering and DAAP (College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning) students are required to go through a Co-op program. Business students have the option to choose a Co-op program or take part in an academic internship.

The Academic Internship Program which Paula oversees is open to students across all fields of study. It is comprised of a two term sequence with one term devoted to study and the other to a work experience. The work portion requires 225 hr of work over the course of the term. Or an average of 15 hours per week. They can be paid or unpaid (if it’s a non-profit) but the paid positions are likely to attract more candidates.

Service Learning is a specially designed learning experience in which students combine reflection with structured participation in community based projects to achieve specified learning outcomes as part of an academic course and/or program requirement. Students do not get paid in this program because the goal of the program is to learn through service to the community.

Finally, UC Forward is a newly created program designed to foster cross-college courses that unite faculty and students from different colleges with stakeholders outside of the university; with a focus on developing new ways to tackle real world problems. The thought is that students should be able to put into action the things they are learning in the classroom, with the expectation that it will develop skills that can’t be taught in a lecture.

Students are available 3 times a year; January to May, May to August, and August to December. Arrangements are typically made at least one semester ahead so if interested plan accordingly. For more information click on the links above or contact Paula Harper at paula.harper@uc.edu.

"Guest Blog: First Impressions from a New Subscriber"

OfficeKey is an interesting name because, although I don’t have one physical “key” to get in, I feel like I have a key to the city.

Shared space makes so much sense; with more and more people going into business for themselves, sharing work space allows small companies to run as smoothly as big companies do, AND that big fancy board room gets a lot more use!

Meeting Space:

Last week while I was planning meetings with potential clients, I asked all of them where they would like to meet. I was able to quickly get meeting space in Hyde Park, Blue Ash and West Chester to accommodate them. Even though I had never had meetings in any of these buildings, I was able to walk in, find the meeting areas and get started quickly. The staff greeted me pleasantly in each location, as if they knew me.

Equipment:

The monitors in each room easily acknowledged my laptop, which made viewing web pages and getting ideas a lot easier than looking at a smaller screen. When I had any technical difficulty, the staff jumped up and helped me, without question. I have been so impressed. The Wifi is so easy to access and always works well, unlike the free wifi at restaurants, which only works half of the time.

collaboration

Open Workspace:

I have already used the open work space areas several times. I have a home office, so I am usually there, but this space is awesome for getting work done. The desk space is ample and the chairs are comfortable. There are enough outlets for all my chargers and others working are pleasant and respectful.

chair

I love being able to stay behind after my guests leave. I used to have meetings at Starbuck’s or Panera, but now I can plan on meeting at OfficeKey and eliminate driving from one meeting to another.

The Amenities:

The kitchen is clean and organized. I brought some left overs from lunch and put them in the fridge; it was awesome being able to leave them there and not have to take it home in my hot car. When I came back Friday they were there waiting for me. (At home someone would have eaten them.) There is bottled water available for my guests and myself and coffee, if I need a little energy.

Thank you, OfficeKey!

"Get Out of the Office this Summer"

vacation blogIf you’re lucky enough you will get a little time this summer to get away from work and relax with your family and friends. However that’s never an easy proposition for a business owner. Particularly if it’s a one person operation. There are certain things that only you can do for your business, but managing and maintaining your office doesn’t have to be one of them.

Whether you are on vacation or just want the flexibility of working out of your home, a serviced office is the place for you.  You can physically be in the office or be a million miles away and it will run smoothly just the same.  You will keep up your profile as a company worth doing business with, calls will be answered, packages received and your office is managed to set you up for success.

It’s important to take some time off every once in a while to recharge your battery.  If you’re constantly worried about what’s going on back at the office, how much time are you actually taking to relax?

 

"Are Open Plan Workspaces the New Normal?"

The “Superdesk” in this video is a great example of the creative ways in which workspaces are evolving. It’s exciting to see companies pushing the boundaries of what an office can and should be. However, it’s also very apparent that some industries are much more suited to this type of open plan than others. Marketing or tech companies would often lend themselves very well to a unique setup like this. Perhaps not so much for the legal or financial industries. Although that could change as the old guard gives way to a new generation of workers. Regardless it appears that the open plan workspace is not a fad and is here to stay. The question is will it be a niche, relegated only to certain company types, or will it become the norm for offices across a wide variety of industries?

"Leverage Your Firm’s First Impression"

To be a successful attorney you have to be willing and able to dig into the details of each case you take on.  If you run a solo or small practice it’s important that the same eye for detail applies to how you operate as a business.  One such detail that can be easily overlooked is the management of the initial impression that a prospective client will have when encountering your firm.  Here is an article that highlights the importance of taking advantage of those opportunities and the best practices in which to go about it:

http://www.attorneyatwork.com/best-practices-law-firm-telephone-etiquette/

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