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The Benefits of Having an ALC Membership

Friday, July 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: ALC

The year 2020 will be remembered as the year the Language Industry faced changes and new challenges. The ALC has been at the forefront in bringing together language company owners, experts, and resources to help our members find the knowledge and help they need to succeed. We invite you to Join us!

Who is the ALC?

The Association of Language Companies (ALC) is an association designed for all Language Service Companies (LSC) throughout North America and abroad. ALC’s collaborative environment helps stimulate business development while promoting shared learning and government advocacy.

Here are some ways that ALC is working to bring value to our members:

Networking: The ALC has almost 200 active member companies across a number of categories around the world, including new and emerging companies, as well as a number of members from the Nimdzi Top 100 list. The ALC brings together LSCs, technology partners and industry vendors who can help strengthen businesses to propel organizations to the next level. Our members become more prominent within the industry, building long-term partnerships, and become surrounded with like-minded industry leaders which are all very tangible benefits of networking in the ALC community.

Education: Becoming a member of ALC provides ample opportunities for continuing education. Stay current with the latest trends, developments, skills and technology within the industry by participating in ALC events such as: the ALC Webinar Series, ALC Annual Conference, ALC Annual UnConferenceTM, and the ALC Roundtables & Virtual Roundtable Series.

Advocacy and Influence: With your membership, the ALC can collectively influence local and federal law-makers. ALC’s Government Relations Committee works to understand laws that impact LSCs, inform public opinion and make positive change for the language community. During the times of AB5 and Worker Classification, having the ability to impact legislative decisions is critical to the safety of the industry and those who operate within it.

Exchange of Ideas and Information Sharing: The opportunity to share best practices with peers is one of the greatest benefits of an ALC Membership. ALC provides members-only communications tools like the ALC WhatsApp Closed Group plus in-person events. When ideas and information are shared, members are not only able to improve their own business by remaining informed but can also help shape the industry positively.

What do I get with an ALC Membership?

With each membership to the Association of Language Companies, LSC’s and their employees can take advantage of our various successful programs, which we hope to continue to provide to all LSCs within the community.

Annual ConferenceCome together with peers from around the world for lecture-style presentations and learning sessions on industry-specific topics. Here you will learn about business best practices, latest industry trends and cutting-edge training sessions. Members and non-members alike gather each year to develop better business skills and broaden their knowledge of industry-related issues and solutions which are applicable to their own business. Sessions are hosted by industry leaders and professional speakers, all thought leaders in their area of expertise. All Annual Conference events are at a discounted rate to members. Attending the Annual Conference awards significant networking opportunities, collaboration, and education.

Annual UnConference TM  – Our C-suite retreat for re-engineering your business is your golden opportunity to learn directly from your peers. At an ALC Annual UnConferenceTM each “session” is broken into small roundtable collaborative meetings where you have the opportunity to discuss, work together and learn directly from other LSC leaders on topics specific to your business and your business’s success. These events are not hosted by speakers but by YOU and what is important to your business. All UnConferenceTM events are at a discounted rate to all members and include time for interacting and discussions.

ALC Bridge – The future of learning and career planning is here! ALC Bridge is a platform to help connect students, universities and business leaders to promote successful careers in language. With ALC Bridge you have the ability to share job postings, review resumes of qualified professionals seeking careers in language, learn about universities’ programs specific to language, review resources dedicated to promoting language learning, and better prepare the next generation for careers in language. All memberships to ALC Bridge are complimentary to ALC members.

LSC CertificationALC is raising professional standards by encouraging Language Service Companies to become certified.  To provide our members with more accessibility to industry standards, ALC has partnered with Orion Assessment Services to bring certification to the LSC community at a discount to ALC Members. The ASTM 3130-18 certification Standard Practices for Language Service Companies, outlines basic policies, processes, procedures, and resources needed by a LSC to provide quality services required by their clients. Learn more about becoming ASTM 3130-18 Certified here.

ALC Industry SurveyOur Annual ALC Industry Survey is a comprehensive language service survey that allows the language community to better strategize and grow. Since its inception in 2004, the survey has become a comprehensive tool which affords the language community to strategize and grow by using this key data. Learn more about the 2019 ALC Industry Survey today.

  2019 ALC Language Industry Survey today

ALC Knowledge BankThe ALC Knowledge Bank is our capsule of resources to aid members in different areas. From webinar and conference recordings, to information on Employment Classification, the Knowledge Bank allows an ALC member to quickly and conveniently access member-only documents and online resources.  Learn about state-specific legislation, best practices with tools, tips, and templates, and receive a brief overview of Employment Classification Resources specific to your state.

Government AdvocacyThe ALC is the only language services association keeping an eye out for all of the latest developments regarding issues including Worker Classification and AB5. ALC advocates for:

  • Federal and state legislation ensuring industry growth
  • Existing laws or policies
  • Educating government officials about what companies in our industry do and how our industry is important to the country’s economic success
  • Ensuring the LSC Community has the continued support of federal and local lawmakers

Global Industry Partnerships – The ALC works to advocate, advance, and improve the Language Service Industry around the globe through partnerships with other associations. We all share common goals and come together to collaborate and provide a larger voice for the industry. Through teaming up with other Associations in the Language Industry, ALC is able to provide our members with discounted rates for conference events and additional global resources to members. See our comprehensive list of Partnership Associations here.

ALC RoundtablesIn addition to conference events, ALC also provides our members with in-person or virtual opportunities to connect with like-minded colleagues on timely topics, built through feedback from our members. View more information on the ALC Roundtables Series here.

Member-to-Member CommunicationsALC has implemented a members-only WhatsApp Group Chat where individuals can talk and discuss topics relevant to their business and is also a fun, collaborative environment for people to communicate!

With so much confusion and chaos in the industry right now, aren't you all glad you have this ALC WhatsApp channel to discuss and share your ideas and information with others!

- Chris Carter, President of Intelliglot

 

Join the Association of Language Companies today to become a part of this innovative and dynamic association. Learn more about how to join the Association here. If you have any questions or concerns, please email ALC Headquarters at info@alcus.org.

 


 
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