March 2019

2019 | In Focus | March 2019Third-Party Logistics with a DifferenceTrans-Link

2019 | In Focus | March 2019

Third-Party Logistics with a Difference


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.”

2019 | In Focus | March 2019From the Sea to Your Supper TableFlying Fresh

2019 | In Focus | March 2019

From the Sea to Your Supper Table

Flying Fresh

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.

2019 | In Focus | March 2019Economic Opportunity Paired with Natural BeautyThe Alliance - Corinth and Alcorn County

2019 | In Focus | March 2019

Economic Opportunity Paired with Natural Beauty

The Alliance - Corinth and Alcorn County

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.

2019 | In Focus | March 2019Creating OpportunitiesStarke County Economic Development Foundation

2019 | In Focus | March 2019

Creating Opportunities

Starke County Economic Development Foundation

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.

2019 | In Focus | March 2019Optimally ConnectedLayton City, UT

2019 | In Focus | March 2019

Optimally Connected

Layton City, UT

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.

2019 | In Focus | March 2019Open for BusinessCity of Waterbury, CT

2019 | In Focus | March 2019

Open for Business

City of Waterbury, CT

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.”

2019 | In Focus | March 2019Steady Growth amidst Small-town CharmCity of Reedley, CA

2019 | In Focus | March 2019

Steady Growth amidst Small-town Charm

City of Reedley, CA

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.

2019 | In Focus | March 2019A Pillar of the EconomyShining a Spotlight on the Contributions of Minority-Owned Business

2019 | In Focus | March 2019

A Pillar of the Economy

Shining a Spotlight on the Contributions of Minority-Owned Business

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.

2019 | Business News | In Focus | March 2019Woman-Owned BusinessesThe Fastest Growing Segment of our Economy

2019 | Business News | In Focus | March 2019

Woman-Owned Businesses

The Fastest Growing Segment of our Economy

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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