As eClean reported in our April 2012 issue, Envirospec – a wholesaler of pressure washing industry parts, supplies, equipment and cleaning chemicals – introduced the Washin’ Warriors development program to help 12 deserving veterans enter and succeed in the pressure washing industry. (Click here to read the eClean article.) In late July, Envirospec announced its first Washin’ Warriors program recipient, David Crockett of Panama City Beach, Florida, who will receive a business start-up package valued at more than $20,000.00 in equipment, parts, accessories, chemicals and ongoing technical support, training & marketing. The package will allow Mr. Crockett an opportunity to open a business in the residential and commercial pressure washing industry.
“My wife Shelley and I are both veterans,” stated John Allison, owner of Envirospec. “We appreciate the sacrifice and service of our vets, and want to help in the best way we know how – to provide an opportunity to become successful small business owner.”
David Crockett is a 20-year veteran of the United States Army where he served as a NATO combat photographer. He had already planned to start a pressure washing business, but in his own words, had a “Wal-Mart pressure washer budget and big dreams.”
Crockett learned about the Washin’ Warriors project after posting his “big dreams” on The Grime Scene’s bulletin board. Even then, he admits, he was hesitant to apply, but two industry members passed the information on to John Allison and the screening process – and eventual approval – began.
The business start-up package includes Professional High Pressure Cleaning Equipment, a three-month supply of Job Matched Cleaning Chemical, equipment operation and maintenance training, systems certification classes, and chemical application techniques training. Also included is training on marketing his business to local homeowners and businesses and priority support from the EnviroSpec staff and the owner of EnviroSpec. The package also provides for substantial financial assistance from EnviroSpec.
Through his new business, David Crockett Outdoors, Crockett will be able to quickly begin to generate positive cash flow by providing quality cleaning services to the Panama City Beach area. Utilizing Envirospec’s line of cleaning chemicals, top-quality equipment, and support based on 40 years of expertise, David Crockett Outdoors should be able handle jobs big and small of cleaning projects.
For example, while Crockett stressed that he’s “doing (his) part to get business,” Allison is paying to produce and mail marketing materials for Crockett’s new business.
“I truly appreciate the opportunity to start my own pressure washing business,” stated Crockett. “Many vets just need a chance and I want to thank Envirospec for giving me this start.”
Crockett also persuaded other industry member to encourage other veterans to apply for the program, particularly since recruiting vets has been the biggest obstacle. “Get them past thinking they are asking for a hand out and focus them on the fact that EnviroSpec is offering, and you may find veterans are a little more agreeable. Let them know this is a real offer. Have them read this article because I can tell you, I didn’t sign any contract and wasn’t asked to do anything other than succeed and get free advice!”
EnviroSpec has been serving the pressure washing industry since 1972 with their large selection of pressure washer parts and supplies at affordable prices. EnviroSpec manufactures a growing product line to meet the ever-changing needs of the professional contract cleaner. Envirospec is also known for its charitable giving, supporting many animal rescue, children and military veteran charities.