Much Like the Oscars (Well, Sort Of) Many Virtual Entrepreneurs will Celebrate "Their Day"

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The Online International Virtual Assistant Convention (OIVAC) salutes the global Virtual Assistant industry while honoring virtual professionals worldwide. Nominations accepted for International Virtual Assistant Day awards. Live! Friday, May 15, 2009.

On the third Friday of May each year, the OIVAC (http://www.oivac.com) recognizes the spirit of the Virtual Assistant (VA) industry and the contributions made by Virtual Assistants by celebrating International Virtual Assistant Day (IVAD, officially listed in Chases' Calendar of Events). The celebration honors two outstanding Virtual Assistants by awarding the Janet Jordan Achievement Award and Thomas Leonard Virtual Assistant of Distinction Award (http://www.oivac.com/vadayawards.htm) during this live event on May 15, 2009. OIVAC is currently accepting nominations for these prestigious awards until March 20th. The IVAD celebration is free and open to the public.

The 4th Annual International Virtual Assistant Day acknowledges the growth of the VA industry. Their creed - Dedication, Experience, Expertise and Determination to Succeed (DEEDS) advocates who they are as well as what they do. The industry has existed for more than 10 years and is 20,000 professionals strong, despite the current economic downturn. VAs provide administrative, creative, managerial, technical, business and/or personal support services; often from the comfort of their home office. They succeed by offering value-added benefits to corporations, small employers, online businesses, entrepreneurs, and executives - locally, nationally, and globally.

The International Virtual Assistant Day celebration will honor industry leaders, recognize outstanding VAs, share client testimonials, and participate in the intra-industry camaraderie; nurturing and networking that is synonymous with being a Virtual Assistant. The highlight of the day is the presentation of the two, time-honored, awards. The 2008 winner of the Thomas Leonard Virtual Assistant of Distinction award, Tawnya Sutherland (VANetworking), appreciates the importance of such a significant achievement: "It is wonderful to know the Virtual Assistant industry values my contributions to the VA world in helping to bring more awareness to our industry. Winning the award was validation that my efforts truly are appreciated." While Kylie Short (Tilda Virtual Services), 2008's Janet Jordan Achievement Award , which is presented to a VA who has achieved an exceptional milestone with less than five years in business, says " To be awarded the Janet Jordan Achievement Award is the greatest honor and recognition of what I have built. I am humbled by this award eve more-so as it has been awarded to me by my peers…"

For more information on the Online International Virtual Assistant Convention or International Virtual Assistant Day, visit http://www.oivac.com.

About OIVAC

The OIVAC is an online, interactive, "live" yet virtual environment convention of Virtual Assistants. The 2005 vision of Sharon Williams (President, The 24 Hour Secretary, http://www.the24hoursecretary.com), OIVAC offers an opportunity for VAs from around the globe to participate in value-packed, unique learning, training, networking and information-sharing experiences; conducive to the hectic schedules of work-at-home and virtual entrepreneurs.

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