Organizations and Conferences

 

VA League

http://www.IAVOA.com

 

The VA League is a means of networking with other VAs and establishing Strategic Partnerships.

 

Virtual Business Group

http://www.VirtualBizGroup.com

 

A community of Virtual Office Professionals dedicated to helping YOU accomplish all of your office needs.

 

IVAA

http://www.ivaa.net

 

International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) is an organization for the virtual assisting industry, working to develop and maintain professional standards and help ensure the reputation, growth, and future strength of the industry and its members individually.

 

Bizymoms

http://www.bizymoms.com

 

This is a site that has boards and chats available for virtual assistants, word processors, Santa Letters, and other work‑at‑home opportunities.

 

VANetworking Forum

http://www.vanetworking.com

 

Virtual Assistant Networking Forum (VANF) is a global networking forum for virtual assistants. It offers a comfy area on the net where they can login to hear the latest new about their career path, hear about a new transcription product, catch a coffee with another friendly VA, find answers to their questions: and much more.

 

Womans‑Net

http://www.womans-net.com

 

Kim Haas is the Founder of Womans‑Net, an online community for women. Womans‑Net provides a multitude of online resources to both members and nonmembers. Whether you're just starting out or just want to build your existing business, Womans‑Net can help you achieve your goals. Subscribe to WomansNet News, a valuable resource for site information, fun polls, member introductions for networking opportunities and more. Head on over and join Kelly's Success as a Virtual Assistant forum.

 

Business Know‑How(sm)

http://www.businessknowhow.com

 

Offers a wealth of how‑to information and resources that will help you start a business and grow your business, find customers, solve business problems, increase your profits, and succeed. Available on the web at http://www.businessknowhow.com and at keyword "Business Know‑How on America Online, the site provides feature articles, access to experts, community message boards, tools and business‑to‑business networking opportunities that make starting, running and doing business easier and more profitable.

 

The website has several features that are not available through the AOL forums. These include links to sample business plans and a searchable business‑to‑business directory. The directory is a handy way to locate small business product and service providers and to be found.

 

SCORE

http://www.score.org

800‑634‑0245

(or under U.S. Government, Small Business Administration in your area)

 

SCORE is the "Service Corps of Retired Executives." It is dedicated to aiding small businesses (home businesses as well) to grow and succeed. I've been to several SCORE meetings and I have found them exceptionally worthwhile. In fact, in my area they assign a personal representative to assist you. You can set up a meeting with him/her and go over all ideas you have on starting your business. You can also receive e‑mail counseling on the Internet.

 

Small Business Association (SBA)

http://www.sba.gov

800‑827‑5722

 

The Small Business Administration was created by Congress in 1953 with the purpose of helping small‑business owners with financial assistance, management counseling, and training. The SBA provides you with a wealth of information, including many seminars and workshops, and publishes excellent literature. Their website can assist you in starting your business, financing your business, business opportunities, offices and services, local SBA offices, etc.

 

Other sites dedicated to networking include:

 

http://www.Ryze.com

 

Business Networking International

http://www.bni.com

 

 

Of course, there are a number of Yahoo! Groups that cater to a great number of topics. Do a search for your area of interest, and see what you can find.

 

Some other sites you might want to check out:

 

http://www.digitalwork.com

 

http://www.coworking.com

 

http://www.office.com

 

http://www.nafe.com

 

http://www.nawbo.org

 

http://www.allbusiness.com

 

http://www.inc.com

 

http://MacWarehouse.com

 

http://OfficeDepot.com