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USHCC Names Claudia Mirza 2016 “Businesswoman of the Year”

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) announced today that Claudia Mirza, CEO and Co-Founder of Akorbi, will receive the USHCC’s 2016 Businesswoman of the Year Award at the organization’s National Convention on October 11th in Miami, FL.

Each year, the USHCC recognizes a female entrepreneur whose outstanding leadership, pioneering spirit, social, and economic contributions exemplify the best of America’s business community.

“Claudia started Akorbi with her husband Azam as a home-based translation business nearly 13 years ago. Since then, the company has thrived, with approximately 750 part-time and full time employees. Under Claudia’s direction, Akorbi has become the 12th fastest-growing woman owned business in the world. In 2015, Akorbi was rated as the fastest-growing provider of translation, localization, and interpreting services in the U.S, and globally,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “Claudia is a steadfast businesswoman whose enterprise continues to reach new heights, and she inspires business leaders everywhere. We are proud to recognize her as the 2016 Businesswoman of the Year.”

“I am truly honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Claudia Mirza. “I would like to thank the Akorbi team for their tireless work, which has been the fuel of our company’s growth. Akorbi looks forward to a successful future, and hopes to continue servicing our clients with the highest standards. Additionally, we are happy that the USHCC is standing by us, as well as with countless other Hispanic and women-owned businesses, across the nation.”

Akorbi was founded in 2003 to provide linguistic translation services using a simplified business process and cutting edge technology. Mirza’s dynamic leadership transformed the enterprise into a multilingual business solutions company, serving clients such as Southwest Airlines, Aetna Insurance, 3M, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Mirza has served on the Board of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for two terms, and has chaired the Chamber’s technology committee. She has financially supported organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House as well as various orphanages, and sponsored the college education of three girls of impoverished backgrounds.

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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 Follow the USHCC on Twitter @USHCC.

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