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A compilation of literally hundred's of useful websites that are just a click away. The list has been compiled into specific categories, making it user-friendly and provides quicker access to the information you need. If you have comments about any of these listings, good or bad or have additional resources to submit please contact us.  Get your finger a clicking, because you have just entered one of the most extensive collection of resources available to VA's.


Business Information

  • SBA.gov - Small Business Association - How to Start a Business
  • MsMoney.com - Financial advice and resources for women
  • Entrepreneur.com
  • WomenEntrepreneur.com
  • NAWBO Statistics - National Association of Women Business Owners
  • CRA Checklist for New Small Businesses - Canada
  • IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center - US
  • GOV.UK - Set up a Business - UK
  • Information for Services and Business - Australia
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • The State of Women-Owned Businesses Report 2015

Business Organizations

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce  - With a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions, we are the largest business association in Canada, and the country’s most influential.

US Chamber of Commerce - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.

Small Business Canada   A friend to the beginner and expert alike, we are the how-to site. We've got articles and resources for starting a small business in Canada, ideas, procedures, and forms.

Soho Business Group  We've grown; the Small Office Home Office site has expanded to include the SME (Small and Medium Size Enterprise) marketplace. Our aim is to provide products and services that will help you succeed.

European Business Organisation Worldwide Network - With the support of the European Commission, Directorate General Enterprise and Industry the EBO Worldwide Network was created in 2001. It is the representation of EU business associations and chambers of commerce in non-EU countries.

BNI International (Worldwide) - The mission of BNI is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive, and professional "word-of-mouth" program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals.


Business Start-up tools

Startup Stash - A curated directory of resources & tools for your startup.

The Name App - Name your business, products and services.

Your VA Mentor - Business and Marketing Training for Virtual Assistants

Virtual Assistant Business Success Blueprint - Full of hard-core content, you'll learn how to set up and run a viable virtual assistance business and we'll load you up with awesome templates, samples, forms and tons of instruction and information to get you started on the right foot!

Virtual Business Start Up Kit - The Virtual Business Startup System (VBSS) includes a step-by-step workbook which provides a collection of valuable sound advice and practical guidance for starting your own successful Virtual Assistant business from a well-known and successful Virtual Assistant herself, Tawnya Sutherland.


Education

OnlineCourses.com is an open courseware resource and it is one of the top online courses and classes available on the web. It offers free online courses on the web to any devices of the users choice. The site is developed to be mobile optimized that will allow users to take courses anywhere.

Lynda.com - Learn software, business, creative and tech skills online.


 Communication


Remote Access

GoToAssist   A fast, easy, and secure remote support service so IT professionals can deliver technical assistance to customers across the globe.

GoToMyPC   A cost effective and secure way to remotely access your computer from anywhere.

GoToMeeting  A user friendly online meeting solution so you can meet with your clients anytime, anywhere.


Webinar Rooms

DimDim - Dimdim web conferencing. Easy, open, affordable. Collaborate and share voice, video, slides, whiteboard, even your desktop.

GoToWebinar  Reach your audience more effectively. Plan, present, record, and analyze unlimited Web Seminars.


Computers & Services


Copyright and Intellectual Property

CHIN  The Canadian Heritage Information Network. We promote the development, presentation and preservation of digital content. We have tips for website development, digital project planning and best practices.

Government of Canada - Copyright, patent, and trademark information and resources specific to each province or territory.

CIPO  Copyrights. We have what you need to get started, a list of fees and online forms.

CIPO  Canadian Patents Database. You can search, retrieve, and study patent documents.

CIPO  Trademarks. We have what you need to get started for individual applicants or agents.

Hieros Gamos Legal Directories   A list of lawyers specializing in Intellectual Property.

Innovation in Canada  A portal for articles and resources, we have articles and resources for preserving intellectual property within different business arrangements.

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada  We're an association of professionals who specialize in intellectual property; patent agents, trade-mark agents, and lawyers.

IP Menu  A portal for global intellectual property firms and resources.

