Ellen Sanders

Company: Ichiban Cleaning (Palm Bay)

Position: Co-owner

Background: Has a degree as a medical assistant; started the business in the 1990s.

Major accomplishments: Contracts with major medical organizations; does business in six Florida counties.  The company now has 52 employees.

Greatest challenge faced by her company and field: “Getting and keeping good people.  Everything else is easy.”

Reason for success:  “We have contracts because of our reputation.  We treat this business very professionally.”

Advice to others who might follow in her footsteps:  “You have to have a passion for the job . . . . You have to have a dream, and you have to have all that in place before you start.”