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FT News and Press Releases

Foreign Translations is a leading provider of professional translation services since 1998, and serves clients all over the USA and Canada.  We are based in Charlotte NC and Greenville SC. 



May 1st, 2018: FT achieves NC HUB Certification!

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We are extremely excited to achieve our North Carolina (NC) HUB certification! 
The Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB Office) utilizes a rigorous vetting system to select key businesses in the State that meet the stringent criteria for this prestigious certification.
This also means FT is now listed in the Statewide Uniform Certification (SWUC) Program database. 

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Apr 26th, 2018: Managing Director featured in Trinidad Newspaper

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We are proud to share that our Managing Director Bill Labbon was prominently featured in a "success story" write-up in Newsday, one of the leading daily newspapers in Trinidad and Tobago!  The story was also picked up and shared on the site of the US Embassy in Trinidad.

"... he is a Trinidadian who’s company has been very successful working with many international companies, providing foreign translations for worldwide use."
See the full Newsday article.

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Apr 17th, 2018: Proud "birdie" Sponsor of the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance (HTA) Spring Golf Tournament

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We are excited to be a corporate sponsor of the 2018 Spring golf tournament put on by the HTA of Charlotte. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the Rocky River Golf Club in Concord.
Hope to see you there!

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Jan 26th, 2018: Recognition to the 2017 Entrepreneur360™ List!

logo for Entrepreneur 360 list 2017 For the 2nd year in a row, Foreign Translations is honored to be included in the prestigious list of “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur 360™ List, the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on the study, Foreign Translations is recognized as a well-rounded company that has mastered a balance of impact, innovation, growth and leadership.  
For the full list, please see https://www.entrepreneur.com/360


”We are thrilled and honored to be recognized as part of this prestigious collection of the finest companies in the land - for the 2nd year in a row! In the complex translations industry, we enable our clients to successfully deliver in multi-language channels as appropriate to the success of their businesses. Our dedication to quality and client-focus proves that delivering quality with good old-fashioned customer service never becomes outdated.”
-- Bill Labbon, Managing Director

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Nov 7th, 2017: SBA Graduates 2017 Emerging Leaders Class in Charlotte

SBA Gov logoWe are extremely proud to be a graduate of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Charlotte Class of 2017!   After spending eight months and logging in a combination of 100 hours of work and evening class time, Foreign Translations is proud to be a graduate of this prestigous class! 

The Charlotte Emerging Leaders class of 2017 participated in an intensive executive-level entrepreneurship training program for small business owners in over 50 cities and communities across the country.  Read the full press release at the SBA web site: SBA Emerging Leaders Charlotte 2017

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July 13th, 2017: Winners announced for our Greenville Business After Hours Giveaway!

Greenville, SC (July 13th, 2017) Foreign Translations recently participated in the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours showcase. We enjoyed meeting the different attendees and sponsors! Today, we are excited to announce two winners of our Amazon.com gift card giveaway! Congratulations to Alexander B. and Zach H. of Greenville. Thank you to everyone that participated!
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June 2nd, 2017: Proud sponsor of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation!

logo for blue ridge parkway foundation As part of giving back to our communities, we are proud to announce our ongoing sponsorship of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation! The BRPF's mission is to support the Blue Ridge Parkway by ensuring cultural and historical preservation, natural resource protection, and educational outreach now and for future generations.  We are proud to be involved with such a fantastic organization!
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May 16th, 2017: Inclusion in B2B Tribe Magazine

B2B Tribe is a Charlotte, NC-area magazine and online presence dedicated to the advancement and success of small businesses in the Charlotte area. In the current Spring 2017 issue, Foreign Translations is proudly featured twice - once announcing our inclusion to the Entrepreneur Magazine's 360 List (see earlier entry below) and again when Managing Director Bill Labbon was quoted in response to a magazine article discussing the small business climate in Charlotte, NC.
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Apr 6th, 2017: Winners announced for our Charlotte Business Showcase 2017 Giveaway!

We recently participated in the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Showcase. We had a great time meeting and mingling with other businesses and networking with visitors during the event.  Today, we are excited to notify the 3 winners of our Amazon.com gift card giveaway! Congrats to Gogi T. of Charlotte, Cassandra S. of Gastonia and Lisa A. of Davidson. We appreciate everyone who took the time to stop by and participate!
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Mar 8th, 2017: FT proud participant in Charlotte’s Business Showcase

We are excited to participate in the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Showcase. The Showcase is the Charlotte Chambers’ only business to business tradeshow. Held in partnership with the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, this event features more than 150 exhibitors and 1,000+ attendees annually. We welcome you to attend the event and visit our booth!
The event will take place on Thursday March 30th, 2017 3:00 to 7:00 pm at The Park Expo and Conference Center. For more information, please visit: 17th Annual Business Showcase
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Feb 10th, 2017:  New website unveiled!

Foreign Translations proudly rolled out our new website today! According to Managing Director Bill Labbon, "... professional companies must routinely update and in some cases, revamp their online presence to stay relevant and customer-friendly in today's ever-changing online arena. Our new website came after months of hard work and a partnership with a national web design firm. We are proud to provide our clients a site that is fresh, mobile-friendly and relevant to their needs!"  
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Jan 14th, 2017:  Proud to join the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce!

