Friday, September 17, 2010

Philadelphia’s Team Clean Named to 4th Annual Inc. Magazine Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies


Philadelphia, PA – September 17, 2010 – Inc. magazine has announced that Team Clean, a leading provider of janitorial services in the Philadelphia region, is ranked number 4,672 on its fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery, and Radio Flyer, maker of the iconic children’s red wagon, are among the prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

Team Clean was founded in 1985 by Donna Allie, and the company she founded on a shoe-string is now Philadelphia’s largest minority-owned and woman-owned business, certified as a women's business enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and as a minority enterprise by the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Originally unable to find employment in her chosen field after college graduation, Allie was a single parent determined to find a way to support herself and her child. She had accompanied a friend on a job cleaning a home, and realized that there was an excellent income potential in cleaning houses. She answered newspaper advertisements for “cleaning ladies,” and began cleaning homes throughout Philadelphia’s suburban Main Line.

Team Clean grew when Allie began to respond to those newspaper ads by hiring women herself and sending them off in pairs to clean homes, establishing the burgeoning company’s “team” approach to cleaning. She took her first commercial contract in 1985 with the Upper Main Line YMCA. Today, Team Clean serves a variety of clients in government, education, industry, professional offices, sports and entertainment venues and events, including the landmark National Constitution Center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Cheyney University.

“We are incredibly honored to be included in the Inc. 5000 this year,” said Allie. “It is a tribute to the hard work of all our employees over the past few years that Team Clean has achieved this national recognition.’’

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on www.inc.com/5000.

About Inc. Magazine:
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,647, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at www.inc.com.

About the Inc. 5005000 Conference:
Each year, Inc. and Inc.com celebrate the remarkable achievements of today’s entrepreneurial superstars—the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 5005000 Conference & Awards Ceremony brings together members of the Inc. community, both a new class of Inc. 5005000 honorees and the list’s alumni, for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. Please join us September 30–October 2, 2010, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, located minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. For more information about the 2010 Inc. 5005000 Conference & Awards Ceremony and to register, visit www.inc500conference.com or call 866-901-3205.

About Team Clean:
Team Clean is a leading provider of janitorial services in the Philadelphia region. The company serves a variety of clients in government, education, industry, professional offices, sports and entertainment venues and events. Active in the Philadelphia community with a variety of social and economic programs, Team Clean is Philadelphia’s leading minority-owned and woman-owned business and the recipient of multiple national and regional business awards as well as multiple awards for its community initiatives. Additional information about the company is available at http://www.team-clean.com/.

Media Contact:
Jim DeLorenzo on behalf of Team Clean
Telephone: 215-564-1122
Cell phone: 215-266-5943
E-mail: jim@jhdenterprises.com