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OEN Workshop: From Garage to an Office - Everything an Entrepreneur Needs to Know about Leasing Space

Kidder Mathews
1 SW Columbia, Suite 950
Portland, Oregon 97258, US (map)



Besides employee payroll, "Office, Industrial, or Retail Space" is usually a company's highest business expense. Yet many entrepreneurs put this on the back burner and deal with their space needs at the last minute.

This workshop will cover what you need to know when your company is growing and you are ready to take the next step for new space or ready to expand/relocate from your current location. This session will help you plan, as well as begin thinking of future space needs so you do not lose your leverage with landlords or get thrown into a space that will cost you and your investors money that could and should be used towards other business expenses.

Topics covered in this session will be:

Timeline for the real estate process

Lease terms

Typical length of leases and expectations for Tenant Improvements

Costs the Landlord should pick up, NOT the company

Costs other than the rent you should expect

Typical steps during the real estate process

Presenter: Josh Schweitz

Josh Schweitz is in the 13th year of his commercial real estate career, and is dedicated to providing the best service and value for his clients. During his career, he won the Commercial Association of Realtors' "Rookie of the Year" award, was listed as one of Oregon Business Magazine's 2003 top ten "Up-and-Coming Brokers," and ranked among Costar's top 20 "Power Brokers." Josh has successfully negotiated over 2.9 million square feet in office/flex transactions worth approximately $245 million in consideration. Josh focuses on high tech, creative, communications, and advertising companies and has been very involved with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, serving on their board in 2006.

Education University of Oregon, 1995

Licensed Real Estate Broker, Oregon and Washington

USPTA Certified Tennis Teaching Pro