March has been an incredible month for I'm Positive! With private donors giving $5, $10 and sometimes $50 whenever they can, we are starting to see this dream become a reality. Just tonight, I have accepted a pledge for $80.00 from a 20 year old Nevada State College Sophomore interested in supporting I'm Positive. "Your mission to serve not only the infected, but the affected (like myself) is important," he said, "HIV affects the families and significant others of those infected too." He finished with a very direct, but hopeful, "Where's our help?" This donor has requested that his donation be placed toward our legal filing fees. Due to this generous donation, we have enough to incorporate! Once the Executive Board approves our policies, practices, bylaws and core values, we will file our application with the Secretary of State, after attorney review. (More news on the newest Executive Board member soon!)
As we scoured the area for a suitable location to call home base, we found the average rate for commercial office space is from $0.90/sq ft on the lower end and $1.25+/sq ft on the higher average. These prices include power and gas only. During one of our last visits of the day we toured a beautiful office complex managed by Regus. After having an incredible conversation with two members of management about I'm Positive and our future goals, we toured the regal office spaces. The energy there was amazing and the Regus staff was warm and inviting. Believe it or not, this is not the standard of customer service at the other places we toured. At least with Regus we left the meeting with a promise by Regus management to attempt to reduce their prices even lower.
Later that evening, we received an offer that was too good to pass up! Thanks to Regus, we will have our primary office location at 871 Coronado Center Drive Suite 200 and access to 3 other locations in Vegas and Henderson (and 1,100 globally) to use for our organization! This makes facilitating meetings in different areas of town more convenient for everyone interested in I'm Positive. With all utilities included and an astonishing positive atmosphere, we have negotiated all of the above features for only $250 per month! (Compared to the average competitor's price of almost 2.5 times more expensive.)
To start out, we have decided to use the "Virtual Office" option ($79.00/month) until we have filed our paperwork; this option gives us a business address to get started without the cost of a private office. I have made a personal donation of $286.00 which paid for the setup fee ($49) and 3 months of the virtual office service. On July 1st, we plan to open our first public office but we need your help! Please visit the Contact Us page if you would like information on donating services, money or valuable time. With the support of the community, the difference we are going to make is going to set standards!
In response to the outstanding and sincere emails voicing support and concern: We agree... things need to change. It starts right now, with you!
President & Executive Director
Office: 888-799-9355 ext. 6001
Direct: 702-534-5HIV (5448)