Are you a professional driver or an aspiring entrepreneur who has considered starting your own trucking business?
Are you a current owner-operator, fleet owner or independent contractor looking to strengthen and grow your business?
Is there knowledge, experience and support available that understands what’s needed in today’s trucking market?
If you are looking for answers to any of these questions, ES would like to invite you to join us for our IN-SITE 2021 Webinar entitled, Start Your Own Trucking Business: Why Now Is The Time and This Is The Place. This free webinar will air live Wednesday, February 24 at 2:00 PM EST. Replay will be available for registrants.
As part of our ongoing effort to provide helpful insights and real solutions to entrepreneurs and trucking business owners, the Start Your Own Trucking Business webinar will examine the current conditions in the trucking market. We will discuss the opportunities that are available for starting and growing a trucking business, and this webinar will also address the range of challenges that today’s entrepreneurs will face.
ES has secured subject-matter experts who can address the key issues and current conditions in the trucking market. The webinar will be a panel discussion moderated by Leah Shaver, the President and CEO of the National Transportation Institute. Leah, who also serves as a host on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146, will be leading the discussion in the style of a fireside chat. ES President Jason Williams and ES Chief Operating Officer Jeff Tacker will be a part of the industry expert panel that will also include Nate Meyer, who is part of the Equipment Sales Team from Stoops Freightliner. In addition, the webinar panel will feature the perspective of veteran professional drivers Ken and Jessica Horn, who will be sharing their experience of becoming owner-operators and starting their own business through the programs and support offered by ES.
Participants in this webinar will get an opportunity to see the level of support and the network advantages ES provides to business owners and contractors through the company’s programs. Most importantly, attendees who are interested in starting or growing their own trucking businesses will learn why this is the time and ES is the place.
To register for the live webinar presented February 24 at 2:00 PM EST or to watch the replay of Start Your Own Trucking Business: Why Now Is The Time and This Is The Place, click here.
ES is proud to have Stoops Freightliner serve as the Title Sponsor for the IN-SITE 2021 Series.
Expediter Services, a leader in capacity solutions and ownership opportunities within the trucking industry, is pleased to announce that the company’s collaborative program with the Women In Trucking Association to create 150 women-owned businesses in transportation recently reached a major milestone. The 150 Business Challenge, which was launched in November of 2017, marked its third anniversary by having helped more than 100 new women-owned business get their respective starts within the trucking industry. Today, the total number of businesses launched through the 150 Business Challenge now stands at 105.
“When we partnered with Expediter Services (ES) three years ago to launch the 150 Business Challenge, we were so excited and that enthusiasm continues to this day. Through this program, ES has helped aspiring women entrepreneurs by removing some of the most trying obstacles when it comes to starting a business in trucking,” said Ellen Voie, President & CEO of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT).
The 150 Business Challenge follows the proven working model that ES utilizes in offering truck ownership opportunities and assisting the program participants in establishing profitable small businesses through a variety of support mechanisms found within the ES Community. Professional drivers interested in the ES truck ownership programs, like the 150 Business Challenge, go through a screening and qualification process, including an evaluation period.
In addition to looking at work history, it is during the evaluation period program that participants are given the opportunity by ES to demonstrate their attitude, their aptitude and their work ethic. The company’s process for qualifying truck ownership program participants is unique because it places a greater emphasis on a driver’s work history over a traditional credit score. ES offers qualified participants competitive, market-rate financing for professional drivers seeking to own trucks from the leading equipment brands in the industry.
“We know what it means to push through a hard time in order to get ahead,” said ES President Jason Williams. “Over the years as we have developed our programs, we took note of the hurdles women have faced in trucking from a financial standpoint when looking to start a business, and that was part of our inspiration as we started the 150 Business Challenge three years ago. We believe in helping people and allowing them to make the most of an opportunity.”
“The 150 Business Challenge has become a platform for success because ES offers women more than the opportunity to buy a new truck. This is a truly comprehensive program that delivers access to the support that business owners need to prosper and grow” ~ Ellen Voie
The Business 150 Challenge provides participants the opportunity to drive as an owner-operator for one of the partner carriers in the ES Community. Members of the 150 Business Challenge are now a part of the fleets at FedEx Custom Critical, Forward Air and Panther Premium Logistics, a service of ArcBest. As part of the additional support that is available, ES also provides program participants access to a complete set of services and discounts through the ES Community that cover the key areas of fuel, maintenance, insurance and back-office support. Other services and discounts are also available through the ES Community.
“The 150 Business Challenge has become a platform for success because ES offers women more than the opportunity to buy a new truck. This is a truly comprehensive program that delivers access to the support that business owners need to prosper and grow,” said Ellen. “ES has done an amazing job with 150 Business Challenge, and we’re looking forward to seeing the next steps this program will take in 2021.”
Long before the collaboration with WIT on the 150 Business Challenge, ES had established a reputation in the industry for opening doors for women who are seeking to become business owners in trucking. Today, the number of women within the ES Community who are fleet owners, owner-operators or independent contract drivers involved in the programs offered by the company now exceeds 38 percent of the ES fleet.
Looking specifically at results from the 150 Business Challenge, the small businesses that have been established through this program have developed a solid track record of success and growth. According to officials at ES, this group of small businesses started through the 150 Business Challenge are generating a combined revenue total well in excess of $2 million per month.
“One of the most rewarding parts of the 150 Business Challenge for our team at ES has been the opportunity to work with the great people we get to welcome into the program. We have really enjoyed working with new entrepreneurs and watching these small businesses get started, achieve success and grow,” said Jason. “Obviously, everyone in business has faced some unique headwinds in 2020. We are grateful to be able to serve as a resource for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to find their success in trucking. We are looking forward to welcoming the 150th business started through the 150 Business Challenge during 2021.”
