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26
Mar

It’s Time for Boston’s Winter Restaurant Week – Eat Great Food While Helping a Local Charity

Don't miss these fabulous deals at some amazing Bostonian restaurants this week only during Restaurant Week!

Don’t miss these fabulous deals at some amazing Bostonian restaurants this week only during Restaurant Week!

If you are a native or a visitor to Boston and surrounding suburbs and cities, then be sure to try a new or favorite restaurant for $38.13 for a 3-course dinner. Lunches are included in restaurant week too for 2-courses, pay only $15.13 and 3-courses, $20.13. All prices are for a price-fixed menu and exclude drinks, tax, and tip.

The types of eateries include:

  • Steakhouses
  • Italian
  • Sushi
  • Asian
  • Argentinian
  • French
  • Tapas
Lineage: One of the participating restaurants for Restaurant Week Boston.

Lineage: One of the participating restaurants for Restaurant Week Boston.

For a list of all participating restaurants, click here.

Cinquecento: A Restaurant Week Boston Choice

Cinquecento: A Restaurant Week Boston Choice

Every year a local charity is selected as a partner. This year, the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and American Express are donating $5,000 to First Night, Inc.

2013 Boston's Restaurant Week's Local Charity

2013 Boston’s Restaurant Week’s Local Charity

which is dedicated to building community and diversity through the arts. All participating restaurants are donating $100 gift certificates to First Night’s Fund Raising Auction that started March 18th-April 4th. To support First Night, click on the link to see all auction items and place your bid today before it’s too late!

Enjoy great food for great prices and help your local communities by supporting First Night. Enjoy! ūüôā

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25
Mar

Business Travelers: Travel Insurance is a Must Have for all Business Trips!

You wouldn’t want to drive without auto insurance or have a house without home owner’s insurance so why would you ever want to travel without insurance either? Travel Insurance is so important especially when traveling oversees but can come in handy for any trip. Even if your company pays for your health insurance, there is a very good chance that you won’t have any coverage oversees and in some cases, you might not have any across states depending on your plan. Travel insurance will cover the cost of injuries, illnesses, accidents, cancellations, etc.

Travel Insurance covers for all of this and much more! Don't travel anywhere without it!

Travel Insurance covers for all of this and much more! Don’t travel anywhere without it!

Nomadic Matt is a travel blogger that has been traveling all over the world since 2006. He gives sound travel advice and recently wrote all about Travel Insurance which is where we get our inspiration and information for today’s post.

Here is a list of tips for finding the right Travel Insurance policy for YOU:

  • Find a plan with a high coverage limit to take care of all medical expenses. Most will cover up to $100,000 USD but paying higher premiums will up the coverage amount. Find a plan that will take care of all of your potential health costs so that you won’t have to pay out of pocket.
  • Be sure to find a plan that covers emergency evacuation – for both natural disasters and health related injuries/illnesses. The coverage for this is generally $300,000 USD.
  • Remember that Travel Insurance is not a health insurance substitute but is for any accidents that might happen while you are abroad.

Good Travel Insurance policies should include:

  • Coverage for emergencies that arise that cut your travel plans short;
  • Coverage for trip cancellations, hotel bookings, flights, trains, autos, etc.;
  • Coverage for lost or stolen items including baggage, documents, jewelry, etc.;
  • Coverage for your electronics (cameras, iPods, laptops, iPads, tablets, etc.)
  • Coverage for personal accidents;
  • Coverage of any legal expenses that may be incurred;
  • Coverage for any sudden illnesses or injury;
  • Coverage for most countries in the world (especially the one(s) you are going to);
  • Provide 24 Hour Emergency services and financial coverage if you get stuck in another country

What Travel Insurance won’t cover:

  • Injury to person’s on the road;
  • Alcohol or drug related incidents;
  • Carelessness in handling your baggage and possessions;
  • Recklessness – this is defined by the particular insurance company so be sure to clarify what your company’s definition is.

Proper steps for faster claim filing:

  1. Have all of your receipts and documentation for everything you need reimbursement for. If you have a police report, be sure to include this as well.
  2. Be prepared to wait for reimbursement but if you have given the company everything they need to file the claim, chances are you will get your money back much sooner.

Where to get started:

  • www.insuremytrip.com provides plan comparisons from multiple insurance companies all on one site.
  • www.worldnomads.com comes highly rated by lots of worldwide travelers: Nomadic Matt says “They are very reputable and claims are quickly and fairly processed. I used them because they are the official partner of National Geographic, now I stay with them because they are awesome. While their insurance policy is similar to many of the other companies…I enjoy World Nomads because I can purchase and renew my insurance policy online in a matter of minutes, they have a very friendly and responsive staff who answer questions and help solve problems via social media, and they have great customer feedback. They tend to be the most responsive out there.”

