2018 Winners of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Announced by Women Presidents’ Organization

Claudia Mirza of Akorbi Recognized at  11th Annual Awards Ceremony Held in Los Angeles

Plano, Texas – May 30, 2018 – The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) has announced the 11th annual ranking of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies during the WPO Annual Conference held this year in Los Angeles. The companies featured on this year’s 50 Fastest list include a variety of industries — such as technology, finance, retail and entrepreneurial ventures. With aggregate revenues of $8.3 billion, this number is up $1 billion from last year’s ranking.

Claudia Mirza, CEO and Co-founder of Akorbi based in Plano, Texas has been ranked 13th among this year’s WPO 50 Fastest-Growing list.

Mrs. Mirza has grown Akorbi since 2003 to now be the 3rd fastest-growing language service provider in the world. What started as a small document translation business has now become a group of six companies providing solutions for the global economy including telephonic and video interpretation technologies, multilingual and technical staffing, multilingual contact centers, in-person interpretation, learning services and localization.  Claudia’s vision and leadership has driven Akorbi to substantial growth, earning a spot on WPO’s 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies for the past 3 consecutive years.

“I am honored by this award and to be a member of this amazing organization that works hard to empower female leaders. I am blessed to be surrounded by passionate, industry experts in my Akorbi family and I know without them, Akorbi would not be the company it is today” said Claudia.

“Since 2007, the WPO launched the listing of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies to focus much-needed attention on the vital role that women-owned/led companies have in boosting the economy and enhancing overall job growth,” notes WPO President and Founder Dr. Marsha Firestone. “We are proud that Claudia is among the unique women business leaders facing challenges yet rising to accelerate the growth of her business in today’s consistently growing economic landscape.”

All eligible companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula, combining percentage and absolute growth. To qualify for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately-held, woman-owned/led companies and have reached annual revenue of at least $500,000 as of January 1, 2013. Applicants are not required to be WPO members.

Additional facts about the 2018 WPO 50 Fastest:

  • Average age of women-owner/leader is 51; with half of the winners in their 30’s and 40’s
  • Aggregate revenue is $8.3 billion, up $1 billion from last year
  • Average 2017 revenue was $165.3 million
  • Average number of employees on first day: 13; projected average for 2018: 799
  • Funding sources at company start:
    • 70% with their own funds
    • 12% with funds from friends and family
    • 4% with a bank loan
    • 8% with a line of credit
    • 4% with a credit card
    • 4% with private investors/angels

About the Women Presidents’ Organization

The WPO is the premier peer advisory organization connecting women who own multi-million dollar companies. In monthly meetings across six continents, chapters of 20 women presidents from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, contact 212-688-4114 or visit www.womenpresidentsorg.com. Follow the WPO on Twitter @womenpresidents and Facebook @TheWPO.

About Akorbi

Akorbi is a U.S.-based company that provides enterprise solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. We help companies connect with employees, vendors and customers in over 170 languages 24×7, in any modality, from any location. Our customizable, enterprise solutions include: technical and multilingual staffing, learning services, multilingual contact centers, video remote solutions, translation/localization and in-person interpreting services. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification.  Akorbi was recently named the 12th largest language service provider (LSP) in the US by global market research and international consulting company, Nimdzi Insights LLC. For more information, visit www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

Akorbi Ranked 12th Largest Language Service Provider in the Nation

Independent Global Market Research Firm Shows Akorbi’s Growth in US and Global Rankings

PLANO, TX – March 29, 2018 – Nimdzi Insights LLC, a global market research and international consulting company focusing on the language, translation and localization industries, has ranked Texas based Akorbi as the 12th largest language service provider (LSP) in the US.

The report titled, “Nimdzi 100” released earlier this month, also ranks Akorbi as the 34th largest LSP in the world, and the 4th largest organization globally to have achieved organic growth.

Akorbi’s President and Co-Founder Azam Mirza said “We are tremendously grateful to be recognized by Nimdzi Insights as a global leader in the LSP industry.” 

