Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Northern Kentucky Region may not be the first place that pops to mind when one thinks about international business, interpreting, or translation, but G2Local is determined to become the leading provider of language services in the entire Midwest. G2Local has a small leadership team but employs over 500 contractors (certification is required for each contractor) and serves companies throughout the tri-state region. G2Local has recently expanded into Columbus Ohio as they have a larger immigrant and refugee population than our region.
G2Local was founded by Grace Bosworth in 2009. After she left her job as a trader in the Blue Ash, Ohio Fidelity Investments office, she got work in a translation office, and immediately realized she loved the work and saw the positive impact this role had for those around her. Grace had a vision to make the city and counties she called home immigrant friendly as well as to create jobs amongst the largely under-employed immigrants in the region. Recognizing the need for mature, trained, and qualified translators she worked to get start-up funding but found this extremely challenging for a service-based business.
Grace received key advice from Bad Girl Ventures to focus on adding customers and to focus on sales growth which has reaped great rewards. While the technology they employ to help reduce customer costs is important, Grace freely admits the biggest success factor has been her drive - answering her phone 24/7, helping clients with short notice translation needs, etc.... "We out work everybody", Grace explained with pride. She has developed strong partnerships with Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio and several school districts and municipalities in the region. Grace still mentors for Bad Girl Ventures and also attributes much of her success to the Hamilton County Business Center, HCDC's business incubator in Norwood. G2Local has been working with Cincinnati State for the past two years to offer the national medical interpretation exam certification and will be the only institution in the region to offer this class and certification.
Article submitted by: Dean Gallo, LOTH Director of Business Development & Committee Member of Emerging 30.