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Friday, May 11, 2012

Author: Aaron Steed

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Tags: Corporate Culture, Entrepreneurialism

We’re so excited about the video we made in-house for the National Small Business Week Video Contest! We spent last week writing the script, collecting b-roll, story boarding, selecting music, and then shot and edited it this week, so it’s fresh off the presses (out of the canister? Ha!).

We outlined how the SBA has helped us grow and succeed over the years with our company, Meathead Movers. We were two broke high school brothers, Aaron and Evan, who needed a way to make money without having to drop out of the sports we loved and 15 years later, we’re California’s largest independent moving company, with over 200 employees and a fleet of 32 trucks. With the help of Aaron’s wife, Erin, we also launched a new brand last year: Princess Packers!

We were proud to share our efforts to give back to our community, which range from donating moving services to victims of domestic violence and The Cinderella Fund, which provides scholarships for needy children.

We had a lot of fun making it and really hope you like it! We’re extremely passionate about entrepreneurship, and know that we, along with millions of other Americans, would not be where we are today without the help and support of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Thank you,
Aaron, Erin & Evan Steed

Video Transcript

Aaron: We are Meathead Movers, California’s largest independent moving company headquartered in San Luis Obispo. We've been able to expand our business, hire more employees and realize some of our biggest dreams over the past decade all because of the SBA, specifically through 7(a) and express loans. My brother Evan and I started Meathead Movers in high school as a way to earn money around our athletics and academic commitments.

Evan: Thanks to SBA financing we were able to develop proprietary software which controls staffing, scheduling, sales, accounting, fleet management and website content. It’s the finest in the industry and allowed us to replace this ratty old thing. This is just one of the ways being a small business allows us to be nimble, adapt quickly to change and continuously innovate.

Aaron: The single most rewarding thing about owning a small business is knowing that I’m changing an industry with my brother and my wife right by my side and knowing that we’re going to be exceeding five million dollars in revenue this year feel pretty good too.

Erin: Because Meathead Movers has been able to thrive with help from the SBA we’ve been able to provide thousand so of jobs over the years to those in our communities. We focus on giving back to every community that we serve. We pair with local women’s shelters to help move victims of domestic violence. This service is so important that we pledge to offer it to any area in which we expand. When we created our sister company Princess Packers we knew we had to incorporate an element of philanthropy into it so it would fit with the Meathead way of doing business. We created the Cinderella Fund. For every box packed by our Princess Packers we donate one dollar to this fund. The money is then allocated to local non-profits who use it for scholarships for children in need.

Aaron: When we started out people said we were crazy for wanting to start our own moving company, but we put our heads down, ignored the critics and never gave up. We were recently able to refinance through the SBA which will save us money and allow us to continue to hire. We are so grateful to the SBA for believing in Meathead Movers and for giving us and our over 200 employees the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

Thank you.

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