WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today named CETRA Language Solutions, of Elkins Park, PA, one of seven finalists for the 2012 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club®. CETRA Language Solutions will be honored during America’s Small Business Summit, May 21–23, in Washington, D.C., where a national winner will be announced and will receive a $10,000 cash prize, courtesy of the U.S. Chamber.
“CETRA Language Solutions is a shining example of the power of free enterprise and the opportunities it can create for America’s doers and dreamers,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “CETRA Language Solutions is driving growth and creating jobs in the Elkins Park, PA community and contributing to the strength of America’s economy. Our economic recovery will be fueled by small businesses like CETRA Language Solutions and their dedicated workers. Today we congratulate them on this achievement and encourage them to continue pursuing the American Dream.”
Located in Elkins Park, PA, CETRA Language Solutions offers translation and interpretation services to corporate and government clients in nearly 100 languages. After coming to the United States as a political refugee from Czechoslovakia, Jiri Stejskal began receiving free lance work as a Czech translator. Stejskal incorporated CETRA in 1997 and quickly began expanding. CETRA’s unique employee benefits included thanking staff for reaching goals company goals with trips for the entire staff and their families. Committed to serving their community, CETRA financially supports local and national organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, and Translators Without Borders.
The DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award pays tribute to businesses that excel in the areas of staff training and motivation, community involvement, customer service, and strategy. One finalist from each of seven regions was selected out of the 75 Blue Ribbon Award winners. The winner will be announced at an awards luncheon on May 22.
“Small businesses are often described as the pulse or backbone of our country, and we admire the drive and initiative that it takes for their owners to be successful,” said Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam’s Club. “Fifty years ago, Walmart Stores, Inc. was founded as a small business, facing many of the same challenges and opportunities then that these businesses face today. We join them in celebrating this honor and the spirit of entrepreneurship that makes these businesses successful.”
To learn more about the summit, visit www.uschambersummit.com.
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