Toronto, Canada (PressExposure) April 30, 2009 -- As the Virtual Assistant industry grows due to individuals wanting to start their own business, reductions in the workforce and business closings, these individuals are also yearning to learn the various tools and resources they need to build and maintain their business. This is where the Forum on Virtual Assistance (FoVA) comes in.
Unlike other industry conventions where participants listen to industry speakers, FoVA provides participants with an opportunity to really get involved. FoVA is an opportunity to exchange ideas and information and gain valuable insight in facilitated discussion groups and workshop formats. It is the goal of FoVA for participants to walk away with, not just ideas, but a solid plan and the tools to put those plans into action. It is also a chance for the diversified community of Virtual Assistants to forge new relationships and alliances in order to uncover and pursue new opportunities. FoVA is an environment where a mutual exchange of ideas and sharing of business expertise takes place within a stimulating workshop-based five day program. It is the place Where VAâs Come to Meet, Learn and Grow!
Virtual Assistants from all over the world, including Canada, the United States, and Australia, will be meeting in Niagara Falls from June 3 through June 7, 2009. Three different tracks will be offered to Virtual Assistants with a variety of half-day and full-day workshops, as well as multiple breakout sessions and panel discussions. Speakers include Michelle Jamison (www.mjva.ca), Craig Cannings (www.VAclassroom.com), Jeannine Clontz (www.accuratebusiness.com/), Tawnya Sutherland (www.VAnetworking.com) Kathie Thomas, all the way from Australia (www.vadirectory.net/), and many other industry leaders. Topics will include information on blogging, niching, creating a marketing budget, improving your business and your life, working with Wordpress, creating procedures for your business, improving your clientsâ perception, and many more topics for Virtual Assistants to learn and grow. There will also be an opportunity for participants to learn more about software programs, Microsoft certifications and training programs that are available.
Barb Lang, Founder of the Forum on Virtual Assistance, was recently highlighted in the Canadian Virtual Assistant Connection (CVAC) (http://www.cvac.ca/) Spring 2009 newsletter stating, âI craved an event where I could really delve deeply into issues affecting our industry and day to day operations AND pick the brains of the best and brightest of our profession. VAâs who had truly established themselves as experts and that I truly admired. I also wanted to meet as many training program developers, VA book authors and VA association founders under one roof as I could so that I could ask all of the my questions and make an informed decision on what was right specifically for me. The idea of FoVA was born.â
Many more activities are planned for FoVA 2009, along with some major announcements about changes in the Virtual Assistant community, so if you would like to join in, you can go to http://www.forumonvirtualassistance.com.
About Barb Lang Barbara Lang is a full time bilingual VA and is owner and operator of Virtually Anything-Administrative Services (http://www.virtuallyanything.ca/). With more than 18 years of corporate experience, Barb left the financial industry in 2002 to launch her business and has never looked back. Barb is a trainer for the VATP and taught a Virtual Office course for Red Deer Collegeâs Virtual Assistance Certification Program. She serves on the Advisory Board for Georgian College in Barrie, Canada striving towards implementing VA Training into the Ontario Colleges Administration Certificate programs. She is the Director of Education for the International Virtual Assistance Association (IVAA) and volunteers for Canadian Virtual Assistants Network (CVAN). She coaches/mentors emerging Virtual Assistants. Barb is an AssistU Alumni and former Canadian Chapter Leader and member of the Canadian Virtual Assistant Connection (CVAC) and VAnetworking.com. Although she has organized many forums for her clients, the event most near and dear to her heart is FoVA and Barb looks forward to planning this event year after year.
About Forum on Virtual Assistance FoVA is a âone-of-a-kindâ gathering where, in a stimulating âmastermindâ setting, participants can challenge themselves and each other to come away with new ideas for success while forging valuable new relationships.