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PostHeaderIcon 5th Anniversary….

In July 2004, Lana Newlander of Virtual Business Solutions and I held our first virtual assistant meeting in Austin. The story is kind of funny actually…

She posted to the listserv at IVAA that she was kind of new and had someone contact her wanting bookkeeping services and needed a contract. I replied and said I would send her one off-list. When the email went out to her address, I looked up as it was going out and noticed her email address ended in “” – which meant… out of all the people that are members of IVAA, she was LOCAL!

… and I had just quoted someone that sounded really familiar to who she was talking about so I quickly emailed her again saying I had used that contract for someone that same morning and his name was Elmo (I’m not making this up) so if it was the same person, she might want to alter it quite a bit.

Yes. It was the same guy (and she got the client – and I was super happy for her). We made plans to meet and have met at least quarterly since then. Now days the VA meetings are monthly and are attended by an average of 6 people. There were many times it was just Lana and I and other times there are 12 people.

I feel so lucky to know this person and be a partner with her at the meetings. We’ve worked together and celebrated both personal and business related triumphs as well as a few setbacks.

To my fellow VAs, If you have the opportunity to meet a Virtual Assistant in your area, DO IT. Meeting Lana truly changed not only my business, but parts of my life as well. She has become a great colleague, but an even better friend.

Here’s to 50 more years, Lana!


One Response to “5th Anniversary….”

  • Pete Monfre says:

    What a great example of cooperative competition. I think it's crazy when people build a wall around themselves when it comes to competitors or operate with the goal to bury and destroy.

    Most of my "competitors" love me. I send them work….

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