By Sarah L R
Women-Owned Cleaning Businesses: The Finest in the Industry
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Sarah_L_R]Sarah L R
The professional cleaning business is in a renaissance of sorts. It has evolved into more than just dragging a mop across the floor or sweeping a feather duster across knick-knacks. New concerns such as toxins, environment conservation, and ever-improving technologies create competition among products and companies. An influx of women and minority-owned cleaning businesses is forcing the competition take notice.
Cristi Cleaning Services
Successful women come from all countries and backgrounds but one thing they have in common is their ability to inspire. In 1980, business owner Christina Lopez created an opportunity for herself when she founded Cristi Cleaning Services. At the time there were not many female business owners in the cleaning community, and Christina set out make a name for herself. After 30 years of successful operations, Cristina received the Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award from the US Small Business Administration in 2001. Her cleaning company caters to businesses in the New York and New Jersey area. Clients include offices, hospitals, schools, shopping malls, and even The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Cristi Cleaning Services employs approximately 475 workers who are trained to provide top-notch professional service with a personal touch. The company bills itself as “guardians of your customers’ first impressions” and sees its job as a vital part of their clients’ life-support system. The company takes great pride in being caretakers of the environment. They use green cleaning products and procedures to create theirenvironmentally friendlycleaning service. These products create pleasant indoor and outdoor environments using natural ingredients and fragrances.
Ideal Cleaning Services
Ideal Cleaning Services, LLC is located in New York City and is a woman-owned residential and commercial cleaning company. Ideal Cleaning Services has been in business for ten years and it services the boroughs as well as some upstate areas. This company has found a unique niche. They specialize in hoarding cases, biohazard cleanup and cleaning crime scenes.
Ideal Cleaning is the first company to specialize in hoarding/clutter and human waste combo cases and they have nine years of experience in this area. They realize that compulsive hoarding is an issue that needs to be dealt with using compassion and resources to help clients with their problem. The company works with the hoarder or a third party to get the living space cleaned out. Ideal Cleaning even has a life coach to help clients work through their hoarding issues.
Ideal Cleaning has a separate crime services division that does some very intensive cleaning in sensitive situations. The staff is properly trained to remove and handle bio-hazardous waste.
Green Cleaning for Life
One of the most inspiring story of all takes place in Denver, Colorado where ten immigrant women started their own cooperative with the help of El Centro Humanitario of Denver, an organization that promotes workers’ rights. The co-op is called Green Cleaning for Life LLC. Each woman makes $12 an hour and has an equal share in the business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2011 maids and housekeepers in Colorado earned an average of $9.72 per hour. This puts the co-op workers ahead of their peers as far as starting salary, plus these women can take pride in their work and the fact that they own part of the business. At the end of each year, the ten women divide the co-op’s net profits among themselves. This gives everyone the incentive to work harder since they reap the profits directly.
As in all these scenarios starting a business is never easy, but these women were very dedicated to bettering themselves. El Centro spent more than six months teaching these women to speak English, how to run a business, and the importance of green cleaning. It is this sort of supportive environment that helps the successful of the team. And they do not forget it either. Maria Lopez, one of the co-op owners said, “Our intention is not just to make money; it’s to make money so we can help other women who are in the position we were before.”
Each of these women’s stories is unique yet all are inspiring – not just because they are women, but because they are successful women who had the courage to step out of what they knew, take a huge leap of faith and ended up being successful and helping others by providing services and jobs that improve people’s lives.
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