Sirena C. Moore, 28
Elohim Cleaning Contractors
To a 17-year-old single mother of twins, the idea of running a multimillion-dollar company may seem more of a dream than a reality. But it became Sirena C. Moore’s reality in 2002 when she, her father, and younger brother pooled their resources to start a construction site cleanup company. “In the early days we had no money. Our office was my brother’s old bedroom,” she told Black Enterprise. “We used my father’s old pickup truck — we called it the “Sanford and Son” truck.
And in 2008, this BE Nexter’s company generated $2 million in revenue operating debt-free. Having no debt, the company was able to maneuver through the shaky economy rather stealthily, even expanding, adding eight new full-time employees.