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Who We Are

The Association

The Association of Language Companies (ALC) is a U.S.-based international trade association, representing businesses that provide language services to any type of client. As a trade association, it is also our responsibility to represent the industry to the rest of the world. ALC is focused on increasing visibility and positions itself as the voice of the industry in the United States. ALC brings together the people that lead these companies so that we can all learn from each other. These connections develop into strong partnerships, and even friendships. ALC gives companies opportunities to find each other for collaboration, networking, knowledge sharing, and mentoring.



Our Members

ALC members are professional companies that provide translation, interpretation, localization, language testing, language training, and other language services across the globe. Our membership includes companies based in the United States, but also numerous companies in the rest of North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Learn more about Language Service Companies (LSC) and what they do, or find an LSC now if you need help with any language services.



The Story of ALC


  • The idea is born 2001
    Nine LSC owners at the ATA Conference in Los Angeles discussed - in the hotel bar of course - the need for an association just for language service companies and their executives.
    Our Founders
  • ALC is officially incorporated 2002
  • First ALC Conference 2003
    The first large meeting for ALC was in Portland, Oregon.
    See all of our Conferences
  • ALC Roundtables begin 2004
    We hold regular local-focused in-person meetups for companies in different regions to discuss topics important to them.
    Learn More
  • ALC Survey begins 2004
    Randy Morgan, on behalf of the ALC, begins a global survey of ALC members to give LSCs the incredibly detailed metrics they needed to benchmark themselves to success.
    Get the Survey
  • Membership triples in less than a year 2005
    We're growing so fast. Obviously the language industry needed an association like the ALC.
  • First ALC Townhall 2006
    ALC launches a first-of-its-kind townhall-style session where the attendees pick the topics for breakout groups to discuss.
  • First ALC UnConference 2013
    ALC pioneered the unconference format in the language industry, with this event in West Palm Beach, Florida.
    See all of our UnConferences
  • AIM initiative launched 2014
    With the All-Inclusive-Membership initiative, ALC was the first to recognize the many language-related private companies that did not provide translation and interpretation but still needed a trade association to support them.
  • William "Bill" Graeper Award created 2017
    In honor of one of the founders and visionaries of the ALC, and a tireless force on behalf of the industry overall, we created this award to recognize those that embody Uncle Bill's lifetime commitment to our industry.
    Learn about Uncle Bill
  • First Advocacy Forum 2018
    To address the growing need to act on government regulations such as employment classification, ALC and JNCL-NCLIS cohost educational sessions and coordinate meetings with US Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of our businesses.
  • ASTM F3130 2018
    For seven years, many of ALC's leaders worked with ASTM to build the first ever global standard to certify language companies as reputable and professional.
    Read about all standards
  • ALC Bridge launches 2019
    This unique platform is for employers seeking to fill positions with skilled language talent and for educators looking to develop student talent by offering language courses tailored to those needs.
    Discover ALC Bridge
  • First Industry Lobbyist 2020
    The ALC retains Dr. Bill Rivers as the first lobbyist specifically for the language services industry in the US.
    Read the announcement

You can read the ALC bylaws here.


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