Akorbi Colombia Secures Prestigious WEConnect International Certification through the Women’s Business Enterprise

Akorbi’s office in Colombia (Akorbi S.A.S) has proudly become part of a select group of women-owned companies that’s able to compete in global markets through the Women’s Business Enterprise’s prestigious WEConnect International certification. Only 44 other companies in Colombia have obtained this certification, which will allow Akorbi S.A.S. to offer its translation, multilingual communication and staffing services to any entity with a global footprint.

Akorbi has had a significant presence in Colombia since 2015. Recently, through the Cartago Chamber of Commerce, Akorbi S.A.S had the opportunity to meet the newly elected President, Ivan Duque and his Vice-President, Marta Lucia Ramirez, to present ways to empower the Colombian economy through digital technology, research and development and multilingual communications.

Akorbi S.A.S’ team is well positioned to mentor other women in business in the region and to serve local governments as a pioneer in remote regions of Colombia within the Orange Economy, which is focused on digital technology, culture and creativity. The Colombian economy has a highly-educated workforce, solid infrastructure and government support, making it the third largest GDP in South America.

According to the Colombian Embassy in Washington, “Investor confidence and commercial ties with major world economies are on the rise. Foreign direct investment (FDI) has increased fivefold and exports have increased fourfold since 2000. Colombia’s economy has been growing steadily and faster than the Latin American average, and the nation is quickly becoming one of the world’s leading emerging economies.”.

Akorbi S.A.S has grown consistently since 2015, showing a strong commitment to regional development. Sixty-two percent of its team members are local women and 25% of them are mothers whose jobs support their families and the education of their children.

“The WEConnect International certification will open many doors and allow us to continue creating opportunities and jobs in Colombia,” said Claudia Mirza, CEO and co-founder of Akorbi. “We are very grateful for the Women’s Business Enterprise’s support and their dedication to connecting women-owned businesses around the world.”

Read the full press release here.

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 http://www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

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 Expands With Multilingual Contact Center in Africa’s New Economic Zone

Strategy Enables Business Process Outsourcing for Global Organizations While Providing Enhanced Solution for U.S. Organizations Increasing Language Diversity Needs.

PLANO, TX – April 26, 2018 – Akorbi today announced expansion of its multilingual call center locations into Dakar, Senegal, as part of the company’s geographic strategy to  increase its presence in key growth markets.

Senegal has steadily expanded its business presence and economic growth potential, attracting large corporations.  This, along with a long-standing, stable political environment and new investment infrastructures, including new research centers, hotels, and a special economic zone, factored into Akorbi’s decision to select this country for its latest expansion.

Dakar, Senegal will become one of more than 24 strategic locations across 17 growth market countries as Akorbi significantly increases its global footprint.

Akorbi’s selection of Senegal, West Africa was the result of careful evaluation. Akorbi’s CEO and Co-Founder, Claudia Mirza, traveled extensively from West to East Africa to better understand the opportunities and challenges of the region. “One of our core competencies in the multilingual call center and BPO space is supporting a high-volume of rare languages through a professionally managed contact center. We are known in the industry for deploying custom multilingual contact center programs to support any language, in any region. Some of our most successful programs include support for rare language including Portuguese Creole, Haitian Creole, Wolof, Pular and Native American Languagesamong others” said Mirza.

Competing in today’s global economy, organizations are seeking to maintain visibility worldwide and communicate effectively with customers real-time in any language. Every aspect of an organization must maintain consistency across cultures through communication, messaging and cultural relevancy. Materials, and digital content, websites and marketing all must be “localized”.

Akorbi offers a full array of language solutions consisting of video, telephone, face-to-face interpreting, translation, localization of content and websites. Through its contact centers, Akorbi also offer comprehensive support for, customer service, email, chat, help-desk, back-office support and training for bilingual staff. All of this, provides global organizations with high-quality language capabilities to better serve their multilingual customers and expand their global market reach.

The Dakar, Senegal location is staffed with professional interpreters who understand cultural norms and behavior, a fully redundant data and communications infrastructure and integrated security system, with fail-safe backup systems combining the best of technology, people, language access and industry expertise.

Global organizations can focus on their core competencies and business growth objectives while Akorbi services all their multilingual and cultural needs” said Akorbi’s BPO President, Ralph Bonaduce. “We enable companies around the globe to promote their business and serve their customers in any language, while keeping costs low and delivering an outstanding customer experience and meeting their R.O.I. objectives” added Bonaduce.