Akorbi attributes its rapid growth to listening to its customers needs, analyzing trends with the changing requirements of the market, and quickly adapting to meet those needs. This culture of versatility and market adaptability compliments the delivery of a full service offering of language solutions to meet those needs including video technology, staffing, multilingual call center solutions, translation, localization, interpreting and learning services to businesses across the globe.

Our success is a result of the hard work and dedication of our hundreds of team members and partners worldwide as well as the focus on delivering quality, reliable services tailored for each customer’s individual needs” said Mirza.

Akorbi bases its success on its continued investment in intellectual property such as its patent pending platform that provides enterprise solutions, processes and market analytics for any language.  It is also developing innovative language solutions for Telemedicine. Harmonizing innovation that is representative of the diverse and ever-changing market needs has allowed the company to stay one step ahead of the competition and continue growing at a rapid pace.

The Nimdzi report ranks the top LSPs by revenue worldwide. It conservatively estimates the LSP industry value at USD $50 billion in 2018 and projected to reach USD $66.5 billion by 2022.  Companies range in revenue from $615 million to $10.6 million.  The research found that the US is the most promising growth market with heavy concentration of large LSPs attributes to North America having many of the world’s top accounts.

Konstantin Dranch, chief researcher at Nimdzi stated “We used an investigative approach that included the assistance of in-country experts, and we have invested countless hours into intense research, data collection and analysis in order to present our exclusive findings”. 


About Akorbi

Akorbi is a U.S.-based company that provides enterprise solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. We help companies connect with employees, vendors and customers in over 170 languages 24×7, in any modality, from any location. Our customizable, enterprise solutions include: technical and multilingual staffing, learning services, multilingual contact centers, video remote solutions, translation/localization and in-person interpreting services. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification.  For more information, visit www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

About Nimdzi Insights LLC

Based in Seattle, Nimdzi Insights LLC is a full-service analyst and consulting firm focused on the language, translation and localization industries. For more information, visit: www.nimdzi.com.

Akorbi CEO and Co-Founder Claudia Mirza Honored as a “2018 Women’s Business Enterprise Star”

Honored Before 1,500 Business Leaders At “Salute To Women’s Business Enterprises”

PLANO, TEXAS – March 21, 2018 –The nation’s largest certifier of women-owned businesses and leader in women’s business development, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) has recognized Claudia Mirza, CEO of Akorbi, a language service organization, as a “Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Star” in recognition of her leadership in business and as an inspiration to women in multicultural communities and business.

The WBE Star Award is the nation’s premier recognition for excellence among women-owned businesses, honoring 14 women from across the country who are leaders in their local business communities and respective fields.

The 2018 WBE Stars are being honored during the “2018 WBENC Summit & Salute”, a gathering of more than 1,500 entrepreneurs and business leaders taking place March 20 – 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.

We are very proud of the 2018 WBE Stars,” says Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC. “They are all outstanding leaders who have been instrumental in driving innovation and sustainable economic growth.

Akorbi, which was co-founded by Mirza, is one of the most diversified and fastest-growing language service providers offering full service language solutions including video technology, staffing, multilingual call center solutions, translation, localization, interpreting and learning services enabling clients across the globe to communicate with customers in their preferred languages.

I am deeply grateful and honored to receive such an esteemed recognition from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council among such an accomplished group of women business and community leaders from around the country who join me in receiving this award,” said Claudia Mirza.  “I’ve always been passionate about advocating for and helping other women who are, or aspire to be business leaders because I understand first-hand the challenges we face.”

Mirza will be recognized for her business acumen, her inspiration to other women, and her active role at the helm of Akorbi.  She was selected for this national honor by Debbie Hurst, President of the Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS).  Debbie is one of WBENC’s 14 RPOs that process WBENC’s world-class certification of WBEs, in addition to providing skills-building educational programs and business development opportunities in their respective regions.

Learn more about the WBE Star Award and WBENC Summit & Salute at http://summit.wbenc.org.

