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Local Virtual Assistant Celebrates Inaugural
International Virtual Assistants Day


PARIS, May 19, 2006 - Ten years ago if anyone had told Courbevoie resident, Carolyn Moncel, that the nascent industry that she has been working so hard to promote would finally receive its own day or recognition, she probably would not have believed it. Moncel is a virtual assistant, and she along with more than 5,000 other virtual professionals working worldwide will celebrate the first International Virtual Assistants Day (IVAD) on May 19, 2006.


Proposed by the online advocacy group, Alliance for Virtual Businesses (A4VB), IVAD is now officially registered with Chases Calendar of Events, the recognized authority of special days, weeks and months. IVAD will appear in the 2007 edition and will be held annually on the third Friday of May. The inaugural celebration of International Virtual Assistants Day coincides with a three-day assembly sponsored by the Online International Virtual Assistants Convention (OIVAC) running from May 18 – 20, 2006. Virtual Assistants worldwide will display the free IVAD logo and creed on their websites.


“This day of observance not only allows us to celebrate individual accomplishments, but also affords us the chance to pat the backs of our colleagues as well,” says Moncel, whose company specializes in working with English-speaking training, coaching and communications professionals to create, edit and enhance training materials and presentations.


Moncel, a 37-year-old African American, is a former marketing manager. She conceived the idea for her business in July 2001 while living in her hometown, Chicago, IL. Like so many others throughout the industry, she started a new career in order to spend more time with her pre-school-aged daughter. When her French husband, accepted a job offer in October 2002 and moved the family to Paris, Moncel decided to expand her company rather than close shop.


Virtual Assistants or VAs are independent entrepreneurs who work remotely and use the latest technology to deliver professional administrative, creative, managerial, technical, business back-office and/or personal support services to busy professionals. Clients only pay for the time actually spent working on projects and often retain a fixed amount of hours per month for service.


Typical services could include everything from general secretarial and word processing services to desktop publishing, website creation and marketing. Projects are often handled over the phone, by fax, e-mail and even instant messaging. Most attractive is the fact that VAs are also responsible for their own taxes, training, healthcare, insurance - overhead costs that make hiring an employee expensive.


Since 1996 more than 5,000 professionals around the world have become VAs. More than 90 percent of them are highly-skilled working mothers who choose to start their own businesses in order to achieve a better work/life balance. According to a study conducted by Brenner Books in conjunction with A4VB in 2004, the United States accounts for the largest number of VAs followed by Canada, Australia and Great Britain.


"I'm confident that the need for virtual assistant services will increase not only France but throughout the European Union as governments begin lax rules making it easier for professionals to start small businesses or go solo," says Moncel. "In the meantime, it gives me great pleasure knowing that by the time my American clients awaken and have their first sips of coffee at their computers, my completed projects already await them in their e-mail inboxes."


About MotionTemps, LLC

Launched in 2001, MotionTemps, LLC is a virtual assistance firm with offices in Chicago and Paris. The company specializes in providing complete project coordination, administrative assistance and marketing communications support to home-based professionals and small-to-midsize consulting firms. The company has further expanded its presence into the European marketplace by providing an emergency service to English-speaking business travelers in need of administrative support during their stay in Paris. Visit the website at www.motiontemps.com.


About Alliance for Virtual Businesses

Established in June 2003 the Alliance for Virtual Businesses™ is volunteer-directed organization, whose primary mission is to promote the growth of free enterprise between virtual assistants, entrepreneurs, small businesses, corporations, associations and other business entities. At the web site client-related case studies, industry-related demographics, and a wealth of other types of information are available to facilitate learning about our industry. Visit the website at www.allianceforvirtualbiz.com.


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