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By Arlo Redwine

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During his senior year at George Washington University, Stef-anTriandafilou needed some extra cash. Forgoing the usual, andperhaps easier, route of getting a job, he instead founded a smallcleaning service-using a mere $250 (the cost of two vacuums). Soonafter start-up, he recruited college soccer teammate AndrewDrykerman as his partner. What started out as a vehicle for makinga few extra bucks quickly grew into Bethesda, Maryland-basedMarathon Cleaning, a 50-employee commercial and constructioncleaning company with annual sales of $2 million.

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In 1999, hot on the heels of Marathon Cleaning's success,Triandafilou and Drykerman (27 and 24, respectively) turned theiryouthful vigor toward the residential market, creating the pressurewashing franchise In addition to commercial andconstruction work, franchisees service the decks,siding, gutters and awnings of residential homes and commercialreal estate. The ".com" of the company's nametranslates into online scheduling, billing and collecting.

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