Company: Ichiban Cleaning (Palm Bay)
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.”