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NY TechDay, Here We Come!


NY TechDay LogoThis April 24th, the team will attend NY TechDay, a leading showcase for technology in New York City.

Over 400 exhibitors will demonstrate products and services to tech enthusiasts, investors and the press.

Our team will be on hand to talk about the service and introduce our telephony API. We’ll also be giving out some great swag and discounts!

Event Details:

When? April 24, 2014, from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Where? Pier 92, New York City

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Absent Motivation Means Absent Employees


It all begins with motivation.


If your employees are experiencing a lack of motivation in the work place, you’ll see this evident in their productivity. You’ll also see this evident in the amount of days they take off.

Developing a successful incentive program can be a challenge; you must fine tune the program to fit into your company culture, engage various personality types and overall, be seen as worth the time and effort of your team. Handing out a few extra dollar bills here and there is unlikely to keep your team inspired for the long run.

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Curious About the API?


Are you a developer looking for a custom telephony solution?

Learn about the new API in this 17-minute webinar by our API Product Manager Aaron Rosenthal. You’ll learn about the features supported by our API and ways you can integrate them into your business applications.

The webinar includes:

  • An introduction to the API
  • About the new SMS API service
  • Creative ways to use SMS (text messaging) in your business
  • How to integrate SMS into other business applications
  • About the API Beta program

If you are interested in participating in the API Beta, please visit to request an invitation.

View the API Webinar slide deck (PDF)

Cutting the Cord: Are Landlines Dead to Small Business?


image001Many consumers are dropping their landlines for cell phones and Internet-based phone lines to save some cash. For businesses, however, the decision isn’t quite as easy. Whether you’re a startup weighing your options for business phone systems, or an established business considering dumping your landline, money isn’t always everything.

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“You’re Approved!” How A Virtual Phone Number Can Help You Get A Loan


Stamp printed on the approved loan application approved.Ah, lender compliance. Something most of us never think about until it smacks us upside the head with urgency and extreme importance. If you’ve ever started your own business, thought about starting your own business or are currently in the process of starting your own business, then you might have an inkling as to what we’re referring to here.

These two little words mean everything to a burgeoning business-to-be because without them, your business will not get the loan approval needed from the bank. Many a hopeful business owner (or, pre-business owner, rather) has walked out of a lender meeting having no idea as to why their application was declined. So, rather than standing around confused with your hands in your pockets, kicking up dust and scratching your head out side of the bank, we recommend learning a little about the lender compliance checklist and what it takes to get that golden ticket of approval.

While our range of expertise would make it tricky for us to help you navigate your way through the entire lender compliance checklist, we definitely can speak to the importance of having a business phone number. Without it, you most likely won’t be hearing, “You’re approved!” any time soon. Unquestionably, certifiably, and beyond a shadow of a doubt, the easiest and most efficient way to get a business phone number is with the help of a virtual phone system. By simply signing up for a virtual phone plan through or as part of a virtual office plan from a company like Alliance Virtual Offices, you automatically get the necessary business phone number that will help you get the necessary “Yes.” What’s more, if you sign up for a virtual office, you get the lender compliance required business address as well.

Sure, you and your fledgling startup can navigate the hassles and strings attached to the more old-school and traditional business phone plans. But why go through extra effort, costs, and energy when you don’t have to? Within minutes of signing up – which also only takes minutes – you and your virtual phone number will be locked, loaded and ready for action. Even better, your lender compliance checklist will be that much closer to completion.

They say time is money, and thanks to the ease and affordability that come with a virtual phone and/or virtual office plan, you will save a lot of both.

HeadshotLauren McDuffie is the Communications Specialist at Alliance Virtual Offices, and writes original articles, copy, and blog posts geared toward helping mobile professionals and entrepreneurs work more efficiently and effectively. She lives in Indianapolis, IN with her husband, daughter, and two cats.