New business gets moving in Reading incubator

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A grand opening is being held today for Boxaroo, an startup business aimed at taking some of the pain out of the process of moving.

David Wise II, owner of Boxaroo, has opened the business in the Jump Start Incubator of Berks County Community Foundation Building in Reading.

After working in the junk removal business for several years, Wise saw first-hand the trouble people went through finding boxes – either searching through liquor stores or begging from friends. Then, he said, was the secondary issue of getting rid of all the boxes when you were done.

It inspired him to start his new business, which lets customers rent sturdy plastic storage boxes for moving.

Starting at roughly $2.50 a box for a weekly rental, a variety of packages is offered for moves ranging from a one-bedroom apartment to a four- or more bedroom home. Boxaroo even has packages for businesses that may be moving offices.

Customers also can rent recyclable packaging material and a device that Wise calls "skates" – boxes can be stacked on them for easier moving.

While this isn't his first time owning a business, Wise's previous junk-removal businesses were franchises. Starting with an entirely new concept was quite a challenge, he said. He expressed gratitude to the Jump Start Incubator and the Kutztown Small Business Development Center for helping him turn his idea into a business.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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