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Opening Doors:

Women & Truck Ownership

Opening the doors of opportunity for women and other underserved groups is one of the areas where ES has dedicated time, effort and resources toward making a difference. Over the years, ES has partnered with industry-leading groups, including the Women In Trucking Association, on initiatives that are focused on promoting the creation of opportunities for women within the trucking industry.

Throughout our company’s history, we have worked to help level the playing field for those who face challenges, especially aspiring entrepreneurs who want to realize the dream of starting and growing a business in trucking. When you look inside the ES Community and the participants in our programs, we are thrilled to know that nearly 40 percent of the members of the ES Community are women – entrepreneurs who have embraced the opportunities that exist within the trucking industry.


General Trucking: 150 Business Challenge & Building Women-Owned Trucking Operations

Our 150 Women-Owned Business Challenge is a great example of how ES is working to help women break through the glass ceiling in the trucking industry. Launched in 2017 as an initiative to assist in the growth of new women-owned small businesses within the transportation sector, the 150 Business Challenge is working to assist with the start-up and growth of 150 new women-owned trucking businesses. Participants in the 150 Business Challenge have access to competitive market-rate financing, a broad range of new equipment choices and fuel discounts.

Through the 150 Business Challenge, ES also provides participants with industry-leading support featuring a maintenance program and operational expertise as well as back-office services and business planning assistance. Forward Air and Panther Premium Logistics, a Service of ArcBest, are the participating carriers in the program, offering consistent freight opportunities to entrepreneurs in the 150 Business Challenge.

Similar to the other truck ownership programs offered through ES, participants in the 150 Business Challenge have access to competitive market-rate financing, a broad range of new equipment choices and fuel discounts. ES also provides participants with industry-leading support, featuring a maintenance program and operational expertise as well as back-office services and business planning assistance.

Women are helping to move the trucking industry forward while reshaping the image of the professional drivers serving on our country’s supply chain. At ES, we are proud to be a part of helping to open the doors of opportunity a little wider for the women aspiring to succeed in our industry.

Expedited Opportunities: A Great Point of Entry into the Industry

The expedited transit segment of the trucking industry offers women interested in pursuing a career in trucking a number of advantages that allow for steady income and a solid career track. Those advantages include:

  • Entering the expedited sector with a Class B license and the opportunity to “learn on the job” and being in a position to gain your Class A CDL without incurring the debt from a trucking school.
  • Advancing your career trajectory by qualifying for credentials, such as HazMat, Passport, and DOD certifications, creating career-long enhanced income opportunities.
  • Being involved in freight moves that are 99% no-touch assignments.
  • Straight trucks and OTR vehicles in the ES Network feature automatic transmissions, meaning less fatigue.
  • Rather than truck stops, rest areas or other places with limited parking and security, women driving straight trucks can park practically anywhere, including malls, restaurants, RV parks, campgrounds and other locations that can enhance your safety and help with life on the road.
  • By entering the industry driving sprinter vans and straight trucks, you can enjoy a high level of flexibility in your schedule while getting a taste for the demands of the trucking industry.

Offering The Perfect Career-Launch Platform

ES and the Success In Trucking team have a proven support system in place to assist all the owner-operators involved in our program. We have an established business model in place that is specifically tailored to assist women entering the expedited segment of the trucking industry to become productive and successful almost immediately. In addition, our experienced support team includes a large number of women on staff as well as men. Together, they make up a dedicated group who understand where you are coming from as someone entering the industry. They know how to help evaluate your position and how to provide help when and where you need it.

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