Celebrating 100 Entrepreneurs That Took The Leap into Ownership

WOW - 100! Unbeleivable to think that just a few short years ago, these businesses didn't even exist. 

Today we celebrate the 100 Entrepreneurs that have taken the leap into business ownership.  

You've likely heard of our original brand, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Over the past 30 years, it's become the World's Largest Junk Removal Service and a household name when you think of who you'll call to haul your junk. Well, meet "the cousins" WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me and Shack Shine. We call these our emerging brands becasue they are emerging into greatness and growing at an even faster rate than our famous first.

Many of these owners came to us because of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? They wanted to be a part of the next generation of trailblazers that would bring these new brands to their markets. And, they were ready to write their own Founder's story.  We're excited to part of their journey.

Our Founder, Brian Scudamore's story with 1-800-GOT-JUNK? began when he dropped out of college nearly 30 years ago. Surprisingly, this happened while waiting in the drive-thru line at McDonald's. It was this famous moment you always hear about in someone's life - when things around you start to "glow" and you suddenly know the answer to what you want to do. It happened when he saw an old pickup truck with the words 'Junk Hauling' and a telephone number spray-painted on the sides of the bed. He said, "I could do that." His life changed forever in that moment. That's the sort of moment he's wanted others to have ever since. 

Fast-forward nearly three decades and 1-800-GOT JUNK? franchises are sold-out in every big city and town in the US, Canada and Australia. Dozens upon dozens of millionaires have made their fortunes in our company.

But the story can't end here - Brian's dream is to create opportunities for 1,000 entrepreneurs. Well, that's where O2E Brands comes in. O2E stands for Ordinary to Exceptional. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? taught us how to take a very ordinary, fragmented, home services industry and make it exceptional through customer experience.

Then, as if by magic - he started seeing beat-up old vehicles in other home services everywhere! Rusty old painting vans, dirty window washing vehicles and moving trucks that you'd be crazy to trust your life's belongings in. Well, you know what came next - WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me and Shack Shine, and the opportunities for hundreds of people to enter into business ownership.

We welcome our 100 newest owners to the family of emerging brands and look forward to welcoming 100+ more. We're thrilled that things began to glow and that they had their very own McDonald's drive-thru moment.