ES Announces Expansion of Women-Owned Business Initiative
ES is excited to announce that the company has met its goal of creating and growing 150 women-owned businesses and is expanding the initiative to continue to finance and support women-owned businesses in the transportation industry. ES Co-Founder & CEO Jason Williams shared the news during the Women In Trucking Association’s annual Accelerate! Conference being held in Dallas.
First announced at the 2017 Accelerate! Conference as a collaborative initiative between ES and the Women In Trucking Association (WIT), the 150 Business Challenge became a proven platform for the creation and expansion of women-owned businesses in trucking by utilizing the ES Path To Ownership program model as well as the support and resources available to members of the ES Community.
“From the time that we launched Expediter Services in 2006, part of our mission has always been to work with professional drivers who want to pursue the American Dream of owning their own business. Over the years, we have worked to create programs and support systems through our ES Community that are designed to level the playing field for anyone who has the desire and the commitment to start and operate their own trucking business,” said Williams.
“From the first time I met with the team at ES, it was clear to me that promoting diversity is in the DNA of ES. Creating opportunities that can empower women to become truck owners and start businesses in the trucking industry is part of what ES does, and that commitment is great for our industry,” said Ellen Voie, President & CEO of the Women In Trucking Association.
As part of the program, ES offers participants competitive market-rate financing via the relationship lending model established through ES Equipment Finance. ES is excited to announce that the company has met its goal of creating and growing 150 women-owned businesses in partnership with the Women In Trucking Association and is expanding the initiative to continue to finance and support women-owned businesses in the transportation industry with a commitment of $40 million to the program!
The program is designed to have the participants run under the authority of the motor carriers participating in the program through the ES Community. Truck ownership is achieved with an affordable payment plan and with program participants receiving consistent miles from the participating carriers as well as business support from the ES Team. Forward Air, FedEx Custom Critical and Panther Premium Logistics (a service of ArcBest) were the first carriers within the ES Community to utilize the non-asset capacity being generated by the 150 Business Challenge.
“We know there is more work to be done in opening the doors of business ownership for women in the trucking industry. This is why we are continuing the important work started through the 150 Business Challenge under our new ES Women-Owned Business Initiative. As always, we want to continue to be a trusted resource for making truck ownership and business creation opportunities for trucking professionals and for those people who are thinking about entering the industry,” said Williams.
ES has a landing page with more information on our commitment to assist in the creation of women-owned businesses available through the following link: https://essuccessintrucking.com/women-in-trucking/.
If you or someone you know is interested in starting or expanding their women-owned business, call our recruiting team at (877) 349-9303, option 4 or connect with us online.