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Day in the Life of a Language Services Provider

10 May

When assembling materials for the Philadelphia Inquirer article titled “Translating and interpreting is a growing, but uneven, industry“, the reporter Jane M. Von Bergen asked CETRA Language Solutions for a list of requests received on a single day. Here is the list (also available in the Business Section of philly.com):

2:30 a.m.: A Taiwanese company needs to code Chinese responses to a survey.

6 a.m.: An Irish medical-device company wants a price for translating a website into 10 languages, including Arabic, Japanese, and Farsi.

8 a.m.: A South Dakota state health agency must translate a brochure into Khmer.

9:20 a.m.: A law firm needs a Korean interpreter in four hours to help a family follow a trial regarding a child’s drowning.

10 a.m.: A research company needs to translate a physicians’ survey about psoriasis into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, and Italian.

10:55 a.m.: A public-relations agency needs eight American Sign Language interpreters for a one-day event in four cities, including Philadelphia.

11:15 a.m.: A video remote interpretation for Haitian Creole is needed the next day at a regional courthouse.

11:30 a.m.: A highly confidential intelligence document must be translated from Urdu into English in 12 hours. Security clearance is required.

Noon: Two Japanese interpreters are needed for market-research interviews.

1 p.m.: A market-research company has a 24-hour deadline for a review of an online survey translated into 10 languages.

1:30 p.m.: A hospital immediately needs a Zulu interpreter to help a patient and a doctor communicate in a critical behavioral-health situation.

7:45 p.m.: Interpreters in five languages are needed for a forthcoming national life-sciences conference.

11:55 p.m.: The U.S. Embassy in a French-speaking African country gives a three-day deadline to translate a 10-page document into French.

SOURCE: CETRA Language Solutions, Elkins Park

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Toughening Language Tests for Court Interpreters

2 May

Tony Guerra, Director of Interpreting Services at CETRA Language Solutions

Toughening language tests for court interpreters limiting number of interpreters

By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer

Nothing in Pennsylvania’s beefed-up requirements for court interpreters would have helped administrator Osvaldo Aviles solve the problem he faced last week.

The job? Interpreting for a Nigerian participant in a case in Pittsburgh. “The problem is that we have to find out which of the 57 Nigerian dialects this person speaks,” Aviles said.

That was last week’s challenge. On Saturday, Aviles, who administers the state’s court interpretation program, has another one: He must convince 70 foreign-language court interpreters and translators that the state’s strengthened regulations matter, even if they mean many of them will be out of work.

In 2006, Pennsylvania enacted a law requiring court interpreters to take tests proving they can listen to and simultaneously translate court proceedings as they occur.

The regulations included a grace period to gain certification. That ended Jan. 1, hence the rising anxiety among interpreters.

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CETRA Featured in Philly 100 Video

8 Oct

For the third year in a row, CETRA Language Solutions was ranked by the Philadelphia 100® as one of the fastest-growing, privately-held businesses in the Philadelphia region. Started in 1998 by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Business Journal and the Wharton SBDC, the Philadelphia 100® has recognized some of the region’s finest companies when they were just beginning to emerge: Mothers’ Work, Fiberlink, Urban Outfitters, Forman Mills, Kremer Laser Eye Center, and Primavera Systems, just to name a few. The ranking will be announced at an evening Gala Awards Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, October 13th at the Annenberg Center on the University of Pennsylvania Campus and hosted by Ron Jaworski (former quarterback, current entrepreneur and Monday Night Football analyst). For more information contact Dr. Jiri Stejskal, CETRA’s President and CEO.

CETRA Team Raises $7,500 to Support National MS Society

4 Oct

JOINING 7,000 CYCLISTS TO RAISE $5 MILLION FOR THE NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY

CETRA Team at the finish line in Ocean City, NJ

Elkins Park, October 4, 2010: CETRA Language Solutions participated in the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride for the third time, with its team of eight joining a throng of 7,000 cyclists riding through South Jersey on September 25-26, who collectively raised $5 million dollars for the fight against multiple sclerosis. This year also marked the 30th Anniversary of the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride.

