Joe Weidman / EO Chicago
Joe Weidman started JUNK Relief in 2007, when he realized he could run a junk removal company more professionally and ethically than other established services in Chicago. JUNK Relief removes almost anything - couches, hoarding situations, construction debris and large items, like hot tubs from high-rises - within about a 60 mile radius from the city of Chicago. ⠀⠀
While pursuing his interest for learning and growth in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, Weidman was referred to join EO Accelerator by an EO member.
“I knew that I wasn’t where I wanted to be, and EO Accelerator would give me the tools to get to where I wanted to go,” Weidman said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Being a part of EO Accelerator and attending learning days offered Weidman the tools to make those kinds of adjustments. “Learning days were an education I didn’t necessarily have. It was impactful to sit through a learning day and know that a lot of what was being taught was very applicable to me in real time,” Weidman said. “My business was going through a lot at that moment, so I was able to turn around and apply the lessons right away.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“I think that everyone in EO Accelerator focusing on growing their business motivated me to laser-focus on getting to half a million [in annual revenue]. And now I am laser-focused on getting to 10 million [in annual revenue],” Weidman said. “There was a group goal for everybody; we all wanted our businesses to grow and be successful.”