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Simple Box Storage Founder Named 2019 ‘Washington Small Business Person of the Year’
Simple Box Storage has eight locations in the Northwest

April 10, 2019: Ross Black, founder of Simple Box Storage was named the 2019 “Washington Small Business Person of the Year” by the U.S. Small Business Administration. According to the nomination guidelines, Awards are given to owners who “represent the nation’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and rich diversity” and make contributions to their local communities.  As a state winner, he will be eligible to compete for the “National Small Business Person of the Year” award, which will be announced during National Small Business Week, May 5-11.

Black started the container-based storage business in 1997 as a class project while he was a senior at Lynden High School in Lynden, Washington. Later he decided to expand the business by selling and renting shipping containers. Although he started the company to make money, he now has a more altruistic vision for it

I was not a good student, and my teachers said as part of the senior-class project, if I needed extra time outside of the classroom to work on my project, I could do that as long as it was productivex. I tried to come up with the biggest possible thing I could do that had me in school the least amount of time, and that was starting a mini-storage.” Said by Black.

Simple Box is also active in charitable efforts. It has provided containers filled with relief supplies after disasters, donated containers to ministries and hosted various donation drives, as per the company website. 

Although honored by the award Ross Black praises his team and dad, Dave Back.

He’s cheered me on from day one. It’s funny. He jokes he helped me finish my senior project, but I wouldn’t have finished it 22 years ago if it weren’t for his help, and I definitely wouldn’t have won this award.” Said by Ross Black said.

Simple Box headquartered in Bellingham operates storage facilities in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The company also provides portable-storage containers for purchase or rental, which can be used for household or business moves.