May 19, 2024

This week’s crime report for Clay County Florida, provided by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
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FLEMING ISLAND – Rather than lounge around, a local teen entrepreneur owns a garbage cleaning business, eschewing the typical high school summer jobs like a lifeguard.Will Hejmanowski, 13, just …
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FLEMING ISLAND – Rather than lounge around, a local teen entrepreneur owns a garbage cleaning business, eschewing the typical high school summer jobs like a lifeguard.
Will Hejmanowski, 13, just graduated from Oakleaf Junior High. Last year, the business “Fresh Bins” started on a small scale, but now it’s hit about a dozen customers, using his family golf cart and a power washer he bought. The marketing has extended to flyers, business cards and social media.
Old-fashioned going door to door doesn’t hurt, either.
“Hopefully, when I gain more customers, my friends can go into my place,” he said.The goal is to get a car. Asked where the drive comes from, he said he is the youngest of four.
“It comes from being the youngest of four siblings who are all grown up doing their own thing,” he said. “At my own age, I don’t think there are a lot of jobs hiring.”
Reactions have been positive, he said. But this is a unique idea for something most people don’t want to do. Rather than a driver stopping because they see a child manning a lemonade stand, customers partake due to the need.
As for growth, Will Hejmanowski wants to branch Fresh Bins out of his neighborhood, Eagle Landing, and establish more customers. “Most customers think it’s a great idea during summer,” he said. “They’re grateful.”
Chris Hejmanowski, Will’s father, said the pair were cleaning out bins when Will asked if couldn’t pay someone to do it. His son was referring to himself rather than a hired cleaner.
“(Will) said, “No, I mean could I do this,’” Chris Hejmanowski said.
Teens can work retail and or deliver food, the elder Hejmanowski said, and those jobs are constructive. However, entrepreneurship requires marketing, resourcefulness and managing overhead. More often than not, the country is bombarded with tales of youth gone wrong, he said.
“Most have no idea what happens behind the counter,” Chris Hejmanowski said. “It’s viable and not an expensive endeavor on (Will’s) part. My kids always had summer jobs. Will has had a chance to see all that.”
It’s $10 to clean a single bin; $15 for two bins. The business provides its garbage bags for clean-up, pressure washer and cleaning supplies. Customers need only provide a hose and water source. Email for more information.
As for Will Hejmanowski, he plans to attend his freshman year at Bishop John J. Snyder High School in Jacksonville next year. Now, it’s time to get to work, he said.

“I think me doing this is a smart idea over the summer,” he said.
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