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Old dogs, new tricks

FSB's archives are packed with entrepreneurs who reinvented stagnant industries. Here's how some of them are doing today.

New trick: Trash pickup
New trick: Trash pickup
Improving upon the schlep-it-to-the-dump idea, hauler 1-800-GOT-JUNK? made our November 2003 cover as a fast-growing $12.6-million-a-year company with 74 franchisees. By providing clean trucks, polite drivers and prompt service delivered through a computer call center, this Vancouver, B.C., company has taken off. Today the profitable firm boasts 317 junk-hauling franchisees and $91 million in annual revenues. -Julie sloane






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