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B. Danielle Watkins: Lesbian, Author, Screenwriter, Film Maker

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with lesbian entrepreneur B. Danielle Watkins.

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Like most professionals, Danielle’s path started on a winding trail lead by her passion for writing. Her writing grew into publishing full novels and a trilogy. A friend asked for her help in writing a screenplay and, BAM she was hooked. This event changed the course of her primary focus to work in the film industry. For a few years, Danielle worked for a production company being a principal screenwriter. As her passion, knowledge, and skill grew Danielle branched off on her own to form her own film production company. Currently, she works on short episodes and short films coving a range of topics while most are underpinned with topics that are raw, tragic, and sheds light on fractions of society underexplored and underrepresented in contemporary media.

To connect with Danielle find her on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/daniellewatkins/

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What Does a Professional (Human) Translator Do?

A translator is someone who converts the written word from one language to another. The most important requirement is that they be fluent in English and at least one other language. A translator is a specialist in more than one field, from basic ones like greetings to scientific, more complicated like nuclear engineering. To be a translator from one language to another, a person has to learn all the time. There are always new things that a translator can learn. Translators have help in CAT tools and machine translating software. Although artificial intelligence translation tools have made significant advances in the past few years, they are not without error and some of those errors could be costly making your business or project look unprofessional and miss opportunities.

Machine Only Translation Blunders

For example, taking one language and doing a strictly literal translation can sometimes create near comical results is using only AI tools and/or a translator not proficient in the common everyday use of the language with all the nuances. Take for instance messages you receive on LinkedIn or in your email. You have likely received a message recently here in 2020 with an introduction of “My Dearest….” or even “My Darling”. No American or any native English speaker anywhere today starts off a business communication like that – Full Stop Period. That is unless you are trying to sound like a 1940’s romance novel. Today it frankly sound creepy and is 99.99% sure to be SPAM. It wreaks of SPAM signals that will get your site, profile and email blocked.

If your business depends on foreign markets you should, NO, you MUST use a professional human translator who is fluent in your target audience’s language. Else, you are losing opportunities by not being viewed as credible.

What kinds of projects might you use a translator for?

  • Website text
  • Blog text
  • Video/movie subtitles
  • Print material text
  • SEO localization
  • Whitepaper text
  • Articles and Press Release text
  • Speech/Industry Talks translation
  • Client/customer templates messages such as prospecting and support
  • Any form of communication
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What tools do professional translators use?

Most professional translators use some type of translation memory software, often called TM. The term Computer Assisted Translation is also used.

These programs compare each sentence in the text with previously translated sentences and phrases, to generate a possible translation. Then the human translator modifies this translation as needed.
There are many advantages to this. Mainly, the translator does not have to retranslate stock phrases or common terminology over and over again. They also have features to check for accuracy in numbers, or that a translator has translated certain terms consistently throughout the entire document. Many Programs today also let the translator send a phrase or sentence to be translated by an outside source, for example, a TM server run by an agency, or a machine translation service such as Google Translate.

There are several companies that offer the software and they all do more or less the same thing. They each have strengths and weaknesses. Some are more expensive and have more features. Some software is better suited for people working on very large projects that cannot be accomplished by one translator in the given time. The one I use is most suited for an individual freelance translator.
All of them should be used only by a translator. In fact, I believe it is much better for a translator to work without such a program, at least in the beginning, and then use the program only once they have learned the basics of translation.

Translators in some fields, such as marketing, sales catalogs, etc. don’t like to use TM. They say that it inhibits their creativity, and the result will sound too much like a translation.
Another type of translation that is growing is the post-editing of machine translation. In this method, a machine translation program is used to generate a first draft. Then a human translator revises it. The machine translations are getting better, but for now, most individual translators do not like to do this work. It’s usually not as interesting and some translators find that machine produced translations have strange and annoying errors in them. Also, the client in those cases often does not pay the translator as much. But the software is getting better, and most of us will be doing something along those lines in the future.

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What are the different types of language translators?

Three main types of translation are human translation, machine translation, and post-edited machine translation. So you can call a person or a computer translator. And if it’s the former, you can distinguish translators based on what type of translation they specialize in.

So some distinguish between literary (prose, poetry, plays) and informative (scientific, technical, newspapers, documents etc) translation, on the one hand, and between written and oral translation (or interpretation), on the other hand. So there are interpreters and translators, and translators could be grouped into literary translators, science translators, technical translators and so on (the grouping is based on what kinds of works a translator translates).