 

About WBENC

WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, WBENC provides business development opportunities for member corporations, government agencies and more than 14,000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums. Learn more at www.wbenc.org

About Akorbi

Akorbi is a U.S.-based company that provides enterprise solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. We help companies connect with employees, vendors and customers in over 170 languages 24×7, in any modality, from any location. Our customizable, enterprise solutions include: technical and multilingual staffing, learning services, multilingual contact centers, video remote solutions, translation/localization and in-person interpreting services. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification.  For more information, visit www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

Akorbi Ranked #27 in Dallas Business Journal’s Middle Market 50: Based on revenue nearly tripling in 3 years

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PLANO, Texas – June 22, 2017 – Akorbi was ranked as the 27th fastest-growing Middle Market Company in North Texas based on their revenue nearly tripling from 2014 to 2016. The award’s ceremony was hosted by the Dallas Business Journal on June 15th at The Ritz-Carlton in Dallas.  The award ranks public and private companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with annual revenue of $25 to $750 million.

This award is a welcome acknowledgment of the company’s commitment to aggressive growth (1,267% from 2012 to 2016) fueled by innovation and technology.  It comes on the heels of recognition by the Women Presidents’ Organization and American Express, which ranked Akorbi as the 8th fastest-growing woman-owned/led company globally in its 2017 list (up from 12th place in 2016). The company is also leading its sector as a language service provider. In 2016, Common Sense Advisory ranked Akorbi as the 3rd fastest-growing language services provider in the world.

“It is an honor to be included in this prestigious list with so many respected DFW-based companies,” said Claudia Mirza, CEO and co-founder of Akorbi. “I credit our entire forward-thinking executive leadership team for helping us stay on track with our vision of exponential growth.”

“We appreciate the Dallas Business Journal for encouraging and recognizing outstanding growth in our local community,” said Azam Mirza, President and co-founder of Akorbi. “Although we have a presence around the world and serve a global customer base, we are proud to call North Texas our home.”

About Akorbi

Akorbi is a U.S.-based company that provides enterprise solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. We help companies connect with employees, vendors and customers in over 170 languages 24×7, in any modality, from any location. Our customizable, enterprise solutions include: technical and multilingual staffing, learning services, multilingual contact centers, video remote solutions, translation/localization and in-person interpretation services. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification.  For more information, visit www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

 About the Dallas Business Journal

Founded in 1977, Dallas Business Journal is the leading source for local business news, research, and events in the DFW area. The publication offers print and digital editions and hosts awards events including Best Places to Work, 40 Under Forty, Women in Business, and the Middle Market 50. For more information, visit http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas.

50 Female Entrepreneurs Recognized for Strong Business Growth

50 Female Entrepreneurs Recognized for Strong Business Growth

The Women Presidents’ Organization and American Express Recognize 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies; 10th Annual Award Ceremony Held in Orlando.

ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), in partnership with American Express, today released the 10th annual ranking of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies – marking one decade of honorees. The companies on this year’s 50 Fastest list span a range of industries including technology, retail and consulting. The companies generated a combined $7.2 billion in 2016 revenues (mean of $155.6 million) and collectively employed 46,000 people in 2016 (mean of 725). The awardees who took home the top rankings are:

  • Fitness studio franchise Orangetheory Fitness is the fastest growing women-owned business and is appearing on the list for the second time, moving up from the #3 spot in 2016. The seven-year-old Boca Raton, FL-based company, led by Ellen Latham, saw its revenue flourish over the past two years ($86,842,513 in 2014 to $451,101,433 in 2016) and hired 98 employees during that time span. Ellen’s advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to turn the “I can’t” channels in their brain into “I can” channels.
  • Pinnacle Group, an IT workforce solutions firm based in Dallas, remains at the #2 spot for the second year in a row. Nina Vaca, President and CEO, saw her 21-year-old company approach $2 billion dollars in revenue ($1,887,230,307 in 2016, up from $665,504,491 in 2014). The entrepreneur, who still owns 100% of the firm she founded at age 24 with $300 of startup capital, attributes her company’s success to its ability to meet the ever-changing demands of clientele.
  • IT services firm Technology Concepts Group International, a newcomer to the list, is the third fastest-growing company in the 2017 rankings. Based in Somerset, NJ, the nine-year-old business, founded and led by Avis Yates Rivers, saw its revenue rise from $6,726,000 in 2014 to $49,000,000 in 2016. Avis’ primary strategy for success has been to deliver value and create solutions to respond to customer challenges.

