Seafood Express is a full-service, temperature-controlled shipping company based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, serving the North American market. The company has a fleet of nearly one hundred trucks and refrigerated trailers, and provides exclusively temperature-controlled full-load freight.
Trans-Link Nationwide Trucking and Logistics is a woman-owned third-party logistics company operating out of Cranston, Rhode Island covering all forty-eight contiguous states. “We’re very different from a typical 3PL,” says company President Carla Manni. “We operate almost as though we’re an asset-based company. We have several carriers and drivers that work exclusively with us.”
In the twenty-first century, we take for granted the privilege of visiting a modern supermarket to purchase any seafood, meats, fruits, or fresh vegetables – food originating hundreds or perhaps thousands of kilometres away, all delivered ready for our consumption. We hardly spare a thought for the thousands of professionals managing the delicate and relentless industry of perishable goods transportation. But companies like Vancouver-based Flying Fresh Air Freight, under founder and CEO Brendan Harnett, ensure we can enjoy our lobsters and pineapple anytime, anywhere.
Joseph Haulage Canada Corp is a bulk transportation company that is continuously running throughout North America. With a fleet of over 300 trucks and trailers of all kinds, expert employees, and five locations, this family-owned leader in the transport industry makes light work of its competitors.
Family-owned-and-operated Dickinson Fleet Services is a mobile fleet maintenance and management provider with headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was established in 1997 by founders Bob and Dick Dickinson and began as a three-shop company when the founders acquired Ryder Truck Rental locations in Indiana, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. – John F. Kennedy
Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in northeast Mississippi, lies the small city of Corinth and Alcorn County. On an early Friday evening, while citizens of Corinth are getting ready to go out to a local ball game or one of the many restaurants and live music venues in town, Clayton Stanley and his team are watching the last of the trucks depart from a 200-acre tract of land they purchased in 2013. After a lot of hard work, 40 acres are now “pad ready” for a major industrial manufacturer.
Pearl River is one of the largest counties in the state of Mississippi, with the city of Poplarville as its county seat. From its ideal location to plenty of available land, a skilled workforce, training opportunities, and proximity to New Orleans and Hattiesburg, the county is welcoming to warehousing, distribution, and a range of other businesses and industries.
Monroe County, located in northeastern Mississippi between Lee and Lowndes County, bordering the Alabama line, is a land of many opportunities. It is a rural area with a population of approximately 36,000, and its largest cities are Amory and Aberdeen.
For smaller, advanced manufacturers looking to expand facilities in the greater Chicago area, there is a manufacturing center just two hours from the city that performs every bit as well in supporting a new business as it does in helping to establish it. Starke County, Indiana, has a population of about 23,000, and here, people are known for rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done.
Laden with trails and parks, and just a half-hour’s drive from Fort Wayne, Adams County is the ideal community in Indiana for those who seek the best of both worlds…
Utah is primed for growth and Layton City is doing all it can to strategically maximize the development opportunities that have presented themselves in the state. Located at the base of the Wasatch mountain range, property values continue to rise, retail sales continue to increase, and the population continues to grow in the city.
In the early twentieth century, Waterbury enjoyed a thriving manufacturing-based economy, but as manufacturing declined across the United States in the seventies, so did the city’s fortunes. However, since 2011, the tide has turned, and the New England city of 110,000 is making a brilliant comeback. As Mayor Neil M. O’Leary likes to say, “Waterbury is open for business.”
In California’s San Joaquin Valley, between the Pacific Coastal Range and Sierra Nevada Mountains, an innovative community is on the rise. The City of Reedley, southeast of Fresno, is rapidly becoming a vibrant, modern community bringing in jobs and opportunities. From simple beginnings, the town has enjoyed strong, consistent growth and is now poised to become one of California’s best.
Located in the heart of the Loveland/Fort Collins/Greeley triangle in Northern Colorado, the Town of Windsor is booming, attractive to businesses and residents because of its unmatched accessibility, infrastructure and room to grow.
Greeley, Colorado was named after New-York Tribune editor Horace Greeley, following his visit during the Gold Rush. Horace had popularized the well-known slogan, ‘Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.’ While he may have returned to New York, others came, stayed, and they continue to come here to this day.
There are countless barriers that hinder minority- and women-owned businesses from reaching their full potential, but despite the challenges they face they represent a rapidly growing sub-section of the economy, one that contributes greatly to the country’s tax base and gross domestic product (GDP) by providing jobs and bringing wealth and prosperity into communities across the United States.
In the U.S., more than 9.1 million firms, mainly small-to-medium enterprises, are owned by women. They generate $1.4 million in sales and employ nearly 7.9 million people, according to the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Canada is keeping pace, as research cited by Susan Ward in ‘Statistics on Canadian Women in Business’ indicates that the country “is a global leader in women’s entrepreneurship, with participation of Canadian women business owners comparable to those in the United States.” But it has not always been this way, nor has it been easy.
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