Membership Spotlight: GVS, Spanish Language Solutions

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

 

There’s a new business in town that you may have not heard of before. GVS, Spanish Language Solutions was created in response to the growing need for well-trained and professional interpreters and translators. They have experience and formal training interpreting medical, educational, technical, legal and social service settings. They also translate all types of documents, from Spanish to English, or vice versa. Gilda White started her business in December of 2017 and has been very busy ever since. Currently, she is a team of two with one other person assisting with the English translation. Her two daughters are also very interested in the business and helpful. Gilda’s daughter Sarah is in charge of office supplies and Victoria answers the phone and sets appointment times. And they get paid too! “This is a family business,” says Gilda. “I hope one day that my daughters can take it over.”

Gilda started this business in response to the huge need for services like this in our area. Hispanics are the fastest growing population in the U.S. and even more growth is expected in the future. She has over ten years of experience in interpretation and translation. Spanish is her native language, but she also speaks and writes English fluently. She is a member of the American Translators Association (ATA), the Minnesota Health Care Interpreter Roster, and the Upper Midwest Translators and Interpreters Association (UMTIA). She loves working with the Hispanic Community and assisting them with communication solutions. “The quantity of people I work with is not as important as the quality of the work I give to the people I work with,” says Gilda. “I don’t want to have a thousand clients and not even know who the people I work with are,” she says.

But there are a lot of people in need of these services in Stevens and surrounding counties. Gilda did not expect to help the amount of people she did in one year. She helped as many people in a year as she had for a goal to help within three years! “I wish I could clone myself to have more help!” she says with a laugh. She also added that there are so many things to accomplish, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. She wants to thank the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission for helping her get GVS started because starting a new business can be overwhelming and time consuming. The community in general has been very supportive as well.

Gilda and her two daughters have been in Morris since 2014 and love it here; they do not plan on ever leaving. “It’s the only place since I moved to the states 17 years ago I could call home,” Gilda says. Before this, she lived in Houston, San Antonio, and Minneapolis. Gilda says both her and her daughters truly feel to be an important part of the community.

For more information on GVS Language Solutions, or to receive services, you can email them at: gildawhiter2017@gmail.com or gildawhite.itr@gmail.com. You can also call them at (320) 288-9784.

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