The owners of a self-storage facility in San Luis Obispo, Calif., were recently honored at the White House as one of 100 companies that inspire young entrepreneurs. The inaugural Empact 100 List recognizes companies run by entrepreneurs age 30 or younger with annual revenue of more than $100,000. Brothers Aaron and Evan Steed own Meathead Movers and Meathead Mini Storage.
Looking for a way to earn money while attending high school and playing sports, the brothers founded Meathead Movers in 1997. They opened the 703-storage unit Meathead Mini Storage at the company’s headquarters nearly two years ago. In addition to a variety of self-storage unit sizes, the facility offers packing supplies, wine storage and a concierge service.
Meathead Movers employs 200 people, and has branches in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The staff is largely made of college athletes dubbed “Meatheads.” The company launched a new service this year, Princess Packers, in which female employees prepare and pack clients’ belongings. Princess Packers generates about 10 percent of the company’s revenue.
The Empact 100 List is organized by partners including Empact, the Kauffman Foundation, Opportunity International, the Startup America Partnership and other partners. The winners were invited to a special event at the White House on Nov. 17.