And also there are two different types of interpreting: consecutive interpreting (the interpreter speaks after the source-language speaker has finished speaking) and simultaneous interpretation (the interpreter translates the message in the target-language as quickly as he or she can formulate it from the source language, while the source-language speaker continuously speaks).
Also, you can distinguish between intralingual translation (translation within the same language, which can involve rewording or paraphrase), interlingual translation (translation from one language to another), and intersemiotic translation (translation of the verbal sign by a non-verbal sign, for example, music or image). So you can say there are intralingual translators, interlingual translators, and intersemiotic translators.

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LGBTQ Entrepreneurs – Are You Happy

Being an entrepreneur is challenging. The LGBTQ entrepreneur can face additional challenges that our couterparts likely won’t face such as biased limitations to captial funding to launch or grow your business, access to business mentors, hurdles to reach revenue growth due to biases, lack of strong suplier diversity practices, and so much more. This can lead to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer business owner to still in today’s time hide their true self causing yet other stresses.

Happiness is important. There are some LGBTQ entrepreneurs who have sacrificed their health, sanity, happiness, life balance, and personal relationships in pursuit of success. Like all professionals, LGBTQ entrepreneurs who are authentically happy, are those who have found a way to balance all of the various facets of their life.

Happiness matters, more than you might realize. It’s important to your physical and mental health and in your resiliency in the face of challenges and crises. Additionally, your happiness is important to the happiness of those close to you, the community at large, and the success of your business.

Are You Happy?

  • Do you feel you are working on supporting your big “why” that sparked your passion that sparked the idea of your startup in the beginning?
  • Do you feel you have quality time with your life-partner, family, and friends?
  • Are you taking the time to focus on your physical health – taking care of yourself?
  • Are you “out” in your professional life?

Would You Change?

It is often said that no one on their death bed wishes they spent more time at the office, more time marketing and pursuing customers or more time perfecting the fundraising pitch deck. Most say they wish they spent more time being present physically and mentally with those they care about.

Take a moment, now or schedule it. Take a walk and really think about this. Are you happy in all facets of your full life and if not why?

What small changes can you make to work on that? We’d love for you to comment and begin a discussion of the struggles, opportunities, strategies, and success – in happiness you have encountered. Are you putting on your busy calendar time for yourself and time with others? If not, give yourself permission to just do it.

As we are going through the COVID-19 it has added a whole other level of stresses. Things to consider putting on our calender as you can while still being safe:

  • Once a month catch up call with a long distant relative or friend.
  • Weekly or bi-weekly special date night with your life-partner – doing something that makes the day or evening special quality time to stay deeply connected. Share some ideas in the comments.
  • Do you have kids? Consider a board game night or other unplugged activities that allow interaction, discussion, and fun. What other ideas do you have?
  • Consider some alone time too – maybe that is walking around your neighborhood or parks. While walking listen to the birds and crickets, relaxing music, or even podcasts on topics you enjoy. Maybe your alone time is starting or rekindling a meditation practice. What activities work for you that you could recommend to others?
  • Are you involved in any local charities? If not, consider volunteering a few hours a month.
  • Get and stay fit. Exercising releases happy mood endorphins. With COVID-19 you might be stuck in-home workouts, but luckily there are tons of free instructional videos on YouTube with both male and female instructors.
  • Due to COVID-19 are you in or near financial ruin? Have you considered bankruptcy? How are you dealing with that?
  • If not out as a business owner, would you like to talk to others and to get their stories and support?

What resources would you recommend to others? What has been working well for you? What areas would you like to find support in?

Please share those in the comments.

Consider joining the private Out:Startups group here on OutBüro to connect with other business owners, share ideas, methods, and all tactics in a safe space where you can be yourself.

Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce Launches Supporting Entrepreneurs

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The Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce, based in Boston. will be become an entrepreneur resource for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer business owners in the state. The goal of the new LGBT Chamber of Commerce is ‘to create an inclusive economic growth environment by promoting opportunities among LGBT-owned and allied businesses, corporations and professionals. The Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker and regional mayor Alex Morse

attended the opening along with local LGBT community leaders, community allies and of course business owners interested in learning more and looking to get involved. Officially it opened its doors on September 24th with a kick-off party hosted The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. It is located at 50 Milk Street, 15th Floor, Boston, MA 02109.

Revenue Generation is Key Focus

Grace Moreno, Executive Director of the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce, stated,”The chamber’s mandate ‘is putting more revenue in the pockets of LGBT-owned businesses.”

