Forum on Virtual Assistance 2009 Launches New Site!

FoVA 2009 Yes indeed, the Forum on Virtual Assistance (FoVA 2009) has launched a new WordPress based site. Personally, I think it looks pretty great as I was lucky enough to use my favourite skills to setup the entire site.

Although we did choose the iThemes flexx theme for the core, a lot of customization was done to mold it into it’s own unique FoVA style. Keeping with the yellow and black color scheme made it fun to design the graphics to really stand out.

I also took full advantage of the hot new billboard plugin designed by iThemes to generate the custom thumbnails along the bottom of the site that profile the FoVA 2009 Session Leaders.

The blog certainly enhances the event and will make it easy to post information and resources that will be of benefit to anyone who is attending or thinking about attending the event.

I am really excited to attend FoVA again this year and have been given the opportunity to do a WordPress Workshop – ya! I am so excited to package up and share information on “How To Offer WordPress as a Service“.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the event.

Oh, and all FoVA 2009 Attendees… Don’t forget to Map yourself please.



Are you an Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant?

I see tons of people popping up all over the Internet who are proudly displaying the VAclassroom Certification Badge. Kudos to you all for taking such a great step towards enhancing your professional development portfolio. As you know…

Today’s Internet marketers and entrepreneurs are increasingly stressed, overworked and overwhelmed by all that goes into managing their businesses. They’re desperate for great virtual assistants to basically rescue them from drowning in a list of tasks they are not able to manage properly.

That is exactly why the VAclassroom was formed. To not only give people a place to learn the exact in demand skills to make them highly marketable in today’s rapidly growing outsourcing arena but also to give them a place to network, keep current on industry trends, share idea’s and have a central hub spot or home base.

I know first hand the added value that a VAclassroom Membership can give to your business. I finished the initial VAclassroom Certification Program last Spring and use my membership on a daily basis in my business.

A few of the key area’s you can expect to master include:

* Internet Marketing Foundations
* Web Analytics Assistant
* Affiliate Marketing Assistant Part 1
* Affiliate Marketing Assistant Part 2
* Search Marketing Assistant Part 1
* Search Marketing Assistant Part 2
* Blogging/ Social Media Assistant Part 1
* Blogging/ Social Media Assistant Part 2
* Email Marketing Assistant
* Digitally Enhanced Productivity Strategies
* Advanced Blogging VA Training
* Project Manager Superstar

So, as you can see I highly recommend the VAclassroom to anyone who wishes to learn these exact in demand skills.

Already certified as an Internet Marketing virtual assistant from

I would love to here from you… I am currently looking for 5 VAclassroom certification holders to participate in a unique marketing opportunity. I am creating a video presentation that includes some key statistics and information and would love to see you featured… Please send me a quick note to get started!

To your success, certificaton



What Do 8 Amazing Virtual Assistants Have in Common?

question markWhy did I choose the number 8 you ask?

I was inspired by a secret tip directly from Chris Brogan. Chris says, posts with numbers seem to work – especially weird or odd numbers. 27 is odd. Of course Chris didn’t directly tell me this tip however, he did post an inspiring article titled, “27 blogging secrets to power your community“. It’s really good you must read it!

Since a large part of my community are virtual assistants and of course my clients I wanted to point the spotlight on 8 amazing virtual assistants and take a look at what they all have in common. I enjoy following these VAs and have most of them captured in my Google Reader (thanks Google!) which makes it easy for me to keep up to date on their accomplishments and developments.

Are you ready?

8 Amazing Virtual Assistants:

  • Barbara Lang
  • Dawn Goldberg
  • Erin Blaskie
  • Kathy M Thomas
  • Michelle Jamison
  • Pam Ivey
  • Sharon Williams
  • Tawnya Sutherland

If you are a seasoned virtual assistant who converses online then you will most likely see where I am heading with this. Perhaps you are someone who is looking for a virtual assistant or even someone who is aspiring to be a virtual assistant. Regardless of your situation, the main ingredient that I feel these 8 amazing virtual assistants have in common is:

Each and every one of them have taken action to move the virtual assistance industry forward and inevitably pave the way for the future growth of this industry period.

It would take me a long time to write about all of their individual accomplishments (and a lot of accomplishments there are) so instead, I will provide a link to a few places where you can learn all about them just as I have.

