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It's OIVAC time and it's also time to get your nominations in! Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 2, 2010.

 

Do You Know This Person?

 

We are looking for an individual who has been a VA for more than five years and contributed to the industry in such a way that s/he has provided a positive impact on many others and helped them build a successful VA business.

 

If you know this VA, now is your chance to nominate them for the prestigious Thomas Leonard Virtual Assistant of Distinction Award. The recipient will be announced at the International Virtual Assistants Day Celebration, May 21st, during the Online International Virtual Assistants Convention.

 

Previous Thomas Leonard Virtual Assistant of Distinction Award recipients include:

 

• Jeannine Clontz – 2009

• Tawnya Sutherland – 2008

• Terry Green – 2007

• Sharon Williams – 2006

 

Also, if you are aware of an individual who has been a VA for less than five years and has reached a milestone in their career in the industry that has helped to boost their new business to be an overwhelming success, nominate them for the Janet Jordan Achievement Award. The recipient will also be announced during the IVAD celebration.

 

Prior Janet Jordan Achievement Award recipients include:

 

• Jeff Kep - 2009

• Kylie Short – 2008

• Jamie Lee Mann – 2007

• Heather Jacobson – 2006

 

Who will be this year's recipients?

 

Visit www.OIVAC.com for eligibility criteria and additional details. Nominate a VA that you feel deserves recognition for their industry—focused contributions and/or business achievements. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 2, 2010.

 

Don't delay, nominate your favorite, deserving candidate(s) now.

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It's OIVAC time and it's also time to get your nominations in! Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 9, 2010.

(please note this has been extended)

 

Do You Know This Person?

 

We are looking for an individual who has been a VA for more than five years and contributed to the industry in such a way that s/he has provided a positive impact on many others and helped them build a successful VA business.

 

If you know this VA, now is your chance to nominate them for the prestigious Thomas Leonard Virtual Assistant of Distinction Award. The recipient will be announced at the International Virtual Assistants Day Celebration, May 21st, during the Online International Virtual Assistants Convention.

 

Previous Thomas Leonard Virtual Assistant of Distinction Award recipients include:

 

• Jeannine Clontz – 2009

• Tawnya Sutherland – 2008

• Terry Green – 2007

• Sharon Williams – 2006

 

Also, if you are aware of an individual who has been a VA for less than five years and has reached a milestone in their career in the industry that has helped to boost their new business to be an overwhelming success, nominate them for the Janet Jordan Achievement Award. The recipient will also be announced during the IVAD celebration.

 

Prior Janet Jordan Achievement Award recipients include:

 

• Jeff Kep - 2009

• Kylie Short – 2008

• Jamie Lee Mann – 2007

• Heather Jacobson – 2006

 

Who will be this year's recipients?

 

Visit www.OIVAC.com for eligibility criteria and additional details. Nominate a VA that you feel deserves recognition for their industry—focused contributions and/or business achievements. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 2, 2010.

 

Don't delay, nominate your favorite, deserving candidate(s) now.

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Blog Hopping & Podcast Tour Stops in Your Neighborhood

 

The VA Blog Hopping and Podcast Tour kicks off Friday, April 15th (US Income Tax Day). It's time to jump on board the train and we will stop at your online home.

 

The purpose of the VA Blog Hopping & Podcast Tour is to educate business owners about our industry. During this 30 day tour, the Blog Hopping VA will answer questions regarding the benefits of partnering with a VA, how we can add hours to their day and profits in their wallet, and many others your readers want answered. In addition, we will share "link love" by pre- and post-promoting each stop -- driving more traffic to your site as we travel from blog to podcast to blog...

 

 

If you would like the Blog Hopping VA to visit and respond to questions about the industry and the upcoming Convention, submit your 1st and 2nd choice dates to info@oivac.com by Wednesday, April 7th and we will add your site to the Blog Hopping & Podcast Tour schedule. Remember, this tour lasts only 30 days, so register early. Stop by OIVAC on Thursday April 8th, to view the complete tour itinerary.