Foreign Translations became a member of the Charlotte Chamber. We are pleased to partner with the largest professional chamber group in the Charlotte NC region!
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Jan 1st, 2017:  Foreign Translations unveils new Pricing Model to deliver additional savings to clients!

We rolled out an exciting new proprietary model which - in our pilot group - provided average savings of 15% per project for our clients!  Read more...
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Nov 1st, 2016:  Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America List!

Foreign Translations was recently recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur 360™ List, the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America!  Read More...
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Aug 30th, 2016:  Member-Investor of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce!

Foreign Translations recently became a member-investor of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Directly linking to our roots - we started in Greenville SC in 1998 - we are happy to be part of a chamber whose stated vision is "... a globally competitive Upstate economy where businesses succeed and people prosper".
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Jul 24th, 2016:  Proud sponsor of the Limelight Players!

Foreign Translations is proud to be a Presenting Sponsor of the 2016 Limelight Players first fundraiser! This sponsorship supports the theater and community events in the beautiful foothills of the Carolinas. The Mission of Limelight Players is to integrate equality in culture through the arts and humanities in Travelers Rest and surrounding areas.
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May 10th, 2016: Foreign Translations announces successful completion of its SIGAR translation project

Foreign Translations completes year-long contract translating Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) quarterly reports. This is the fourth successful delivery and completes the company’s obligation under the contract. “It’s been a privilege to support this project and be part of such a significant operation,” said Charles Hubbard who oversaw the project. “Our Dari and Pashtu linguists are outstanding, and I don’t think you’ll find a better team in this language set.”
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Apr 3rd, 2016:  Proud to be an SDL Partner!

The SDL Language Service Providers (LSP) Partner Program is a global community of LSPs who use SDL Translation Productivity software to enhance their business offering and optimize the quality and value of the service they deliver to their clients. For more information on the SDL Partner program, see http://www.sdl.com/partners
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Jan 2nd, 2016:  Foreign Translations delivers another outstanding translation for the government!

Foreign Translations (www.foreigntranslations.com) delivers another successful project! The delivery, part of its year-long contract in support of SIGAR (Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction) is the third delivery under the GSA contract.
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2017 Pricing Announcement

close eye on moneyA great deal has changed in the translations industry since we opened our doors in 1998. One exception is the typical pricing model used across the industry. In a nutshell, the model has been based on a strict cost per unit per language set. Words are then typically discounted based on reuse and repetition within the content. For a variety of reasons, this pricing model has become very cumbersome and difficult to implement – and very dependent on the CAT tool used for analysis. Quite frankly, the pricing model is antiquated for today’s dynamic marketplace.


Effective Jan 1st, 2017, Foreign Translations implemented a new approach which we piloted for several months with select clients. While the pricing algorithm of the model are proprietary, this FT Model provides:

  • Pricing based on current market rates
  • Flexibility:
    -- offers bigger discounts for larger (quantity) and/or repeated (frequency) work
    -- customization as needed per project and based on client needs and feedback
  • Lower costs to you!
    -- Lower overhead means cost savings passed along to you
    -- In our pilot group with the new model, our clients saw an average savings of 15% per project!

Rest assured we carefully analyze any client-impacting changes and this is no exception. We have implemented this model after a great deal of analyzing, planning and testing.

How are we competitive?

  1. Custom, proprietary pricing model developed and implemented in 2017 (see above).
  2. Technology-driven automation: From our industry-leading translation tools to our sophisticated workflow platform, we employ technology wherever and whenever possible to drive down cost. This means better efficiency and savings, which we happily pass along to our clients in accordance with our core values. Note: this does NOT mean we do machine translations! We always employ human linguists to translate and quality-check your work. In rare cases, a client may request a machine translation and we can accommodate this, but this would require a one-off conversation for that client and project.
  3. Continuous process improvement applied to our pricing - we offer flexibility in meeting client demands. We are always willing to think creatively and innovatively so that price is not the determining factor. We want our clients to get a top-quality product at a fair price!

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Recognition to the 2016 Entrepreneur360™ List!

entrepreneur 360 logoCharlotte, NC – Foreign Translations was recently recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur 360™ List, the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study forged by Entrepreneur, Foreign Translations is recognized as a well-rounded company that has mastered a balance of impact, innovation, growth and leadership.

“Our annual evaluation offers a 360-degree analysis of the current private-business landscape,” explains Lisa Murray, Chief Insights Officer of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. “Top performers are determined by how well-rounded they are in these four key operative areas — innovation, growth, leadership and impact. Entrepreneurship is a complex endeavor—this listing recognizes those who have mastered the challenge and are thriving this year.”


Honorees were identified based on the results from a comprehensive study of independently-owned companies, using a proprietary algorithm and other advanced analytics. The algorithm was built on a balanced scorecard designed to measure four metrics reflecting major pillars of entrepreneurship—innovation, growth, leadership and impact.

”We are thrilled and honored to be recognized as part of this prestigious collection of the finest companies in the land. In the complex translations industry, we enable our clients to successfully deliver in multi-language channels as appropriate to the success of their businesses. Our dedication to quality and client-focus proves that delivering quality with good old-fashioned customer service never becomes outdated.”
-- Bill Labbon, Managing Director

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