A MODERN-DAY ATELIER FOR BUSINESS SERVICES & SOLUTIONS DESIGNED TO DISRUPT.
14 West is the business services arm of The Agora, a network for more than 30 media companies – all devoted to making people think. They exist to deliver fresh perspectives backed by independent research to millions of readers around the world.
We exist to help protect, guide, and grow their businesses and their people.
We believe passion is a critical ingredient in the work we do.
We strive to build solutions based on authentic relationships, and innovate with intention.
Our services range from facilities and maintenance to financial strategy and support; from payroll to business intelligence; from legal to systems literacy and just about anywhere in between.Learn more here
Tech & Media
14 West Tech & Media Solutions offers a range of products and services for publishing in the digital age. Everything we do is groomed specifically to support the scope, agility and speed that The Agora Companies demand. And while we have a passion for progressive ingenuity, we also strive to design solutions that last.
We believe in perpetually looking forward while maintaining a firm grasp on the security and stability of the business today. We invest in our client relationships first and above all else because without them, we cannot deliver thoughtful, effective solutions. It is at the same time a relentless challenge and the reason we love what we do. Here we have the freedom to explore, test and introduce new ideas in:
- Business Analysis & Strategy
- Enterprise System Support – Enterprise Systems & Application Support
- Endpoint Systems Engineering & Management
- Customer Relationship Management Services
- Business Intelligence
- Network & Vulnerability Scanning
- System & Business Risk Analysis and Mitigation
- UX/ UI Support & Design
Personnel & Talent
There is no question that there is value to structure in the workplace. But we also appreciate the value of creativity and the energy generated by exploring new ideas and perspectives. And we understand the freedom required to do that.
We believe in fostering lean and meaningful growth. By approaching talent needs and organizational development in a smart, strategic way we can help conserve resources and cultivate synergy without compromising competitive edge.
We want to help every business leader create the business they set out to create. How? We give them a sound workforce that feels supported and secure. Simple as that.
- Payroll Services
- Healthcare & Savings Plans
- Talent Acquisition
- New Hire Orientation
- Onboarding Development
- Management Training
- Workplace Wellness Trainings
- Organizational Development
We believe workplaces should inspire creativity, support focus, and function in a way that aligns with your business. Of course, this is much easier said than done. Our team of experts handle the development, design, and procurement needs for more than twenty office spaces in the U.S. and consult for a number of international businesses. And this is just a small portion of the team’s deep and broad range of services.
Grounds and workspace maintenance, housekeeping, and mailroom services are also specialties of ours. No matter the size of the task at hand – the goal is to create an environment where space and people can work together seamlessly to help drive the business forward.
- Property Development
- Interior Design & Procurement
- Moving & Installation Services
- Mailroom Services
The business world can be a daunting place to navigate. And it is growing bigger and more competitive every day. Every business leader in one way or the other is continuously looking for new ways to push forward faster. Often times this means pushing the envelope. Always finding new ideas.
The ability and the courage to think outside of the box are required qualities for entrepreneurs.
But executing new ideas can also require careful choreography. There are rules we all have to play by – even as “idea” people. And most certainly as employers. 14 West’s Legal Dept. knows the rules well.
The expert services we provide have proven to be critical components in everything from building a business plan, to protecting products for the wide portfolio of companies we support.
Services and areas of expertise include:
- Media Law
- Employment Law
- Corporate & Tax Law
- Editorial & Marketing Law
- Copyright & Trademark
- Dietary Supplement Regulation
Communication is crucial to the success of any business. But for 14 West, having been founded by some of the most innovative minds in direct marketing, communication is also an important part of our heritage.
We believe in creating real and meaningful relationships with people through the power of language. But we know better than anyone that real communication requires trust – that the better we can understand the audiences we want to capture, the more effective we can be. We know that with every message we have an opportunity to reach someone. And in the same moment, we run the risk of being rejected.
We need to get every message right.
- Brand Development & Management
- Media & Community Relations
- Internal Communications & Marketing
- Employee Incentive Programs
- Event Coordination & Support
The freedom that 14 West Financial Services affords entrepreneurs has been a key ingredient in the growth strategies behind more than 20 privately owned media enterprises around the world. Our approach is simple; in everything we do we are comprehensive, creative, and competitive. There is no facet of the financial world that we haven’t experienced. Our unique structure allows us to be more agile and able to adapt quickly to growth and change. Business goals of any size, scope or complexity are what drives us. We want the companies we work with to think of us as partners, not providers.
- Federal & State Tax and Compliance Services
- Budget Analysis and Planning
- Cash and Inventory Management
- Multi-Currency General Ledger Accounting
- Cash, Credit Card, Direct Debit, etc. Sales Reconciliation
- Accounts Payable & Invoice Processing and Payment
- Corporate Structure Strategies
- Monthly Financial Statement Preparation & Analysis along with Year-End Audit Work
- Internal Control Assessments & Best Practices Implementation
Growth is what every entrepreneur wants for their business, but they’re rarely prepared or well-positioned for it. That’s where 14 West comes in.
14 West offers The Agora Companies the business and technology services of seasoned professionals. For almost 20 years, we have made it our business to help other businesses thrive. Today, we offer a more robust portfolio of services than ever. However, our values remain the same. We believe in keeping things simple, in keeping relationships real, and that there is nothing wrong with making business personal.
So, whether the task at hand is an intricate technical need, a delicate Legal matter… whether it be Payroll, PR or party related… we believe the best solutions demand a human touch.
This blog is an invitation to share in the conversations happening here day in and day out. Our contributors are giving more people and workplaces the opportunity to take and learn from our ideas. We want to reach workplaces we don’t work with yet and help them to discover untapped potential; to create an environment and culture of endless possibilities. And where there is no path, we want to help them to forge their own.
This is our invitation to explore what it might be like to move yourself, your career, and your workplace WestWord.
You’re going to hear from people from around our organization with fresh ideas, and interesting experiences and perspectives. Contributors range from C-level executives to folks that are just finishing their first week here. Some of what you read will make you say “ah ha!” Certain posts will be more conceptual, while others are very easy, actionable advice. Some articles might seem very straightforward, and at other times our perspectives could make you down right uncomfortable (and by the way, that’s the good stuff!)
Our challenge for you is to open yourself up to all of it.
And our commitment to you is fresh, thoughtful, and valuable insight.
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The Agora Companies
The Agora is a network for entrepreneurs in integrated marketing and the alternative press. 14 West’s role within this network is to offer those entrepreneurs the business and administrative services they may need to bolster The Agora’s unique culture.
The Agora Companies are typically skeptical in nature; they generally feel that oftentimes, there is a better way. Whether their trade be financial research, holistic health breakthroughs, strategic integrated marketing, or administrative support, these companies believe in challenging the mainstream, questioning every norm, and perpetually testing new ideas.