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.  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 Names Language Services Veteran Kenneth Anders as Chief Operating Officer

PLANO, TX – December 14, 2017 – Akorbi, a leading global provider of language and technology solutions, recently named by an independent research firm as one of the top three fastest-growing language service providers (LSP) in the world, today announced the appointment of Kenneth (Ken) Anders as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Anders, a trusted leader and pioneer in the language service arena, has joined the organization to differentiate, implement and innovate the organization to further fast-track its rapid growth through quality language communication services and a customer-centric delivery platform and applications.

With 35-years of leadership experience, Ken brings an extensive portfolio of technology, operations and optimal service delivery for Fortune 500 companies including the Walt Disney Company and Hughes Aircraft (Raytheon) and carries an impressive industry background from developing language start-up organizations, to engineering world-wide interpreting, translation and localization companies. No stranger to managing large scale universal operations, he held executive roles at both CyraCom and TransPerfect, and a previous key role in the delivery of new technology for LanguageLine Solutions three of the largest language service providers.

Akorbi selected Anders for his passion and deep footprint in the industry, along with his a unique track-record of inventive and industry disruptive technology to meet the evolving needs of global customers, resulting in more efficient, higher quality language communication.

“Ken possesses a rare combination of capabilities in all facets of language solutions. That, coupled with a keen vision of where each customer experience can be optimized, made him stand out amongst all the other candidate” said Azam Mirza, President and co-founder of Akorbi.

Having held the role of Officer with the “National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters” and currently appointed President for the “Arizona Translators and Interpreters”, Anders has linked standards of practice and firsthand experience to build a reputation for meeting the most challenging needs of customers through world-class operations.

“Ken’s sincere appreciation of the people behind the service of interpreting and translating perfectly dovetails with our own values and will aid us in our commitment to deliver reliable, effective, quality communications around the world.” said Claudia Mirza, CEO and co-founder of Akorbi. “We feel these qualities make him most capable to support our path to a greater future and will further solidify our position as a premium provider of full range language services for our customers.” added Mirza.

A tested and proven innovator, Anders brought technological developments to the language service industry with the introduction of the first dual-handset phone which became an industry staple for healthcare, government and other organizations for telephonic interpreting needs.

“I am extremely excited to be part of this dynamic and talented organization.” said Anders.  “Akorbi has strong core principles, its team’s passion to execute and deliver is invigorating. Given the sizeable market opportunity and untapped potential, I look forward to contributing to the next level of Akorbi’s already impressive growth.” added Anders.

About Akorbi

Akorbi is a U.S.-based company providing enterprise solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. These solutions include: technical and multilingual staffing, learning services, multilingual contact centers, technology and language services. Our customer-driven solutions help companies establish or strengthen compassionate, human connections, between businesses, customers and employees, across languages, cultures and industries, in any modality, from any location. For more information, visit http://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.

International Staffing: Building a Global Workforce the Right Way

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It’s no secret that identifying and hiring highly qualified candidates is one of the most important steps in building a successful company. But when your organization is ready to expand into new markets worldwide, finding the right talent becomes even more complicated. Hiring someone who lists a foreign language on their resume is never enough. In fact, the selection process is much more nuanced.

 

Four Key Factors to Investigate in Global Hiring

Language fluency—not just language proficiency—is essential for outward facing roles. A native English speaker may have studied a second language in school or college, but this doesn’t mean they can engage in a sophisticated discussion or negotiate a contract with C-suite executives in another country. Unfortunately, if an employee is unable to truly speak the business language of their target market, an employer may not even know that opportunities are being missed due to subpar communication.

Cultural expectations and customs are another area where there is no substitute for real world experience. For example, in Latin America the role of relationships and personal trust in business is completely different than the transactional approach in countries like Germany or Switzerland. Choosing a job candidate who knows how to behave in specific social and business settings helps ensure success.

Hiring locally might reduce issues with language and culture, but there can be other factors at play under the surface. Even regional differences can constitute a significant barrier in trying to build a strong presence in some nations. During the hiring process, identifying prejudices or allegiances that could hamper job performance is important.

What is the candidate bringing to the table? For roles like sales, networking is always a big part of the equation. In some countries, simply working hard isn’t enough to break into the “right” circles. A job candidate who already has strong connections within your target market would be a substantial asset.

Can a Global Staffing Partner Help?

As you can see, navigating the international hiring process can be very complex. A staffing agency may be able to step in and help fill the role of talent sourcing and recruitment. However, making the right choice in this area poses a challenge of its own. There are some simple ways to narrow down your search for the best agency to fill your global staffing needs. Here are a few questions to start with:

  • Does the agency offer other international and multilingual services, indicating a greater depth of resources?
  • Do they have global offices, or are they located only in one region?
  • What kind of research are they willing to do to learn about what your company needs?
  • What is their process for identifying the best candidates for a multilingual or international position?