With any decision, research is key to find the company that will fit your specific needs. Be sure to consider all of the above when narrowing down the right company.

We hope that from now on, Travel Insurance is always another business expense whenever you are traveling and wish safe journeys to all!

Don't travel without Insurance or else you would be paying out of pocket for this!

Don’t travel without Insurance or else you would be paying out of pocket for this!

22
Mar

Don’t Miss Dallas’ BIG Celebration at Victory Park on March 27th!

Dallas BIG Event - Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:00pm-8:00pm AT&T Plaza in Victory Park

Dallas BIG Event – Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:00pm-8:00pm AT&T Plaza in Victory Park

If you are going to be in Dallas, TX on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 then don’t miss this free event hosted by VisitDallas.com.

The festivities include live music, free give-aways, food, drinks, and fun for the whole family!

The performers are DJ Michael Jerome, Professor D, and Vocal Trash.

Time: 4:00pm-8:00pm; Location: AT&T Plaza in Victory Park; Date: March 27, 2013.

Schedule: 4:00-4:30 DJ Michael Jerome; 4:30-5:30 Vocal Trash; 5:30-6:00 DJ Michael Jerome; 6-6:15 Mayoral Presentation; 6:15-7:10 Professor D; 7:10-7:20 DJ Michael Jerome; 7:20-8:00 Professor D.

Come Celebrate why you Love Dallas.

Come Celebrate why you Love Dallas.

18
Mar

Business Travelers: Check Out These 10 Cloud-Based Apps to Aid Your Business

Cloud based software is all around us these days and makes doing business on the go so much easier and manageable. Here are the top 10 cloud based applications that you can implement into your business now:

  1. Top 10 Cloud-Based Application: Zendesk

    Top 10 Cloud-Based Application: Zendesk

     Zendesk: This software allows you to quickly trouble-shoot and manage all of your customers needs in one easy to use interface that takes information from anywhere Рsocial media, email, etc. and creates one ticket for that customer. This software was designed for the customer, agents, and managers. There is also a way to track analytics, communicate internally, and the best part is that it can be used on iPhone, iPad, Windows 7, Android, Kindle Fire, and Blackberry.

  2. Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Ad Block Plus

    Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Ad Block Plus

     Ad Block Plus. This is an add-on for Firefox, Chrome, Android, or Opera that allows you to block pesky pop-ups.

  3. Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Zoho Creator

    Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Zoho Creator

     Zoho Creator. Create and manage your own database and apps using a convenient drag-and-drop system and there is an extensive network of support readily available to answer any questions you might have. 

  4. Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Skype
    Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Skype

    Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Skype

    Skype. Call anyone, anywhere for less than most other phone carriers. You can also see the other person too which makes it a great way to hold a meeting. 

  5. Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Basecamp

    Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Basecamp

     Basecamp. Store and manage all of your projects in one place. Control who can see your project(s) and who can see each other all in this easy to use interface.

  6. Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: GoToMeeting

    Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: GoToMeeting

     GoToMeeting. Use this software to host a meeting from afar. You can show the other meeting attendees your computer or just a document from your computer. Do an entire presentation online with your partners oversees or across the country.

  7. Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Socialoomph

    Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Socialoomph

     SocialOomph. Track and manage all of your social media in one account. 

  8. Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: TribeHR

    Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: TribeHR

     TribeHR. Keeps all of your employees information in one place that allows you and them to interact with.

  9. Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: FuseBill

    Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: FuseBill

    ¬†FuseBill. Create and track all invoices in one place, set-up recurring payments, charge client’s cards, and more with this all-in-one accounting cloud-based system.¬†

  10. Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Boxmeup

    Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications: Boxmeup

     Boxmeup. If you have a lot of inventory, this app will make your life so much easier because it allows you to keep stock of all of your items by placing them into virtual boxes. 

Hopefully these cloud-based applications will help make your businesses run smoother and will help reduce some of the stresses of running a business.

14
Mar

Lexington Area Fully Furnished Rentals Available in Boston, MA

Stay in a home away from home while traveling for business or leisure, relocating, insurance claims, etc. The possibilities are endless for fully furnished rentals and much more comfortable for long term stays than hotels!

We have fully-furnished short term rentals all over Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Lexington and throughout Massachusetts in the hottest apartment rental buildings and exclusive private residential properties. Our quality & luxury are unsurpassed.

