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She's A Given aims to transform the lives of small business owners By Madeline Coats


December 4, 2019

Photo courtesy of Emilie Given. 

Lynnwood resident Emilie Given, owner of She's A Given, hopes to provide local companies with more time for their families.

Emilie Given's journey to start her own business stems from almost dying in childbirth three years ago. Today, she owns a virtual assistant agency.

The near-death experience made Given realize the importance of family time. Now, she wants to help local business owners gain valuable time back with their families. 

She's A Given provides administrative support to local small business owners. Given wants to help people who may have left the workforce to have children, and she wants to help people who may be looking for ways to have more flexible positions. 

Given said she recognized the need for virtual assistants with local businesses and startups in the greater Seattle area. She is currently helping Rae Ann Hall with various admin tasks at Hall Insurance in Mukilteo. 

"I am helping with auction procurement and corporate sponsorship for their spring gala," she said. "I have been focusing on outreach to other local businesses in the area to let them know about the auction and ask for support."

She said companies typically have administrative assistants or office managers to do back-end tasks, such as responding to emails, scheduling meetings, updating social media, and submitting expenses. She's A Given manages the same workload, but businesses don't have to pay employment taxes.

"We provide all of that," Given said. "We work monthly, so the business owner is not paying for any of our overhead. They are just paying a business to complete the admin tasks for them at often a lower overhead."

She's A Given takes on the role of both the virtual assistant and the event planner. As a virtual assistant, the company handles calendar management meeting coordination, travel arrangements, social media marketing, customer service, recruiting, bookkeeping, email management, scheduling, presentation creation, and research projects.

As an event planner, the agency will help with group meeting coordination, transportation and logistics, catering, facilitator/speaker booking, event design, vendor relationship management, contract negotiation, and team activities. 

The agency owner also provides job opportunities for people in admin support. In fact, Given said she has many assistants that work for her. All of her employees are members of the American Society of Administrative Professionals, she said.

"A lot of people outsource, but all my assistants are college-educated and have professional experience in both corporate and remote settings," she said.  

Given said she puts all assistants through a skills test and interview process to ensure they are the right fit for the agency. 

Her journey to admin support began as a medical assistant for about six years. Given said she has always been in the field of helping executives and doctors. She eventually began working as a clinical supervisor in the management and healthcare industry. 

She spent four years working at Amazon in Seattle before the complicated birth of her second child. Given said Amazon gave her the background and knowledge to start her own business. 

Since the agency launched in 2018, Given said the company has been forming relationships with clients and contractors by helping them "crush their goals, focus on their passions, and live their best lives." 


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