The ride, which raised $28,000 for multiple sclerosis research in its first year, has grown 100-fold in the past three decades. In 2010, City to Shore is poised to reach $50 million in total fundraising. The tour, which is ranked as one of the top 50 rides in the United States by Bicycling Magazine, gives cyclists the opportunity to ride 75 miles from Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ, on Saturday and then return on Sunday. Each cyclist must collect at least $300 in pledges to participate in the tour, with many raising hundreds or thousands of dollars more. This year the CETRA Team raised over $7,500.

Jiri Stejskal, CETRA’s CEO and an avid cyclist himself, commented on the ride: “I am very proud of our team for raising the funds in a difficult economic climate and helping multiple sclerosis patients in the local community. I am also very grateful to our suppliers, clients, friends and families who made generous contributions to support a worthy cause.”

About CETRA Language Solutions

CETRA, a Philadelphia 100 company, provides customized language solutions to governments and businesses, including translation, interpretation, American Sign Language interpretation, website localization, multilingual typesetting, voice-overs and transcriptions in nearly 100 languages. CETRA specializes in serving the marketing research and legal industries as well as the life sciences sector. For more information, go to www.cetra.com.

Contact: Angela Wende ▪ 267-265-3165 ▪ angela@cetra.com

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Interview with Jiri at the Inc. 5000 Conference & Award Ceremony

2 Oct

See a brief interview with CETRA‘s CEO, Jiri Stejskal, at the Inc. 5000 Conference & Award Ceremony in National Harbor, MD:

Inc. Magazine ranked CETRA Language Solutions as No. 2,699 on its annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country, and as No. 68 in the Philadelphia Metropolitan region. This is the third year in a row that CETRA has appeared on the Inc. 5000 list.  This prestigious list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs, who represent the backbone of the U.S. economy. Click here to see other Language Services Providers on this year’s list.

CETRA Language Solutions on the Philly 100 List

6 Sep

For the third year in a row, CETRA Language Solutions was ranked by the Philadelphia 100® as one of the fastest-growing, privately-held businesses in the Philadelphia region. Started in 1998 by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Business Journal and the Wharton SBDC, the Philadelphia 100® has recognized some of the region’s finest companies when they were just beginning to emerge: Mothers’ Work, Fiberlink, Urban Outfitters, Forman Mills, Kremer Laser Eye Center, and Primavera Systems, just to name a few. The ranking will be announced at an evening Gala Awards Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, October 13th at the Annenberg Center on the University of Pennsylvania Campus and hosted by Ron Jaworski (former quarterback, current entrepreneur and Monday Night Football analyst). For more information contact Dr. Jiri Stejskal, CETRA’s President and CEO.

13 LSPs on the Inc. 5000 List

28 Aug

The 2010 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2006 through 2009. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by June 30, 2006. Additionally, they had to be based in the United States, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2009. The minimum revenue required for 2006 is $80,000; the minimum for 2009 is $2 million.

The following 13 Language Services Providers are included in the 2010 list:

Company Name 2010Ranking 3-YearGrowth 2009Revenue
Sajan 778 391% $12.7 million
Language Services Associates 1707 164% $22 million
U.S. Translation 1808 152% $2.6 million
Welocalize 2127 122% $50.3 million
TransPerfect 2492 96% $221.5 million
CETRA Language Solutions 2699 85% $3 million
Certified Languages International 2720 84% $8.3 million
Para-Plus Translations 2936 73% $2.4 million
Language Line Services 3201 61% $298.9 million
ProTranslating 3271 59% $8.9 million
Dynamic Language Center 3719 42% $6.3 million
Fluent Language Solutions 4799 9% $5.5 million
Eriksen Translations 4866 7% $5.1 million

By Jiri Stejskal
CETRA Language Solutions