All of our rentals include:

  • Electronics, Housewares, Linens
  • Utilities Included
  • 24/7, Friendly Customer Service
  • Easy application process
  • Meet & Greet Service

This weeks featured area is Lexington, MA:

  • Avalon at Lexington Fully Furnished Suites that have been recently renovated

    Avalon at Lexington Fully Furnished Suites that have been recently renovated

    Avalon at Lexington Fully Furnished Suites that have been recently renovated. This property accepts cats; includes a washer/dryer in the unit, luxurious surroundings, valet parking, and much more! To view more photos, maps, and information about this beautiful building, please click here.

  • Avalon at Lexington Hills Fully Furnished Suites convenient to all Longwood Medical Area (LMA) Hospitals

    Avalon at Lexington Hills Fully Furnished Suites convenient to all Longwood Medical Area (LMA) Hospitals

    Avalon at Lexington Hills Fully Furnished Suites convenient to all Longwood Medical Area (LMA) Hospitals. This property was also recently renovated and accepts both cats and dogs. Other amenities include: fitness center, concierge services, USPS on-site, all hardwood floors, and much more! To view more photos, maps, and information about this lovely building, please click here.

To view all of our amazing exclusive properties and areas that we service, please visit us at http://Boston.AvenueWest.com or give us a call directly 347-735-9661 or email us Boston@AvenueWest.com and we can find the perfect property to fit your needs.

13
Mar

How Honest are Online Reviews Really?

In the recent Wall Street Journal article titled “10 Things Online Reviewers Won’t Tell You,” author Kelli B. Grant dove into the truths about many online reviews.¬† Here is what she found:

  1. Only 70% of consumers say they actually trust online reviews. Be scam smart!

    Only 70% of consumers say they actually trust online reviews. Be scam smart!

    Only 70% of consumers say that they trust reviews from review websites such as yelp.com, Angie’s List, and TripAdvisor. In reality, 30% of online reviews are fake. Businesses can find people that they can hire to write them good reviews.

  2. Business owners, employees, friends, and family members create an online alias and then either post rave reviews about their company or really negative ones about the competition. It was found from a 2011 Harvard study that sales increase an average of 5% to 9% for independent restaurants on yelp.com with just a one-star-better difference. Which might be one reason why the business owners and affiliates themselves create these reviews.
  3. Beware whenever you decided to post a negative review online, even if you are doing so anonymously. The first amendment protects your freedom of speech but it will not protect you from a law suit if you post a false statement of fact.
  4. There is a higher percentage of 5 star reviews across the board on Amazon.com, yelp.com, and TripAdvisor and the experts say that this is most likely caused by the number of fake reviews.
  5. Instead of just relying on the review rating itself, try to read the description of the review so that you can better determine the quality of the products and/or services being offered.
  6. Beware of Amazon Reviews

    Be leery of any review posted on the web today. The best way to find out if a product or company is good is to try it out yourself.

    On Amazon.com, companies can give away free products utilizing the Amazon Vine Program but they must still allow both negative and positive feedback on the free products. They are not allowed to offer any other type of compensation. A 2011 survey conducted by Cornell University asked 166 of the “top 1,000” best reviewers on Amazon. They found out that 85% of them had received free products and 78% of them said that they usually posted a review about these products and 88% of these reviews were positive.

  7. A study conducted this year by Weber Shandwick (a PR firm) concluded that 65% of shoppers pick brands they weren’t considering previously because of consumer reviews.
  8. Many companies will send email reminders to their customers in the hopes that they will write a review which will then boost the company’s ratings which they can use to better market themselves.
  9. 93% of consumers won't buy a product if there is a negative review; 79% of consumers of influenced by online reviews even when they buy offline.

    93% of consumers won’t buy a product if there is a negative review; 79% of consumers are influenced by online reviews even when they buy offline.

    Baazarvoice conducted a research study in 2012 that asked millenials and baby boomers how important consumer reviews are in their purchasing decision. It was found that 84% of millenials and 70% of baby boomers won’t buy a product if it has no reviews.

  10. Yelp.com is trying to better regulate businesses from trying to buy better reviews.

    Yelp.com is trying to better regulate businesses from trying to buy better reviews.

    Don’t always believe that the companies at the top of the search results are the best.

Most of the review sites on the web today have policies in place to help weed out the fake reviews from the real ones but there is still a good percentage of these fake reviews floating around on the world wide web. Hopefully these statistics will help you the next time you are on a review site trying to find the perfect restaurant, hotel, product, etc. Happy shopping everyone!

