1Berkshire Starts Translation Project

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PITTSFIELD — 1Berkshire ha iniciado un proyecto de varios meses para recopilar materiales y recursos en la región enfocados en recursos y orientación empresarial, para luego traducirlos al español. Este empeño, en colaboración con el Berkshire Immigrant Center y Berkshire Language Management, tiene por objetivo ayudar a aumentar el acceso a información clave, recursos y materiales sobre marketing para los negocios y empresarios de habla hispana en la región.

A través del período de investigación de Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, se vio que nuestra población inmigrante era la que más rápidamente estaba creciendo, aumentando en más de 25% en los diez años entre el 2007 y el 2017. Con la tendencia nacional indicando que algunas de las comunidades más motivadas y activas de empresarios y dueños de pequeños negocios se componen de inmigrantes, 1Berkshire ha estado trabajando activamente con el Berkshire Immigrant Center hace más de dos años explorando oportunidades y recursos para ayudar con las necesidades de este grupo crítico en nuestra región.

En los próximos meses, 1Berkshire trabajará con sus colaboradores y programas de apoyo empresarial en los Berkshires para recopilar los recursos más críticos para ser traducidos. Entonces, los expertos en el Berkshire Immigrant Center y Berkshire Language Management ayudarán a traducir los documentos y material en audio al español, y posiblemente en otros idiomas, como lo permita su capacidad.

Ben Lamb, el Director de Desarrollo Económico en 1Berkshire, dijo: “es interesante para nosotros poder invertir directamente nuestros recursos para asistir en una forma muy tangible a nuestros empresarios inmigrantes, y a la comunidad inmigrante que opera sus propios negocios, y estamos felices de poder colaborar con dos organizaciones de aquí mismo de la región para hacerlo.” Michelle López, la Directora del Berkshire Immigrant Center, añade: “Nos honra que nos hayan pedido junto al Berkshire Language Management ser parte de este programa transformador y necesario para aumentar el acceso para empresarios y dueños de negocios inmigrantes cuya lengua materna no es el inglés. 1Berkshire está ayudando a preparar el camino para cambiar cómo es que en los Berkshires se apoya y se le da la bienvenida a todo tipo de negocios.”

Esta labor no sería posible sin el valor increíble de Berkshire Language Management. Silvana Kirby, la Directora Gerente de Berkshire Language Management dice: “Nos sentimos honrados de poder colaborar en este proyecto con 1Berkshire y el Berkshire Immigrant Center. Ambas

organizaciones están siempre apoyando a nuestra comunidad, al desarrollo local, y asistiendo a los empresarios inmigrantes. El lenguaje es clave para la comunicación, por el significado y para la comprensión. Estamos deseosos de ser parte de este proyecto y proceso de desarrollo comunitario.”

1Berkshire espera compartir estos materiales en los próximos meses, e invita a los individuos, negocios y colaboradores en apoyo empresarial de la región a que contacten al equipo de Economic Development [email protected] si tienen ideas específicas o necesidades que pudieran ser apoyadas en este esfuerzo.

Sobre 1 Berkshire

1Berkshire es una organización del condado enfocado en el desarrollo económico y la promoción de la región como lugar preferido para visitar, vivir, y crear un negocio. Ofrece programas que conectan a los negocios entre sí y con clientes potenciales, y trabaja para desarrollar a los líderes del futuro y apoyar a los empresarios. Para más información, visite 1Berkshire.com.

Sobre el Berkshire Immigrant Center

La misión del Centro de Inmigrantes de Berkshire es defender los derechos de todos los inmigrantes ayudándolos a navegar el complejo sistema de inmigración de EE.UU. con servicios legales, recursos locales y educación. Les brindamos a nuestros clientes las herramientas necesarias para superar las barreras financieras y culturales, con el objetivo de fortalecer el compromiso cívico y crear igualdad de oportunidades para todos.

Sobre el Berkshire Language Management

Berkshire Language Management, Inc. es un equipo de consultoría de idiomas, conciencia cultural y educación de servicio completo de traductores, intérpretes y capacitadores que trabajan en su idioma nativo. Estas personas expertas están altamente capacitadas en muchas disciplinas e idiomas con más de 20 años de experiencia. Al traducir e interpretar el mensaje de su cliente al idioma local, su negocio podrá abrir puertas y expandir su base de clientes, así como aumentar la productividad al comprender a sus empleados bilingües.

PITTSFIELD — 1Berkshire has begun a several– months-long project to collect materials and resources in the region focused on entrepreneurial resources and guidance, to then have them translated into Spanish. This effort, in partnership with the Berkshire Immigrant Center and Berkshire Language Management, aims to help increase the accessibility of key information, resources, and marketing materials for Spanish speaking businesses and entrepreneurs in the region.

Through the research period of the Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, it was noted that immigrant populations were the most rapidly growing population in the region, increasing by over 25% in the 10 years between 2007 and 2017. With the national trends indicating that immigrants are some of the most motivated and active communities of entrepreneurs and small business owners, 1Berkshire has been actively working with the Berkshire Immigrant Center for over 2 years to navigate opportunities and resources to support the needs of this critical group in our region.

Over the next few months, 1Berkshire will work with its collaborative partners and fellow entrepreneurial support programs in the Berkshires to pull together the most critical resources to be translated. From there, translation experts from the Berkshire Immigrant Center and Berkshire Language Management will help to get the documents and audio translated into at least Spanish, and potentially additional languages as capacity allows. 

Ben Lamb, Director of Economic Development at 1Berkshire, noted, “It is exciting for us to be able to directly invest resources into supporting our immigrant entrepreneurs, and immigrant– owned-and-operated business community in this very tangible way, and we are so glad to be working with two incredible partner organizations right here in the region to do so.”

Michelle Lopez, Director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center adds, “we were humbled to be asked, along with Berkshire Language Management, to be a part of this transformative and necessary program to increase access for immigrant-owned businesses and entrepreneurs whose native language isn’t English. 1Berkshire is helping to pave the way for change in how the Berkshires welcomes and supports all types of businesses.”

This work wouldn’t be possible without the incredible asset of Berkshire Language Management. Silvana Kirby, Managing Director of Berkshire Language Management, notes, “We are honored to partner and collaborate in this project with 1Berkshire and Berkshire Immigrant Center. Both organizations are always supporting our community, local growth and assisting immigrant entrepreneurs. Language is key to communication, for meaning and understanding. We are excited about being part of this project and community development process.” 

1Berkshire has plans to share these materials in the coming months, and invites individuals, businesses, and entrepreneurial support partners in the region to feel free to reach out to the Economic Development team at [email protected] if they have any specific thoughts or needs that could be supported by this endeavor.

About 1Berkshire

1Berkshire is a county-wide organization focused on economic development and promotion of the region as a preferred place to visit, to live, and to grow a business. It provides programs that connect businesses with each other and with potential customers and works to develop future leaders and support entrepreneurs. For more information, visit 1Berkshire.com.

About the Berkshire Immigrant Center

The Berkshire Immigrant Center advocates for the rights of all immigrants by helping them navigate the complex U.S. immigration system with affordable legal services, local resources, and education. We provide our clients with the tools necessary to overcome financial and cultural barriers, strengthening civic engagement and creating equal opportunity for all.

About Berkshire Language Management

Berkshire Language Management, Inc. is a full-service language consulting, culture awareness, and educational team of translators, interpreters, and trainers who work in their native language. These expert individuals are highly trained in many disciplines and languages with 20+ years of experience. By translating and interpreting their client’s message into the local language, their business will be able to open doors and expand its customer base, as well as building productivity by understanding their bilingual employees.

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