Barbara Lang, Virtually Anything Administrative Services, Forum on Virtual Assistance,
Dawn Goldberg, Virtual Angel, Blog, Write Well University,
Erin Blaskie, Business Services ETC, The VA Coach, VA Training Club,
Kathie M Thomas, A Clyaton’s Secretary, Worth More Than Rubies,
Michelle Jamison, MJVA, The VA Voice,
Pam Ivey, My Creative Assistant, Visual Persuasions Canada,
Sharon Williams, The 24 Hour Secretary, Blog, OIVAC, Alliance for Virtual Businesses
Tawnya Sutherland, MediaMage Business Solutions,, Partnering With a Virtual

There are thousands of multi talented and successful Virtual Assistants around the entire globe.  Help grow this list and let me know who you think is an amazing virtual assistant…

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Local Virtual Assistant Receives Entrepreneurial Recognition


December 4, 2007

Contact: Frances Palaschuk
Tel: (613) 424-0019

Local Virtual Assistant Receives Entrepreneurial Recognition

Ottawa, ON, Canada – Frances Palaschuk owner of Ultimate Biz Assistant announced today that they are the recipient of the VAccolade Business Entrepreneurial award.

The VAccolade award not only recognizes participation at the Virtual Assistant Networking Association (, but also recognizes the professionalism with which Palaschuk presents herself on the web, thereby giving them more credibility amongst other Virtual Assistants.

“Virtual Assistants (VAs) are business owners who work from their own office providing professional support, services and skills to their clients via phone, fax and internet based technology. Partnering with a VA reduces stress, protects cash flow, eliminates administrative hassles, and enables business people to find the success they originally set out to achieve. A VA is your right hand person helping you to succeed in your business. The irony is you may never meet your VA as odds are they live nowhere near you!” (definition from

Palaschuk’s company specializes in automating small businesses online and is a home-based administrative professional providing various online services to her clients. She started her Virtual Assistant career simply to fulfill her passion for technology and drive and determination for success.

In a recent survey from VAnetworking, the United States has the largest number of VAs, followed by Canada, Australia and Europe. Clients only pay for time spent on their projects. There’s no need to pay for taxes, benefits, equipment, etc. VAs are hired on an hourly or a monthly retainer basis.

For more information about Ultimate Biz Assistant, visit

About Ultimate Biz Assistant
Launched in 2007, Ultimate Biz Assistant specializes in automating small businesses online by offering affordable office automation services. Armed with 15 years of hands on experience the top services offered include WordPress blog design, optimization and training, blog analytics, newsletter and autoresponder management as well as traditional secretarial support. Visit the website at

About VAnetworking
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Virtual Assistant Networking Association Resources

Virtual Assistant Success

Since 2005, our ultimate information source for virtual assistance networking, professional development and support has been VANA ~ The “HOTTEST, FRIENDLIEST, Informative, Educational & Resourceful Network for VAs” that everyone online is talking about!

Recently, we upgraded our membership to become an exclusive VAinsider. If you want to know how we have benefited and plan to continue to maximize our membership benefits then please read our full blog post here.

To see an outline of the full benefits that this amazing upgraded memebership offers then please visit the VAinsider benefits page.

It’s hard to choose what the top, top tools that VANA offers are but, if we had to they would include:

Virtual Assistant Networking Association Toolbar ~ this one is a must, must have! Why? Well to name a few reasons ~ The mini RSS Feed; imagine being able to keep up with every single forum post, RFP, contest, seminar and everything in between by just one click. By scanning the headlines you can easily pick and choose which topics are of interest to you while keeping up to the minute on everything! The VA Tools ~ you can’t live without this one. Basically, it’s a drop down list that will connect you to the top resources you need to start and run a successful VA business. Each category branches off into a mini directory that will link you to a choice of popular and effective tools currently being used by our fellow VAs. VA Goodies ~ goodies? Yes, Goodies! And they are just that. This is another magical drop down list that again has links to all of the top VANA resources including the VANA seminar room. The seminar room is where you can participate in weekly chat sessions with fellow VAs as well as engage in professional development seminars on hot industry topics such as Internet Marketing, Business Development, Time Management and many more. The seminars alone will give you enough ideas, skills and even that extra push you may need to take your virtual business to the next level. And that is only a few of the reasons why we love the VANA toolbar.

Virtual Assistant Networking Association Forum ~ I am not sure if it’s because the forum is broken down into specific, niche areas of interest to VAs, the statistics that track each post according to date, time and popularity, the advanced search function or the actual “real” people that give some of the best “virtual” advice around but this VA forum continues to exceeded our expectations.