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Episode 2: Derek Foster (Daigle Cleaning Systems)

Welcome to Blue Collar StartUp the podcast.    
Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.   

In this episode, Mike interviews Derek Foster: co-founder of Blue Collar StartUp, president of Daigle Cleaning Systems, and CEO of DCS Franchises. Derek has grown a commercial cleaning and janitorial business from his side hustle to a thriving multi-million dollar business with over 100 employees! In this podcast, Derek fills us in on how he got started, going from side hustle to full time, and what it takes to grow a successful business in the janitorial industry.    
Watch on YouTube: 
04:13 - Work Ethic 
06:50 - Side Hustle Start Up 
10:05 - Creating Process 
11:13 - Everyone Sucks Sometime  
13:46 - When Mistakes Happen, You Have Two Choices 
25:05 - State of the Blue Collar Industries 
29:41 - From Chaos... Comes Opportunity 
31:29 - Patience - It Goes a Long Way!
32:14 - Biggest Challenge Derek Ever Faced 
33:00 - Wake-Up Call 
37:10 - Will vs Skill 
37:22 - What Would he do Differently, if he Could Do it Again?
38:34 - Mentors Along the Way  
44:01 - Secret to Success



  • Interviewer

    Michael Nelson

  • Guest

    Derek Foster

  • Runtime

    48 Minutes

  • Air Date

    March 14th, 2022