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Kaneland students create app to connect teens with local jobs

Daydreaming during class has paid off for Kaneland High School student Jake Obremski of Sugar Grove. The teen has designed a web app called Dablr.

For a $5 enrollment fee, Dablr is an online service intended to connect teens with odd jobs around their community, from lawn care to pet care to child care.

“I was just sitting in class one day and thought ‘What can I do to help kids my age make a little money, while still being able to do their extracurricular activities?’” Obremski said.

In order to make Dablr a reality, Obremski enlisted the help of his friend, Neil Glazier of Elburn. Together, the two developed the website, In total, it took six months to get Dablr up and running.

“You go on the site, click hire, fill out a form describing the job you want done, [your fee] and your number, and once the job is posted, an alert goes out the workers,” Glazier said of the site. “We wanted to make it as simple as possible.”

With Dablr, teens can make extra cash with odd jobs around the community – jobs that work around their schedule so they do not have to sacrifice sports or any other extracurricular activities they may have.

In addition, Dablr allows community members to set their own price for everyday work they either don’t have the time to do themselves or do not want to do.

Dablr officially launched June 1, and within 24 hours, three jobs were posted and filled, and $145 worth of work was created. According to Obremski, jobs were filled within 20 minutes of being posted. Before the official public launch, Obremski and Glazier signed up a few of their friends to do a test run of sorts of the app.

“People have loved it,” Obremski said. “We’ve been featured on [the] news, different magazines, we’ve gotten good Facebook responses and the workers love it, too.”

The journey to creating this app began long after Obremski even conjured up the concept of Dablr. Obremski said none of this would be possible had he not been a part of Living miDream, a program designed to help individuals reach their full potential.

Both of the boys have taken on the role of networking with other entrepreneurs, as these connections help promote Dablr to the Chicago area.

“That has helped propel us where we are today,” Glazier said.

Although the success of Dablr is still fresh, Obremski and Glazier are already looking forward to any future success they and the app may have.

“Hopefully, we can get multiple job requests a day, and expand to other subdivisions in the area, like Naperville, Schaumburg, places like that,” Glazier said.

Both boys will be seniors at Kaneland High School this coming fall, and have plans to attend Waubonsee Community College as business majors while they watch their app continue to grow and flourish.

“If it’s doing well, we’re going to keep working on it,” Obremski.

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