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Law Offices: How to Do Relocation Right
Howard Ecker | September 2014

The law office style that was prevalent many decades ago is no longer relevant. Gone are the days of large law libraries, mountains of paper files, and an assistant for each attorney. Recent technological advances are going to take this even further, as firms transform older, inefficient offices to well-planned work environments, or move to new space. Firms that are doing it right —whether large or small, global or local—not…

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Will You Be Relocating Your CPA Firm Office In 2014?

January 16th, 2014|Categories: Accounting, Media, Relocation|

CPA firms of all sizes are growing. One of my clients has doubled in size (headcount) in just a little over a year. Maybe you are not facing that kind of extreme growth, but I hear directly from many firms that they are “building out space.” Howard Ecker of Howard Ecker +

4 Big Mistakes Most Accounting & Finance Firms Make When Expanding Office Space

January 16th, 2014|Categories: Accounting, Finance, Media|

Decisions regarding office space can prove to be a difficult, disruptive, expensive, and stressful endeavor. Firms that are doing it right, whether a full-service global firm or a smaller specialized firm not only lock in efficient space at economic terms that work for their business, but also create work environments that

Workforce Factors Working Against Landlords In Lease Renewals

January 16th, 2014|Categories: Lease Renewal, Media, Mention|

Howard L. Ecker, President and CEO of Howard Ecker + Co., a national tenant rep firm based in Chicago, sees the same trends at work in his firm’s markets. “Tech companies will expand,” Ecker said. “If you look at the biggest users of office space recently, tech tenants are much more

4 Big Mistakes Most Accounting & Finance Firms Make When Expanding Office Space

January 15th, 2014|Categories: Accounting, Finance, Media, Relocation|

The end of the year usually signals a time of change in the personal and professional lives of many people. As we prepare to bring in the upcoming New Year, many reflect on the ups and downs of the past year. Firm owners are no different. As you meet with your

How Traditional Businesses Can Build Offices Like The Hottest Silicon Valley Startups

November 15th, 2013|Categories: Media, Silicon Valley, Startup|

Silicon Valley and San Francisco aren’t the only urban centers that have office workspaces completely different than those that existed just a decade or two ago. Thanks to tech behemoths like Facebook and Google, companies around the U.S. are seeing a fundamental shift in workspace. Traditional space users—law firms, accounting groups,

Startup Culture Inspires Changes In Traditional Chicago Office Spaces

October 15th, 2013|Categories: Chicago, Culture, Media, Startup|

Chicago office spaces originally suited for law and accounting firms are being repurposed to attract tech startups and the firms who want to emulate that culture, says Howard Ecker, whose eponymous Chicago-based firm, founded 38 years ago, matches tenants to space. He described to Blue Sky some ways startup culture is

5 Secrets To Finding Commercial Property For Startups

September 15th, 2013|Categories: Media, Startup|

“Commercial real estate is an archaic, lumbering, anachronistic beast." —Danny Boice, startup co-founder Startups don’t get us. They dress like skate punks, don’t shave, keep weird hours and say “awesome” all the time. Who’d want to invest time and effort in finding commercial property for startups? Well, Valentine Ecker Klutznick would.

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