Eriksen Translations President Joins NYC Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner of Small Business Services to Announce Major New Initiative

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On February 7, Eriksen’s president and CEO Vigdis Eriksen joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner of Small Business Services Robert Walsh at a press conference to announce new initiatives to improve government services for growing enterprises.

Eriksen Translations president and CEO Vigdis Eriksen joined New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Department of Small Business Services commissioner Robert Walsh, and a small group of business leaders in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday morning to announce the first steps to dramatically expand the online capacity of NYC Business Solutions, the City's comprehensive business assistance program. The cornerstone of the expansion will be “Business Express,” a Web site currently under development that will allow small business owners to set up personal accounts and get the help they need to start and grow their businesses, access incentives, as well as secure necessary permits and licenses from multiple agencies at the same time.

“Eriksen Translations' collaboration with the Department of Small Business Services is a prime example of the kind of relationships we want to foster with businesses throughout the city,” explained Commissioner Walsh. Having worked together with the Department of Small Business Services and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Eriksen was awarded a Building Skills in New York State training grant for $41,291 last November. Eriksen employees are currently participating in training that will keep the company on the forefront of evolving technologies and business practices.

With Ms. Eriksen at his side, the mayor stated, “Since day one, we have worked tirelessly to make the City of New York the most business-friendly city in the nation. The City’s Department of Small Business Services has become the premier point of contact for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking for help." Along with the "Business Express” Web site, the Department plans to establish 17 new NYC Business Solution Centers, and launch a new real estate selector tool as the City’s only no-cost Web site where businesses can find a comprehensive inventory of available industrial and retail spaces in all five boroughs.

Though Eriksen has worked with several city agencies for many years, and continues to develop relationships with offices and organizations at all levels of government, this type of collaboration sets a new standard for Eriksen's community involvement. “As a language services provider, I have always been committed to bridging cultural gaps around me, but it’s an honor to benefit from the same kind of thinking on the business level. I’m very proud to help the Mayor and the City of New York promote this wonderful resource,” said Ms. Eriksen.

About Eriksen Translations

Eriksen Translations Inc. is a leading provider of multilingual services in over 99 languages, including translation, interpreting, typesetting, project management, Web localization, and cultural consulting. Founded in 1986, Eriksen helps organizations in a broad range of industries excel across print, desktop, and Web environments in the domestic and global marketplace. For more information, please visit http://www.erikseninc.com.

About the New York City Department of Small Business Services

The Department of Small Business Services makes it easier for companies in New York City to form, do business and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, promoting financial and economic opportunity among minority- and women-owned businesses, preparing New Yorkers for jobs and linking employers with a skilled and qualified workforce. For more information, please visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/home.html.

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