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Minnesota Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year INGCO International Translates Women’s Leadership into Community Service

Release Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Release Number: 
20.19.MN
Contact: 
Sarah Swenty, 202-431-7587, sarah.swenty@sba.gov

MINNEAPOLIS – The U.S. Small Business Administration has named INGCO International the 2020 Minnesota Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year. In recognition of National Small Business Week, SBA’s Minnesota District will recognize its 2020 state winners at local events in the weeks ahead.

“One of SBA’s key priorities is to support women-owned small businesses,” said SBA Minnesota District Director, Brian McDonald. “INGCO International provide a great example of how supporting those businesses provides crucial support for the communities, employees, and families they are helping to thrive.”

Founder and President Ingrid Christensen leads INGCO International, a global language firm that specializes in document translation and interpreting in over 200 languages across the globe. INGCO International is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise and Woman-Owned Small Business.

After spending a year abroad in Denmark as a rotary exchange student, Christensen earned her degree from the University of Minnesota in Spanish and Latino studies with a capstone focused on violence against women along the US/Mexico border. Christensen went on to become certified in translation and interpretation and provided freelance translation until earning her MBA from Hamline University.

She soon realized there was an opportunity to serve the local immigrant and refugee community in Minnesota. Holding the value that all people deserve equal access to information and clear communication regardless of their background, she founded INGCO International in 2006.

Christensen strategically used SBA resource partners as she built her vision. Working with WomenVenture, SCORE, DEED and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Christensen secured leadership development, scholarships, counseling and grants. She grew INGCO International into a team with 10 employees and over 3,000 linguist contractors around the globe. 

Now, INGCO International is a complete language service provider, specializing in translation, corporate interpreting and community interpreting. In addition to working with Fortune 500 companies including 3M, HB Fuller and Nike, Christensen and her team give back to the community. INGCO has provided linguists pro bono to help with local emergencies and with organizations like Fraser and the Red Cross.

In recognition of National Small Business Week, which is taking place the third week of September, SBA’s Minnesota District will recognize its 2020 state winners at local events in the weeks ahead. At the national level, the SBA is hosting a national three-day virtual event Sept. 22-24 featuring conference numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy. The SBA also will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year. For registration and additional information on National Small Business Week, visit sba.gov/NSBW.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/mn.