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Reflections of an Arlington Entrepreneur: Laura Bergamini

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In this new interview series, we meet our Arlington Entrepreneurs Premium members. Get to know Laura Bergamini of Langzone.

 

Tell us about your business.  Who do you serve? What difference do you make for your clients or customers?

After working as an in-house translator for a large multinational company for a couple of years, I decided to start my own business. That was 1991, the year my daughter was born, and I’ve been at it every since.

As a native Italian speaker, I have been providing localization services for over 25 years from my Arlington home office. Localization encompasses not only a simple process of translating content from one language to the other, but rather a whole gamut of issues relating to cultural adaptation, transcription, and at times, straight recreation of culturally-appropriate texts.

Serving diversified clients – software/hardware development, manufacturing, engineering, medical and pharmaceutical, life science, food & beverage, automotive, just to name a few – I provide written translations of English materials meant for the Italian market, and I have built a tight network of translators in other language combinations, thoroughly vetted and with many decades of combined experience. This has allowed me to work with direct clients, bypassing translation agencies, to provide highly customizable services and build long-lasting relationships. Advantages for clients are: cost transparency, higher quality and better pricing (no middle-man taking a cut), faster turnaround times.

What’s your next major business goal?

My major business goal, looking ahead, is to expand my services by providing training and workshops to companies who have their own in-house localization teams on the use of specific tools to increase output without sacrificing quality.

Why are you a member of Arlington Entrepreneurs?

I became a member of AE as a means to give back to the community where I’ve lived for most of my professional life. As a self-employed professional who works at home, I often feel isolated and lack social opportunities in a business context. I think I have something to offer to the community of local entrepreneurs, but I also have a lot to gain from other professionals’ experiences and perspectives.

What advice or tips would you like to share with other Arlington Entrepreneurs?

Get involved in your local community – you have nothing to lose but a lot to gain! Participate in events, expand your skills by learning from other professionals, or find people to offload tasks you are not good at (case in point: bookkeeping). Share your knowledge by giving a seminar or a workshop, it’s a great way to expand your customer base and be known in your community.

How can we learn more about what you do?

By visiting my websites: www.ital10n.com and www.langzone.com

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Reflections of an Arlington Entrepreneur: Maureen E. Igoe

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In this new interview series, we meet our Arlington Entrepreneurs Premium members. Get to know Maureen E. Igoe, MBA, CLTC, CRPC of Amerprise Financial Services, Inc.

Tell us about your business? Who do you serve?  What difference do you make to your clients?

I work with my clients to help them achieve their full financial potential using the resources they have.  My clients are successful professionals working to provide for a better life for themselves, their families and their communities.

I help clients take the time to focus their overall financial health and keep them on track to reach their short term and long term financial independence and to achieve freedom from financial stress.

What’s your next business goal?

My next business goal is to reach a better work and life balance to stay healthy so that I can continue to collaborate with my clients for years to come.

Why are you a member of Arlington Entrepreneurs?

I enjoy meeting new people, staying connected with our local community and appreciate the workshops offered through Arlington Entrepreneurs.    There are so many interesting, inspiring, compassionate and energetic members of our group – I always learn something new at our meetings.

What advice or tips would you like to share with other Arlington Entrepreneurs?

My best advice to other AE members is to continue to follow your passion and enjoy your work.  Take on clients you enjoy working with and who respect you and your expertise.  Ask for referrals, i.e. tell your clients and network who you can help and who you enjoy working with.

How can we learn more about what you do?

Please visit my website: www.ameripriseadvisors.com/maureen.e.igoe  for more details about my financial practice.  I am available for an initial complimentary consultation to learn more about how I help my clients and how I might be able to help you with your financial questions.

Would you like to be featured on the Arlington Entrepreneurs website? These profiles are just one of many benefits of Arlington Entrepreneurs Premium membership.  Learn more at  http://arlingtonentrepreneurs.org/membership-has-its-privileges/

Reflections of an Arlington Entrepreneur: Margy Rydzynski

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In this new interview series, we meet our Arlington Entrepreneurs Premium members. We begin with Margy Rydznksi, founder and Community Manager of Arlington Entrepreneurs. 

 

Tell us about your business.  Who do you serve? What difference do you make for your clients or customers?

Arlington Entrepreneurs is a networking and business development organization for people who are self-employed. We’ve been in business 10 – 12 years.

Freelancers and all other members of the “gig economy” have unique needs which other business organizations may not prioritize. For example, freelance workers often work in isolation, even if they’re at a coffee shop or co-working center. Arlington Entrepreneurs offers a wide range of social and networking activities designed to get people out of their offices and into the world where they can enjoy the company of other entrepreneurs and also get essential networking done with a group of people who share their needs and skills.

Freelance workers have to wear many hats. They are their own product developers, marketers, accountants, social media and newsletter publishers and computer support specialists. At the same time, they’re running a specific business. Needless to say, many who work in this environment are at a disadvantage since they the lack the financial resources and expertise to manage all these responsibilities. To meet this need, Arlington Entrepreneurs offers a series of educational networking seminars, often with follow up activities or “office hours” for those needing more help with a certain set of tasks.

Arlington Entrepreneurs is also working on some computer infrastructure products such as self-guided WordPress websites and the ability to create virtual classrooms, publish podcasts, set up e-commerce sites and more. The AE website itself is set up like a social network, where members get their own profile page and can interact with other members. Members can also join groups and host their own events, among other things.

AE’s emphasis on combating isolation and providing skills where and when needed has given it a strong community identity. Many have said that events run by Arlington Entrepreneurs are very different from other networking organizations.

What’s your next major business goal?

Arlington Entrepreneurs started out as a free resource. In the intervening years it has become one of the few voices for independent workers. Given its current size and scope of activities, it’s become crucial for the network to create a viable revenue stream. The organization convened an Advisory Board in 2016 and is currently working towards meeting this goal. It also began to consult with the Center for Women and Enterprise in 2018.

What advice or tips would you like to share with other Arlington Entrepreneurs?

Computer literacy is critical to the success of any business, especially very small ones. I would advise members to become more active on the site itself and also make it a point to attend at least the networking seminars. We have a lot to offer but it’s up to each individual member to take advantage of the resources that are available. I would also urge members to create and manage groups within the larger network. Group managers can run their own events, link their website or blog to the group and create forum-like conversations to ask and answer questions or work out joint strategies.

How can we learn more about what you do?

As the Community Manager of Arlington Entrepreneurs, I make it a point to be as available as possible to members or others considering joining the organization. Send me an email and we’ll meet for coffee! Come to an event and meet us in person. We also have a set of very dedicated Advisory Board members who would love to meet you and help you join our community. We’re here to help you!

Would you like to be featured on the Arlington Entrepreneurs website? These profiles are just one of many benefits of Arlington Entrepreneurs Premium membership.  Learn more at  http://arlingtonentrepreneurs.org/membership-has-its-privileges/