The History of Akorbi
In 2003, Akorbi’s CEO, Claudia Mirza, evaluated the market and realized there was a need for linguistic services that were backed by a solid business infrastructure and a customer-driven approach. So, she launched a translation business that leveraged technology and developed business processes that simplified the system, reduced costs and increased speed-to-market. That same year, Southwest Airlines, Aetna Insurance and 3M became clients and proved that Mirza’s vision had merit.
Akorbi has evolved from a home-based translation business to a company that provides multilingual business solutions. Today, the company has 930 employees, including single mothers, veterans and retirees – among many others. And, some of the most prestigious organizations in the world, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, leading health insurance companies, and the largest provider of Internet services worldwide, are among Akorbi’s many clients.
Over the years, Akorbi has constantly evolved to meet the needs of its customers. For example, when they needed help complying with healthcare reform, Akorbi launched a compliance division to help clients with HIPAA Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service rules, healthcare reform mandates, quality management and fraud, waste and abuse.
Akorbi has earned recognition from local and national media, including: US News & World Report, SCORE, Hispanic Trends, Univision, Telemundo, El Sol de Texas, Al Día, Dallas Morning News, Forbes and Inc Magazine. Akorbi has also been featured several times in the Dallas Business Journal, which recognized the many ways Akorbi is revolutionizing translation services for the health care industry. In addition, Aetna Insurance recognized Akorbi in their 2006 Diversity Report and highlighted the superior value of Akorbi’s offerings.
Akorbi and its visionary CEO have also won numerous awards, including the: Dallas Business Journal “Women in Business” award; The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Minority/Women Business Enterprise” award; Latina Style “Entrepreneur of the Year” award; The Assoc. of Latin Professionals in Accounting & Finance “Latina Achievement” award; The 100 Black Men of Greater Dallas/Fort Worth “Women of Color Achievement” award; North TX Regional Certification Agency “Woman-Owned Business Enterprise of the Year” award; Fort Worth Mayor’s “Entrepreneur Award”; Wachovia and ACCION Texas “Micro-entrepreneur of the Year award.”