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NATION’S OLDEST AFRICAN-AMERICAN OWNED BUSINESS WINS 2017 MBE AWARD

Dominique and Brian Brooks, Co-owners of E.E. Ward Moving and Storage, receive the MBE Supplier of the Year Award Dominique and Brian Brooks, Co-owners of E.E. Ward Moving and Storage, receive the MBE Supplier of the Year Award.

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Columbus, OH (BlackNews.com) — E.E. Ward Moving and Storage co-owners Dominique and Brian Brooks proudly accepted the MBE Supplier of the Year Award (Class II) at the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) Annual Awards Gala on Nov. 17, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The MBE Supplier Awards are presented to OMSDC certified minority businesses with annual sales between $1-$75 million who provide outstanding service to the organization’s corporate members. E.E. Ward was selected as the winner by a panel of corporate partners, including representatives from Eaton Corporation, Kent State University, and Ohio Health.

“I am proud of E.E. Ward’s story of surviving slavery, the U.S. Civil War, Great Depression, The Great Recession, two World Wars and 26 presidential terms. We are grateful to be recognized as one of the most reliable and charitable multi-million dollar moving companies nationwide,” said Co-owner Dominique Reighard Brooks.

Each year the gala recognizes Corporate Members and Minority Business Enterprises commitment to supplier diversity. The OMSDC is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. The OMSDC’s mission is to certify, develop, and connect minority owned businesses to corporate and government entities.

“The Ohio MSDC is proud of the success that E.E. Ward Moving & Storage has made in the region. Their business success, paired with their community outreach and continued partnership with the Ohio MSDC to create opportunities for MBEs demonstrates their value as leader in Ohio,” said Dan Dunn, the Regional Vice President & Supplier Diversity Director at Taylor Health Care.

E.E. Ward co-owner Brian Brooks said the company and its employees were incredibly honored to receive recognition at the OMSDC Awards Gala. As the oldest continuously running African-American owned business in the United States since 1881, Brooks said E.E. Ward strives to incorporate inclusion and excellence into the foundations of its daily business practices.

About E.E. Ward:
E.E. Ward is a nationally recognized leader in the relocation and transportation company industry offering comprehensive services including household and commercial moving, delivery services and logistics on a local, national and international level. E.E Ward is an agent of North American Van Lines. The company has received numerous awards for its high level of service, including, BBB of Central Ohio’s Torch Award, Corporate Caring Human Services Award, and Diversity in Business Outstanding Diverse Organization Award. For more information, please visit www.eeward.com.

About OMSDC:
The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (Ohio MSDC) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing a direct link between Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and its Corporate Members. Founded in 1972, the Ohio MSDC certifies minority businesses, provides MBEs with access to procurement opportunities, and assists Corporations in the development and maintenance of effective corporate supplier diversity programs. For more information about Ohio MSDC, please visit www.ohiomsdc.org.

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