IAVOA Sponsors Chats to Promote Virtual Assistants
Added: (Wed Aug 30 2000)
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The International Association of Virtual Office Assistants (IAVOA) announces their Grand Opening on September 11, 2000. The IAVOA is located near Poteau, Oklahoma and promotes the use of Virtual Assistants (VAs) worldwide.
The purpose of the IAVOA is to promote the use of VAs internationally to small-medium and large businesses and corporations. The VA to date has focused on the Small Office/ Home Office (SOHO) environment for its primary business development. Large corporations and businesses are now turning to the Virtual Assistant more and more. The IAVOA assists the Small, Medium and Large business partners in linking qualified VAs to their businesses.
The VA is not a temporary worker that the business can use and then forget. VAs can do the temporary work but their primary purpose is to team with the business on a continuing basis and become a business partner. VAs focus on the development of the clients business. The Virtual Office is the wave of the future and businesses large and small are realizing this is a very functional and effective way to conduct business.
The problem remains though. That many businesses today still do not understand what a benefit the Virtual Office is to them. Just how it can benefit their business large or small. The IAVOA is trying to put educational programs in place where businesses can become familiar with the VA concept and develop an understanding of the benefits of the relationship with a VA.
The IAVOA sponsors a Virtual Assistant e-book which informs businesses about the Virtual Assistant Industry. It contains a Directory of Qualified VAs worldwide. There are links to their webpages, telephone numbers and email addresses if businesses want to contact a VA. The IAVOA also sponsors a Request for Proposal (RFP) Forum/Message board that businesses can post messages that they are in need of a VA for specific projects. Prospective clients and VAs can chat in a Chatroom sponsored by the IAVOA. This is provided for first time meetings. Instant messaging, email and VA sponsored Chatrooms can be used after the first meeting or instead of the Client/VA Chatroom.
The IAVOA is promoting the industry by the open and free distribution of the Virtual Assistant e-book. The book is available for download form the IAVOA website download page http://www.iavoa.com/download.html. The e-book informs prospective clients of VAs about the industry and provides links to the Internet to view Testimonials about VAs, Previous Articles about VAs and the Industry, the World Wide Directory (WWD) of Virtual Assistants, the RFP message board and a first time meeting Chatroom.
Kathy.e Ritchie from Ritchie Secretarial Service http://www.thebestva.com/ had this to say about the IAVOA. "I am honored to be a Charter Member of the IAVOA. This organization is exactly the type of association a virtual assistant, whether new to the business or already established, needs to be a part of. I'm also excited about the resources and training also available through the IAVOA. I highly recommend any virtual assistant join this association and businesses in need of a virtual assistant begin their search here!"
As stated by Janice St. Germain Lloyd from JSL Business Services http://www.exec-assist.com/ of Moriarty, NM. "WOW! This is what I like to see. This organization has the potential to really expand the VA concept, and educate all on the 'Virtues of Virtual Assistance'!"
The IAVOA will be sponsoring three public chats about the Virtual Assistant Industry during September 2000. On 11 September 2000. Alfred L. Gandee, Founder of the IAVOA will host a chat about the purpose and goals of the IAVOA. The chat will be held at the Client/VA Chatroom at 8PM through 10PM Central Time US. Links to the Chatroom are located on the IAVOA website http://www.iavoa.com/forum.html.
The second chat will be sponsored by Janet Langford Jordan, CEO of VirtualAssistanceU. VirtualAssistanceU is teamed with the IAVOA to provide affordable training for new VAs on how to start a VA business. This chat will be about available "Virtual Assistant Training". It is designed to provide prospective VAs i.e., those that are considering a career in the Virtual Assistant Industry a forum to discuss what training is available and how to start a Virtual Assistant Business. The chat is open to the public and hosted in the Client/VA Chatroom Wednesday, September 13, 2000 from 8PM through 10 PM Central Time US. Links to the Chatroom are located on the IAVOA website http://www.iavoa.com/forum.html.
The third and final chat of the Grand Opening will be held on Friday, September 15, 2000 from 8PM to 10PM Central Time US. The chat will be hosted by Kathy Ritchie from Ritchie Secretarial Service http://thebestva.com/ The chat will be about "Real-Time consultation (the various ways of going about real-time communications for Virtual Assistants)".
The Virtual Assistant e-book is available for all, Press, Industry, Businesses and Virtual Assistants. The Virtual Assistant e-book can be downloaded for free from; http://www.iavoa.com/download.html.