After my layoff I was ready to make a transition into my own business, allowing me to be in control and also utilize the customer support and project management skills I developed over my engineering career
Roseville, CA (PRWEB) October 14, 2009
Cybertary®, Inc., a network of professional Virtual Assistants (VAs) supporting independent and small-business owners, announced its first South Carolina franchise office in Spartanburg, owned by Sheri Huesman. As we approach National Business Women's Week (NBWW) on Oct. 19-23, it illustrates the tremendous growth of privately-held majority (51% or more) women-owned firms throughout South Carolina.
As reported by Inc. magazine on Jan. 2, 2007, a report by the Center for Business Women's Research stated that he nation's South Atlantic region -- which includes Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia -- showed the most growth for women-owned firms. Between 1997 and 2006, that region's women-owned businesses increased 72 percent to 1.3 million, while sales grew 15 percent and total employees increased 15 percent. The number of women-owned firms with employees jumped 24 percent.
After 15 years in the mostly male dominated field of mechanical engineering, Cybertary owner Sheri Huesman was ready to be a woman entrepreneur. During her engineering career, Huesman specialized in product design and testing, customer support, and project management. She also greatly enjoyed working with customers to solve product issues and provide technical guidance. Huesman's time in the automotive industry also included experience in Sales and Marketing. She most recently served as Senior Sales Coordinator where she worked with customers to facilitate sales orders from pre-order technical consultation through delivery.
Due to a company restructuring layoff in early 2009, Huesman decided it was the perfect time to gain control of her own career and pursue self-employment. "After my layoff I was ready to make a transition into my own business, allowing me to be in control and also utilize the customer support and project management skills I developed over my engineering career", explained Huesman.
Sheri chose Cybertary due to the company's high standards and team concept. It offers her the satisfaction of utilizing her skills to help clients succeed in their business and achieve more free time. "South Carolina has struggled with a high level of unemployment which has had a negative impact on small local businesses. I'd love to be able to use my skills to help small businesses grow and succeed as the economy begins to turn around," added Huesman.
Cybertaries work within a diversely talented team who seamlessly collaborate to meet the changing demands of small businesses. Cybertaries provide reliable support tailored to increase productivity and decrease non-revenue producing tasks. Cybertary clients save time and money, paying only for time spent on task without the burdens of payroll and overhead. According to the Small Business Administration, small firms total approximately 23 million in the United States, and roughly 75 percent have no employees. Therefore, many small business owners are out there trying to "do it all". Cybertary and other professional Virtual Assistants are increasingly popular since they relieve business owners of the bookkeeping, data entry and other marketing tasks so they can focus on their clients or take time off.
"I love the professional and personal flexibilities that Cybertary provides me," added Tracy Phipps, Cybertary - South Charlotte franchisee. "The ability to determine my own hours has always been important and a driving factor for many entrepreneurs. But Cybertary also allows me to set my own rates, services and even determine my client base."
"Cybertary franchisees are able to match the business support need with the talent. The Cybertary franchise network creates the support infrastructure that gives the business owner the resources they need to meet any administrative challenge, while simultaneously providing an opportunity for business professionals to leave the corporate world and build their own home-based business," explained Cybertary Founder and CEO, Patricia Beckman. "We're thrilled to bring Sheri Huesman on board and are excited to see the expansion of the Cybertary network across the U.S."
For Spartanburg businesses seeking the support of a virtual assistant or for more information on Cybertary, please visit http://www.Cybertary.com/Spartanburg. Cybertary's Spartanburg office team can also be reached at Spartanburg@Cybertary.com or (864) 641-1152.
The Cybertary Trend and the Virtual Assistant Industry
Cybertary's further expansion into Spartanburg illustrates a growth trend in majority woman-owned business throughout South Carolina. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy's 2005 published report on South Carolina, women-owned firms in 2002 totaled 76,879, an increase of 20 percent from 1997, and generated $10.9 billion in revenues. Women represented 35.6 percent of the self-employed persons in the state. (Sources: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau.) Therefore South Carolina is a great environment for a business like Cybertary that caters to solopreneurs and entrepreneurs.
About Cybertary, Inc. and Franchise Opportunities
Cybertary, Inc. was founded in 2005 by Patricia Beckman in Roseville, California to meet the growing demand for reliable and professional business support. Cybertary is the first and only virtual assisting franchise opportunity in the US. For more information on the franchise opportunity, contact Patricia Beckman at (916) 781-7799, email to Franchise(at)Cybertary(dot)com or visit http://www.CybertaryFranchise.com.