How You Can Help the Staffing Process Along…

Of course, you also need to be prepared to provide information to help your selected staffing partner find the right talent. In addition to the standard job description and the desired level of industry experience, an agency needs to know:

  • The country/city the employee will be working in
  • Whether they will be working remotely from the U.S. or on location
  • The length of the engagement if extended travel or expatriation is required
  • What support will be available to the employee if working internationally
  • The types of internal and external interactions they will be expected to have in their assigned role

All of this information can help qualify or disqualify candidates more quickly, aiding your search for your next set of global employees.

The right multilingual and multicultural staffing partner can make your global expansion plans go much more smoothly. To learn more about making smart decisions for international hiring, contact our team of experts at Akorbi today.

About Akorbi:

Akorbi provides enterprise solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. It helps companies connect with employees, vendors and customers in over 170 languages 24×7, in any modality, from any location. Akorbi’s customizable, enterprise solutions include: technical and multilingual staffing, learning services, multilingual contact centers, video remote solutions, translation/ localization and in-person interpretation services.

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Demystifying the African Localization Industry – Challenges and Opportunities

4 brightly dressed African women

In my quest to better understand the opportunities and challenges of the African translation industry, I recently traveled from West to East Africa. Because the global demand for African language translations continues to increase, I felt it was important to assess and demystify this market. It’s clear that the localization industry is alive and vibrant in Africa. Linguists are mainly involved in diplomatic, governmental, religious, tourism and humanitarian work. Some commercial work is also done for a variety of industries such as global consulting, mining, financial and technology, among others.


The most common translation requests in Africa are for English, Arabic, French, Portuguese, Swahili, and Amharic among others. Additionally, many professionals are translating from one African language to another to support cross border trade. Surprisingly, China is investing in infrastructure, such as bridges, railways and roads, in Africa so that has increased their demand for translations and interpretations from Chinese to African languages.

Africa has a total population of 1.21 billion people who speak in 2,139 living languages. Around 85 percent of the population is concentrated in 15 countries and the rest of the population is dispersed throughout the continent in smaller countries or territories. The most populated countries in Africa are Nigeria with 181 million people followed by Ethiopia and Egypt with 99 million people each. The smallest countries are Saint Helena with only 4,000 people and Seychelles with a total population of 97,000.

U.S.-based companies interested in targeting the African continent will be pleased to know that English is one of the official languages in 24 out of 56 countries in Africa. Out of these 24 countries, English is the only official language in 10 countries. In fact, advertising and marketing materials in Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Namibia, Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are done in English. The most utilized official languages in Africa are Arabic and Swahili (the official language for 181 million people), followed by French, Portuguese, Amharic and Zulu.


As the CEO of a U.S.-based multilingual business services company, I feel it’s my moral obligation to help develop linguists around the world, especially in emerging countries. In partnership with the East Africa Interpreters and Translators Association, which is led by Alfred Mtawali and Salome Nduku, Akorbi sponsored a full-day workshop in Nairobi in January. The goal was to create awareness of what it takes to compete as the global demand for African languages continues to increase. We were excited to have 65 attendees at the event from a range of professional backgrounds, including translators, interpreters, interns, university professors and even Swahili sign language interpreters.

The translators and interpreters were well educated, very knowledgeable and eager for global exposure. This full day workshop included the macro-economics and opportunities of the African continent, while emphasizing the importance of the mobile economy. Additionally, it addressed the TAUS Translation Technology Landscape Report from September 2016 and how these trends impact the translation profession. We also discussed the importance of investing and becoming proficient in CAT, Q/A quality control tools and the TAUS post-editing courses. Additional topics included machine translation technologies, the future of translators, responsible sourcing practices, teaming arrangements, Internet security and overall business management.

We made the event interactive so we could all learn from each other’s experiences. Through these discussions it became clear that African translators and interpreters are faced with many challenges including the lack of language technology infrastructure and best practices, funding to support large projects, strategic alliances and mental health support for traumatic interpretation sessions such as homicides, domestic violence and dying patients. They also struggle with a lack of scalability and non-payment from dishonest customers. Another hurdle is the lack of trust in African vendors due to the amount of fraudulent activity in the region. On top of all of that, they have to learn how to manage pressure from violent groups to translate content that violates ethics and security standards.

Clearly, there are many challenges and opportunities for the African localization industry. However, because of the growing demand for African language translations, this is a region we can’t ignore. In fact, several years ago we noticed the trend, so we opened an office in Cape Verde (in the central part of Africa) in 2015. Our talented African team provides translation and interpretation services in African languages, such as Zulu, Wolof and Portuguese Creole, to our global customers. Since then, the demand has continued to increase, leading us to expand recently to a much larger office. Without a doubt, this is a sign of the opportunities that lie ahead in this region. What are you doing to capitalize on these opportunities?