“We are proud to announce the 10th class of 50 Fastest honorees. This year, we’re excited to have awardees from a diverse range of industries and locations, including three international winners,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., President and Founder of the Women Presidents’ Organization. “Our partnership with American Express has been crucial in acknowledging the influence women-owned and led companies have in job creation and growing the global economy.”

“Supporting the growth of women-owned and led companies is a true mission for us at American Express, and we are delighted to recognize these trailblazing women for their success,” said Susan Sobbott, President, Global Commercial Payments, American Express. “We hope these awardees and the stories of their business success will inspire others to create and lead prosperous businesses.”

Each of the honored business owners will be offered a congratulatory prize from American Express.

Applicants do not have to be WPO members. All eligible companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula that combines percentage and absolute growth; the top 50 were selected for the list. To be qualified for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately held, woman-owned/led companies and have reached an annual revenue of at least $500,000 as of January 1, 2012.

More about the 2017 50 Fastest:

  • Average honoree age: 50
  • CEOs that founded the business: 92%
  • Started the business with their own funds: 72%
  • CEOs that are active in day-to-day operations: 100%
  • Companies that do business globally: 36%
  • Plan to continue to grow their company: 92%
  • Provide health insurance: 94%

All 50 companies will be honored at a special event hosted by American Express at the 2017 WPO Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida on Friday, May 5, 2017. The lunch and awards ceremony will take place from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes.

Immediately following the lunch and awards ceremony, American Express will also host a Guide to Growth Panel from 1:30 PM to 2:15 PM. The panel will feature 50 Fastest honorees, who will share insights and advice for WPO members looking to grow their businesses.

The 2017 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies include:

