San Diego-based Local Concept, an international marketing and translation services firm, has been selected by Harvard Business Publishing of Watertown, Mass., to translate 42 Web-based courses for business executives who speak Chinese, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

Michael Cardenas, president of Local Concept, said services provided to Harvard Business Publishing will include translation from English to the other languages as well as testing, which refers to verifying the technical proficiency of each course as a hands-on user. Subtitles will be used for each course’s video and interactive components, he said.

Cardenas said his company was one of five finalists in what’s called the localization industry for the Harvard Business Publishing contract. He said his firm was selected based on its ability to meet Harvard’s aggressive schedule. Completion of the contract is scheduled for September of this year. Financial terms of the initial contract were not disclosed. Follow-up contracts with Harvard Business Publishing are expected in the future, Cardenas said.

— SDJB Staff Report