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Matchmakers for business roomies

One thing about truly brilliant ideas – you always ask “Why didn’t anybody think of that before?”

A Woodbury, Long Island company, Open Space Ventures, LLC has launched OpenOfficeSpace.com, a new web site that lets businesses and entrepreneurs match up – for office space. It’s being described as “sort of an eHarmony” for business.

Created by David Gise and his partner Marc Spector, openofficespace.com streamlines the process of finding and posting office space, while providing insightful advice and powerful interactive tools to help small businesses throughout the leasing process, according to the developers.

“We set out to create an extremely clean and user-friendly experience that is unlike any other typical real estate or classified website” Gise said.

Gise, a former personal trainer turned entrepreneur and social media consultant, conceived the idea for Open Office Space after meeting with several of his clients. He noticed a trend of companies hampered with carrying the cost of their extra office space but unsure or unaware of the options available to ease this burden.

“The site is an excellent resource, not only in this economy but in any economy. It can really help many companies streamline their expenses while helping others create an ideal working environment” said Spector.

“Evolving Guide to Leasing” available on the site alone is worth a visit, they say. The interactive guide explores the “Top 10 Mistakes” made by companies during the leasing process, outlined in layman’s terms; “The 4 Steps” it takes to be successful every step of the way and even offers more than 50 ways for companies to reduce their office expenses.

From finding the right space and negotiating the lease to planning the layout and creating an eco-friendly work place, the site’s powerful interactive tools and easy-to-understand content simplifies the leasing process for everyone involved, say Gise and Spector.

The site’s free space estimation tool helps entrepreneurs and small businesses calculate the right amount of square footage based on their specific requirements.

Once a company determines their correct space requirements, the space planning/floor plan tool can be used to lay out the entire space by dragging and dropping furniture directly onto the plan.

“It’s a lot easier to arrange furniture using the space planning tool than to be surprised when the moving van arrives,” Gise explained. Determining the placement of phones, computers, printers and copiers before the day of the move can help save entrepreneurs valuable time,” he added.

Floor plans including furniture layouts can be saved, printed or shared with friends and colleagues or even posted on other property listing sites.

Open Office Space is based in New York. Users can design, find or post available office space anywhere in the U.S. and Canada at no cost. Featured cities on the site include Austin, TX; Charleston, SC; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Toronto, Ontario; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; San Jose, CA; Vancouver, British Columbia; Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; New York, NY and Seattle, WA.

“The site is an excellent resource, not only in this economy but in any economy. It can really help many companies streamline their expenses, while helping others create an ideal working environment,” Spector said.

For more information, visit openofficespace.com.

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