Entrepreneur Name Company Name City, State/Province/Country
1 Ellen Latham Orangetheory Fitness Boca Raton, FL
2 Nina Vaca Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc. d/b/a Pinnacle Group Dallas, TX
3 Avis Yates Rivers Technology Concepts Group International Somerset, NJ
4 Dr. Rebecca Thomley Morning Sun Financial Services Golden Valley, MN
5 Catherine Downey CATMEDIA Tucker, GA
6 Elizabeth Hammond Contract Direct Southfield, MI
7 Phyllis Winchester Newhouse Xtreme Solutions Inc Atlanta, GA
8 Claudia Mirza Akorbi Plano, TX
9 Christina Seelye Maximum Games Walnut Creek, CA
10 Debra Gentry Contingent Resource Solutions, LLC Duncan, SC
11 Raegan Moya Jones Aden & Anais, Inc. Brooklyn, NY
12 Jamila Stanford Nugate Group, LLC San Jose, CA
13 Rebecca Cenni Atrium Staffing New York, NY
14 Patti Massey MYCA Material Handling Solutions Cary, NC
15 Kay Ivie Ivie & Associates Flower Mound, TX
16 Tierra Kavanaugh (Turner) Wayne TKT & Associates, Inc. Louisville, KY
17 Pamela Evette Quality Business Solutions, Inc. Travelers Rest, SC
18 Mary Kariotis Merrimak Capital Company Novato, CA
19 Shelly Sun BrightStar Franchising, LLC Gurnee, IL
20 Britt Whitfield The Revel Group Chicago, IL
21 Elizabeth Prim Prim Construction, LLC Fort Worth, TX
22 Elizabeth Scherle Influenster New York, NY
23 Liz Elting TransPerfect New York, NY
24 Margaret Marcucci CorAnet Corp New York, NY
25 Yi Li Renogy Ontario, Canada
26 Katie Conovitz Twelve, Inc. Brooklyn, NY
27 Stacy Knight CA South Atlanta, GA
28 Roberta Roberts Shank “Sissie” Chas Roberts A/C & Plumbing, Inc. Phoenix, AZ
29 Tana Greene Greene-Group Davidson, NC
30 Anjali “Ann” Ramakumaran Ampcus Inc Chantilly, VA
31 Simone Schendel Reese Schendel Mechanical Contracting Ltd Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
32 Jennifer Smith Innovative Office Solutions, LLC Burnsville, MN
33 Michelle Baker Swoon Group, LLC Chicago, IL
34 Patricia Bible Katom Restaurant Supply, Inc. Kodak, TN
35 Karen McPartland TSAC Engineering San Diego, CA
36 Sushumnaa Roy Jalajam Softpath System, LLC Norcross, GA
37 Pamela O’Rourke ICON Information Consultants, LP Houston, TX
38 Margrit Anne Wolff Mercury Freight (PTY), LTD Johannesburg, South Africa
39 Ronia Kruse OpTech, LLC Troy, MI
40 Kathleen Benson Office Remedies, Inc. dba ORI Herndon, VA
41 Victoria Vasques Tribal Tech, LLC Alexandria, VA
42 Cordia Harrington The Bakery Cos. Nashville, TN
43 Linda A Sullivan Administrative Strategies, LLC Fishers, IN
44 Tamara L. Nall The Leading Niche New York, NY
45 Diane Astley Xclusive Staffing Westminster, CO
46 Patty Klein A-Plus Meetings & Incentives Coral Gables, FL
47 Natalie McDonald Create NYC New York, NY
48 Annette Johnson CMT Services, Inc. Hyattsville, MD
49 Cheryl Pia PIA Agency Carlsbad, CA
50 Lindsay McCutchen Reliant Staffing Systems, dba Career Start Rochester, NY

About the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)

The WPO is the ultimate affiliation for successful women entrepreneurs worldwide. In monthly meetings across the world, women from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or visit www.womenpresidentsorg.com. Follow WPO on Twitter (@womenpresidents) and like us on Facebook.

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Exclusive: These Are the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Companies in the U.S.

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Akorbi has snagged the No. 8 spot on the annual ranking of the fastest growing women-owned or led businesses released by the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and American Express

The list, which is in its tenth year, ranks companies based on both percentage and absolute growth. To qualify, businesses must be privately-held, woman-owned or led, and have reached an annual revenue of at least $500,000 as of Jan. 1, 2012. The 50 companies generated a combined $7.2 billion last year, up from $75 million in 2007, the first year the list was compiled.

Top-ranked Orangetheory is followed by Pinnacle Group, an IT workforce solutions firm based in Dallas, which has remained in the No. 2 spot for the second year in a row. IT services firm Technology Concepts Group International, a newcomer to the list, was ranked No. 3.

Here is the full list of the 50 below:

  1. Orangetheory Fitness
  2. Pinnacle Technical Resources
  3. Technology Concepts Group International
  4. Morning Sun Financial Services
  5. CATMEDIA
  6. Contract Direct
  7. Xtreme Solutions
  8. Akorbi
  9. Maximum Games
  10. Contingent Resource Solutions
  11. Aden & Anais
  12. Nugate Group
  13. Atrium Staffing
  14. MYCA Material Handling Solutions
  15. Ivie & Associates
  16. TKT & Associates, Inc.
  17. Quality Business Solutions
  18. Merrimak Capital Company
  19. BrightStar Franchising
  20. The Revel Group
  21. Prim Construction
  22. Influenster
  23. TransPerfect
  24. CorAnet Corp
  25. Renogy
  26. Twelve, Inc.
  27. CA South
  28. Chas Roberts A/C & Plumping, Inc.
  29. Greene-Group
  30. Ampcus Inc.
  31. Schendel Mechanical Contracting Ltd.
  32. Innovation Office Solutions