Strategis, Canadian Intellectual Property Office  We're a government site with links, information kits, and interactive tools. We have a guide to copyrights, the application process, forms, and links.

United States Copyright Office - Here you will find all our key publications, including informational circulars; application forms for copyright registration; links to the copyright law and to the homepages of other copyright-related organizations; news of what the office is doing, including business-process reengineering plans, Congressional testimony and press releases; our latest regulations; a link to our online copyright records cataloged since 1978; and much more.


Currency Converters

Bank of Canada  The Bank of Canada is Canada's central bank responsible for Canadian monetary policy. We have daily rates and a currency converter for over 56 currencies.

Canada Business  Currency cross rates.

The Universal Currency Converter - XE.com's Universal Currency Converter ® made its debut in May of 1995, and was an immediate sensation. Not only was it one of the very first useful financial information services on the entire Web, it was actually one of the very first interactive Web services on the Internet. Today, it is independently ranked as the world's most popular Internet currency tool.

Oanda  A currency converter for 164 currencies.

Yahoo  A currency converter, major currency cross rates, financial news, and international resources.


Domain Name Registrars

Domains Under - Canadian domain name registration is available in Canada for Edmonton and Calgary Alberta, Toronto Ontario, Vancouver B.C., and beyond by Computer Engineering Inc. / DOMAINSunder.ca doing business since 1991 with domain name registration offices in Calgary & Edmonton Alberta.

Canadian Domain Name Services  Register your domain name for $19 per year.

Canadian Internet Registration Authority - CIRA is the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. For information on dot-ca domain name registrations please click on the language of your choice.

Domain Plus - Domain Plus is a Canadian domain name registration company. At Domain Plus you get the best service for the lowest price possible. Tired of dealing with automated responses? We have a team of tech support personals ready to assist you, with any question regarding your domain name registration.

Domain.ca Canada's premium domain registrar.

Go Daddy Very popular US domain company, very reasonably priced.

Mediamage Register, transfer, renew and manage your domains.


eBook Tools

E-Book Gold Easy-As-Pie Ebook Software Makes Publishing Your Own Ebooks Just Mouse Clicks Away!

eBook Starter Discover why eBook starter is the only ebook creation program you'll ever need. Introducing the first and only WYSIWYG ebook editor.

Easy E-Book  Discover for yourself why over 12,000 internet marketers and publishers use our ebook software to create their info products.

DeskTop Author - With DeskTop Author you can quickly and easily * create 3D PAGE TURNING * eBooks - shareware eBooks * multimedia presentations * digital brochures - quizzes - diaries - eCards * digital photo albums and so much more.


Ezine Online Tools

Aweber - Email marketing software that's easy to use & only $1 to try. Send email newsletters & autoresponders with top notch email deliverability with our tools.

Contant Contact -Constant Contact makes professional email communication easy and affordable. Create customized newsletters and manage your lists effectively with Constant Contact.

Vertical Response - Vertical Response allows even the novice to create professional html newsletters. Vertical Response also offer list management tools so you can keep track of subscribers, unsubscribes and bounce email addresses.


Fax Services

The Phone Company - The TPC service is a collection of FAX servers you may use to send a fax to many locations around the world.

Telus - Are you frustrated by the inefficiency of fax machines? Tired of missing important faxes because of a busy line or unattended fax machine? Our e-mail based fax service allows you to receive, send, or broadcast faxes securely, so that you can make better use of your valuable time.

Efax  Swith to Efax and watch your businesses bottom line grow!

My Fax  Fax by email. $10/month for a single fax number.

Protus  Send and receive your faxes using email and the web.

World Fax Services - Companies in a variety of industries have realized success when using our services as a Fax solution. Our Services have been designed to provide maximum flexibility in all aspects, including its application purposes. It can be implemented to serve the needs of any industry.

Faxaway - Faxaway® is the world's finest Internet fax & unified messaging service. Since 1995, Faxaway has been giving customers faxing tools at their desktop.