 

Award Nominations Deadline Extended

 

 

Deadline for the Thomas Leonard Virtual Assistant of Distinction and Janet Jordan Achievement Awards nominations has been extended to Wednesday, April 7th. We know there are many VAs in our industry that deserve to be recognized for their contributions and the extraordinary work they have done in growing their businesses. If you would like to recognize a deserving VA, take a few moments and complete the appropriate nomination form located OIVAC today.

 

Training & Advise from Knowledgeable & Experienced VAs at OIVAC 2010

 

 

Today's seasoned VAs are often overwhelmed with managing their businesses and assisting clients. New VAs may have difficulty getting and keeping customers, and many aren't familiar with the newest technologies clients are requesting to enhance their businesses.

 

The demand for knowledgeable and experienced VAs is huge -- and OIVAC 2010's presenters want to help build your business and meet that demand.

 

This year's OIVAC is showcasing Technology and Business/Marketing Strategies to help eliminate resistance, and explore technologies and business best practices VAs and entrepreneurs are desperately seeking.

 

Our goal is to increase your knowledge of innovative web 2.0 capabilities and help you become your prospects/clients "go-to" resource.

 

Based on industry-based survey responses and seasoned VA input and requests, the Technology-related seminars offered include:


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  • Facebook Fan Pages
  • Affiliate marketing research and recruitment
  • Camtasia Screen Shots
  • Creating a Membership Site Using Wordpress and Wishlist Member
  • Incorporating Video into Your VA Practice
  • Website SEO
  • PC Maintenance
  • Shopping Cart Mastery
  • Online Project Management
  • Video editing and marketing support
  • Basic and Intermediate Wordpress
  • Digital Security
  • Virtual Events Specialists and Managers
     

... and to assist with business management and marketing strategies, we have scheduled seminars, such as:

 


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  • Basic and Advanced Sessions on How to Get and Keep Clients
  • The #1 Quality Business Owners Want from their Virtual Assistant
  • How to Become a Sought After VA Subcontractor
  • How to Fill Your VA Practice with High Paying Customers
  • Creating a Productive Environment in a Digital World
  • VA Ethics and Core Competencies

 

...and many, many more!

 

You've always known that the potential for your VA practice is unlimited. With the tools and training presentations at OIVAC 2010, you will be one, even two steps closer to building and/or enhancing the VA practice of your dreams.

 

Click here to review the single or two payment plan options. There's only six (6) weeks left, to secure your seat and take advantage of the split payment opportunity. We hope to see you at OIVAC 2010!

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Hi everyone,

 

Wednesday, April 6th is your final opportunity to submit nominations for the Janet Jordan International Virtual Assistant of Distinction Award and the Janet Jordan Achievement Award. If you would like to nominate deserving virtual assistants, please complete the registration forms located at http://oivac.com/home-2/about/ivad-awards/.

 

If you would like to participate in the VA Blog Hopping and Podcast Tour, and have the Blog Hopping VA visit your blog or podcast, we have a limited amount of slots still open. Please submit your 1st and 2nd choice preferred dates (after 4/26) to info@oivac.com and we will contact you with details about how you can help us promote the VA industry.

 

Don’t forget to visit the convention schedule and register for your favorite seminars at (http://www.oivac.com/register-2).

 

Sharon Williams

The 24 Hour Secretary

(410) 521-7001

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Several of the "Unique" Topics scheduled for the upcoming OIVAC include:

 

1. VA Hot Seats Panel - We will review the issues, systems and operations of several VA businesses that have volunteered to be reviewed by a panel of veteran VAs. The volunteer business will have identified problems/issues they are facing that impact their growth. In addition, the panel will provided suggestions on how to resolve the issue(s) and help the business get and remain on track.

 

2. Intro to the VA Industry - an open discussion about the pros and cons of becoming a virtual assistant; responding to questions from attendees about best practices, etc.

 

3. Charge What You Deserve - Strategies on charging what you deserve and getting it, regardless of what’s going on in the current economy.

 

4.VA and Client Relationships: Interview of a VA Client - The dynamics of the VA/Client relationship to include the good, as well as areas of the relationship that may need improvement. How to choose the right client and the right VA and how personality plays a role in making the perfect VA/client relationship.