Prior to the opening of the Women In Trucking Association’s annual Accelerate Conference, the IN-SITE 2020 Podcast had an opportunity to interview Ellen Voie, the President and CEO of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT). Expediter Services is proud to serve as a Gold Level Partner of WIT, and ES will be one of the exhibitors during Accelerate 2020, which will be a virtual conference held on November 12-13.
Through the podcast, Ellen gives our listeners a preview of Accelerate 2020 and the adjustments that WIT has made to convert the popular conference into a virtual event. She also discusses the continuing success of the Business 150 Challenge, the collaborative initiative between ES and WIT to help create 150 women-owned businesses in transportation. Announced during the Accelerate Conference in 2017, the 150 Business Challenge continues to be a success. After three years of operation, the program has now assisted in the creation of more than 100 new women-owned trucking businesses.
In addition to discussing the relationship that WIT has developed with ES over the years, the podcast provided Ellen an opportunity to look back at her career in trucking and building WIT from the ground up. Toward the end of the podcast, Ellen reflects on the development and growth of the Women In Trucking Radio Show, which can be heard every Saturday on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146.
To access our full collection of webinars and podcasts from IN-SITE 2020, please click here.
Stoops Freightliner is serving as the title sponsor for the IN-SITE 2020 Online Series. ES will continue to post more podcast segments as we work to grow this series. To access the full listings for the podcasts in the series and to learn the latest about IN-SITE 2020, please click here.
The September 29th live webinar event and replay will feature an expert panel of small trucking business owners who have utilized the programs and support available from Expediter Services to establish and grow successful trucking businesses. Panelists for the webinar will feature fleet owners Joe and Carol Shelton, owner Amy Williams and owner-operator Jacobus Nel. The webinar discussion will include a look at the challenges and the opportunities the panelists have encountered in 2020.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – September 22, 2020 – Expediter Services(ES), a leader in capacity solutions and ownership opportunities within the trucking industry, is pleased to announce the company will be presenting the third edition in the IN-SITE 2020 Webinar Series. The webinar, entitled Trucking in the COVID-19 Era: Insights From Real Truck Owners, will focus on how fleet owners and owner-operators in the ES Community have adjusted to the challenges and leveraged the opportunities that they have encountered so far in the COVID-19 era.
The one-hour, live broadcast of the webinar will take place on Tuesday, September 29th at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The online replay for the third webinar in the IN-SITE 2020 Webinar Series will be available approximately two hours following the conclusion of the live event. Both the live event and replay are free to all registrants.
The format for the September 29th event will be similar to the approach ES utilized in August during the second webinar in the IN-SITE 2020 Series. For the August webinar, which highlighted the topic of partnering with the right motor carrier, the points of interest were covered through a focused discussion as well as brief question-and-answer sessions with the panelists.
Leah Shaver, the President and CEO of the National Transportation Institute, will serve as the moderator for the discussion with the panelists. Leah, who also serves as a host on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146, will be leading the discussion in the style of a fireside chat, sharing the stories of the business owners on the panel and detailing how they have utilized the resources of the ES Community in working to overcome the obstacles they have encountered in running their businesses.
“Every day at ES, we are working with our team and our ES Community members to address what it takes to make a small business successful in the trucking industry. During the presentation of our webinar series, we’ve also placed a significant focus on the challenges and the opportunities that owner-operators, fleet owners and professional drivers who are aspiring to become business owners are encountering during this historic year of 2020,” said ES President Jason Williams. “For the third webinar in our IN-SITE 2020 Series, we thought it would be valuable to share the perspectives from some of the business owners in the ES Community. We believe the attendees who join us for this webinar are going to truly benefit from what this group of successful business owners will be bringing to the table for our discussion.”
The ES Community members who will be a part of the upcoming webinar are fleet owners Joe and Carol Shelton, business owner Amy Williams and owner-operator Jacobus Nel. Jeff Tacker, the Chief Operating Officer of ES, will also be joining Jason Williams and Ms. Shaver as part of the expert panel on September 29th.
The Sheltons entered the trucking industry in 2010 and began working with ES as part of the couple’s effort to build a trucking business. In 2011, the Sheltons became fleet owners atFedEx Custom Critical, operating their own LLC while utilizing the programs and services ES offers to small business owners in trucking. Amy Williams began building her small business at Panther Premium Logisitcs, a service of ArcBest, through the 150 Business Challenge, the collaboration between ES and the Women In Trucking Association to establish 150 women-owned businesses in transportation. Jacobus Nel became an owner-operator earlier this year, starting his trucking business at Forward Air through the ES Path To Ownership program.
In addition to the webinar series, IN-SITE 2020 is continuing to add episodes to a podcast series which features panelists from the webinar series and other experts providing in-depth discussions on the key issues of the day facing owner-operators, fleet owners and independent professional drivers considering truck ownership opportunities. The catalog of podcasts from the IN-SITE 2020 Online Series are featured on the IN-SITE 2020 landing page. In addition to the podcasts, visitors to this landing page can also access webinar replays from the live events ES held in July and August. The podcast catalog and the previous webinars in the IN-SITE 2020 Online Series are available through the following link:essuccessintrucking.com/insite2020/.
About ES: A full-service, one-stop support company with expertise in financial services, relationship lending and general business support, ES has developed highly effective programs focused on creating opportunities for independent contract drivers and owner-operators in the trucking industry. ES features support in the areas of contract driver services, equipment finance, truck sales, management services and insurance services. In addition to serving as the leading provider of capacity in the expedited sector of trucking, ES also has built a strong network of independent contract drivers, owner-operators, fleet owners and partner carriers within the over-the-road, general trucking sector of the transportation industry. For more information on opportunities and services offered through ES, visit ESsuccessintrucking.com.