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. Mooreâ€™s reality in 2002 when she, her father, and younger brother pooled their resources to start a construction site cleanup company. â€śIn the early days we had no money. Our office was my brotherâ€™s old bedroom,â€ť she told Black Enterprise. â€śWe used my fatherâ€™s old pickup truck — we called it the “Sanford and Son” truck.
And in 2008, this BE Nexterâ€™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.