Consortium helps businesses with office setup

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Everyone likes the concept of one-stop shopping: get your gas, groceries and garbage bags at one superstore. That is the concept a group of already successful business owners put to work when they formed Office Now.

Office Now combines communications, office furniture, copiers and printers, and even office space in one stop.

IT Communications, Facilitek, All Copy Products and Windsor Marketing joined forces after seeing how much effort is required to locate, then equip an office.

“Office Now removes the need to deal with vendors located across town from each other,” said Kevin Feldotto of IT Communications. Another unique feature offered by Office Now is that clients can combine the cost of telephones, copiers and printers, and office furniture into one mortgage and have few, if any, out-of-pocket expenses.

“The most important part of putting this partnership together was to find reputable, established companies we are confident will provide the level of service and quality of products that each partner is comfortable with,” Feldotto said.

Facilitek has been in business for 19 years and is locally owned. All Copy Products is an established Denver company that wanted to expand to Colorado Springs. IT Communications morphed from a Colorado Springs company started in 1995.

“Service after the sale is one of the most important aspects of any business purchase,” said All Copy’s Dan Luu. Facilitek’s marketing manager, Jennifer Romero, agrees. “When you deal with a company that has a 19-year track record, you can be comfortable your purchase will be properly serviced.”

Office Now has a showroom in the new Poet’s Loft at 201 E. Las Animas in the Lowell Neighborhood. On display are products from each of the providers, and tours of new office space at the site are available. These are not just static displays, but real, working examples of how each product might appear in an office setting. Clients are invited to come in and try out the furniture, use the telephones and make color copies.

The idea of packaging the cost of office products and the mortgage often helps startups become operational. “The up front costs go flat (if rolled into the purchase of office space),” Feldotto said.

However, one need not purchase an office space to combine the cost of furniture, copiers and telephone systems, Luu said. The Office Now team works with a leasing company that will work the same deal without a real estate purchase, he said.

Windsor Marketing is showing the seven retail spaces below the new Poet Lofts, which has 14 homes from 1,600 to 3,300 square feet. The office spaces sell for $550,000 to $765,000, and the homes list from $289,000 to $742,000. None of the units have been sold, but some are listed as “reserved.”

Interested parties may call Facilitek at 590-9944, ext. 218; IT Communications at 598-9516; All Copy at 633-2095, and Windsor Marketing at 447-1003.