BizLaunch Featured Business: Capital English Academy

“We are trying to be a good business that does good things for the people and community around us.”

That’s how Capital English Academy founder Rich Rynders describes his business. This English language training school along Columbia Pike just started its second year in business, choosing the Arlington neighborhood specifically because of its large concentration of ESL students of all ages. The academy features traditional ESL classes, as well as programs geared toward obtaining citizenship, the GED and more.

“The gap between what is available in the non-profit sector and what is needed to succeed in the business community is too large – that is the purpose we serve,” explains Rynders. “Almost all businesses in our area can improve their sales, operations and customer service by encouraging their staff to learn and communicate in English.”

Rynders’ passion for collaboration and for helping people is perhaps most evident when asked about his ideal business partners – living or dead.  “First, Abraham Lincoln – He had such an ability to pull people together in tough times,” Rynders explains. “Then, Dr. Johnathan Grossman (Former owner of the Sanz School) – He had a “golden touch” and built a school that served several generations of immigrants in this area. Finally, I’d say Bill Gates – not only does he have deep pockets to help feed our growth, he & his wife’s foundation has helped countless of individuals throughout the world.”

Rynders has kept in close contact with BizLaunch prior to and throughout his company’s operation and calls the service an excellent resource. He hopes as Capital English Academy continues to grow, he still maintains just one goal: “To serve our community to the best of our ability and become a school and employer of choice. To serve with integrity, accountability, excellence, respect and collaboration.”

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