College grads start car wash business

August 8, 2009 12:43:45 AM PDT
Competition for every available job remains fierce and that makes it tough for people who just need seasonal or temporary work. But some college students who found a way to work around that trend.

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For $10 and a water supply, Greg Kamrad and J.P. Whitford will come to your house and wash your car.

They opened 'College Car Wash' soon after summer break started. The business majors quickly realized, getting a job wasn't going to be easy.

"I applied to big five and sports authority but they'd already been filled up," said Whitford.

"I went to a couple of job interviews and there would be 35 and 40 year olds in the same job interview as me," said Kamradt.

The unemployment rate in Santa Clara County is 11.8 percent, slightly higher than the state average.

Cindy Chavez at the South Bay Labor Council says seasonal jobs are almost non existent in this economy.

"I do think there's a special hardship to people who are fresh out of college because the competition for the jobs that are available is very tight," said Chavez.

With fewer jobs available, the Cal Poly and Loyola Marymount sophomores shifted gears and created a business plan for a carwash start-up.

Before starting their business, the entrepreneurs researched their competition and they came to the largest most popular car wash in sunnyvale, where an interior and exterior wash is $15.

College Car Wash is $5 cheaper and these two are mobile.

"I wanted to have my car washed at my home, I didn't want to drive anywhere I thought it was very convenient," said customer Nancy Blodgett.

In just one month, College Car Wash's 19-year-old founders are making money -- in a time when so many others are not.

Related information:

College Car Wash
408-306-9103
collegecarwash@gmail.com

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