Chevonne’s Classy Cleaning
Years In Business: 5 months
Number of Employees: 3
Elevator Pitch: “If you don’t have time to get it done, call Chevonne”
As part of our follow-up to the progress the Daughters of Zion CNPP grantee is making within Memphis, Shelby County, and beyond- we are highlighting their weekly Entrepreneur of the Week award. When asked why Danielle Brown was selected as the entrepreneur of the week, Dr. Gerald Kiner, PhD declared, “ Danielle is a true perfectionist and in her industry perfection separates you from the pact. Her confidence in her abilities shows in her bidding process. She knows she and her team can do any job cheaper and better than most of her competition while offering complimentary add on services that the competition would never consider. Her industry is overcrowded with competitors but Danielle knows how to stand out above the crowd. Knowing her has been a huge win for us.”
Danielle Brown answered several questions for the entrepreneur of the week.
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: I am the owner of Chevonne’s Classy Cleaning, LLC. It’s a cleaning company that I started in October 2021, so it’s very new. I’ve always been passionate about cleaning, though, being neat and organized. I’ve been cleaning up since I was about seven years old, it’s a stress reliever for me and I just love doing it.
Q: How did you get started in your business?
A: Well, how I got into it was, I’ve always been into it. My son passed away from COVID in 2021, so after he passed, it’s like something got in me, and it was like, Danielle, it’s time for you to do the things that you want to. My son always told me you should do the things that you want to do that makes you happy in life. Before he passed we were talking about doing a podcast and so, after he passed away, it’s like it just hit me one day, you know what, now is the time. Stop procrastinating, stop being complacent, get up and do the things that you want to do. So one day, I just got online and started Googling, “hey, what do I need to do to start a cleaning business in Tennessee?” Then I started gathering information and I started researching, and it just went from there. I got a person to do my logo, I came up with a name. I got my website done, I got my LLC, I went and got my business license. I got business insurance, I got funded, got all of these things and I just kept going, and I’m doing it now.
Q: What separates your business from other cleaning businesses?
A: Every home or every business that I go into, I clean their home or business like it’s my very own. I always try to provide little things like for the toilets, I put the little blue tabs in there to make the water blue, because I think it’s pretty and it’s fresh, and it’s clean. I buy the little Febreze plug-in scented oil burner, because I think it makes the home or the business smell good because I like good smells. I’m like, if it doesn’t smell clean, it’s not clean to me. That might be a crazy little thing, but that’s just how I feel about it. And I just feel like, you should do for people what you want done for yourself, or what you want somebody else to do for you. So, I’m going to clean everybody’s home or business the way that I would clean my own, because I want to make sure that it’s to their satisfaction.
Q: What’s a success story? What’s a client story about you that stands out in your mind?
A: Probably coming here and being able to clean for you all. I got the information about Daughters of Zion and then I was contacted by Ms. Merilyn Prince about cleaning the church, and it was a totally separate thing. And I was like, I was just trying to get information to see about starting the business and getting it going and all of the things that I could do with the business, and then I ended up getting an opportunity to actually clean for you all, so that’s a success story.
Q: What have you learned about the Daughters of Zion?
A: Oh, my God, I have learned so much. It’s like a wealth of knowledge and information. There’s always information out there that you never knew about, and nobody ever tried to take the initiative to tell you about or help you. Daughters of Zion tells you all this information about grants and how you can network, and gives you ideas for other businesses.
Q. What would you say to other businesses that may need help, and would consider coming to Daughters of Zion?
A: That it’s a great place to be. The best thing for them to do is just come, like I think there was a lady that spoke today and said, ‘If this is your first time, don’t make it your last time.’ It’s so much information, but it’s just you get so full, and just so excited, and, you know, everything that goes in it, it’s like you get so full and overwhelmed, you’re just speechless. You can’t even speak, you’re like, “Wow, this is just amazing.” I mean that’s just the feeling. That’s the feeling for me and I’m sure it probably is the feeling for most of the other people that come to the meeting.
Q: Who is this young lady sitting here with you which I believe is one of your business coaches with a DOZ Spoke- No Mistakes Allowed LLC ?
A: This is Minister Amber, she has been amazing. I think everybody would agree and feel the same. Everybody kind of wants to grab her in and just keep them to themselves, that’s just how amazing she is. She’s patient, very professional, just, an all-around nice person, and is always there to help you with whatever you need. You can text her, call her, whatever time, she never seems like you are bogging her down with questions or getting on her nerves, or anything. She’s always just so, so patient, and so ready to help you.
Q: In closing, what would you say to someone that needs your services on why they should come to you? What would your pitch be? They’re looking for a cleaning company, what would you say?
A: I actually have a couple things that I like to say. One being, hey, if you don’t have time to get it done, call Chevonne… …cause’ I have time. You have enough to do, let Chevonne clean for you. So, hey, not only cleaning, I also do services like laundry services, pantry to closet, garage organization. If you don’t have time to do it, just call me, I’ll do it.