Kim Ford

Rise Pittsburgh Q2 2021 Viewpoint

The Pittsburgh office market is alive and thriving. Tech, healthcare, and life sciences companies are thriving. Many of them are doubling and tripling in size and looking for office spaces that can not only allow them growth but significant amenities to recruit and retain top talent. The labor market continues to strain businesses. Many new …

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July Brain Software | How My Time Is “Book”Ed

Reading and listening to books is how I install new software in my brain. I’m addicted. Have you heard the quote, “What you read says a lot about who you are?” I’m hoping this isn’t 100% accurate because when I’m not reading/listening to leadership and wellness books I truly enjoy a good suspense or mystery …

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Why Creating Leverage is Critical to Reducing Operating Expenses

Most companies don’t realize that out of all operating expenses, real estate is the second-highest cost. Real estate tends to fall right behind human capital and is always a significant item on the balance sheet. Typically, companies don’t spend a lot of time evaluating their real estate. Nor do they necessarily understand the impact real …

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Kim Ford, CEO of Rise Pittsburgh Officially Accepted into Forbes Business Council

Forbes Business Council Is an Invitation-Only Community for Successful Business Owners and Leaders Pittsburgh, May 27, 2021 — Kim Ford, CEO of Rise Pittsburgh, a commercial real estate firm that only represents businesses, never landlords, has been accepted into the Forbes Business Council, the foremost growth and networking organization for successful business owners and leaders …

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Jack Be Nimble, Jane Be Quick: Three Techniques to Help Small Businesses Grow During a Pandemic—and Beyond

In early 2020, no one had any idea that the world as we knew it was about to shut down. Entrepreneurs still dreamed of starting new businesses, or expanding existing ones. Each had a plan, a vision, maybe funding. In many cases, the plan was working. And then the coronavirus hit. As brick-and-mortar storefronts were …

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Books are like Brain Software | How My Time Is “Book”Ed

Reading and listening to books is how I install new software in my brain. I’m addicted. Have you heard the quote, “What you read says a lot about who you are?” I’m hoping this isn’t 100% accurate because when I’m not reading/listening to leadership and wellness books I truly enjoy a good suspense or mystery …

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Rise Pittsburgh Q1 2021 Viewpoint

Pittsburgh’s market is definitely straining under the weight of the economic difficulties resulting from the pandemic. Net Absorption rates are significantly in the negative and subleases are increasing substantially almost weekly, particularly in the Central Business District (CBD) and Southpointe. A number of developers are taking the risk and building, hoping for a quick rebound. …

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The Truth Business Leaders Face as They Navigate What’s Next

Is working from home a viable alternative to working from an office? Could a hybrid 3/2 schedule become the norm or could a distributed workforce be the answer for many businesses as they seek the best solution for navigating what’s next. The employee’s wishes are now front and center and cannot be ignored. I believe …

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Robotics Companies Love Pittsburgh and TechFlex

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) defines robot as follows:   “A robot is a reprogrammable, multifunctional manipulator designed to move material, parts, tools or specialized devices through variable programmed motions for the performance of a variety of tasks.”   According to Statista, the global robotics market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 26 …

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