Staffcentrix Launches 'Portable Career' Portal For Military Spouses

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Staffcentrix

    McLEAN, Va., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Staffcentrix
 ( www.staffcentrix.com ), the Internet's leading community for the Virtual
 Assistant industry, today announced the launch of a "portable career" portal
 for the nation's approximately 765,000 military spouses.
     The site, currently in beta at www.staffcentrix.com/msvsp/ms_home.htm ,
 helps individuals become self-employed by offering business-support services
 "virtually" to clients in any location.  This can be an attractive option for
 the nation's widely-scattered military spouses, whose frequent relocations
 often result in unemployment or interrupted careers.
     "Military spouses have had to pay a high price for supporting the nation's
 servicemembers," said Michael Haaren, Staffcentrix CEO and himself a service-
 connected disabled veteran.  "The DoD and the individual branches are tackling
 the problem, but the unemployment rate among spouses who are looking for work
 is still 25%.  We felt that the lessons we'd learned building the Virtual
 Assistant industry could help bring this number down."
     "We have about 350 military spouses already at Staffcentrix," noted
 Christine Durst, Staffcentrix COO.  "And many have said that they had felt
 helpless to improve their family's finances.  I know what it means to be an
 'empowered' spouse," adds Durst, who has received several awards from Working
 Woman Magazine and twice been nominated for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of
 the Year award.  "Once you've experienced the joy and confidence of career
 advancement, it's hard to go back.  But military spouses have to restart
 at 'square one' all the time."
     Staffcentrix waives membership fees for active-duty military spouses, a
 policy which Haaren says will continue in the new portal.  "The fee is only
 $19," Haaren explained, "but even that can make a difference."
     The company is in discussions with the Department of Defense and the
 services to educate military spouses on Internet-based portable careers, and
 is exploring alliances with Internet portals focused on servicemembers
 themselves.
     "Providing services 'virtually' is a proven model," noted Durst, who is
 credited with founding the Virtual Assistant industry. "It's only a question
 of time before 'MSVSPs' -- Military Spouse Virtual Service Providers -- are as
 well-known as Virtual Assistants."
 
     About Staffcentrix
     Staffcentrix is the Internet's leading incubator-marketplace for the
 Virtual Assistant industry, and has guided and mentored over 1,200 self-
 employed individuals in 28 countries.  Its consulting arm, the
 Entrepreneurship Development Group, provides entrepreneurship training and
 support materials to groups and organizations worldwide.
 
     CONTACT:  Michael Haaren, CEO, Staffcentrix, 703-760-9543, Email,
 mh.edg@staffcentrix.com, Web, www.staffcentrix.com .
 
     This release was issued through DigitalWork.com - Your Business Workshop.
 For more information, visit http://www.digitalwork.com .
 
 

SOURCE Staffcentrix
    McLEAN, Va., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Staffcentrix
 ( www.staffcentrix.com ), the Internet's leading community for the Virtual
 Assistant industry, today announced the launch of a "portable career" portal
 for the nation's approximately 765,000 military spouses.
     The site, currently in beta at www.staffcentrix.com/msvsp/ms_home.htm ,
 helps individuals become self-employed by offering business-support services
 "virtually" to clients in any location.  This can be an attractive option for
 the nation's widely-scattered military spouses, whose frequent relocations
 often result in unemployment or interrupted careers.
     "Military spouses have had to pay a high price for supporting the nation's
 servicemembers," said Michael Haaren, Staffcentrix CEO and himself a service-
 connected disabled veteran.  "The DoD and the individual branches are tackling
 the problem, but the unemployment rate among spouses who are looking for work
 is still 25%.  We felt that the lessons we'd learned building the Virtual
 Assistant industry could help bring this number down."
     "We have about 350 military spouses already at Staffcentrix," noted
 Christine Durst, Staffcentrix COO.  "And many have said that they had felt
 helpless to improve their family's finances.  I know what it means to be an
 'empowered' spouse," adds Durst, who has received several awards from Working
 Woman Magazine and twice been nominated for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of
 the Year award.  "Once you've experienced the joy and confidence of career
 advancement, it's hard to go back.  But military spouses have to restart
 at 'square one' all the time."
     Staffcentrix waives membership fees for active-duty military spouses, a
 policy which Haaren says will continue in the new portal.  "The fee is only
 $19," Haaren explained, "but even that can make a difference."
     The company is in discussions with the Department of Defense and the
 services to educate military spouses on Internet-based portable careers, and
 is exploring alliances with Internet portals focused on servicemembers
 themselves.
     "Providing services 'virtually' is a proven model," noted Durst, who is
 credited with founding the Virtual Assistant industry. "It's only a question
 of time before 'MSVSPs' -- Military Spouse Virtual Service Providers -- are as
 well-known as Virtual Assistants."
 
     About Staffcentrix
     Staffcentrix is the Internet's leading incubator-marketplace for the
 Virtual Assistant industry, and has guided and mentored over 1,200 self-
 employed individuals in 28 countries.  Its consulting arm, the
 Entrepreneurship Development Group, provides entrepreneurship training and
 support materials to groups and organizations worldwide.
 
     CONTACT:  Michael Haaren, CEO, Staffcentrix, 703-760-9543, Email,
 mh.edg@staffcentrix.com, Web, www.staffcentrix.com .
 
     This release was issued through DigitalWork.com - Your Business Workshop.
 For more information, visit http://www.digitalwork.com .
 
 SOURCE  Staffcentrix