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Akorbi Ranked World’s 3rd Fastest-Growing Language Service Provider

Akorbi's 2016 Common Sense Advisory badge for being the 3rd fastest growing language service provide in the world

Market research firm Common Sense Advisory recognizes Akorbi as an industry leader

PLANO, TX – March 13, 2017 – Independent market research firm Common Sense Advisory (CSA Research) has ranked Akorbi as the 3rd fastest-growing language service provider (LSP) in the world, with a growth rate of 177.27% from 2013-2015, in their report titled, “The Fastest-Growing LSPs 2016.”  The same report, which addresses the $40.27 billion global market for outsourced language services and technology, ranked Akorbi as the 16th largest LSP in North America.

CSA Research, which has published market size estimates and global rankings for the past 11 years, found that the demand for language services continues and is growing at an annual rate of 5.52%. Akorbi’s compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.8% over the last few years surpasses the market’s average one-year growth rate.

The Inc. 5000 and Women Presidents’ Organization have also recognized Akorbi’s soaring revenue and fast-growth – an impressive 1,267% in the last 5 years (from 2012 – 2016).  This is mainly due to the company’s rapid expansion of services, making it one of the most diversified LSPs in North America.  Akorbi’s six divisions offer enterprise solutions such as video mobility, staffing, multilingual BPO, translation, interpretation and learning services to support enterprises in the global economy.

Akorbi’s fast-growth business model includes hiring top industry talent, growing its highly experienced senior management team and expanding its global workforce of more than 900 people. The company is 100% entrepreneurial, flexible, owns its entire technology infrastructure and continues to invest heavily in intellectual property. For example, Akorbi currently has a patent-pending delivery platform that will provide enterprise solutions and processes for all language services.  Companies will be able to access a wider range of services and market analytics, so they can better serve clients with limited English proficiency.

“We are extremely honored that Akorbi’s fast growth is being recognized by such a reputable and highly-respected market research firm as Common Sense Advisory,” said Azam Mirza, President and co-founder of Akorbi.  “We’ve come this far because of the hard work, commitment and dedication of our amazing team around the world.”

As organizations address more languages, CSA Research predicts that the language services industry will continue to grow and that the market will increase to $45 billion by 2020.

“The recipe for success doesn’t change much year after year. Fastest-growing companies credit their performance to being sales-driven organizations, developing their existing client base and investing in the future,” adds Don DePalma, CSA Research’s founder and Chief Strategy Officer.

About Akorbi

Akorbi is a U.S.-based company with over 930 employees around the world providing enterprise solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. We help companies connect with employees, vendors and customers in over 170 languages 24×7, in any modality, from any location. Our customizable, enterprise solutions include: technical and multilingual staffing, learning services, multilingual contact centers, video remote solutions, translation/localization and in-person interpretation services. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification.  For more information, visit www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

About Common Sense Advisory

Common Sense Advisory is an independent market research company specializing in translation, localization, interpreting, globalization, and internationalization analysis and consulting. www.commonsenseadvisory.com / @CSA_Research CSA Research Media Contact: Melissa Gillespie / Melissa@commonsenseadvisory.com

Akorbi Receives Prestigious Women Business Enterprise of the Year Award from the Women’s Business Council – Southwest

Akorbi Receives Prestigious Women Business Enterprise of the Year Award from the Women’s Business Council - Southwest

DALLAS, TX – February 7, 2017 – The Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS) honored Akorbi with its prestigious Women Business Enterprise of the Year Award (over $5 million in revenue) on February 2 at its 2017 Parade of Stars Awards Gala.  The event was held at the Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas and was attended by hundreds of Dallas/Fort Worth-area entrepreneurs, as well as corporate and community leaders.

The event honored Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Sustaining (Corporate) Members who go above and beyond with their advocacy, volunteer and sponsorship efforts to ensure that women-owned businesses succeed.  It also recognized the corporations and government agencies that provide Women’s Business Enterprises with growth opportunities.

