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Akorbi Highlights the Top Women-Led Businesses in Dallas-Fort Worth

Akorbi CEO and Co-Founder Claudia P. Mirza

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is one of the top cities in the United States for women-led businesses. That’s according to a 2019 article in Inc. magazine. Akorbi knew about this excellent business climate a long time ago: Claudia Mirza, our owner and founder, based Akorbi in the Dallas area in 2003. Today’s blog showcases the top women-led businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Smart City Locating

Cassie Brown is a woman on a mission. She wants to find the perfect housing for people in the Dallas area. One look at her company’s core values, and you realize this isn’t your ordinary women-led company. Smart City Locating wants you to be in love with where you love, always does what’s right, and never settles for second-best. People come first for Brown’s firm, and it shows. The company had $1.75 million in revenue in 2015, and then it blossomed to $13 million just three years later. Smart City Locating employs nearly 140 people.

Volo Mission

Volo Mission is in Campbell, about 90 minutes due east of Dallas. It’s out there for a reason. Owner Kim Hutchings trains helicopter pilots for some of the most dangerous civilian missions on the planet. Her graduates train for vertical reference/long line operations, meaning they work with electrical line inspections and repairs in remote locations. Hutchings has always been interested in flying since she was a little girl, and she took her passion and turned it into a career. Volo Mission is among the best civilian helicopter training schools in the world.

Ivie Associates

Kay Ivie, co-founder and owner of Ivie Associates, began the company in 1993. It started as a regional marketing services provider before going national with its print marketing services. Ivie’s overall goal is to save clients money with efficient operations while delivering beautiful results. Kay Ivie was named Enterprising Woman of the Year in 2015 by Enterprising Magazine.


Claudia Mirza founded Akorbi in 2003 after she discovered there was a need for translation services in every facet of society. Among Akorbi’s first clients were Southwest Airlines, 3M, and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system. Our company continues to expand, as we are the 13th fastest-growing women-owned or -led company in the world, according to the Women Presidents’ Organization. 

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Akorbi specializes in translation, interpretation, and workforce solutions for international businesses. Talk to us about in-person and remote interpretation, localized and technical translation, or staffing for a multilingual workforce. Contact Akorbi or call 1-877-4-AKORBI for more information.

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