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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.

Akorbi Ranks #501 in Inc. 5000 Based on Impressive 3-Year Growth of 758%

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PLANO, Texas – November 8, 2016 – Akorbi, a leading provider of multilingual business solutions, has been ranked by Inc. magazine as #501 in its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, making it one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.  The ranking was based on a remarkable growth rate of 758% from 2012 to 2015.  Since 1982, the Inc. 5000 has highlighted the nation’s most successful private companies and has become a symbol of entrepreneurial success.  Akorbi received the award during the three day conference in San Antonio, Texas, which took place October 21-23.

 

Akorbi’s fast-growth can be attributed to the fact that it’s one of the most diversified companies in the language services industry.  In the last few years, the company has expanded globally and added a variety of new services, including multilingual staffing, business process outsourcing, multilingual call centers, eLearning, interpretation, video remote technologies and so much more.

 

Akorbi also continues to improve its competitive edge by developing proprietary technology.  This year, the company introduced its ADAPT platform which, among other things, is helping companies in the healthcare industry be compliant with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.  Section 1557 prohibits using non-certified interpreters, except in emergency situations.  Akorbi’s ADAPT platform gives healthcare providers access to certified interpreters and translators, from any service provider, in every mode of communication (voice, video and in-person) through a single, secure platform.

 

“We are extremely honored to be part of this exclusive list with so many impressive and fast-growing companies,” said Azam Mirza, President and co-founder of Akorbi. “Our growth wouldn’t be possible without the support and dedication of our more than 600 team members around the world, including our co-founder Claudia Mirza, who work tirelessly to support our global clients and make Akorbi an industry leader.”

 

The Inc. 5000 is the most competitive list of fast-growing private companies.  This year, the average three-year growth rate was a staggering 433% and the aggregate revenue was $200 billion.  The companies generated 640,000 jobs from 2012-2015 – about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that time. The complete results of the Inc. 5000 can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

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About Akorbi

Akorbi offers 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, video remote technologies, multilingual call centers, business process outsourcing, 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.

 

More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000

The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2015. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

 

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The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Names Akorbi CEO Claudia Mirza 2016 Businesswoman of the Year

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Plano, TX – Oct. 12, 2016 – Claudia Mirza, CEO and co-founder of Akorbi, received the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (USHCC) 2016 Businesswoman of the Year Award. Hundreds of Hispanic business, corporate and community leaders from across the U.S. attended the awards’ luncheon, which took place at the USHCC’s National Convention in Miami.

Every year, the USHCC recognizes a female entrepreneur who exemplifies the best of America’s business community through her outstanding leadership, pioneering spirit and social and economic contributions.

“Claudia is a steadfast businesswoman whose enterprise continues to reach new heights, and she inspires business leaders everywhere,” said Javier Palomarez, USHCC President and CEO.  “We are proud to recognize her as the 2016 Businesswoman of the Year.”

Claudia founded Akorbi in 2003 as a home-based translation business.  Today, the company is a global provider of multilingual business solutions with locations around the world and more than 600 employees.  The company serves some of the largest companies and organizations in the world including MoneyGram, Aetna, Health Services Corp. and Fossil, as well as leading technology companies.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this award from the USHCC – an organization that does so much to support Hispanic entrepreneurs across our country,” said Claudia Mirza, CEO and co-founder of Akorbi.  “As an immigrant from Colombia, this is proof that the U.S. is truly the land of opportunity, where we can live the American Dream through hard work, a clear vision and the support of amazing organizations like the USHCC.”

Akorbi’s vision and leadership has led Akorbi to experience explosive growth in recent years.  This year, Akorbi landed the #501 spot in the 2016 Inc. 5000 with 758% growth, and the #12 spot in the Women Presidents’ Organization’s 2016 list of fastest-growing woman-owned/led companies in the world.  The company has also been recognized as the fastest-growing language service provider in the world.

Claudia also does much to give back and help her community and other entrepreneurs.  She’s served two terms on the Board of The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has joined the Board of the Women Presidents’ Organization.

About Akorbi

Akorbi offers global 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:  multilingual staffing, translation, interpretation, multilingual call centers, business process outsourcing, video remote technologies, sign language interpretation, alternate formats, transcription, eLearning and eDiscovery.  The company holds numerous certifications including ISO 9001:2008; ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE certification.  For more information, visit akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

About the USHCC

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses that, combined, contribute over $661 billion to the American economy every year.  It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide.  For more information, visit ushcc.com.  Follow the USHCC on Twitter @USHCC.

CONTACT:       Veronica Thomison
MPR Source, Inc.
vthomison@mprsource.com
214.893.3740