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NY Times: Self-Reliance, Newfound Business Skills Keys to Entrepreneur Saudia Davis '00 Success

Story posted August 27, 2010

Entrepreneur Saudia Davis '00 is highlighted in "Some Business Skills to Go With the Passion," a New York Times article about the entrepreneurial ideal and the college courses and continuing education classes that endeavor to foster it.

Davis started GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning, an organic residential and commercial cleaning service whose goal is to help its clientele achieve a healthier lifestyle.

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Excerpts from the article:

She lost her job in 2007, when her employer cut her department. "I could find a new job or gamble and put everything on the table to start my own business," recalled Ms. Davis, 32.
She chose to take the entrepreneurial plunge. Her grandmother had been a house cleaner, and Ms. Davis had long thought that house cleaning could be made more healthy and environmentally friendly for the clients and the cleaners. Her company, Greenhouse Eco-Cleaning, in Brooklyn, was founded to pursue that vision of cleaner cleaning. It uses no toxic cleaning agents like ammonia or formaldehyde, and checks the allergies of clients and their pets to avoid using materials that might aggravate those conditions.
Today, her company employs 12 people and has 600 household and office clients. Initial plans to manufacture green cleaning products have been postponed — too capital-intensive and distracting, Ms. Davis said. One lesson learned, she adds, is that the entrepreneurial journey is all-consuming. "The closest thing I have to vacation is sleep," she said.

The article mentions Davis was an English and Africana studies major at Bowdoin.

Read the article.

In May, Davis was featured in a segment that aired on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. Read the text of the segment.

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