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03-31-2011
ESS INC Featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
WASHINGTON – The National Urban League's State of Black America report found that in the last year, blacks have lost ground in education, health, social justice and economics-but for some small business owners, things are actually looking up. NBC's Ron Mott reports.
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03-31-2011
In the War on Unemployment, the National Urban League Has a Battle Plan
BET – People like Lonnie Grayson, president of Environmental & Safety Solutions in Cincinnati. Working with a business coach at the Entrepreneurship Center at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, Lonnie developed a strategic plan for growing his firm. The result: major new contracts and a doubling of his workforce. 
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03-27-2011
Urban Entrepreneurs Find Success
MSNBC – Lonnie Grayson, the president of Environmental and Safety Solutions tells us how some urban entrepreneurs are finding success.
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02-21-2011
Time Magazine Covers The National Urban League and features ESS INC.
WASHINGTON – Lonnie Grayson, CEO of Environmental and Safety Solutions, Inc. is featured in the February 21st issue of Time Magazine.
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A local firm specializing in OSHA and EPA compliance will be honored Thursday by the National Urban League in Washington, D.C., for its growth in the face of a challenging economic environment.

Environmental & Safety Solutions Inc. will be among the businesses recognized at Howard University as the National Urban League presents its annual report on America's urban and under-served communities. This year's presentation is themed: "Jobs Rebuild America: Putting Urban America Back to Work."

As part of the report, the National Urban League is recognizing E&SS as one of nine success stories from around the country.

Lonnie Grayson, president and chief executive officer of E&SS, started the firm in 2002 after working for Jefferson Smurfit Corp. and Borden as an engineer. In nine years, Grayson has grown E&SS into a 22-person operation. The firm specializes in regulatory and chemical services; documentation and certification management; and engineering and construction services.

E&SS is currently managing programs for several Cincinnati Public Schools sites and recently signed an agreement with the Metropolitan Sewer District for health and safety services. Grayson said that agreement is for three years and worth $2 million a year, with an option to renew for two additional years.

Clients also include Ashland, Duke Energy, TSS Technologies and Dayton Bag & Burlap, according to the E&SS web site.

Grayson, who attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering technology, said the recognition is a "blessing" for his company, which has largely stayed under the radar.

"We're the kind of company that put our nose to the ground," he said. "As business owners we all want growth, and in the last four years we've seen growth. A lot of that is because we have really just focused on providing a niche service. There are not a lot of companies that provide (these) services."

Grayson previously worked in the steel, chemical and flexible packaging industries as a plant engineer. As CEO of E&SS, Grayson said he's benefited from small business development programs, including help from the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati's Small Business Development Center.

Grayson said he learned about the local Urban League's program through his affiliation with the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce.

Grayson said the Cincinnati Urban League re-developed his strategic plan, reviewed his firm's structure to ensure it was ready for growth, and focused his businesses' core competencies.

It also provided plenty of one-on-one coaching.

"As we implemented it, they became part of the team," Grayson said.

The Cincinnati Enquirer by Josh Pichler • March 30, 2011

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