 

5. Successful VAs Panel - Profitable veteran VAs will discuss steps taken to achieve their success, respond to questions about their journey and recommendations on how to create a profitable practice.

 

6. VA Training Programs Panel - Honest discussion about VA training and coaching programs, pros and cons of enrolling, etc. Participation of actual VA trainers, coaches, mentors, etc. and the general VA industry population.

 

The above are just a sampling of topics that will be covered during OIVAC 2010. In addition, training and business growth and development topics will be led by VA and non-VA business owners --

 

So hop on over to OIVAC's schedule to see the full lineup. Everyone is invited to register and participate.

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Free Press Release Templates Ready

 

As the worldwide economy sputters, many small business owners and entrepreneurs are downsizing and cutting costs, requiring owners to handle responsibilities they dislike or lack knowledge or technology to perform efficiently.

 

Due to this economic downswing, many entrepreneurs are losing the spark that "fuels their passion" and are searching for innovative ways to reignite the flame, and cost-effective ways to complete administrative and Web-related responsibilities.

 

The Solution?

 

Virtual Assistants -- that is, if business owners knew we existed!

 

As a part of the OIVAC campaign to promote and celebrate the VA industry, the Steering Committee creates fill-in-the-blank media releases that can be used to help educate your local communities about your businesses, the industry and the convention.

 

The 2010 releases are now available at the OIVAC media download page (along with Media Directives). Feel free to distribute them to TV, radio, and community paper editors/outlets that cover small businesses in your area, and post on your blog as well as online press release sites, etc.

 

During the month leading up to the convention, we hope to inundate the business community with information about the industry - and you can help by distributing these ready-made press releases, locally.

 

If you are contacted by a media representative and need industry-related statistics, data or background information, etc., please notify OIVAC at media@oivac.com, and we can provide additional material to supplement your material.

 

You may download these free releases and directives from: http://oivac.com/pressmedia/va-media-kits/.

 

While at the site, check out the convention schedule and take advantage of the registration 2-payment plan option while it is still available.

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Blog Hopping & Podcast Tour Stops in Your Neighborhood

 

The train has left the station.

 

Today kicks off the 30-day OIVAC VA Blog Hopping and Podcast Tour, as blog hopping VA Sharon travels the blogosphere promoting the VA industry and the upcoming industry convention (May 20-22).

 

Sharon will pull into sites located around the globe, responding to questions readers are asking about becoming a VA, the benefits of working with a VA, and the importance of participating in an online event that has no boarders and runs across numerous time zones -- organized specifically for our industry.

 

 

The first stops include:

 

4/15 - Tawnya Sutherland - Virtual Business Startups

 

4/16 - Lyn Prowse-Bishop - Executive Stress Office Support

 

4/19 - Janet Barclay - Golden Horseshoe Virtual Assistants Group

 

4/20 - Lisa Olinda - Olinda Services

 

4/21 - Andrea Cannavina - Legal Typist

 

4/22 - Reflections - OIVAC Home

 

4/23 - Katie Baird - Loose Ends

 

Join us as the train passes a junction near you, leave comments, or ask that burning question you've always wanted answered.

 

Don't forget to register for the upcoming Convention, where VAs can learn new technologies, innovative best business practices and results-focused marketing strategies. Our expert panel of presenters can lead you up the road to success.

 

Reminder: There are only 32 days left to register, and 15 to take advantage of the two-payment plan. Visit the OIVAC and register today.

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Happy Mothers Day

 

In honor of Mothers Day, celebrate your Mom or Grandmom, your aunties and sisters or special lady friends (and let's not forget the men) or just YOURSELF by taking advantage of the OIVAC Mothers Day Special! That's right, if you register for ANY track package or the ENTIRE convention, you get 10% off the price - but only between now and Wednesday, May 12th.

 

This is your chance to pamper yourself with relevant technology, business and marketing training conducted by some of the VA-industry's most knowledgeable experts. Click here to register today. Use Promo Code: MothersDay

 

First Ever VA Trainers/Coaches Panel

 

OIVAC breaks new ground again!

