Translating Success

Translating Success from One Country to the Next

Jeannette Houchens moved to the United States from Colombia, South America in 2004, leaving behind a career in translations. When she was ready to go back to work after starting her family, Jeannette found she still had the same passion for languages and translating that she did in her home country. After noticing a lack of professional interpreters and translators, she founded HIT Services. HIT Services is a multilingual interpretation and translation company located in Greenville, SC. Jeannette was able to grow her business with the help of CommunityWorks and continue her journey towards financial independence.

With the desire to grow her company and ensure her sacrifices and hard work would create a better life for her family, Jeannette discovered CommunityWorks through the Clemson Business Development Center. Much of her loan was used to purchase advertising materials and build her company’s website. It also helped to pay administrative expenses, such as employee salaries and insurances required for compliance.

Education and Partnerships

Jeannette believes education in all forms from work and life experience to formal programs like the Greenville Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator, of which she is currently participating, have helped to shape her as a more successful business owner and translator. Jeannette also attended Greenville Technical College. She credits these programs and CommunityWorks with assisting her to think bigger and feel like she is capable of reaching higher goals.

“Working with CommunityWorks has been a great experience, they care about and take the time to understand what your needs are so they can guide you and provide you with the help that you need. It has been great working with Archie Johnson, and everyone else there.”
-Jeannette Houchens