Meathead Movers in San Luis Obispo Honored by White House
Extra Space Storage | Storage Industry News Blog By Tony Gonzalez
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The White House honored a moving company based in San Luis Obispo as one of 100 companies that impact the economy and inspire young budding business people to start their own business. The criteria required to make it on the Empact list includes being a 30 year-old (or younger) U.S. entrepreneur, have a business with an annual revenue of more than $100,000, and provide jobs for others.
Brothers Aaron and Evan Steed started Meathead Movers in 1997 while they were high school students. Their business grew over the years and now handles over 4,000 moves a year and is the largest independent moving company in California. They hire male college students to do the moving. In addition to their headquarters in San Luis Obispo, they have a branch office in Santa Barbara and one in Southern California. Their sales and marketing office is in Los Angeles.
The brothers also offer a Meathead Packer service. Meathead Packers, female college students working their way through college, are professionally trained and add an extra ‘feminine touch’ – or conscientious and special care – to packing and moving. From monies received from each box packed by the Meathead Packers, Meathead Moving donates $1 per box to The Cinderella Fund. The Cinderella Fund gives grants to children from struggling families. The grants provide resources that support those children in reaching their educational, artistic, and athletic dreams. Meathead Movers also partner with the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo, Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County, and Many Mansions in Ventura County to support abused women.
The businesses Empact (formerly the Extreme Entrepreneurship Education), Opportunity International, Startup America Partnership, Kauffman Foundation, and Global Entrepreneurship Week created the Empact100 list. On average, the companies on the Empact 100 list were started an average of 4 years ago. The average age of the founding entrepreneur is 27. Combined, these companies employ over 2,700 people and made $374 million in revenue during 2010.
Evan and Aaron are also half-owners of Central Coast Mini Storage. Their storage facility is headquartered in San Luis Obispo and has 703 units. They have 24 hour video surveillance, well lit aisles and corridors, extra wide turning areas at the end of each building, electronic gate access code, and handicap accessible units. They offer free use of hand trucks and dollies within the facility They also offer a complimentary personal Storage Concierge service that gives packing and storing tips and helps people determine the size of storage unit needed. They also offer rental units to store wine collections.