Cleangreen has received its certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
“Since I founded Cleangreen 12 years ago, I have taken pride in not only serving as a female entrepreneur, but surrounding myself with other strong, talented women who have enabled us to grow and thrive on Cape Cod,” said Cleangreen CEO Jitka Borowick. “It’s important for the next generation to have women they can look up to in our community. It’s why I’ve made it a point to give back and show that leadership is defined by the impact you make in the lives of others.”
The WBENC’s national standard of certification is a rigorous process, including an in-depth review and site inspection, to confirm an independent business is at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by a woman or women. Borowick founded Cleangreen in 2008 as a one-woman enterprise, eventually growing it into a business that employs nearly 20 year-round staff.
With headquarters in Barnstable, Cleangreen began as a residential cleaning company. It has expanded its services to include commercial and construction cleaning, both of which are currently available to essential businesses on Cape Cod during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past three weeks, Borowick has adapted her business strategy to minimize the impact of the pandemic on her staff, selling cleaning baskets and encouraging clients to purchase gift certificates and to schedule future cleanings. Learn more about ways you can support Cleangreen here.
“In times like this, you have to be flexible, adaptable, and quickly find ways for the public to support small businesses like ours,” Borowick said. “We’re still able to support our region’s essential businesses by ensuring their workplace is not only clean, but safe for them, their employees, and the customers they are serving during this time. We’re making every effort to do this while observing protocols defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
In this difficult climate, Borowick was excited for her company to receive this latest recognition which celebrates the importance of a woman-led business in our region. Over the years, Cleangreen has received several honors, including being one of only eight companies certified as a Cape & Islands Green Level 2 business. In 2014, the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce named Cleangreen its Business of the Year.
The WBE certification must be renewed on an annual basis.
By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.