Four Brothers Moving Solutions is a fitting name for a West County company run by a longtime local family who truly understand what it means to give back to their community.
Launched last year, the Pinole-based moving company features four strong, college-educated brothers assisting their ultra-business-savvy mother in providing services to West County residents that are customized to customers’ budgets.
“It’s the whole give back where you came from aspect,” said brother Kevieon Brown. “There’s people who really do care for this city and want to build it up.”
The young company includes local natives Donte Brown, Delleon Brown, Kevieon Brown, Andre Ernest, pal Pierre Moody, and matriarch Shawntee Cotright.
The business doesn’t currently have trucks, but provides the labor, drivers, packers, unloaders — anything to get items and households safely moved from one location to another, along with home staging.
The idea for the company came while the brothers were working for another moving company. They ultimately decided they had enough muscle and know-how to create a better moving company that not only provides the family with income, but becomes a community asset.
“We understand the aspect of growing up in inner city community,” said Cotright.
That understanding has led to Thanksgiving feeds at the senior center in North Richmond and also the homeless shelter on Brookside Drive.
It has also led to employment opportunities to local residents who may face obstacles to hiring, including past incarceration.
The company is a testament to the family’s longstanding respect for opportunity. This family isn’t new to entrepreneurship, having owned several businesses, from retail, a furniture company and a Kettle Korn business.
The brothers’ grandfather once operated a wash house in Richmond.
“My uncle was the first black man to own a grocery store, called Cotright’s Grocery on 5th and Barrett,” Cotright said.
Cotright said her memories as a kid watching her uncle do business inspired her need to launch businesses of her own.