Juana Horton is always on the go. From one meeting to the next, she blurs to the casual observer as she enters yet another boardroom to chair a committee, and later exits on the run to her translation business.
Juana is the picture-perfect profile of a successful woman entrepreneur who created a small business from the ground up, and a civic minded volunteer who serves in her community to help others do the same. For that, and other contributions to the development of women in small business, the industrious president and CEO of Horton Interpreting Services, Inc., was selected as the 2011 Rhode Island and New England Woman in Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Operating from a humble beginning in her East Providence home and headquarters — counting herself a workforce of one — her interpreting and translation business, which began in 1994, has grown to 30 full-time workers and over 50 consultants, and is located in an office suite in Providence.
Services largely used by the health care and insurance industries, Juana’s small business translates and interprets over 85 languages and dialects — including sign language. An industry leader, Horton’s market reach extends through New England, with clients also found nationally and internationally.
Her participation in professional circles is accomplished and varied. She is the secretary to the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) executive board, an active member of the American Translators Association (ATA), the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT) and the New England Translators Association (NETA).
Juana is a well-known advocate in the Hispanic business community. In an effort to harness the economic power of the state’s Latino and Hispanic-owned businesses, she co-founded and chairs the Rhode Island Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce. An affiliate of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, she’s active on the chamber’s board as well.
As the chair of the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber, Juana has established a network for minority women entrepreneurs to meet and share ideas, and life experiences, while tapping the resources of the chamber and its partners.
In addition to her professional affiliations and Rhode Island chamber of commerce involvement, Juana devotes her time to a number of other boards and committees, including: Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Butler Hospital Board of Governors, Lt. Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council, Providence Economic Development Partnership, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Phoenix House of New England, Rhode Island Commodores, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Rhode Island Hospital Board of Governors, The Providence Foundation, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
For her commitment to establishing business and educational resources for women entrepreneurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration is pleased to honor Juana Horton as the 2011 Rhode Island and New England Women in Business Champion of the Year.