Roseville, CA (PRWEB) September 23, 2009 -- Cybertary, Inc., a network of professional Virtual Assistants (VAs) supporting independent and small-business owners, announced its first Pennsylvania franchise office in Pittsburgh, owned by Joyce Kane. On American Business Women's Day today, it illustrates the steady growth of privately-held majority (51% or more) women-owned firms throughout Pennsylvania.
According to a report from the Census Bureau's 2002 Survey of Business Owners, as reported by the Post-Gazette on Dec. 6, 2006, "Although we have fewer women-owned firms than other regions, the ones we have are bigger. Women-owned firms here ranked fifth in average sales/receipts per firm among the top 40 regions...." The article goes on to say that, "The good news is that the women-owned firms in the region seem to be doing better than their peers in other regions." Per a 2004 fact sheet by the Center for Women's Business Research, "Between 1997 and 2004, the Center estimates that the number of privately-held, majority (51% or more) women-owned firms in Pittsburgh, PA increased by 11.7% between 1997 and 2004."
oyce Kane brings 30 years of professional business experience, primarily in the IT and telecommunications fields in such diverse industries as airline transportation, telecommunications and financial services. Kane worked in telecommunications for a major airline during their growth period. Her team successfully implemented telecommunications systems and services associated with the expansion of USAirways into Europe and the Caribbean.
Joyce led the transition of USAirways staff and services to Bell Atlantic Network Integration as part of an outsourced arrangement. Joyce later took her project planning and implementation expertise to a Business Development role. Most recently, Joyce helped a financial services firm integrate disparate technology teams under a cohesive management structure and foster teamwork across various disciplines. Her ability to mentor technical staff members and build consensus led to improvements on project delivery and employee and customer satisfaction. After a layoff, she decided to take her skills and find a business of her own.
"After my layoff I was ready to make a transition into my own business, allowing me to be more in control yet utilize the skills I'd developed over my 30 year career in telecommunications and IT," explained Kane. "I was also looking for more flexibility for my family, as my husband is the primary caregiver for his two aging parents. It was critical for me to find the right franchise that would meet my need for flexibility but have earning potential equal to my expertise."
"I selected Cybertary as it was the business model which could most effectively leverage my business talents to assist business owners, busy executives and professionals meet their needs," added Kane. "I'd love to be able to use my skills to help small businesses grow and succeed as the economy begins to turn around."
Cybertaries work within a diversely talented team who seamlessly collaborate to meet the changing demands of small businesses. Cybertaries provide reliable support tailored to increase productivity and decrease non-revenue producing tasks. Cybertary clients save time and money, paying only for time spent on task without the burdens of payroll and overhead. According to the Small Business Administration, small firms total approximately 23 million in the United States, and roughly 75 percent have no employees. Therefore, many small business owners are out there trying to "do it all". Cybertary and other professional Virtual Assistants are increasingly popular since they relieve business owners of the bookkeeping, data entry, marketing and business support tasks so they can focus on their clients.
Flexibility has been the key for Tracy Phipps, Cybertary-South Charlotte, NC franchisee. "I am thrilled to be able to set my hours and rates, choose my own clients and determine which services I want to offer small businesses. Being available for my family during my husband's deployment to Iraq has been invaluable. Cybertary lets me have it all!"
"Cybertary franchisees are able to match the business support need with the talent. The Cybertary franchise network creates the support infrastructure that gives the business owner the resources they need to meet any administrative challenge, while simultaneously providing an opportunity for business professionals to leave the corporate world and build their own home-based business," explained Cybertary Founder and CEO, Patricia Beckman. "We're thrilled to bring Joyce Kane on board and are excited to see the expansion of the Cybertary network across the U.S."
Cybertary's further expansion into Pittsburgh illustrates a growth trend in majority woman-owned business throughout Pennsylvania. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy's 2005 published report on Pennsylvania, women-owned firms in 2002 totaled 227,117, an increase of nearly 12 percent from 1997. Men-owned firms also increased but at a slower rate, eight percent from 1997 to a total of 541,628. (Sources: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau.) Therefore, Pennsylvania is a growing environment for a business like Cybertary that caters to solopreneurs and entrepreneurs.
Cybertary, Inc. was founded in 2005 by Patricia Beckman in Roseville, California to meet the growing demand for reliable and professional business support. Cybertary is the first and only virtual assisting franchise opportunity in the US.