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2021 Virtual Mid-Year Meeting

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As the pandemic is still affecting the in-person meeting and trade show schedules for most of us, the 1-800-SWEEPER Mid-Year meeting planned for Dallas, TX was once again moved to a virtual format. When life gives you lemons…. make lemonade! And that’s just what 1-800-SWEEPER did for their annual Mid-Year Meeting, the pre-curser to the organization’s premiere event, the 2021 Sweeper Summit & Equipment Expo which will take place in-person in November at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas.

The meeting was supported by Gold Sponsor Schwarze Industries and was held on June 9th & 10th in two, 2-hour sessions. Other vendor sponsors included Silver Sponsors Elgin, Go Canvas and Keystone Plastics and Bronze Sponsors Kimball Midwest, Baldwin Filters and Liquitube.

The agenda consisted of an update on the activities and new programs rolled out by 1-800-SWEEPER, including 2 new initiatives: The Mentor Program and a Business Ownership Transition Planning Program. Vendor presentations were made by Schwarze Industries, Go Canvas, Keystone Plastics and Elgin. The highlight of the meeting was the presentation by 1-800-SWEEPER Partner, Mark Carter of Peloton Sweeping, titled Beast Mode Hiring. Mark gave an informative 75-minute presentation on guerrilla marketing tactics and hiring practices, that are very beneficial and timely in today’s hiring climate.

We’d like to thank our 30 Partner companies for taking the time to participate in the 2-day event! Ben Steyer, Executive Director of 1-800-SWEEPER says “Our Partners have so much experience running successful sweeping businesses, sharing that experience with other Partners is the cornerstone of our organization and what makes us so successful. We are very proud of the engagement that our Partners have shown through our virtual events over the past year and are excited for November when we can all get back together in person at the Sweeper Summit & Equipment Expo!” All participating Partners will receive a custom Yeti Slim Beverage Cooler as a thank you for their support of the 1-800-SWEEPER brand and making the organization a collective group of industry professionals, second to none!

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The Perfect Storm: How Jake’s Sweeping Tornados is Sweeping Up San Francisco Bay

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How does taking over a friend’s side hustle turned into a wildly successful business? Growing up in a family full of entrepreneurs, is it any wonder that Darren Estrada of Jake’s Sweeping Tornados had the entrepreneurial spirit at a young age? After selling a prior business, Mr. Estrada was looking for a new opportunity when a close friend mentioned wanting to get out of a side business. In early 2000, Jake’s Sweeping Tornados was born, purchased its first truck, and started working a few existing contracts.  Read More…

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SE Louisiana’s Sweeping and Exterior Maintenance Professionals

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Power Sweep Services

David Powell, Kenner, LA

Power Sweep Services, LLC is a locally owned and operated company that keeps quality and customer service at the top of their priorities. Since Power Sweep Services began in 2005, business has increased each year along with the range of services that are provided. Owned and led by David Powell, they provide services to SE Louisiana and surrounding areas. Power Sweep Services pride themselves on their reputation for providing the exterior maintenance services wanted by their customers.

“We have added a number of services in order to better serve our new and existing customers,” says owner, David Powell.

“We quickly learned that our sweeping customers would prefer working with one capable company on all of their exterior maintenance needs. In the years since we began back in 2005, we have strived to become that type of full-service company.”

Communication is a key factor in our quality.

Along with providing a wide variety of exterior maintenance services, Power Sweep Services, LLC ensures an extremely responsive line of communication with all of their existing and potential customers.

“The one thing that we have always made sure throughout the years is to remain responsive to our customers,” says Powell.

“We always make a point to return phone calls and emails the same day they are received. We have had situations where a customer has requested an emergency clean up in the middle of the night. We were there to take the call when it came in and provide immediate service to our customer.”

Power Sweep Services not only provides sweeping services but also line striping pressure washing and graffiti removal.

We are glad to have David a part of the 1-800-SWEEPER organization.

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Partner Profile: Sweep Masters, Moss Point, MS

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We’re profiling one of our newer members, Cheryl Meyer, owner of Sweep Masters in Moss Point, MS. Cheryl is an Affiliate Member of 1-800-SWEEPER.

Cheryl started in the sweeping business working for Don Odom, then original founding owner of Sweep Masters, in 2003 as Don’s secretary. About six months into Cheryl’s employment, Don called her in the middle of the night to help sweep parking lots. A lot of his employees had quit all at once and he needed her help. Cheryl states,  “I started learning to drive a sweeper truck that night, and I’ve been in the sweeper business now since I was 23 years old. I continued helping on the routes until Don eventually got more employees, and I went back to my secretarial job in the office. He’d call me occasionally and say, “Do you want to learn to do some construction sweeping?” Or, he’d teach me other stuff sweeper truck drivers need to learn. Eventually, I learned it all and I started training new hires.”

Cheryl would eventually buy into the business in 2005, became president in 2015, and in August of 2019 became sole owner, because Don had to retire early due to illness. Today, they have 10 employees, plus Meyer. Sweep Masters had been operating two offices, one in Biloxi, MS and the other in Theodore, AL. They purchased a building in Moss Point, MS that’s much bigger and is in the middle of their service area, and they’ve streamlined operations by moving their whole operation into the Moss Point location.

Sweep Masters serves a 65-mile radius. That may seem like a big distance to cover, but the area is not very dense with shopping centers. Being on the Coastline, they go 65 miles east and west, but only 10 miles north (and south, in Alabama).

Meyer has grown the business over the years and provides quality power sweeping and property maintenance services. Quality, professionalism, and excellent customer service are traits Don Odom started, and even though he is no longer with us, those traits are still the framework that Sweep Masters runs on today.

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