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FEATURE

BY MICHAEL J. ENGLEY
translation and interpreting industry. Not
surprisingly, California Assembly Bill 5 and
"Sons of AB 5" have provided a seemingly
endless source of discussion in recent
months along with a wide variety of other
topics ranging, for example, from language
services providers and machine translation
to nondisclosure agreements, client/
project management software, unpaid
translations tests, and much more. To join
the group, send an email to ATA-BusinessPractices+subscribe@groups.io. The
moderator will contact you with further
instructions to complete your subscription.

The committee has hosted a
one-hour Brainstorm Networking
Event at every ATA Annual
Conference since 2014.

What the Business Practices
Education Committee Is Doing
for ATA Members
ATA's Business Practices Education Committee offers many opportunities
for members to get involved, give back to the Association, work with fellow
members, and broaden their professional network.

H

ave you ever asked yourself what
the Business Practices Education
Committee is up to these days?
Probably not. In fact, you're more likely
wondering: "What is the Business
Practices Education Committee?" For
the uninitiated, the Business Practices
Education Committee was established
in 2005 to provide ATA members with
information about sound business practices
for the translation and interpreting
industry. Fine, you say, but what has it
done for me lately? That's a good question,
so let's elaborate.
Business Practices Listserv: To begin
with, the committee's core project remains
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the Business Practices listserv, which
recently migrated to groups.io under
the name ATA-Business-Practices. As of
the end of April 2020, the group had
847 members, who typically submit
anywhere from several dozen to several
hundred posts per month. Discussions are
moderated with a light touch primarily
by Paul Merriam, with occasional help
from Frieda Ruppaner-Lind and May
Fung Danis. The archives contain nearly
3,400 topics dating back to 2005, with
the very first post by ATA Past President
Dorothee Racette welcoming subscribers
to a group intended for the discussion of
topics related to conducting business in the

Brainstorm Networking: In addition,
the committee has hosted a one-hour
Brainstorm Networking event at every
ATA Annual Conference since 2014. ATA
Past President David Rumsey, who was
president-elect at the time, first came up
with the idea for the Chicago conference
to replace the former speed networking
event. Participants in the brainstorming
event join a group of typically between four
and six people around a table and have a
few minutes to introduce themselves, after
which they discuss a scenario provided for
them involving an ethical issue or some
other sort of business-related problem.
When time is called, everyone moves to a
different table and starts over with a new
group and a new scenario.
Online Resources: The committee is
also responsible for compiling, editing,
and updating the resources available on
ATA's website under Resources > Business
Practices. This material is listed under
the general headings "Getting Started,"
"Taking Care of Business," and "Tools
and Resources." Topics include "Finding
Jobs, Getting Hired," "Determining Rates,"
"Getting Paid," "Apply Best Practices," and
"ATA Certification," among others. If you
haven't visited the page recently, check
it out. There's bound to be something of
interest to you.
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