5 August Where Else Can You Still Find So Many Hard Working and Driven Employees? August 5, 2016 By Laura Pavlus General hard working, driven, entreprenuer, economic development, academies of clay, CTE, wall-to-wall academies, continuing technical education, clay county 0 We are continually trying to put into words what a unique asset our Clay workforce is - hard working, driven, educated employees with down home values. This article does a superb job of starting to tell the story about the types of people who call Clay home. Almost 60% of the workforce of Clay commutes through heavy traffic to neighboring counties for jobs. Why "choose Clay" for your business relocation or expansion - amazing workers who would love to work closer to home! Read Full Article Here OAKLEAF – The middle school brainchild of a doggy poop scooping business received a social media shout out Sunday from “Dirty Job’s” host Mike Rowe for finally proving “when it comes to [number two], somebody’s gotta be [number one].” Kyle Graham, 13, founder of Call of Doodie Pet Waste Removal, has received a huge amount of attention since Rowe posted the Facebook message Kyle wrote to him. Rowe even cited him as an inspiration. At press time, the post was had already reached 93,000 likes and more than 12,000 shares on Facebook. “He does dirty jobs and I think my job is pretty dirty, so it would make a lot of sense to talk to him,” Graham said. “Not a lot of people like doing jobs, but the money is there.” The description on Graham’s company website reads, “It is my sworn duty to help you win the war against your backyard doodie. Once a week our Special Forces will invade your yard and take out those dirty, stinking land mines that your best friend leaves behind,” which about sums his business model up. Graham founded his business approximately a year and a half ago and said he rakes in about $250 a week. Graham’s customers pay a $40 monthly fee for him to come in once a week – prices vary depending on the number of dogs and frequency of pickups. Graham also offers a onetime pickup fee. Business has been good for Graham. In his short entrepreneurial stint, he’s already raised enough money to buy a 17-foot bass fishing boat for $3,300. But he isn’t stopping there, he has set his sights on a newer year Jeep Wrangler next so he can hit the mud dunes with his friends. Graham’s mother said she is amazed at the feedback he has received through Facebook messages and email, but is even more blown away at the offers from companies he’s received through Rowe’s endorsement of Graham’s dirty job. “I think this just in and of itself has taught him so many life lessons in such a short time,” Jennifer Graham said. “The importance of saving for something you’re interested in like a boat, now a jeep. The life lessons, even as simple as having clients that call his cell phone. How many kids these days don’t have cell phone manners?” Kyle said the work was hard at first, but once he became accustomed to a routine of going out at his scheduled times to clean up after his customers’ dogs the work became easier for him. Of course, the added bonus of a steady income brings a smile to Kyle’s face. The tools of Kyle’s trade are simple, a double layered plastic bag, rubber gloves, a five-gallon bucket and dog treats. No doubt the dog treats speed up customer turnover. Jennifer said there could even be an opportunity to franchise and hire employees if the business continues to pick up. Kyle said he would consider it and isn’t sure exactly what career path he wants to travel. He said he would be content with dirty jobs his whole life as long as he gets to continue owning his own business. “Just depends where there’s a niche, but this seems to be working pretty good at the moment,” Kyle said. Next year Kyle makes the switch to Clay Virtual Academy as he enters eighth grade. He said he could use his time more effectively in an academic setting outside of the classroom. However, Kyle will take all of his electives at Oakleaf Junior High, which is within walking distance of his home. Kyle likes soccer, mudding and fishing, so he’ll continue to do all of his favorites regardless of how many customers come busting the door down. Currently most of Kyle’s customers live in his neighborhood, but he hopes to branch out and pick up new customers wherever he can – and soon his schedule will be even more flexible to handle it. But until then, he’ll continue picking up his dog Tebow’s poop in the backyard for a monthly fee of electricity, food and the gas money to drive him to all of his customers. “Somebody’s got to do it,” Jennifer said. Clay EDC Supports Entrepreneurs! Learn More Here! READ MORE FROM JACKSONVILLE.COM Related Clay County is Excited to Join the Co-Working Movement and Here's Why..... The stated #1 priority of the Clay County Board of County Commissioners is economic development and their actions speak even louder than their words. One of the many strategic moves Clay is making towards this mission is with the addition of a co-working entrepreneurial center in Green Cove Springs. Co-working spaces are gaining popularity nationally and here's why...... Clay Youth Connection Program Finds Home at Moosehaven The Clay Youth Connection is an initiative that is striving to find students in the Clay County school system that are temporarily displaced and give them a place to live, so that a lack of sleep on a proper bed, or a void of breakfast, will no longer be a hurdle they face in their high school education. Moosehaven is providing rooms, food, relationships with the elderly and even jobs for the two teenagers that are a part of the initiative. Moosehaven is the breakfast before school, the bed to sleep on at night, the home over their heads that these two young adults haven’t had for the past few years, if not longer. Clay County Business Owner, Amy Pope-Wells, Participates in Roundtable with President Trump Amy Pope-Wells, successful Clay County business owner of Link Staffing and Tira Diva, joins women small business owners at a roundtable with President Trump and Vice President Pence. New Co-working Space Opens in Orange Park of Clay County off of Kingsley and Park Avenues A new co-working space has opened up in Orange Park off of Kingsley Avenue and Park Avenue (US-17). Forget Silicon Valley: Build Your Business in the 'Burbs Are big cities the best choice for successful startups? Maybe not. When entrepreneurs jump to New York or the Bay Area, they're overlooking a major candidate: the suburbs. Big cities are alluring, but these quieter regions aren't to be neglected. For many companies, suburbia will make a better fit than a city. Marine Corps and Boeing Resurrect F/A-18 Fighters As the Navy and Marine Corps face dire readiness challenges in their tactical aviation fleets, Boeing is stepping up to add capabilities and longevity to older F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. The C+ work is being performed at Boeing’s Cecil Field facilities in Jacksonville, Florida. During an exclusive tour of the facilities, Maxwell showed National Defense the first reconstituted aircraft from the boneyard. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.