 

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m. EST, and join OIVAC as we host the first VA Trainers / Coaches / Mentors Panel. Trainers and coaches will showcase their programs and describe WHY aspiring and seasoned VAs should enroll in their classes. That's right, they will answer YOUR questions about why their training is your best choice -- and why you should spend your money on their classes.

 

It's OUR opportunity to ask questions and receive unfiltered answers straight from the trainers' mouth. You won't want to miss this 1st ever panel presentation.

 

Groundbreaking Hot Seats VA Panel

 

Is your business stuck? Got a few issues or problems you'd like a fresh prospective on? Thinking about taking your business in a different direction, but wonder if it's the right decision?

 

If you are ready to experience an immediate boost to your practice, before you even go offline from this ground-breaking seminar, the Hot Seats VA Panel is your opportunity to present questions and receive laser focused answers -- and insightful feedback from savvy problem-solving VAs. It's THE opportunity to discuss anything that is impacting your business growth, development and profits, with seasoned experienced VAs willing to tap into their knowledge base and dissect your problems.

 

Don't be shy, take the first steps toward changing your business and send your questions to: info@oivac.com. They may be answered during one of the two Hot Seats VA Panel sessions. Session 1 is Thursday, May 20, 5:45 p.m. (EST) and session 2 is Saturday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.(EST)

 

You've always known that the potential for your VA practice is unlimited. With the tools and training presentations at OIVAC 2010, you will be one, even two steps closer to building and/or enhancing the VA practice of your dreams.

 

There's only two (2) weeks left, to secure your seat, register today for OIVAC 2010! And when placing your TRACK order, don't forget to use PROMO CODE: MothersDay

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7 Days and Counting

 

That's right, OIVAC kicks off in 7 days, with 35+ sessions, including panel discussions on topics that directly impact the virtual assistant industry, networking galore, and much more.

 

It is important to attend seminars designed to help maintain and grow your business. They are the life blood of the convention. Don't miss out on the technology and business/marketing experts' contributions to this 3-day event. With flexible purchasing options, 3 and 5 seminar choices as well as Track 1, 2 and entire convention options, there is something for VAs in the emerging, aspiring and seasoned VA categories. Don't wait until the last minute. Register today!

 

But, don't take our word for it! Tune in to the OIVAC YouTube Channel to hear why continuing education is important and the benefits VAs will receive by attending OIVAC's highly relevant, technology and business/marketing-related seminars.

 

See the full seminar schedule here and register here.

 

Don't dismay, it's not all seminars and training. Several "first-ever" panels, are scheduled, with seasoned VAs such as Tawnya Sutherland, Jeannine Clontz, Pam Ivey, Becki Noles, Sharon Williams, Kathie Thomas, Andrea Cannivana, Lyn Prowse-Bishop and others field questions from attendees.

 

2-Hot Seats VA Panels - Is your business stuck? Got a few issues or problems you'd like a fresh prospective on? Thinking about taking your business in a different direction, but wonder if it's the right decision? Don't be shy! This is YOUR opportunity for a comprehensive "give and take" about what is/isn't occurring in your business.

 

VA Trainers /Coaches Panel - VA Trainers / Coaches / Mentors showcase their programs and describe WHY aspiring and seasoned VAs should enroll in their classes.

 

UKVA Panel - Are you situated in the United Kingdom, or interested in learning about issues/obstacles UKVAs face in promoting and growing their businesses. Sit in on this country-specific panel and hear about situations UKVAs face. Even offer recommendations, based on your experiences, to help them develop ways to spread the word and increase acceptance of virtual assisting in the United Kingdom.

 

Successful VAs Panel - Experienced VAs describe their road to success and offer inspiration and insight on how VAs can reach their goals.

