DVVAA Presence Stands Out at International VA Summit

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The International Virtual Assistants Association held their annual conference in Charlotte, NC in April 2008. The conference for virtual professionals was once again a huge success.

This week board and members of the Delaware Valley Virtual Assistants Association (DVVAA) attended the International Virtual Assistants Association's (IVAA) seventh Annual Summit at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, at what proved to be one of its best conferences to date. With 83 professionals in attendance from the US and Canada over the three-day event, DVVAA members made up a whopping 15% of the Summit participants!

DVVAA attendees included all of its board members: Carla Wilson, President; Michelle Murphy, VP of Marketing; Laura Pumo, VP of Communication; Corie Stewart, VP of Membership; and Mary Motz, VP of Technology.

The IVAA Summit for virtual assistants (VAs) included a variety of presentations, breakout sessions with panel and round table discussions, plus numerous informal networking opportunities. Keynote Speaker Dave Lieber (http://www.yankeecowboy.com) delighted the audience with his opening and closing remarks, touching on topics such as the importance of customer service. VA industry pioneer Tawnya Sutherland of the Virtual Assistant Network Association (http://www.vanetworking.com ) spoke about SEO optimization for business. Marketing was a recurring theme at the event, and was expanded on by dynamic speakers such as Debbra Sweet of Sweet Marketing (http://www.sweetmarketingsolutions.com) and Stephanie Frank (http://www.stephaniefrank.com), best-selling author of "The Accidental Millionaire". Other subjects ranged from niches in bookkeeping, transcription and writing, to working for life coaches and providing VA support in the real estate industry.

"Dinner with Strangers" on Thursday evening set the stage for a unique and wonderful networking opportunity. Each conference participant signed up for dinner at one of four restaurants and was able to interact over a meal with someone they may not have previously met.

For the upcoming year, Michelle Murphy of Murphy Assistants will be working with the Sponsorship Committee on numerous IVAA events, including its Summit 2009, for which she will be soliciting and managing the organization's corporate sponsorship.

IVAA (http://www.ivaa.org ) is an industry leader dedicated to promoting and aiding professional development within the VA industry. DVVAA serves Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, working with both clients requiring specialized business assistance, as well as VAs looking for contracts or support.

For more information on DVVAA please contact Michelle Murphy, and visit the organization's informative and newly revamped website.

International Virtual Assistants Association
http://www.ivaa.org
Delaware Valley Virtual Assistants Association
http://www.dvvaa.org

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