Insurance

LMS ProLink  We have partnered with LMS ProLink for Outstanding Personal and Commercial Insurance packages for CAVA members ONLY

RBC Insurance  Home, auto, life, health, and business loan insurance.

The Co-Operators  Home, auto, life, health, home-based business, and business liability insurance.

TD Insurance  TD Insurance products ensure your protection in case of an unexpected circumstance. Whatever type of insurance you're looking for, we'll work with you to determine the coverage, deductibles, and payment options that are best for you.

ING Canada - or all your insurance and investment ?needs, ING Canada will work with you ?to tailor a solution that's right for you.Whether it's through the internet, our call centres, independent brokers or financial professionals, we're always right where you are.

Insurance Bureau of Canada - This website provides general information about home, car and business insurance in Canada. It was designed with insurance consumers in mind.

Insurance Canada Providing consumers and industry professionals with information on insurance in Canada.

Canada Protection Plan - We are one of Canada's leading suppliers of life and health insurance that does not require a doctor's visit or medical report you will only need to answer a few yes or no health questions.


Maps

MapQuest - The culmination of a 30-year plus evolution of mapping and technology has made MapQuest a world leader in providing invaluable location based services. Find a location, a map to it and directions.

Yahoo! Canada Maps - Get maps or driving directions to almost any place in Canada.

Google Maps - This map will take you anywhere in the world, simply by clicking on the County, Province/State, City etc. Get Driving Directions or find a Business.

Google Earth - Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. Fly to your house. Just type in an address, press Search, and you'll zoom right in. The innovators at Google are doing it again - and it's free.


Marketing Article Submission

Articles Factory - We are pleased to inform you about another way that you can increase your on-line exposure. You may already be aware of our online library of articles, but you may not be aware that you can submit your own articles to be published.

Article Hut Have your article submitted to 70-100 (depending on your category) directories, at separate domains and IP's.

Submit Your Article Generate massive publicity for your website via our automated article submission service. Just plug in your article and submit - your article will be distributed to thousands of targeted publishers, and published on partner web sites and article directories across the globe, within seconds.

RCP Links - Article Submission is a powerful method of gaining quality one-way incoming links to your site and has become standard in website search engine optimization strategies.

Article Submissions - Welcome to Articlesubmissions.net Feel free to use our website, you may also submit your own articles, publish original articles to market and generate traffic to your website. - There are now 40411 Excellent Articles in our Database from 1805 Authors.


Marketing Plan Software

Palo Alto Software 500+ sample business plans, fast, easy step-by-step process, includes two business planning books, instant download available.

Mplans Some free Marketing Plans samples as well as software to create your own plan. Articles with information on marketing plans.

BRS Software to help you identify your market, create and execute your plan. There is a free demo to download.

Plan Magic Can you present your plan with confidence? Our product line of business plan, financial plan, and marketing plan software enables you to do so. We continue to set the standards in business planning automation, business plan presentation, and financial planning. All products we offer are optimized for all accounting systems, to be used for any currency and all sales tax systems.

Template Zone Whether you're starting a new business or seeking to enhance an existing one, OfficeReady Marketing Plans contains the tools that will allow you to formulate both the marketing plan and the numbers that underlie it.


Press Releases

Mass Media Distribution Distribution of press releases to print media, broadcast media, and online and other media.

P.R. Free Are you looking to promote your business, an event, a cause or even yourself, but you find other newswire agencies beyond the reach of your budget? Then welcome to P.R. Free, where quick results are not difficult to see.

Canadaone Information on how, when, and who to send your press release to. Also a template to help you write your press release.

Web Wire We are the original Internet Press Release Resource predating any of our competitors.

PR Buzz PRBuzz.com is a free online press release distribution service. PRBuzz.com is the ultimate tool to create buzz for your web site, business or project. You could have the best website in the world but if no one finds out about it, you have wasted your time and money.


Printing of Marketing Material

CAVA Print Connection - We are partnered with Safeguard to provide excellent printing services at great prices.