 

International Virtual Assistants Day (IVAD) Celebration (Friday 5:21 at 5:15-7:00 p.m.), with keynote presenter Warwick Merry, the Get More Guy! This event is OUR once-a-year opportunity to celebrate contributions WE make to the business community. Keynote speaker, State-of-the-Industry report, International Virtual Assistant of Distinction award and Janet Jordan Achievement Award presentations, networking, a special "gift" for convention registrants and much more.

 

Note: If you would like to donate a "prize" or "gift" for the IVAD celebration please contact info@oivac.com. Your donation will be recognized in our upcoming celebration e-publication.

 

UK VA Celebration Day: Organized in line with IVAD and OIVAC. The day will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Reading. Why should you attend and what should you expect? During the day there will be VA specific presentations, with plenty of opportunity to network with other VA's, and a great 3 course lunch. Whether you are new to the VA industry or established, it's a great opportunity to share your VA highs and lows! If you are looking to expand your VA business, you may find a perfect associate. All in all, something for everyone. For further details please look at www.ukvaday.co.uk

 

Seminars, training, networking, panels, exhibitor halls and more! 3 days to learn from the best-of-the-best in our industry as well as other expert business professionals. Register today!

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I'm so excited--

 

--and I Just Can't Hide It"

 

Do you remember these lyrics from a pretty well known Pointer Sisters song recorded in 1982. "I just can't help myself--"

 

We are excited! OIVAC begins Thursday at 8 a.m. EST (New York) and registration closes tonight at 12 midnight PST (Wednesday morning at 3 a.m. EST). So this is the last day to select 3 or 5 seminars, or tracks 1 and 2, or the entire convention.

 

What will you miss?

 

Training on cutting-edge technology and the newest in business management and marketing strategies presented by 21 niche-specific, VA subject matter experts - many well-known, in the trenches VAs that walk their talk, every day.

 

Kathy Colaiacovo

Mary Motz

Dale Noles

Andrea Cannavina

Michelle Schoen

Andrea Kalli

Crystal Pina

Donna Toothaker

Becki Noles

Julie Farmer

Lyn Prowse-Bishop

Cheryl Callighan

Julie Hinge

Michelle Ulrich

Cindy Greenway

Syndi Craig-Hart

Nicole Chamblin

Topsie Egbetokun

Patty Dost

Beverly Neil

Sharon Williams

Newest of the new

 

Each year, OIVAC showcases the newest of the new -- and this year is no exception -- this year we will investigate "Cloud Computing" from two different points-of-view and invite you to string along. Attend the Thursday, 1 p.m. session, hosted by Barry James - PA Power - How VAs are Changing the World and Nicole Chamblin's session - Creating a Productive Environment in the Digital Age, scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.

 

In addition, the convention schedule includes:

9 renowned, Internet-savvy, niche-specific trainers sharing their knowledge and expertise - the best of the best.

International Virtual Assistants Day celebration (Friday 5:15 - 7:00 EST) Awarding of the Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction Award and Janet Jordan Achievement Award

 


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  • 5 - Open Networking Sessions
  • 2 - Hot Seats VA Panels
  • 1 - UK VA Issues Panel
  • 1 - VA Trainers/Coaches Panel
  • 1 - Successful VAs Panel
  • Exhibitor Halls
  • Surprise giveaways/prizes

 

So don't delay - join the excitement and sing along with the Pointer Sisters. Complete your registration at http://oivac.com/register/

 

Seminars, training, networking, panels, exhibitor halls and more! 3 days to learn from the best-of-the-best in our industry as well as other expert business professionals. Register today!

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Congratulations to Tishia Lee, winner of the 2010 Janet Jordan Achievement Award, and Dale Noles, winner of the 2010 Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction Award.

 

I would also like to congratulate all of the nominees!

 

Janet Jordon Nominees:

 

Diane Potter – The Virtual Difference

Sally Ponton – Virtual PA Executives

Tishia Lee – Tishia Saves Time

 

Thomas Leonard Nominees:

 

Alison Fourie – AMF Typing Services

Cindy Greenway – Virtually Successful

Dale Noles – Virtual Accuracy

Donna Toothaker – 1st VA

Michelle Murphy – Murphy Assistants

Pam Ivey – Pam Ivey Group of Companies

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