Since being founded in 2003 by Claudia and Azam Mirza, Akorbi’s revenues have soared an impressive 758% in the last three years.  The company plans to continue growing by expanding its translation and interpretation services, worldwide contact centers and learning services, as well as by launching new proprietary technology, which will revolutionize the translation and interpretation industries. The company also plans to continue hiring top industry talent and expanding its global workforce of more than 750 people.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this award and are very grateful for the support we’ve received from the WBCS over the years,” said Claudia Mirza, CEO of Akorbi.  “WBENC certification and WBCS membership have been instrumental in our growth due to the valuable relationships it’s helped us establish with corporate members and other business owners.”

About Akorbi

Akorbi offers global and multilingual business solutions in more than 170 languages to some of the largest companies in the world. The company offers a full range of language, localization and global marketing solutions, including: professional staffing, translation, interpretation, multilingual call centers, business process outsourcing, video remote technologies, sign language interpretation, alternate formats, transcription, eLearning and eDiscovery. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification.  For more information, visit www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

About WBCS
Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, WBCS is dedicated to increasing mutually beneficial procurement opportunities between certified woman-owned businesses, corporations, businesses, government entities, institutions and other organizations. With more than 1,000 WBE members and nearly 100 Sustaining (Corporate) Members, WBCS is in its 21st year of providing national certification to women-owned businesses. To find out more about the WBCS, please visit http://www.wbcsouthwest.org. WBCS is a regional affiliate of the Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) covering Oklahoma, north central Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico. Founded in 1997, WBENC has become a powerhouse organization for women entrepreneurs across the country.

Akorbi Ranked as the #33 Fastest-Growing Company in the Dallas Area in the SMU Cox Dallas 100

Akorbi Ranked as the #33 Fastest-Growing Company in the Dallas Area in the SMU Cox Dallas 100

Only translation, interpretation, contact center and e-Learning provider to be included in prestigious list for 2nd year in a row

DALLAS, TX – December 5, 2016 – Akorbi was ranked as the 33rd fastest-growing company in the Dallas area (up 13 spots from its #46 ranking in 2015) at SMU Cox’s 26th Annual Dallas 100 Awards ceremony on November 29th.  For the second year in a row, Akorbi was the only translation, interpretation, contact center and e-Learning provider to be recognized in the impressive list of fast growth companies, which spanned just about every industry.  Hundreds of entrepreneurs, community leaders and business executives were part of the prestigious event, which took place at the Omni Dallas hotel.

Since being founded in 2003 by Azam and Claudia Mirza, Akorbi’s revenues have soared.  Earlier this year, the company competed with the fastest-growing companies across the U.S. and secured the #501 spot on the 2016 Inc. 5000 with 758% growth in the last three years.  The Women Presidents’ Organization also ranked it as the #12 fastest-growing woman-owned/led company globally.

Akorbi’s impressive growth has been largely due to the launch of a wide range of multilingual business services (such as staffing, contact centers and e-Learning), which support clients around the world.  The company’s impressive client base includes many government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

Annually, SMU Cox ranks the top 100 Dallas entrepreneurial companies based on sales growth during a specific period of time. These companies must be privately-held and based in the Dallas Metroplex. This year, SMU Cox looked for a high percentage in sales growth from 2013-2015 as the main criteria for the Dallas 100. Akorbi’s impressive 758% growth in recent years makes the company highly deserving of this recognition.

“It’s an honor to be recognized among so many impressive and fast-growing companies in the Dallas area,” said Azam Mirza, President of Akorbi. “We are incredibly grateful for the support of our community, SMU Cox, as well as our outstanding team, which works tirelessly to serve our clients and distinguish Akorbi in such highly competitive industries.”

About Akorbi

Akorbi offers global and multilingual business solutions in more than 170 languages to some of the largest companies in the world. The company offers a full range of language, localization and global marketing solutions, including: professional staffing, translation, interpretation, multilingual call centers, business process outsourcing, video remote technologies, sign language interpretation, alternate formats, transcription, eLearning and eDiscovery. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification.  For more information, visit www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.