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Akorbi Ranked as the Largest Woman-Owned Language Service Provider in the United States


Plano, Texas, August 2020 — Akorbi, a US-based group of companies specializing in language, technology, and global workforce solutions, has earned several impressive rankings this year, making the company the largest privately owned, woman-owned language service provider (LSP) in the US. The company experienced 40% organic growth in revenue from 2017 to 2019, and continues to expand its footprint globally, including several locations in Western and Eastern Africa, India, and its newest nearshore multilingual contact center in Pereira, Colombia.

Akorbi, led by CEO and co-founder Claudia Mirza, is thrilled to be ranked #29, #35, and #27 in the world by the Common Sense Advisory (CSA), Nimdzi Insights, and Slator, respectively, in the LSP industry. Akorbi has maintained a top 100 ranking for three years in a row by the CSA; and for two consecutive years, the company has ranked #11 on their North American list. Adding to this impressive track record in 2020, Akorbi was also listed as the fastest-growing Language Service Provider based on the Women Presidents’ Organization’s (WPO’s) “50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies” rankings.

On the company’s recent growth, Azam Mirza, Akorbi’s president and co-founder says, “It is easy to grow a business quickly when you have private equity supporting you. What makes the Akorbi Group of Companies unique is its impressive organic growth and financial performance while remaining 100 percent privately owned. Looking to the future, while continuing to focus on financial controls and sustainability, we plan to assess possible acquisitions while increasing the size and reach of our strategic sales team.”

Akorbi’s president said despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has been able to pivot successfully and as needed to continue to support clients’ evolving needs for interpretation, localization, workforce solutions, and multilingual contact center support. These rankings prove Akorbi’s ability to adapt and partner successfully with clients to provide relevant solutions for today’s economy.

When asked about the key to Akorbi’s success, Claudia Mirza said, “During this uncertain time, I have been exceptionally grateful for our executive team, especially our female leadership who work tirelessly to support our clients and bring in the success we are seeing this year. I am also grateful for my business partner, Azam [Mirza], who continues to support and share my vision for Akorbi which always included dedicating ourselves to job creation and the economic development of women around the world.”

As a top-ranked member of the multibillion-dollar global language services industry, Akorbi is one of only a few women-owned LSPs operating successfully in the global market. Even with competition from industry superagencies, Akorbi continues to achieve year-over-year revenue growth.

About Akorbi

Akorbi is a US-based, woman-owned company providing enterprise solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. Akorbi helps companies connect with employees, vendors and customers in over 170 languages, 24/7. Akorbi offers customizable enterprise solutions including localization, interpretation in any modality, workforce solutions, and multilingual contact centers.

Thinking of partnering with a woman-owned LSP? Looking for advanced language technology solutions for your company?
Visit www.akorbi.com today or call 1.877.4.AKORBI (1-877-425-6724).

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haywoodgolf Launches United Kingdom and European Online Store

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The site will offer purchasers from 12 new countries the ability to pay in their local currency and save big on golf equipment

Vancouver, British Columbia., August 18, 2020 — haywoodgolf, an independent online golf destination selling high-quality equipment at more affordable prices, launched their much anticipated European and the United Kingdom online store , today. The site brings the modern and approachable haywoodgolf shopping experience that customers have come to expect to a new market.

The new site launches with similar offerings of the United States and Canadian stores, but with localized currency, lower shipping rates, and equipment, built-to-spec in the United Kingdom. Products shoppers will discover include:

Signature Wedges: The haywoodgolf Signature Series wedges are forged from S20C carbon steel, which provides a soft feel along with high performance.
Signature Irons: Distance meets game improvement. These well-reviewed irons are designed with an offset that is progressively reduced, so players will receive the added forgiveness needed in their long irons with additional playability in the entire set.
Signature Putter: Built from a solid block of 303 Stainless steel and CNC milled to perfection, the haywoodgolf Signature Putter includes dual-bottom weighting and designed with a dual top-line to allowing for perfect alignment square at address.
Signature MB Irons: The newest product in the haywoodgolf lineup, the Signature MB Irons emulate the classic style and shaping of traditional forged muscle-back irons.

“We are excited and proud to announce haywoodgolf.co.uk to our existing and future customers,” said Joshua Haywood, Owner of haywoodgolf. “For a young, small business, being able to reach a new market, especially during these unprecedented
times, is an exhilarating feeling, and fills us with gratitude for the support from our customers. We promise to service these new markets with the same level of customer service and bar for quality our supporters in the United States and Canada have grown to expect.”

With the current catalogue of SKU’s, and new products and offerings on the horizon, golfers of all skill levels can find what they need at haywoodgolf. “We’re always on the lookout, and responding to feedback from our customers on what customizations we can offer,” says Joshua. “We’re evolving as we grow, so you can expect to see more of haywood in the game of golf in the coming months.”

Visit haywoodgolf to be redirected to the shop closest to you.