As an advocate and link, the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce seeks to promote economic growth and viability for LGBT-owned and allied businesses, corporations, and professionals throughout the Commonwealth. We do this through advocacy, educational, and collaborative efforts, such as:

  • Creating sustainable economic growth and opportunities for LGBT businesses
  • Giving corporate partners and allied businesses interested in building their supplier diversity an opportunity to directly access and connect with LGBT businesses
  • Offering education and training to facilitate certification of LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBE)
  • Working with local and state agencies to promote supplier diversity, thus, enabling LGBT businesses to flourish

Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC Inc. a technology software firm based in Boston, said that ”Becoming a founding member of the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber was ‘an easy decision. Diversity and inclusion are essential to any organization’s creativity, growth, and success, and we recognize their role in helping to drive the innovative and nurturing spirit that makes us not only a great place to work but also a company people can feel proud of doing business with.”

Progressing Forward

LGBTI representation is currently a hot topic for the people of Massachusetts in the lead up the US midterm elections on November 6.

Among the questions on the ballots, voters will be asked whether they want to keep or repeal a law protecting transgender people in the state.

This is in reference to Senate Bill 2407 from 2016, which is designed to prohibit discrimination of people in public areas regardless of their gender identity. Groups advocating repealing the law have released transphobic political ads which are being broadcast in Massachusetts, which suggests that sexual predators will take advantage of laws which are designed to protect the trans community.


Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Phone
857.529.8010

Email
info@malgbtcc.org

Address
50 Milk Street, 15th Floor, Boston, MA 02109

Twitter
@MALGBTCC

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/malgbtcc/


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10 Tips for LGBT Startup Entrepreneurs

An increasing number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer professionals are exploring the potential of starting their own company to become an LGBT entrepreneur. It sounds like an ideal job to work for yourself, to have no ceiling on your income potential, set your own daily schedule and do something you are passionate about and really believe in. And who knows. From being a dog groomer to dreams of becoming the next billion-dollar tech startup. The possibilities are almost limitless.

However, the harsh reality is, being self-employed can quickly become a burden and headache if not tackled in the right way. 20% of small businesses fail in their first year, 30% of small business fail in their second year, and 50% of small businesses fail after five years in business. Finally, 30% of small business owners fail in their 10th year in business. Such statistics are scary, but it reinforces the importance of knowing the key principles of entrepreneurship before setting off on an expensive venture.

1. Passion Drives

When looking at all the of hard work, long hours and financial commitment being passionate about what the business, industry, and clients can go a long way to sustain you during the startup and down times. Check out our article titled “Want to be an LGBT Entrepreneur? How to Start Business

2. Research It

No matter how much passion you have for something you also need to be somewhat convenienced that there is a market for your business. Check out our article titled ““>Market Research for LGBT Business Startups for a bit more information.

3. Support

Hopefully, you have the family, a life partner, and friends who believe in your vision and support you in any way they can. If not already consider joining your local LGBT Chamber of Commerce in your area. It’s a great way to not only stir business opportunities but also to network with peers for business coaching success support. Consider finding a mentor in that group or via OutBüro to be a business coach mentor either overall or within a particular area such as marketing or finance. As a small startup, you may be very knowledgeable about what you do, but as a business owner starting out you have to wear many hats and do it all or pay for it to be done. Getting coaching guidance can help you be effective and cut valuable dollars from hiring others. If you have success and talent to share with a startup entrepreneur you may also consider being a mentor to someone else and help grow the LGBT business community.

4. You have a Life – Hopefully

Launching and growing a business can be mentally and physically draining, in addition, to financially which all can add a huge amount of stress to your life. You have to take care of yourself first, your family, love and social relationships. Schedule time for the gym or other physical activities and outings with those that love and support you. If needed actually schedule this time so that your calendar app automatically reminds you of these important activities. This will aid in maintaining a balanced life and so can give your business all your energy when it’s time to focus on that. Ensure the business doesn’t 120% consume you.

5. Start Local/Small

Every business has to start small. Even Facebook and LinkedIn had small beginnings. Check out our article titled “The LGBT Entrepreneur10 Steps to the Perfect Business Plan”. Every business no matter the industry needs to prove there is an existing market. To get a good idea of your market review our article titled “Market Research for LGBT Business Startups”.

6. Cash Flow

Entrepreneurs have varying definitions of what this means, but at its core, cash flow is the most important factor in your early business’ success or failure. Without a positive cash flow, even the best business ideas will be bankrupt.

7. Lean and Mean

It’s easy to churn through cash in the business start-up stage when new entrepreneurs put their valuable early limited funds toward things like a cool downtown office space and provide employee perks that make working in the office seem like a trip to Dave and Busters.

It’s important to keep overhead low, especially during the startup phase. Keep a lean team and don’t sign up for unnecessary ongoing expenses. There are many ways to raise business capital. For ideas take a look at our article titled “How to Raise Money for Your LGBT Owned Business”. Check out our resource article titled “LGBT Entrepreneur Startup Venture Capital Funding” for a listing of venture capital who are LGBT themselves and/or open to business owners just like you.

