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College students clean, care for others in graduation quest

New Business Spotlight

April 28, 2013
  • Kristi Edwards, left, and Morgan Davis operate H.U.G. (Helping Us Graduate) Services, which opened in January in Charles Town, W.Va.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Name of business: H.U.G. (Helping Us Graduate) Services

Owners: Kristi Edwards and Morgan Davis

Address: Charles Town, W.Va.

Opening date: January 2013

Products and services: We offer home cleaning, yard work, house-sitting, baby-sitting, pet-sitting, personal chef services, wait staff and elder care

Target market: Anyone who needs a service we offer

How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? Davis is a business major at Shepherd University and Edwards is a senior Regents degree major at Shepherd. Both students were working and going to school. In addition to their full-time classes, Davis cleaned homes for extra money and was working three jobs, and Edwards was working 20 to 30 hours a week. Over the course of their time at the university, both encountered many peers in the same situation. The business started as a result of Edwards and Davis seeing the need that students have for employment that pays a working wage and fits around their school schedules. The service is dedicated to Helping Us Graduate. Its goal is to provide the opportunity for individuals who need a service to help students by employing them. The prices are competitive and our students are dedicated.

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Previous business experience: None

Number of employees: We have 15 students on call to service customers, with a waiting list of more students as they are needed.

Hours: Flexible; we are able to work around clients’ schedules. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. We respond to emails very quickly.

Phone number: 304-924-1060

Email: Hugcleaning@hotmail.com

Facebook page: HUG Services

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