Transportation Impact Awarded Runner Up for the Business NC – Small Business of the Year Award






TI Awarded Runner Up for the Business NC – Small Business of the Year Award


Emerald Isle, N.C. (December 5, 2017)Business North Carolina has named Transportation Impact one of three runners up in its 2017 Small Business of the Year award, which recognizes small businesses that embody success for companies with fewer than 100 employees.

“We are incredibly excited to receive this recognition that we are one of the leading small businesses in the state,” says Travis Burt, who co-founded the company in 2008 with fellow ex-UPS employee Keith Byrd. “We started in a storage closet, got sued by UPS, had to avoid selling our service in our own state for a while, went through growing pains, and it was all worthwhile. We love what we do, we love contributing to this state, and we are now seeing the rewards of that.”

The company, which has 71 employees and forecasts revenue of $31 million this year, helps more than 600 clients save money on their small parcel and freight shipping through its invoice audit and negotiation services. For each of the last five years TI has been ranked on Inc. magazine’s list of the 5000 fastest-growing U.S. businesses.

Since its founding, Transportation Impact has been located in Emerald Isle, on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. “Having a thriving tech company at the beach is an anomaly,” John Chaffee, CEO of the NCEast Alliance economic development group in Greenville, N.C., told Business North Carolina magazine. For TI, the location could be part of the secret of its success, with the laid-back atmosphere creating relaxed employees who bring energy and enthusiasm to their work each day.

Dozens of nominations for the award are narrowed to 10 companies by the magazine’s editors, and then a panel comprising Publisher Ben Kinney, Three Ships LLC Chief Executive Officer Zach Clayton, and members of the N.C. Commerce Department’s Office of Science, Technology and Innovation selected the finalists and winner. By coincidence, each of this year’s finalists is based outside of the state’s major metropolitan areas. “It’s nice to see rural North Carolina represented this year. Entrepreneurship and innovation can be found all over the state,” said Kinney.


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About Transportation Impact

Transportation Impact is a supply chain spend-management firm headquartered in Emerald Isle, N.C. A 5-time Inc. 5000 honoree, TI improves our customers’ logistics operations through advanced TMS technology. Paired with our innovative “cost-based” negotiation strategy, this ensures our customers benefit from low small parcel and LTL rates, accurate invoice auditing, and optimized routing decisions on every shipment. In addition to the Inc. 5000, in 2017 the company was also awarded a second-consecutive listing on both the North Carolina Fast 40 and the North Carolina Top 100 private companies, and a spot on the Inc. Best Workplaces list, as voted by TI employees. For more information, visit

About Business North Carolina Magazine

Business North Carolina magazine has explored what’s happening in one very special place — North Carolina — for more than 36 years, producing quality, in-depth journalism that digs into the stories behind the news. In addition to the monthly magazine, BNC publishes its annual North Carolina Economic Development Guide and partners on projects with various statewide organizations.

Media contact:

Jillian Farrington
Transportation Impact
8921 Crew Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594


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