Vista Print The easy design and print solution. Offering business cards, brochures, flyers, invitations, rubber stamps, logo design, and a lot more!

Nebs Business cards and stationary. Also have some helpfl articles on company branding.

Have1 Offering business cards, labels, magnets, letterhead, forms, brochures, and other marketing materials. Shipping available throughout North America.

4Biz Print The freedom to print anything you want, whenever you want to print it. Offering a full range of marketing materials.

Overnight Prints All of our printing is produced overnight in premium quality, and offered at the most competitive rates. It`s simple to create your order online. Choose from our wide variety of designs and customize it or submit your artwork using our Insta-Proofâ„¢ system.


Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster Central - Google has become in many peoples' opinions the standard for search engines. They are constantly creating innovative products and resources and now they have a free respource area for webmasters. Plop a google site map on your site and google will crawl your site frequently. Google Analytics is also activated with a little code on your home page and bingo - you have one of the best site stats going.

Submit Express Our Search Engine Optimization service encompasses everything from consultation, keyword research, copy writing, redeveloping the Website, creating incoming links, submitting to search engines and finally, reporting on its results.

Addpro We have designed a professional website submission service for those who wants a complete presence in search engines and directories across the web. Included in the package is a site optimization guide filled with advice on how to achieve a better search engine ranking.

Metamend Experience as a search engine marketing and search engine optimization company covers a broad range of industries, with successful clients in over 60 countries worldwide. Metamend's internet marketing will boost your search position.

Jatech Did you know that the success of your website is dependent upon search engine optimization? Search Engine Optimization or SEO is the life line for any website; it will direct traffic to your site and increase your sales.

SEO Expert Search Engine Optimization is the way to pull massive amounts of free traffic. Of course, you need to find an effective search engine optimization company to make it happen. We are a full service search engine optimization and internet marketing company.


Merchant Services/Payment Services

Beanstream  GET PROCESSING FAST. If you’re new to payment processing, our automated START-UP! application will get you processing mobile payments within minutes.  Or, GROW YOUR BUSINESS by choosing from our powerful suite of payment tools. We will work with you to tailor the perfect package.

1ShoppingCart.com - After some research we have found a company that will make your search for merchant accounts and other electronic payment methods easy and convenient. While no group discounts are available, Practice Pay Solutions delivers personalized, convenient, and affordable credit card, electronic check, and e-commerce processing solutions. We endorse them because of their integrity and dedication in delivering these business services to professionals and entrepreneurs like us. Please note that there is still a screening and approval process and not everyone may be approved however to learn more about their services.


Organization Tools

Make Organizing Easy Suggestions from Globe-Weis

1-2-3-SortIt Need help, sorting out your files, desk, business? 123 Sort it is here to help.

Palm - Stay in touch with a phone, organizer, E-mail, and the web in a single 'fit-in-your-pocket' device. Keep your whole life within easy reach. Not to mention cool stuff like MP3s, photos and video.

Internet Based Moms Free Time Management Tools, Free Organization and Time Management Resources.


Pay Online

Paypal - an eBay Company, enables any individual or business with an email address to securely, easily and quickly send and receive payments online. PayPal's service builds on the existing financial infrastructure of bank accounts and credit cards and utilizes the world's most advanced proprietary fraud prevention systems to create a safe, global, real-time payment solution.

Square


Project Management

Asana

Teamwork

Basecamp


Publicity and Public Relations

Penny Pinching Publicity - The goal of the owner of BeHeardSolutions is to help work-from-home solo-preneurs get free powerful media coverage that introduces them to new customers by promoting them as the recognized expert in their field.


Reminder Services

Birthday Alarm Birthday Alarm was started in 2001 by Michael and Xochi Birch and Paul Birch to provide a simple way for people to remember birthdays. The original idea for the website was simple, remind people of birthdays. They received such positive feedback that they began to add additional features to BirthdayAlarm.

Time and Date - This site provides a world clock, personal world clock, time zone converter, meeting planner, calendar, and countdowns.

Hallmark Ecards Who doesn't love receiving an ecard?

