Finding the Right Commercial Building for your Small Business

Searching for the right commercial building for your business can be daunting

Searching for the Right Commercial BuildingFinding the right commercial building for your business is the key! We recently read an article about the importance of finding the right building for your business. Although this article is focused on office space, the overall message is important for any property type. 

According to David Varner, “Things like amenities, column spacing, ratios for egress and plumbing fixtures, and even the quantity of outside air supply can shape good choices for the office-hunting process. The older building stock in desirable urban center areas isn’t always perfectly aligned with contemporary tenant design strategies. This is where the true opportunity is, because unique challenges lead to unique design solutions.”

This is where the team at APPRO and CERRON can help. CERRON can help you to search for that “diamond in the rough” and APPRO can help to design the space to meet your needs!

You may read the full article here: “Finding the Right Building is Key” to learn more about conducting a commercial real estate search to identify the best solution for you and your business.

Or, you may be interested in the following related blog posts:

  • Commercial Office Space
  • Space Planning and Work Environment Design – Architecture Services
  • Commercial Office Design – working with a local design build firm

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How’s Business? What You Measure Matters!

APPRO-CERRON-RulerHow’s business? What you measure matters! I recently read a great article by Edmond Lau via Quora, titled “Pick the right metric to incentivize the behavior you want.” In this article Lau reviews Jim Collins’ story in Good to Great, regarding the importance of measuring the right metric.

Lau elaborates on the story of Walgreens’ CEO, Cork Walgreen, in his decision to measure the profit per customer visit, rather than the profit per store (which was a standard metric for their competition at the time). For Walgreens, this increased their stock price from $1 per share to a whopping $562 over the course of 25 years. Because they changed their paradigm to something outside of the industry standard, they realized significant increases in their revenues. By taking that information and choosing to purchase properties on convenient corners, Walgreens thereby increased the convenience for each customer which in turn directly impacted the revenues generated. Walgreens chose not to be just “good” but “great” by thinking differently about their business model and the metrics utilized to measure their successes.

At APPRO and CERRON, we utilize a variety of different metrics in our business. Take for example, my role in marketing which measures the number of people who read a blog post such as this, or how many people visit our website, which begins the process of client contact in the form of calls, emails and appointments. This article had me considering Lau’s statement, “…but the choice of the actual metric to focus on significantly influences the actions we take. The right metric aligns team efforts toward a common goal, that if achieved, increases the success of the product or organization; the wrong metric leads to efforts that might be ineffective or, even worse, counterproductive.”

What we measure, and don’t measure, truly matters, as Lau points out:

“Similarly, when setting metrics for ourselves, we should ask ourselves: If you could pick one and only one metric to systematically increase over time, what metric would have the greatest and most sustainable impact on you and your team’s effectiveness?”

At APPRO and CERRON, we pride ourselves in providing property solutions for our customers since 1987. One metric we measure and which drives our business, is the number of satisfied clients we have served and our repeat customers who continue to work with us year after year. Feel free to give us a call if you are reviewing the metrics in your business plan and find that a change in space is a possible solution. We would be happy to help walk you through an analysis to see if a change might make sense for you and your business. Contact us today!

Lakeville Commercial Building General Contractor and Real Estate Broker Releases New Website

APPRO-CERRON-screenshotLakeville commercial building general contractor and real estate broker, are pleased to announce the launch of our new website, which can be found by going to either or We had put together a list of some goals we wanted to achieve with the new website and were thrilled to not only meet those goals, but exceeded them as well.

You will note that the navigation is much easier at our new commercial construction and commercial real estate website. We have integrated both companies in one easy to find website. In order to find just the right example of a completed commercial building project, or to locate a new commercial property for sale in the south metro area of MN, we have added some additional, more detailed search functions as well. We have also implemented some contact forms to make it easier and more convenient to contact a member of our team to assist you with your goals.

Our web developer, Brandon Rowell, is an excellent photographer and did a nice job making our commercial property solutions team look great!

We hope that you will take a moment to look around our new website. Feel free to drop us a line to let us know what you think, or if there is anything you would suggest to make our site even better. We would sincerely appreciate the suggestions.

Whether online, over the phone, or in person, at APPRO Development & CERRON Properties, we are here to exceed your goals and expectations – let us find out what is important to your business!

APPRO and CERRON Website Undergoing Changes – New Website Coming Soon

APPRO & CERRON - Commercial Real Estate Solutions Company In addition to building commercial buildings, this year, we are re-building our website, too!

At APPRO and CERRON, we are very excited to be working on a new building project!

We are making some changes to our website and as a result, we will not be making any changes or posting any new blogs for the next two weeks. We are certain our new site will better meet the needs of our clients, as it will be fully responsive to mobile devices, will be more easily searched, and will contain the most up to date commercial building and real estate information available.

In the meantime, we invite you to take a look at our current site which is still fully operational or read some of our archived blog posts as you eagerly anticipate the unveiling of our “new” site.

As always, if you have any questions for us, please contact us – we are here to help.

Creating Property Solutions For You…With You!

The Team at APPRO Development, Inc. and CERRON Commercial Properties, LLC