Despite facing numerous challenges in life, Cameron Hudson found his success through small business ownership. He explains of his successful junk removal business.
“I couldn’t get a job, so I had to make one with my bare hands”.
As a prior convicted felon, Cameron faced the incredibly challenging and difficult path of re-entering the workforce. Justice Impacted individuals often face re-entry with intense stigma and very little opportunity. When doors kept closing, Cameron decided to forge his own path to success. Alongside business partner Jesse Coxeff, Cameron recognized a lucrative business opportunity in the junk removal field. Unexpectedly, this has offered more than just success, but a way to uplift and give back to their community.
In 2016, Cameron and Jesse established their small business. All-N-Haul, a professional trash and junk removal service, operates out of Gresham, Oregon. Specializing in the removal of appliances, furniture, scrap metal, garbage, and more, their mission extends beyond just clean-up. All-N-Haul has a dedication to assisting both individuals and businesses declutter in an efficient and effective manner. As an eco-friendly company, they maintain a partnership with Waste Management, Northwest Metals Inc, and Rivergate Scrap Metals.
“We Want Our Customers to Feel a Sense of Relief”
For Cameron and Jesse, junk removal is more than getting rid of old trash. At times, it is an emotionally charged journey. At All-N-Haul, Cameron emphasizes, “We want our customers to feel a sense of relief.” Prioritizing clearing clutter, cleaning commercial sites, and micro-trash removal, All-N-Haul strives to bring peace of mind to every job site. Removing stress is their main focus. No matter the situation- saying goodbye to old memories or making room for new beginnings, All-N-Haul, is there to support its customers every step of the way.
All-N-Haul proudly serves the Greater Gresham region with a dedicated crew and fleet, offering tailored services to meet diverse needs on case-by-case basis. With expertise in cleaning up houselessness communities, including handling potential biohazardous materials and human waste, All-N-Haul provides vital services to the community through safe and trusted clean-up. Catering to Residential and Commercial services, All-N-Haul covers a vast client base. From offering individualized solutions like yard waste or junk removal to decluttering options, All-N-Haul offers large appliance removal, construction site clean-up, and micro-trash removal.
Micro-trash is an often-disregarded, but problematic issue. Micro trash can include things like wrappers, bottle lids, and cigarette butts. While it may seem inconsequential at the time, leaving a cigarette butt behind, or other refuse items, can significantly contribute to problems for our ecosystems over time. As an environmentally aware and eco-friendly company, All-N-Haul actively works to eliminate and properly dispose of micro-trash to help leave this world better for the next generation. Working with Multnomah County, ODOT, and more, All-N-Haul is safely removing biohazardous materials, waste, and micro-trash to keep Oregon safe and clean.
Empathy and a Chance to Give Back
All-N-Haul is the trusted company for handling sensitive situations, bringing professionalism and empathy to every interaction. Cameron reflects on these experiences with a sympathetic and understanding approach, emphasizing his mantra with clients.
“Whatever their secret is, we want them to know it is safe with us, and that confidentiality is the most important“.
The company frequently handles emotionally charged clean-ups, like hoarded areas, while navigating delicate issues involving mental health. Additionally, estate sales present another example of the complex scenarios, where All-N-Haul is relied upon. Families coping with loss often face the daunting task of removing furniture and household items, but Cameron assures clients that the company approaches these situations with empathy and understanding, offering support without judgement. All-N-Haul’s ultimate goal is to provide a compassionate solution to ease the burden during the most challenging of times.
One of All-N-Haul’s clients, an adult facility, frequently relies on clean-up and collection services. Working with adult care, Cameron states that, “We want our customers to know it’s about honesty and integrity.” All-N-Haul understands discreetness is paramount with these clients, priding itself on providing a sense of relief and security, with a trustworthy approach. In any setting, clients can rely on All-N-Haul to handle their individual situations with the utmost respect and professionalism. This ensures a strong sense of trust and satisfaction with the company’s services. A consistent cycle of trust and need of specialized services, has led to increased revenue and small business success for Cameron, both financially and emotionally, within the waste management industry.
In addition to working with multiple clients and customers, All-N-Haul also proudly partners with many non-profits. Solve, a non-profit, community clean-up organization, is one of the partners that All-N-Haul works in collaboration with. Together they do local community clean-ups. All-N-Haul is able to donate materials that can be saved from salvage, working closely with Waste Management. One of Cameron’s proudest accomplishments, is working with multiple smaller non-profits to help those in transitional living. All-N-Haul works with the ARC and Community Warehouse where furniture is stored and donated. All-N-Haul provides financial donations, in addition to equipment donations. When those in transition are offered housing availability, All-N-Haul, helps to provide and transport household goods.