Send Out Cards - Send cards and gifts to anyone on the go with the SendOutCards App.


Search Tools

ZoomInfo - ZoomInfo is the premier business information search engine, with profiles on more than 35 million people and 3.8 million companies. ZoomInfo delivers a single site for quick and easy access to in-depth information on industries, companies, people, products, services and jobs.


Software

Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Create and share documents online and access them from anywhere. The innovators at Google are doing it again - and it's free.

ACT Popular contact and customer management software that allows client to VA synchronization.

Adobe PDF makers and more. Adobe is cutting edge software for graphics, web design (dreamweaver), web conferencing tools and document preparation.

AVG More and more people are using AVG antivirus software, an alternative to Norton Anti-Virus.

Express Scribe Transcription Playback Software - FREE Digital Audio Player Software

Intuit Canada If you offer bookkeeping services then you will want to use Quickbooks, the most widely used bookkeeping software in the VA industry.

Maximizer - Contact management software solution for home offices & individuals

Microsoft Every VA needs to own a copy of MS Office a must have for any VA Business. Popular programs, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access.

Symantec Makers of the must have anti-virus software Norton Anti-virus. Also makers off a variety of security software and computer performance


Survey Tools

Survey Monkey - Intelligent survey software for serious primates of all species. SurveyMonkey has a single purpose: to enable anyone to create professional online surveys quickly and easily. Zoomerang - Zoomerang is the premium global online survey software that business, organizations and individuals use to create professional, customized surveys.


Trademark Information

US Trademarks - Before you apply for a trademark, you should familiarize yourself with the basics. Determine if you need a trademark or another form of Intellectual Property protection.

Australia Trademarks - A trade mark is used to distinguish your goods and services from those of another business. Before applying for your intellectual property right, you should do a comprehensive search to make sure that it isn’t already registered.

trademarkscanada.ca - A trade name is the name under which you carry on your business. It can be the legal name of your corporation, your partnership or your sole proprietorship. A trademark is a word, symbol, design or combination of these that is used to distinguish your wares or services from those of others in the marketplace. A trade name can be registered as a trademark, but only if it is being used as a trademark. And contrary to common perception, registration of a trade name does not protect the name. Only registration as a trademark can effectively do so.

Canadian Trade-marks Database - Canadian government site that allows you to search trademarks. Using various search options.: text, operator, type., etc.


Time Zone Converters

Time Zone Converter.com - Find out the time anywhere in the world with the Time Zone Converter! Convenience: Plan International travel, phone calls, meetings and much more. Accuracy: The time zone rules on which the converter is based are updated when local laws or ordinances change to provide you with the most accurate time converter utility on the Net!

timeanddate.com - Do time zone conversions between two cities. This time zone calculator take into account daylight saving time (DST), local time zone and accepts dates in past or future.

The World Clock - current times around the world.

Meeting Planner - helps find suitable time for a call or meeting across time zones.

Fixed time clock - shows past or future time around the world (and not only one location).

Dialing codes - find which international dial code and area code to use when calling

Index of all available time zone tools worldtimeserver.com - provides correct and current time in any world time zone, country or major city. Accurate adjustments for Daylight Saving Time (or Summer Time ) are made according to each location's rules and laws. No matter what time zone a country or city is located in, this is your top choice for a clock resource site. Are you about to make an International long distance phone call? Are you planning a trip to a foreign destination? Are you preparing for a web cast or online meeting? Are you looking for a free clock for your own web site or blog? With the Internet bringing everyone closer together, we still have to deal with our different locations having different times. World Time Server is here to help!


VA Training Programs

Below is a list of recommended VA Training programs.