8. Simple and Focused

So many entrepreneurs get exuberant about investing in trademarks, patents, complicated legal agreements, and company structures. However, these can drain your funds and time when you may be better off focusing on building your product or service, creating brand recognition in the most cost-effective manner you can, and an initial customer/client base.

9. Minimum and Grow

Craw, walk and then run is a great way to consider launching your business. In business, this is also termed as the minimum viable product (MVP), which is a product/service with just enough features/services to gain early customers and provide them with the value they appreciate and that you can do well. During this time is where you’ll acquire valuable feedback from the clients/customers/users to hone and grow your product/service.

10. Just Enough Talent

As an entrepreneur, you have to do so many jobs. It’s tempting to add staff, but really consider what a minimum viable team looks like before investing in employees. Check out our articles titled “LGBT Entrepreneurs Hiring Your First Employee”, and “How to Build a Great Team in Your LGBT Owned Business”.

We hope you found this and the related articles helpful. Do you have other tips? Please comment below. Join an OutBüro to discuss topics of related business ownership with your peers. If you don’t see a group you’d like, start it or use the Support | Contact Us form to request a new group be created. You may further use your OutBüro profile to post blog articles about your business or industry and content for all LGBT professionals and entrepreneurs to learn from. It is your community. Become an active part of it today.

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Beneficial or Lame? LGBT Business Page Reappears on SBA Site

The United States has an estimated 1.4 million LGBT owned companies. This number, however, is very hard to determine because still, so many professionals fear publicly being out. The United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) came under fire shortly after the Trump inauguration (Jan 2017) for removing pages focused on content for LGBT entrepreneur business owner community. The gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community face obstacles in the form of prejudice and exclusion. This bias has real business implications as limited access to capital to launch or grow their business, lack of mentors in many fields of business as most start-ups need along with other resources generally taken for granted.

LGBT business owners contribute over $1.7 trillion to the U.S. economy. LGBT business owners are innovators, job creators, taxpayers, and providers of essential services in the communities they serve.

Reps. Clarke and Velazquez, both from New York, who serve on the House Committee on Small Business, wrote a letter to SBA Administrator Linda McMahon soon after their disappearance inquiring about the reason for their removal from the SBA site. In August 2017 SBA officials promised the committee members the agency’s site was under construction “with strategies to launch the pages with a focus on LGBT business owners in the not too distant future,” reported Representatives Velazquez and Clarke.

Roma Daravi, the SBA’s acting press secretary, said: “SBA is an inclusive agency, proud to support all small businesses including the LGBT community.”

Terry Sutherland, the SBA’s media office manager, said “As you’d expect with any new government coming into office, government sites go through a review and reconstruction. the national as more policies have been developed the sites will soon be populated with much more info.”SBA - LGBT Business Onwer Page Added May 17 2018 - OutBuro - Employer Reviews Rating Gay Networking Professional Lesbian Entrepreneur Bisexual Transgender Queer Network Community

Beneficial or Lame?

So now a full year and a half after the removal of the SBA LGBT Small Business Page, the site due to Reps. Clarke and Velazquez pressure is back up. It took 17 months to create their page.  When the page appears to have taken a mere 17 minutes to type and post at most. This basic and scant content didn’t require a “strategy” to develop. That is clear.

Of the 77 LGBT Chambers of Commerce & Business Alliances Supporting Entrepreneurs OutBüro is aware of in the United States, the SBA site lists that it has a partnership with 6. That’s roughly 7.5% of the easily found known and in active LGBT Chambers of Commerce organizations in the United States.

Maybe the SBA in hast to put anything out they just slapped this together in 17 minutes. They could have taken another 2 minutes to put a sentence staying this is a growing list and ask the public to submit additional resources. Something. Anything to make this not come across as pathetic.  They simply provide an email for more information – (lgbt@sba.gov).

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Let’s Lead

Here at OutBüro w,e are actively compiling resource listings for LGBT entrepreneurs, professionals and students. Yes, it’s intensive work. When reviewing them if you find any information that needs correction or are aware of a resource not listed, please use the Contact Us form found under the Support menu and just drop us a quick message with a link to the company/organization main website or primary social media account.

In the works:

  • LGBT Professional Associations
  • LGBT / Friendly Business Investors
  • LGBT Entrepreneur / Start-Up Resources
  • LGBT Internships
  • LGBT Scholarships

Are you aware of any company/organization that fits those categories or other suggestions? Please use the Contact Us form found under the Support menu and just drop us a quick message. We’d love to consider your ideas and contribution.

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