12
Mar

Off Base Fully Furnished Military Housing in Colorado Springs, CO

If you are going to be traveling to Colorado Springs, CO in the near future, try staying in a fully furnished corporate rental. All properties listed below include all furnishings, linens, towels, bedding, housewares, parking, capped utilities, expanded basic cable, wireless high speed internet, and domestic long distance all for one great price.

Stay in a home away from home while traveling for business or leisure, relocating, insurance claims, etc. The possibilities are endless for fully furnished rentals and much more comfortable for long term stays than hotels!

  • 1BD/1BA Comfortable Loft on the 7th Floor in Downtown Colorado Springs

    1BD/1BA Comfortable Loft on the 7th Floor in Downtown Colorado Springs

    1BD/1BA Comfortable Loft on the 7th Floor in Downtown Colorado Springs. Wow, an exciting 1 bedroom loft in the heart of Colorado Springs. Upscale lliving with a full fitness center, sauna and out side hot tub. Loft is on the 7th floor with a 12×36 west facing balcony. Kitchen features granite counters . This home is close to Ft.Carson , businesses and night life. You can have it ALL. To view more photos, maps, and information about this lovely loft, please click here.

  • 3BD/3BA Classy Corporate Home in North Colorado Springs

    3BD/3BA Classy Corporate Home in North Colorado Springs

    3BD/3BA Classy Corporate Home in North Colorado Springs. This impeccably decorated home is ready and waiting. There are three bedrooms (all with queen size beds) on two levels with three bathrooms; one has a large spa tub. A nicely appointed kitchen with stainless appliances and granite counter tops opens to a beautiful dining room. Two gas fireplaces, two car garage, and a top end security system are included. A loft office overlooks the living room. This home is pet friendly with easy to clean tile floors on the main level and a fenced back yard. The home is located in a quiet neighborhood on the northeast side of town. Close to shopping, main corridors, Sky Sox Stadium and Peterson Air Force base. To view more photos, maps, and information, please click here.

To view all of AvenueWest Colorado Springs’ fully furnished, all-inclusive condos, lofts, houses, and town homes, please visit http://ColoradoSprings.AvenueWest.com.¬† Give us a call directly 719-442-4337 or email us at ColoradoSprings@avenuewest.com so our Leasing Agent can find the perfect home for you and your family.

11
Mar

Corporate Accommodations Available Now in Denver, CO

If you are going to be traveling to Denver, CO in the near future, try staying in a fully furnished corporate rental. All properties listed below include all furnishings, linens, towels, bedding, housewares, parking, capped utilities, expanded basic cable, wireless high speed internet, and domestic long distance all for one great price.

Stay in a home away from home while traveling for business or leisure, relocating, insurance claims, etc. The possibilities are endless for fully furnished rentals and much more comfortable for long term stays than hotels!

  • 1BD/1.5BA Town home In Gated Highlands Ranch Community

    1BD/1.5BA Town home In Gated Highlands Ranch Community

    1BD/1.5BA Town home In Gated Highlands Ranch Community. This gorgeous town home offers: Living area, kitchen, dining room and half bath downstairs; 40″ Flat screen TV and fireplace in the living room; Master bedroom and master bath upstairs; Master Bedroom has Queen Sleep Number Bed; 28″ Flat screen TV and¬†fireplace in the master bedroom; Master Bath Has Oversized Tub and Separate Shower; Large Walk-In Closet; Outdoor Patio; 2 Car Attached Garage; and a Built-in Desk Area. To view more photos, maps, and information about this lovely property, please click here.

  • 1BD/1.5BA East Denver Condo w/ an Enclosed Office

    1BD/1.5BA East Denver Condo w/ an Enclosed Office

    1BD/1.5BA East Denver Condo w/ an Enclosed Office. This one-of-a-kind condo features: Flat Screen television; Luxury sofa set in Living Room; Master Bedroom has Queen size bed with pillow top mattress; Washer and Dryer are in Unit; Community has pool, exercise room, and secure access; Convenient, custom-designed built-in entertainment center; Concrete paver decks with contemporary wrought iron detail; State-of-the-art climate control package; Contemporary lighting package featuring pendant accent lights; 1/2″ 8 pound re-bond carpet pad; Over-sized oval soaking tub in master bath and top quality laminate counter tops; GE appliances (electric range, dishwasher, microwave); Stainless steel kitchen sink; Granite Counter tops;Upgraded cabinets; Private entries and steel front doors; and Stylish concrete, brick and stucco exteriors. To view more photos, maps, and information about this cool condo, please click here.