VA Training Academy - Virtual Assisant Business Success Blueprint | Method: Online Program/Webinar | a good sampling of what being a VA is all about. I'll walk you through it all, step-by-step, from A to Z. (Led by Pam Ivey)

Red Deer College - Method: Online Program Details: Virtual Assistant Certificate Program This online program will provide opportunities for students to gain entrepreneurial skills, attitudes, technology skills and related knowledge to adapt to providing office services virtually from their home offices. Students will learn how to create and market a viable home-based business using their technological skills to contract office support to for-profit businesses and not-for-profit agencies. Optional specialization will allow students to select from other major support areas: Automated Accounting, Web Design, and Electronic Spreadsheets. There are three intakes: beginning September, January and April of each year. Each course is 14 weeks in length. Total of Nine 3 credit courses.

Virtual Assistant Training Program (VATP) - Method: Teleclass Program Details: The purpose of the Virtual Assistant Training Program is to be a resource and networking community for Virtual Assistants, while improving the quality of VA's in the community, and educating potential clients about their services. Students will learn about the tools of the trade, how to effectively structure and establish their VA business, the importance of marketing, how to get the word out and develop those important relationships. This program is for individuals with 5 years previous administrative experience. The Virtual Assistant Program (VATP) is a 13 week program.

Assist U - Method: Teleclass | Program Details: A leader in professional training for Virtual Assistants, the comprehensive and transformative 20-week training program not only supports someone in becoming a Virtual Assistant, but also in the creation of a solid and sustainable business-one that contributes to the VA having a high-quality life. Students must have a minimum of two years of administrative support experience within the past eight years. | 20-week Virtual Assistant Training Course Specialty Training

Real Estate VA Training and Certification - A knowledgeable and trained Real Estate Assistant is in hot demand. We have the courses that cover it all. Take our courses individually to augment your current skills, or one at a time to work towards your certification as time permits. The Real Estate Assistant Certificate Program at REVA Institute covers a wide array of topics Everything from the basics to niche services that you can learn to help you better assist your agents.


Web Design Tools

Webreference - Jupitermedia is a leading global provider of original information, images, research and events for information technology, business and creative professionals.

Virtual Promote - VP provides forums for Webmasters worldwide for vibrant discussion, topical education, and engaging debate on all things important to making the most out of you Web site. The site provides free Web site templates to get you on your way.

Yahoo Site Builder customized templates, drag and drop tools to make simple changes to layout, colour and text

Open Source Web Design Free web design templates, over 2000 choices to choose from

Web Hosting

Net Nation - We offer a wide range of shared web hosting solutions, including starter packages, e-commerce, media streaming, managed hosting, managed services and managed collocation services. Web developers can offer their clients a valuable service through our web hosting reseller program. We also provide domain name registration in all the major extensions, .com, .ca, .info, .biz, and more, through our wholly owned subsidiary, DomainPeople®.

iPowerWeb - The Power Behind eBusiness â„¢, is the worlds leading eBusiness Website Hosting provider. Our Internet based end-to-end solutions enable small and medium sized enterprises (SME's) to build, promote, manage and profit from their online presence.

ValueWeb - ValueWeb is a member of the Affinity Internet, Inc. family of Web hosting companies, hosting over 300,000 domains worldwide. Since 1996, ValueWeb has distinguished itself from competitors through our singular commitment to you, the customer.

Go Daddy Go Daddy provides domain registration, hosting plans include web, blog and podcasting, obtain a merchant account and a shopping cart through their e-commerce servic.

Dreamhost established in 1997, Dreamhost is an employee owned web hosting company offering domain name registration and numerous web hosting packages to choose from.

Mediamage - Medimage Hosting Plans offer all of the features and services required for a successful web site. All of our plans come with an abundance of features, including an easy to use web-based control panel where you can change contact information, enable e-mail forwarding and other email features, access your site statistics in an easy-to-read, graphical form and many other features


Canadian VA Organizations

Canadian Association of Virtual Assistants- The Canadian Association of Virtual Assistants (CAVA) is Canada's foremost organization uniting Canadian Virtual Assistants and the world. We provide a venue for VAs to network, share knowledge and skills, plan events and obtain valuable support from other VAs in various stages of business development.

We'll be adding to these great resources periodically and would love to hear from you, if you have a link or other resource to add. Just drop us a line.