Scalerator Alumni Able Access Transportation will be the recipient of The Business Council’s 2017 Business of the Year Award

Able Access Transportation will be the recipient of The Business Council’s 2017 Business of the Year Award. The Business Council, Inc., an affiliate of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), focuses on the sustainability and growth of ethnically-diverse businesses in Southeastern Wisconsin. This prestigious award recognizes businesses that demonstrate positive social and economic impact on the region and exemplify civic community leadership.

Annette and her husband Steven are running a profitable, growing business that serves two important and often-marginalized sectors of the population: the elderly and the disabled. Since 2001, Able Access Transportation has provided reliable transportation and peace of mind to those who need assistance in getting to doctor appointments, Adult Day Care, and other services. Unlike other paratransit vendors, Able Access Transportation offers same-day, on-demand service in addition to scheduled routes. Their drivers are fully-trained in passenger awareness as their clients’ experience varying degrees of disability. Able Access Transportation’s comprehensive training program for their drivers include guidelines for properly securing different wheelchair types in their vehicles, how to identify characteristics associated with persons with various special needs, techniques for handling aggressive behavior, communicating with persons with hearing loss, and assisting persons with loss of vision. Able Access Transportation is also certified as a training center for passenger assistance techniques and defensive driving. Able Access Transportation is a certified MBE, SBE and DBE. This makes Able Access Transportation much more than just a transportation service: “Your need for reliable transportation is what drives us” is the slogan that Able Access Transportation lives up too in serving Southeastern Wisconsin. Executive Director of TBC, Marjorie Rucker, states, “I am truly honored to present this award to Able Access Transportation because I know firsthand how important it is for the disabled and elderly population to have reliable and competent transportation.” Annette Tipton board member of MMAC’s COSBE (Council of Small Business Executives, The Business Council, and has participated in the Scalerator program through Scale Up Milwaukee. If you would like to attend TBC Annual Luncheon or to learn more, visit

This post was written by Marjorie Rucker, Executive Director of The Business Council