  • 2BD/2.5BA North Capitol Hill Town Home near Downtown

    2BD/2.5BA North Capitol Hill Town Home near Downtown

    2BD/2.5BA North Capitol Hill Town Home near Downtown. This terrific town home has: a 2 car attached secure garage; Main floor has kitchen, dining room, living room and half bath; Living room has a large screen TV and fireplace; Large deck off of the living room; Upper level has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, office and laundry; Master bedroom has a king bed and flat screen TV; Off the Master is a bonus room set up as on office; 2nd bedroom has a queen bed; The lower level has a small living area with a twin day bed; The access to the 2 car garage is from the lower level; Walkscore is a 91 http://www.walkscore.com/score/880-e-16th-ave-denver-co-80218; 1 block away from E 17th Ave restaurants and coffee houses. To view more photos, maps, and information about this true gem, please click here

  • 1BD/1BA Corner Condo in Downtown Denver's Premier Spire Building

    1BD/1BA Corner Condo in Downtown Denver’s Premier Spire Building

    1BD/1BA Corner Condo in Downtown Denver’s Premier Spire Building. This property is conveniently located downtown right next to the Convention Center, Performing Arts Center, Light Rail, and the 16th Street Mall. This amazing property features: 1,076 Square Feet; Master Walk-In Closets; Wood Floors in Kitchen; Carpet¬†in Living room and bedroom; Tile in Bathroom; Balcony; Granite Counter tops; Sleek State-of-The-Art Stainless Steel Appliances; and an Indoor, Secure Garage Parking with¬†1 space. To view more photos, maps, and information about this great unit, please click here.

To view all of AvenueWest Denver’s unique and exclusive fully furnished, all-inclusive condos, lofts, town homes, and houses, please visit us at http://Denver.AvenueWest.com or contact us directly at Denver@AvenueWest.com or give us a call 303-825-0000.

7
Mar

Fully Furnished Cambridge, MA Corporate Housing

Welcome to AvenueWest Boston!

We have fully-furnished short term rentals all over Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and throughout Massachusetts in the hottest apartment rental buildings and exclusive private residential properties. Our quality & luxury are unsurpassed. All of our properties included:

  • Electronics, Housewares, Linens
  • Utilities
  • 24/7, Friendly Customer Service
  • Easy application process
  • Meet & Greet Service

This weeks featured properties are in Cambridge, MA. To view more photos, maps, and information on all available buildings, please click here.

Third Square Apartments - Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

Third Square Apartments – Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

Archstone Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

Archstone Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

HarborView at the Navy Yard is located conveniently in Charlestown, MA

HarborView at the Navy Yard is located conveniently in Charlestown, MA

6
Mar

Get Organized With These 5 Apps For Moving or Relocation

Don't let this happen to you - use these apps to make your life easier!

Don’t let this happen to you – use these apps to make your life easier!

The majority of us have moved at least once in our lifetime and know the planning and organization involved as well as the headaches and stress that come along with it. Here are 5 apps that will help you move more efficiently and will keep you organized.

  1. Moving Planner Android App

    Moving Planner Android App

     Moving Planner (Android) or Moving Checklist Pro (iPhone) Р$0.99: Both apps come with a list of 210 items that most households have and are likely to pack and take with them. You can also make your own list(s). Both are easy to use and will allow you to take inventory of all of your items once you are in your new home.

  2. Move Match - Android App

    Move Match – Android App

     Move Match (Android) or MyMove (iPhone) РFree. These apps allow you to determine the weight of your items. You can easily create a list of all of your belongings and find the perfect moving company for your needs. You can easily request a free quote off of either application to moving companies in your area as well.

  3. Moving Day - iPhone App

    Moving Day – iPhone App

     Moving Day (iPhone) РFree: Use this app to create custom bar codes to label each of your boxes. When you arrive at your destination, you can simply scan the barcode to see the contents of the box without opening it.

  4. Move Planner - iPhone App

    Move Planner – iPhone App

     Move Planner (iPhone) Р$2.99: Use this app as a checklist of everything that needs to be done during the moving process. It comes with 100 tasks regarding things such as finding nearest bank branch or ensuring you have your kids school records. You can create your own tasks to keep you on track.

  5. Smartstop Self Storage's Inventory Tracker - iPhone App

    Smartstop Self Storage’s Inventory Tracker – iPhone App

    ¬†SmartStop Self Storage’s Inventory Tracker (iPhone) – Free: Even if you don’t have a storage unit with SmartStop, you can utilize this app to keep track of where your items are inside your storage unit.

There are so many more helpful apps out there that will help make your move or relocation so much easier. We hope that you find this list helpful. Happy Moving! ūüôā

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