With every new year comes an avalanche of honors and awards, presented to businesses in every industry from every walk of life. We don’t have any hard data on this, but we figure all the plaques and trophies, laid end to end, would stretch clear across the country. It would take until next year to read them all.
One of them, however, caught our eye.
E.E. Ward, a 136-year-old moving company operating out of Columbus, Ohio, was recently awarded the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Supplier of the Year Award (Class II) by the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC).
Touted as the nation’s oldest African-American-owned business, E.E. Ward was established way back in 1881 when there were only 38 US States and Billy the Kid was still robbing banks. In accepting the award, company co-owner Dominique Brooks pointed to their pride in having survived the Great Depression, two world wars and twenty-six presidential terms.
An impressive run, for sure. But longevity is not their only strong suit. Equally admirable and worth highlighting is their list of 2017 achievements, which are decorated with their deep and varied community involvement, then capped off with the abovementioned award, Take a quick look at E.E. Ward’s year right here.
Not bad, right? But guess what? For all their history and their accomplishments, at the core, they’re still a moving company – just like all of us. A moving company striving to for excellence, in their work and their community.
Just like us.