Ed. Note: Champions of Change is a weekly initiative to highlight Americans who are making an impact in their communities and helping our country rise to meet the many challenges of the 21st century.
After a whirlwind of red eye and early morning flights there I was, sitting on stage amongst some of the most talented business people I have ever met. The Champions of Change initiative was kind enough to invite me out to The White House to join a discussion about the current state of support the government gives to entrepreneurs.
While I am not a politically savvy or even a politically correct person I really appreciated the time that the government is putting into these programs. Some of the services that they offer are game changing for young entrepreneurs and they definitely need to get the word out about them!
I currently own and operate an environmentally friendly industrial pressure cleaning company in the Phoenix metro area. DevilWash is not a high tech start up and we don’t have the luxury of huge investments or even bank loans. We are financed purely from cash flow as well as business plan competition winnings. This is why the resources available through the SBA and other programs are a huge help.
While the event was great, the connections that I made with the other entrepreneurs in the crowd and on the stage are priceless. Building a network of people who are just as motivated as you is the most inspiring thing that a young person can do. Everyday I see another one of these people I met in the pages of INC or Fortune and say, “wow, I can give him/her a call right now and ask for some advice.” That is a truly powerful thing.
This network as well as the advice of the people I surround myself with is going to be integral with the next steps for DevilWash. We are continuing to develop a proprietary system and then franchising the operation, much in the way that Roto-Rooter has done and been so successful with.
Zach Hamilton is the Founder, Head Engineer and Janitor at DevilWash, a Phoenix-Based environmentally friendly pressure industrial cleaning company.