IVAA and VAU Announce Alliance for Scholarship Program

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Two powerhouses in the Virtual Assistance industry have collaborated to deliver a first-ever scholarship award to a deserving IVAA member in 2006. Jeannine Clontz, IVAA president, and Janet L. Jordan, president of VAU have embarked on a joint venture to offer state-of-the-art virtual assistance training to talented VA’s.

Virtual Assistance is a burgeoning entrepreneurial enterprise that affords clients remote (“virtual”) soup-to-nuts administrative support partnerships through the use of ever-evolving electronic technologies. Virtual Assistants who grow successful practices are those who embrace technology, and who transition easily from a support role to business owner/operator and back again. When two VA industry standard-bearers like the IVAA and Virtual Assistance U come together to train and mentor a promising novice VA, everyone wins.

Virtual Assistants who 1) possess entrepreneurial drive, 2) are involved in industry-specific groups like IVAA, and 3) pursue educational opportunities like those offered by VAU are uniquely positioned to launch and grow successful practices. Since both organizations are VA industry pace-setters, they also serve as ongoing and invaluable sources of support and advanced education for Virtual Assistants who stay connected and engaged.

The IVAA offers a resource-rich environment to its membership (currently over 600 strong). Benefits include:

mentorship programs

local networking resources

preferred partners discounts

an Expert of the Month series

free website hosting

monthly newsletter

yearly summit meeting

discussion forums and chat rooms

client RFP system

membership directory

VA certification programs

Likewise, the Virtual Assistance U curriculum is geared specifically to the needs of entrepreneurs who have established or plan to launch their own VA practices. Participants in VAU team coaching sessions spend a total of 20 weeks on a "virtual" learning team and in an independent study environment that culminates in the launch of a successful virtual assistance practice. Core training modules include:

developing virtual assistance business and marketing plans

technology strategies for VA practices

marketing a VA practice to a niche market

creating a website and collateral marketing materials

designing web commercials and multimedia products

creating client partnering opportunities

attracting desirable clients

developing collaborative relationships

Beginning in 2006, the IVAA Board of Directors will select one member to receive a scholarship award to attend VAU’s 20-week core curriculum training. The training will be fully funded by Virtual Assistance U as part of an ongoing outreach program. This premier collaboration between established and well-respected organizations within the Virtual Assistance industry opens the door for future alliances that will benefit VA’s and VA clients, as well. “Jeannine and I are excited about this opportunity to help VA’s achieve success through this partnership,” says Janet Jordan, president of VAU.

For additional information about the International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA), contact Jeannine Clontz or visit http://www.ivaa.org. For information about Virtual Assistance University (VAU), contact Janet L. Jordan or visit http://www.virtualassistanceu.com. Additional information on the IVAA/VAU scholarship award program can be found on both sites.

About IVAA

The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) is dedicated to the professional education and development of members of the Virtual Assistance profession, and to educating the public on the role and function of the Virtual Assistant.

Contact:

Jeannine Clontz, President

International Virtual Assistants Association

(877) 440-2750

http://www.ivaa.org

About VAU

Virtual Assistance University (VAU)

Virtual Assistance U is the "Benchmark for VA Training." Virtual assistants desiring to launch a practice in the virtual assistance industry rely on the standard of excellence provided by VAU's expert coaching and training.

Contact:

Janet L. Jordan, President

Virtual Assistance U

(361) 993-0923

http://www.virtualassistanceu.com

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