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Wednesday, July 25, 2007  11:05:00 AM

by Michelle Ulrich

SACRAMENTO, CA, -- Michelle Ulrich of The Virtual Nation(tm) has been
selected from 762 applicants as a semi-finalist in the running to
receive a $1,000.00 small business grant from Idea, a top-
rated small business website for small business.


SACRAMENTO, CA, -- Michelle Ulrich of The Virtual Nation(tm) has been
selected from 762 applicants as a semi-finalist in the running to
receive a $1,000.00 small business grant from Idea, a top-
rated small business website for small business.

The field of semi-finalists for this grant will be reduced to
finalists and the winner will be determined by the vote of's 32,000 members worldwide and announced online on
August 15, 2007, Idea Cafe's 12th anniversary online.

The Virtual Nation is an educational destination for virtual
professionals offering free and low-cost educational resources to
members worldwide. Their free monthly Expert Teleclass Series is
attracting listeners from as far away as Spain, Argentina, Canada (BC
to Quebec) and many other countries. Each month an expert is chosen
to speak on a topic of interest to both the membership and Virtual
Professional community. Speakers have included Stephanie Chandler,
author of "From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur" and founder of, Donna Gunter, founder of Online BizU, Patricia Beckman, founder of, the first Virtual Assistant franchise in
the United States, among others. Teleclass listeners have been very
pleased with this free educational resource. One such listener
recently responded with, "This was an amazing topic and
teleseminar!" These are typical responses received after each

In addition to free monthly teleclasses, The Virtual Nation offers
countless free resources on its site. Resources range from free
QuickBooks for startup businesses to a listing of global Virtual
Assistant organizations and free office templates and forms to topics
like Virtual Assistant Myth Busters. This resource list grows each
month because members send in their favorite resources and Michelle
is also consistently updating the site herself.

Ulrich is an advocate for education through free teleclasses and
resources offered via The Virtual Nation(tm) as well as working hard
in collaboration with peers across the state of California with an
organization called the Business Education Statewide Advisory
Committee (BESAC) Virtual Assistants are going to
community college throughout California, the United States and Canada
to learn how to be a successful Virtual Assistant. Through statewide
grants, Ulrich and her peers have been reworking the existing Virtual
Assistant curriculum. It's very robust and now offers a certificate,
AA and AS degrees. Ulrich, herself, has been preparing to teach her
first Virtual Assistant class, "Creating and Managing a Virtual
Office," at Shasta Community College where she
is encouraging people all across the country to take her class. She
has been a Virtual Assistant/Professional for the past five years and
has immersed herself in helping others become successful, too.

With sites like and, it is hard for Virtual
Assistants and Virtual Professionals to differentiate themselves.
Virtual Assistants and Virtual Professionals provide ongoing support
to their clients in a collaborative manner while one-time projects
are best utilizing services like and These
sites provide a great service; however, there really isn't a place
for Virtual Assistants and Virtual Professionals to network with
their potential clients. The Virtual Nation is working on unveiling
a service like no other to support this very need. Be on the watch
for their big launch in the next few months!

To sum up The Virtual Nation and what it stands for you only need to
look as far as its motto written by Chief Villager, Michelle
Ulrich: "If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a
virtual village to grow a successful business."

Francie Ward, CEO of, explained that the semi-finalists
for this grant, The Al Marks Inventive Mind Grant, "demonstrate an
inventive approach which will inspire others who come to
seeking advice on starting and running a business, plus they have a
plan to reach out and help others in some way.", online since 1995, is known for its "Fun Approach to
Serious Business" (sm) and popular CyberSchmooz community forum to
help small businesses get informed, network and thrive.
is based out of Medford, Oregon.

More details about Idea Cafe's Al Marks Inventive Mind Grant can be
found in The Small Business Grant Center at

More information about The Virtual Nation(tm) can be found at
Click here for more information.

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