First Janet Jordan Achievement Award Winner Announced at International Virtual Assistant Day Celebration

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Heather Jacobson of Valley Virtual Assistants in Roanoke, Virginia becomes the 2006 recipient of the “Janet Jordan Achievement” Award.

Heather Jacobson of Valley Virtual Assistants in Roanoke, Virginia becomes the 2006 recipient of the “Janet Jordan Achievement” Award.

The award, bestowed by industry advocacy group, Alliance for Virtual Businesses during the Online International Virtual Assistants Convention (OIVAC) this week, honors a new Virtual Assistant or VA who has been in practice for less than 2 years and surpassed set milestones that have propelled their business to great success. Award nominees were selected by their peers within the VA industry and upon review of the nomination papers of the finalists by OIVAC, a winner was selected. Jacobson will accept her award tonight during the special Virtual Assistants Day Celebration.

“I am humbled and honored that my peers deem me worthy of this award,” said Jacobson, who has been in business since 2005. Prior to launching her business, Jacobson, who specializes in providing Solopreneurs with marketing know-how, has worked in marketing, sales and business development for multiple industries including restaurant, construction and media. “When I started my business I didn’t set out to win any awards. I simply started my business to provide quality support to small business owners. To win an award named after someone you highly respected and wished to emulate is an even greater honor.”

Janet Jordan was a recognized industry leader in the virtual assistance field. Jordan’s virtual assisting career began in 1980, long before the term “Virtual Assistant” was coined. Along with running her private VA practices which included clients who spanned the globe, Jordan also trained aspiring entrepreneurs to launch their own up-to-the-minute, compelling and relevant virtual assistant practices through Virtual Assistance U. Jordan created future leaders in the VA industry. She passed away in January 2006.

“Janet loved working with aspiring VAs and she would be so proud of this year’s recipient, Heather Jacobson,” says Sharon Williams, a dear friend and colleague of Jordan’s, founder of Alliance for Virtual Businesses and this year’s recipient of the Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant Distinction Award. “It always meant so much to her to see new Virtual Assistants succeed, and knowing there’s one more sharing this honor surely makes her smile.”

About Virtual Valley Assistants

Founded in 2005 by Heather Jacobson, Valley Virtual Assistants caters to Solopreneurs who need assistance with their marketing efforts. Heather brings to the table her skills in marketing, sales, and business development as she partners with like-minded business owners who have set no limits on the success they can achieve. The author of Making Dollars Out of Cents: 101 Tips for the Frugal Marketer, Heather is also the publisher of the popular ezine, Marketing Made Simple, a monthly publication filled with simple marketing tactics designed to enhance one’s marketing efforts. Visit the website at:

About International Association of Coaches

The International Association of Coaches (IAC-CC) is an independent certifying body of the coaching industry whose mission is to inspire the on-going evolution and application of a universal coaching standard. Coaches who hold the IAC certified coach designation are coaching as the most advanced level the coaching profession has to offer. Visit the website at

About AssistanceU

The Virtual Assistance U, recognized globally as "The Benchmark for VA (Virtual Assistant) Training, “is the online, global, virtual training community of the late Janet L. Jordan, MVA, PREVA. Although physically located in Corpus Christi, Texas, VAU prepares VAs to start VA practices globally via voice interactive meeting rooms.

About Alliance for Virtual Businesses

Established in June 2003 the Alliance for Virtual Businesses™ is 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


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