Otis Ronnie Tucker Jr, 33, grew up in New Orleans and other close surrounding areas. Since the age of 21, he has been a blue collar truck driver for various transportation companies in the New Orleans’s areas. When denied an opportunity to advance, Otis began the process of owning his own trucking company. In the Spring of 2013, Otis opened his first business, Trucking Innovation. Trucking Innovation is a trucking/hauling, logistics & project management firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am married with two kids. I am very thankful for the opportunities that have been provided to me by others and my life motto is to “Aim for the moon. And if you fall short, you are still a star.”

Q: How did you get started? Tell us your motivation for starting this business. 
My journey as a business owner began after I was denied advancement at other established Louisiana based logistics companies. What I interpreted to be rejection and failure, ultimately turned out to be an opportunity to establish myself as an entrepreneur.
Q: As an African American/Black entrepreneur, what were some of the biggest challenges and/or surprised you faced when starting your business? 
I noticed there was a lack of resources available to myself and other small business owners.
Q: New Orleans is such a “robust” entrepreneurial ecosystem. What are the resources (people, networks, organizations, programs, books, articles, etc.) that you have found most useful in starting and/or growing your business? 
Some of my most influential resources include a number small business incubators, government/private training initiatives, self-help literature, and countless individuals.
Q: What are you most proud of (related to your business)? 
I am most proud of the people we employ, and the service we provide.
Q: What advice do you have to fellow African American/Black entrepreneurs starting a business? 
You must have the grit to endure the highs and lows of entrepreneurship.
Q: Is there anything you know now that you wished you had known earlier in terms of starting or operating your business?
If I had known how rewarding entrepreneurship could be, I would have started my company a few years earlier in my career.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share about your business or your personal story?
It does not matter what your background is or where you came from. If you apply yourself, your dreams can become a reality.
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