More Than Just a Statistic
In the United States, 8% of the population have prior felony convictions, also known as, “justice impacted” individuals. Black American Adults account for around 23%, whereas the amount of Black American males who are justice impacted, account for nearly 33% or 1/3rd of the population. When facing his own re-entry, Cameron refused to be just another statistic. As doors were closing in his face, he decided success was his only option.
“I don’t have another choice; my only option was to succeed… I have 3 kids; the recidivism rate is 82%, and I’ll be darned sure that my son doesn’t go down that path.”
Cameron’s impact extends far beyond guiding his son onto a better route. Through All-N-Haul, Cameron extends a helping hand on a much broader scale. Proud to be a “second chance” company, All-N-Haul, encourages individuals with prior convictions to apply, internally increasing available employment options for justice impacted individuals. All-N-Haul offers current and future employees compassion, empathy, and support instead of judgement. Cameron innately understands the cycle of recidivism and the challenges that contribute to it. Recognizing that significance of stable employment in the re-entry process, All-N-Haul does not penalize multiple offenses, and instead, actively works with those seeking a fresh start and personal growth, with patience and understanding.
As a man of faith, Cameron draws his inspiration from a quote his pastor once shared with him: “If you hold out your hand and ball it into a fist, you can’t get anything in it, but you also can’t get anything out of it. However, if you open your hand, it can consistently be a channel of flowing, allowing you to both receive and give.” Cameron embraces this philosophy and creates opportunities in unexpected ways. Cameron encourages both employees and clients to embrace receiving and giving back- having learned this lesson firsthand.
Success in Financial Literacy
Although All-N-Haul was a thriving small business, Cameron was eager to explore what the OR MBDA Business Center could offer. When the opportunity for them to participate in Business Impact NW’s annual competition, Impact Pitch arose, he was ecstatic. Impact Pitch is a small business showcase that represents underserved populations. It gives business owners a platform to “pitch” their company through five competitive rounds. Every year, we award monetary prizes to grand prize winners in the start-up, early stage, and established business categories. Along with the cash prizes, small business owners walk away with a multitude of networking opportunities, improved business plans, and renewed confidence for successfully marketing their company.
In 2023, All-N-Haul’s dedication and influential pitch, led to a triumphant grand prize win, in their category, “Best Established Business”. This achievement garnered them an esteemed award and highlighted their entrepreneurial ventures. Thanks to personalized one-on-one business coaching through the Oregon MBDA Business Center , they were able to take home a monetary prize, a year-long subscription with Canva, and develop experience with pitching for capital. As one of the first small business clients with the Oregon MBDA and Business Impact NW, his coach was proud to stand by his side. Traveling all the way from Portland, his coach attended the Seattle-based event, demonstrating the unwavering support Business Impact NW has for small business owners.
Working closely with Business Opportunity Specialist, Gabrielle Joyce, Cameron devised an improved financial literacy plan. His plan includes sustainable revenue streams, efficient cash flow management, and strategic business planning and expansion. Cameron credits this relationship with the OR MBDA as one of the driving factors behind All-N-Haul’s continued small business success. In terms of transformative collaboration, Cameron encourages others to utilize the coaching programs available.
“As far as finances and things like that go, take the money management courses, and find some way or someone who can help you with that.”
Cameron continues to work with Gabrielle and keeps a strong relationship with the OR MBDA, as his business advances. Gabrielle Joyce states:
“I enjoyed working with Cameron and helping him practice his pitch. Providing him tips on how to be impactful, I encouraged him to highlight awards from the Mayor and City of Portland. Cameron is confident at explaining the value of his business and what he’s doing in the community. His drive to be successful in his business and community is inspiring. He showed up on time, used the tools, listened to tips and advice, and practiced his pitch.”
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About the author
Emma Seymour is an experienced and accomplished Communications and Public Relations professional. A masterful storyteller, she excels at building relationships, curating compelling content, and crafting impactful narratives.
Alongside her professional accomplishments, Emma also dedicates herself to advocating for veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses as a military spouse herself and former small business owner. She has been privileged to deliver keynote speeches and participate in speaking engagements that address workforce development, military initiatives, and childhood trauma. Emma cherishes her role as a mother to four incredible children and finds solace in hiking and road trips with her family and pets.