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Denver Start Up Week in September 2013

We submitted a great panel discussion for Denver Startup Week, which takes place in September, and we need your vote. Will you please use the link below to vote for us? You will need to log in to your linked in account to do so and I know that is an extra step, but I'm so grateful for the 2 minutes that you took to do this for us. Here's the link to vote for our panel:

Voting is only open until August 1st and we appreciate your vote today!

What is Denver Start Up Week? A Celebration of Everything Entrepreneurial in Denver: September 16 – 21, 2013

With over 70+ events, 3,500+ attendees and 500+ companies represented at Denver Startup Week 2012 – the Denver startup community was definitely on the map in a major way! Last year, the October event was officially the “Largest New Startup Event in the United States in 2012.″ The event was led by startup leaders, for startup leaders – and 2013 is going to be even better yet.

Save the date for 2013. Mark your calendars. September is going to the month of Denver Startups! #DenverStartupWeek :: Get Involved!


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Tips to Follow in Your Commercial Leasing Needs

Don't Procrastinate
Depending on whether you're searching for space for the first time, renewing, expanding or need to plan ahead! Too many businesses are unaware of the time frame needed to complete the site selection, lease/term negotiation, build-out (if necessary) and the move-in process.

Work With a Tenant Representative
The property manager is not working for you, neither is the building rep or the landlord's listing agent. A smart business owner understands where her expertise ends and begins. She will work with trusted professionals who are experts in their field to help the business idea keep momentum. One of the biggest mistakes is to try to cut costs by becoming a jack of all trades...we know that this means that 'you are a master of none'. For an illness, you would be treated by a doctor; you trust your tax filings and bookkeeping to a trained accountant; in building a home, you hire a contractor; in looking for space to office or conduct work, you need to work with a real estate professional.

Estimate Leasing Costs
A professional tenant representative, like me, will help you accurately determine the true costs involved in leasing commercial space. There are several concepts that a business must understand related to rent, operating expenses, and incentives. Accurate market data is necessary to negotiate solid lease terms that won't leave you wondering if you over-paid.

Calculate Current Space Needs, Consider Future Space Needs
Discussing your business in detail and future goals and plans will help me properly assess your current needs. Without question, change happens and your business needs will fluctuate. Future needs may be hard to predict, but a thoughtful tenant representative will help improve your flexibility by carefully considering expansion, contraction and relocation rights.

Seek Lease Incentives
Market conditions may allow for specific incentives in leasing your space. Finish-out allowances, security deposit requirements, rent abatement and other terms may be negotiated in a more beneficial way on your behalf.

Think Prudently About Your Risks and Costs
You will not save money if you do not work with a tenant representative. In fact, it is likely that you will expose yourself and your business to more risk and cost in the end. There is no dual agency in Colorado, so a building or landlord rep is working for the building owner/landlord and representing their needs. Only your own tenant representative will truly work in your best interest. The landlord pays for a co-operative broker to work on your behalf anyway. The landlord generally pays a full commission to the building rep, whether a tenant rep is involved or not.

Seek Trustworthy Resources
As your tenant representative in real estate, I will assist you with determining your business needs, help you tour spaces, select sites, estimate/evaluate costs, negotiate your lease terms and build-out. My goal is to earn your business and trust and be your lifelong resource. Because my expertise goes so far, there are other aspects to creating your business environment where I can be a continuous resource for you. For instance, you must have an attorney review your lease and help ensure that your rights are properly represented in legal form. An architect or space planner will help you build out the space the way that you desire. You may have equipment and/or financing needs that I can help you navigate and find solutions. I will share my network of reputable professionals with you to provide peace of mind in all of your decisions. My passion is to help you and your business succeed.

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Passionately Urban

Welcome to my journey. My name is Kirstan Borne (formerly Kirstan Marks) and I'm an active community member, a Denver Realtor, and business owner who moved from the suburbs to the city of Denver, nearly 10 years ago. It's a change of pace, a change of lifestyle, and a definite move for the better! I have great knowledge and experience in residential, commercial and investment real estate since 2001. Currently, I specialize in commercial real estate sales and leasing with my firm Location Innovators, Llc.

Kirstan Denver Realtor

To connect with me, email me at To search for a new home in the Denver metro area, please visit here .

Disclaimer: Regarding information throughout this blog that may appear to be advice - be sure to consult with your own qualified CPA and/or attorney concerning any legal matter.

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