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Sep 17, 2008

Extra Mile and Some Labor

Entrepreneur strives to meet a need of area’s underprivileged families.

When Collin Wheeler, 24, tells his friends he is the president of his own company, a regular response he receives is, “You have a college degree, why are you dealing with junk?” Wheeler started his own business, 123Junk, in January of this year and business has been growing ever since.

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The business is simple, thus the numbers in the name 123Junk; customers decide they want to get rid of things from their homes, including large furniture pieces. The company — comprising Wheeler, who is responsible for marketing, advertisement and customer relations, two full time workers and a couple of part time workers — then charges the customers per truck space their “junk” takes up. Wheeler said the junk industry is still developing, but competition exists in the area from companies such as 1-800-GOT JUNK and College Hunks Hauling Junk.

“I don’t think there is any way we can’t continue to grow,” said Wheeler, a lifelong Herndon resident and 2002 graduate of Chantilly High School. 123Junk was doing two jobs per week when it first started in January, then in the April-May period calls for service increased a great amount. “In the summer, it just exploded,” said Wheeler.

Read the rest of the story at the Herndon Connection.

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