FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2006
Contact: Janice Byer
Tel: (519) 941-9523
Virtual Assistant Celebrates Inaugural
International Virtual Assistants Day: May 19, 2006
Caledon, ON – May 1, 2006 – Five years ago if any one had told Caledon resident, Janice
Byer, that the nascent industry that she has been working so hard to promote
would finally receive its own day of recognition, she probably would not
have believed it. Byer is a virtual assistant, and she along with more than 5,000 other virtual
professionals working worldwide will celebrate the first International Virtual Assistants Day (IVAD) on May 19, 2006.
Proposed by the online advocacy group, Alliance for Virtual
Businesses (A4VB), IVAD is now officially registered with Chases Calendar of
Events, the recognized authority of special days, weeks and months. IVAD
will appear in the 2007 edition and will be held annually on the third
Friday of May. The inaugural celebration of International Virtual
Assistants Day coincides with a three-day assembly sponsored by the Online
International Virtual Assistants Convention (OIVAC) running from May 18 –
“This day of observance not only allows us to celebrate
individual accomplishments, but also affords us the chance to pat the backs
of our colleagues as well,” says Byer, whose company specializes in
administrative tasks and small business web design.
a former Executive Assistant and Office Manager, originally conceived the
idea for her business in September 1998. She started a new career in order
to be at home with her new daughter and to realize her dream of being a
small business owner.
Virtual Assistants or VAs are independent entrepreneurs who
work remotely and use the latest technology to deliver professional
administrative, creative, managerial, technical, business back-office and/or
personal support services to busy professionals. Clients only pay for the time
actually spent working on projects and often retain a fixed amount of hours
per month for service.
Typical services could include everything from general
secretarial and word processing services to desktop publishing, website
creation and marketing. Projects are often handled over the phone, by fax,
e-mail and even instant messaging. Most attractive is the fact that VAs are
also responsible for their own taxes, training, healthcare, insurance -
overhead costs that make hiring an employee expensive.
Since 1996 more than 5,000 professionals around the world have become VAs.
More than 90 percent of them are highly-skilled working mothers who choose
to start their own businesses in order to achieve a better work/life
balance. According to a study conducted by Brenner Books in conjunction
with A4VB in 2004, the United States accounts for the largest number of VAs
followed by Canada, Australia and Great Britain.
“This will be a very special day for everyone involved in the VA industry
because it will allow us to bring together all VA organizations and their
memberships under one umbrella,” says Alliance for Virtual Businesses
founder Sharon Williams. “VAs are making important contributions to the
growth and stability of small businesses everywhere, and the establishment
of IVAD simply acknowledges all of those virtual professionals who work so
hard to honor our creed: Dedication, Experience, Expertise
and Determination to Succeed (DEEDS).”
About Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services
Launched in 1998, Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design
Services specializes in small business web design as well as most tasks
generally performed by an in-house executive assistant. Visit the website
About Alliance for Virtual Businesses
in June 2003 the Alliance for Virtual Businesses™ is a volunteer-directed
organization, whose primary mission is to promote the growth of free
enterprise between virtual assistants, entrepreneurs, small businesses,
corporations, associations and other business entities. At the web site
client-related case studies, industry-related demographics, and a wealth of
other types of information are available to facilitate learning about our
industry. Visit the website at www.allianceforvirtualbiz.com.
International Virtual Assistants Convention
The OIVAC is an online, interactive, "live" yet virtual
environment convention of Virtual Assistants, traveling Pathways to
Successful VA Practices. Visit the website at www.oivac.com.
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