The six siblings featured on the popular docu-series “Six Little McGhees,” who recently turned four years old will return for more tender moments and love-filled chaos in an all-new season premiering this fall on Saturday, Septmebr 6 at 10 PM ET on OWN.
In the new season, Columbus, Ohio’s first sextuplets, Josiah, Madison, Olivia, Issac, Rozonno Jr. and Elijah, aren’t so little anymore. Inches taller and a whole lot more vocal and active, the kids are developing their own personalities, which means there are bigger tantrums…and even bigger adventures.
Now that the kids are older, parents Mia, 33, and Rozonno, 34, need to expand the size of their home to fit their growing family. They must balance the challenges of raising the unforgettable brood, from enrolling them in new activities and searching for preschools. At the same rate, they must focus on growing their family run business, McGhee Upholstery and Carpet Cleaning.
The McGhee sextuplets first captured the hearts of America after an online photo went viral and the entire family appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2011. Now the popular OWN series, which premiered December 2012, is the winner of the 2014 NAMIC Vision Award for best reality show.
Six Little McGhees follows the lives of Mia and Ro as they juggle marriage, raise six children (Rozonno Jr., Josiah, Madison, Olivia, Isaac, and Elijah.), and run a business.
The couple, who met while in high school, both come from deprived backgrounds; they both suffered emotional abuse and physical neglect. Rozonno grew up without any contact from his father and with a drug addicted mother. When Mia was a teenager, her mother threw her out of the family home, forcing the girl to drop out of school to support herself. The McGhees were married for 10 years and suffered several failed pregnancies before they were able to become parents.
Mia left her job in mortgage services at JP Morgan Chase to care for the children, while Ro decided to take his experience in cleaning hotels to launch his own business shortly after the sextuplets was born.
Ro points out that there are over a 150 carpet cleaning businesses in their area.The McGhees have on average 4,000 customers, residential and commercial clients. In addition, the couple has expanded the business to provide janitorial services to local hospitals and other facilitates. Today, the company employs 25 full time and independent contractors. This is record year, say the McGhees. At the end of August the business was generating around $475,000 in revenue and come year end they project bringing home over $600,000.
What sets them apart is that treat their customers like they are another member of the McGhee clan.“We try to build a relationship with them and make them feel like family, versus just a number as with other firms,”says Ro. In part this involves providing the personal touch, which includes sending a customer followers and a card to celebrate a birthday or to offer condolences of a lost loved one, adds Mia.
BlackEnterprise.com recently sat down with the McGhees to talk about their busy lives of raising six little ones and growing a budding business.
BE: How did you get started operating a carpet cleaning company?
The McGhees: (Ro) I was a manager for a carpet cleaning company. A year before we had the kids Mia brought me a portable carpet cleaning machine for Christmas. We started cleaning different hotels. We started off very small with one little machine. That allowed us to save money to buy more machines and build up inventory. Then we started knocking on doors to build a client base.