ABOUT haywoodgolf:
Haywoodgolf is an independent online golf equipment supplier headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Since launching its first online store in 2018, haywoodgolf has built a loyal following of golf enthusiasts who desire a minimalist design, with a performance that stacks up against the golf industry’s top brands.

Follow us on Instagram @haywoodgolf, and Twitter @haywoodgolf. To explore, read reviews and shop, please visit www.haywoodgolf.co.uk

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Air Queen moves to supply its surgical-grade nano fibre face masks in the United Kingdom


Since the onset of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the world has faced a constrained supply of high quality so-called ‘N95’ face masks. The term N95 refers to a filtration of at least 95% of airborne particles of a certain size, and it is widely considered the gold standard of face coverings to protect individuals against harmful pathogens and other contaminants.

With the broad relaxation of UK quarantine rules this weekend, there is an increased demand for face masks and face coverings which meet the twin requirements of being comfortable for all-day use, and being an effective pathogen barrier. Face coverings are already compulsory on UK public transport and they are expected to become ubiquitous, particularly in public places where social distancing cannot be maintained.

The effectiveness of the common disposable three-ply electrostatic masks falls over time as they absorb exhaled moisture, and become heavier and uncomfortable as a result. Leading South Korean manufacturer Toptec has developed the Air Queen masks using an ultra-lightweight ‘nano fibre’ material which suffers none of these problems.

The Air Queen nano masks provide extreme protection (in excess of 96% particle filtration) while simultaneously allowing for advanced breathability and comfort. Its advanced ergonomic design is not compromised by ethanol cleaning products and so the masks can be reused, a beneficial cost-saving feature. Compared to peer group manufacturers such as 3M, the Air Queen represents a quantum leap in technology and effectiveness as well as filtration and air flow. Each mask weighs less than four grams, less than a sheet of paper. The Air Queen is sized to fit adults; a model specifically for children will be available in the UK within weeks.

Air Queen has been selling its products successfully in the United States to retail and wholesale buyers including hospitals, state governments, labour unions, retail chains and e-commerce buyers, and is now rolling out its supply capability to Europe and the United Kingdom. For more information, or to place an order, visit www.air-queen.co.uk

About Air Queen FDA approval and European CE mark

The Air Queen mask is a FDA 510k approved surgical respirator (K172500) with a use indication as follows: “to be worn by operating room personnel during surgical procedures to protect both the surgical patient and the operating room personnel from transfer of microorganism, body fluids and particulate materials.” Therefore the mask provides the maximum protection while being used even in day-to-day activities. The Air Queen mask is not NIOSH-approved because of its ear loop design, however independent research carried out by Nelson Labs confirms that the Air Queen masks provide particle protection and air flow beyond the level afforded by N95 rated products. Wearers of nano fibre surgical masks, specifically Air Queen products, were found to have lower heart rates, lower micro-environment and skin surface temperatures than subjects who wore standard N95 masks while performing similar tasks. In Europe, the Air Queen nano masks are CE marked (EN:149:2001 + A1:2009) as an FFP2 NR mask.

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The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Removes “Margin Killers” in the Post COVID-19 Economy


The USMCA will support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America. It will also brings lucrative opportunities to boost cross-border e-commerce.

WASHINGTON– Mexico and Canada are the top two export destinations for U.S. Small and Medium-Enterprises goods. In 2016 (latest data available), 82,000 U.S. small and medium sized businesses exported $51.2 billion in goods to Canada, and 53,000 U.S. small and medium businesses exported $76.2 billion in goods to Mexico.

Now, for the first time in a U.S. trade agreement, the USMCA includes a dedicated chapter on SMEs, as well as other key provisions supporting small and medium-sized businesses throughout the agreement.

In recognition that digital trade represents enormous value to the U.S. economy and plays a critical role in fostering economic growth and innovation, the USMCA includes a first-of-its-kind chapter on digital trade that contains the strongest commitments of any international agreement.

Entrepreneurs on both sides of the Mexican border are working with their State Government agencies to level up their digital efforts for exportation and distribution without having to rely on a supply chain organized by brokers that exhaust profit margins. These “margin killers” are facing extinction as entrepreneurs are understanding the opportunities being afforded to them under USMCA.

“In today’s market conditions, we have to work to create win-win opportunities for all. The brokers that have historically taken advantage of exporters, and inflated market prices, will have a hard time doing so in the post COVID-19 economy under the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The United States Business Association of E-Commerce will work to support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America” said Tayde Aburto, CEO of the USBAEC.

Businesses interested in promoting their products and services online and leveraging the benefits of the USMCA can join the Exporters/Importers marketplace https://usbaec.com/marketplaces/exim.

About the United States Business Association of E-Commerce:

The United States Business Association of E-Commerce is an online business association connecting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with domestic and global buyers and leveraging an online platform to help businesses compete more effectively in the digital economy.

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