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Meet Ernest Swierk of Rainbow Property Maintenance in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ernest Swierk.

Ernest, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I came to United States when I was 16 years old by myself.

To pay my everyday living expenses (rent, food) I started working for Bobak’s Sausage, cleaning offices at night and doing construction work whenever I could trying to get as much experience as possible. All the while, in my mind I had a vision of one day having my own business.

In order to achieve my dream I worked hard, went to Daley College and Moraine Valley College, went to training programs and was reading business related books and articles. By the age 19 I started my own construction business. I was working in remodeling and a lot of it was fire and water cleanup and restoration. Because the amount of contracts I had was not sufficient to get me by I was doing small jobs for other contractors and started working as a truck driver to make enough money to reach my goals. While driving I have learned how to manage my work and hire people to do the work for me I had grown it to 5 semi-truck. All the while I was making some extra money and saving it to purchase some properties. I remodeled them for a nice look and was able to sell them for a good profit. Right now we own Real estate properties.

We also provide some managerial and consultation for owners who are interested in our One Stop Real estate Services approach. CLEANING – MAINTENANCE – REMODELING- RESTORATION

Right now I own couple businesses Asset Management and Property Maintenance – (One stop Service provider for Real Estate owner and Investors,). I mentor/coach kids at OMD and I am on the board of Harper college Entrepreneurship program, Sponsor Together we rise, I also recently acted and am part of creating a movie The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich which is based on the book by Napoleon Hill.

Having my own company isn’t always easy. To have profitable and successfully operating business, requires making smart, tough decisions and sometimes taking a risk. Being a man of action, having the ability to put my knowledge into practice and choosing the right people to work with are the main qualities contributing to my success. I am a self-taught entrepreneur, investor, student of Life, Life curiosity and desire motivates me to always learn and go ahead.

I am fully committed to expanding my business and increasing my knowledge. We have to face our strengths but also our weaknesses. What is great about Growth is that we have the ability to change, to improve and to succeed. With the right tools and the right attitude we can accomplish anything.

Rainbow Property maintenance is a Business concentrating on Janitorial services, Post construction cleaning, floor maintenance

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t think there is anything like a smooth road for anyone, even people who don’t do much will complain the most.

I believe that constant change and improvement is needed to grow either personally or in Business. It is just how you look at it and how badly you want to get to where you want to be in Life, Business

I can give you a long and short list, will start from short. Learning English, changing the way I was thinking, Learning how to avoid naysayers and people who always wanted to get me down, Starting a business, learning how to do business, finding customers, finding out that you don’t have to do everything by myself, Finding right people, firing bad people, Staying focused on my GOALS, investing in self-education, promoting myself and the business to name few.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Rainbow Property Maintenance story. Tell us more about the business.
RAINBOW Office Cleaning Services is one of the top commercial cleaning companies in Chicago, we are the best choice for office cleaning needs thru our flexible schedules, amazing prices, high quality and commitment to details. Serving commercial & office cleaning customers since 2004, our locations in Chicago and Villa Park make it simple to arrange office cleaning services, whether you are located in Chicago or the suburbs.

With our high quality equipment and expert janitors it is our goal to make your office space the cleanest it has ever been. Clean space increases hygiene, and your employees’ morale. Our customers are our top priority. We offer cleanings on a schedule that will work for you, whether it’s a onetime cleaning or a periodic cleaning.

RAINBOW Office Cleaning does not limit to office cleaning & commercial/industrial cleaning services. Our top priority is providing highest quality services, but also making a connection with our customers.

We are our customer one stop Shop for cleaning, maintenance, remodeling and restoration. We CARE and we Proud our-self in what we do.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The cleaning industry is vital for businesses as they will always need their premises, offices, windows, floors, appliances etc. in an immaculate state for customers and workers.

The Janitorial Services industry has grown moderately as demand for commercial cleaning services, the industry’s primary product segment, increased over the past five years. Additionally, declining office vacancy rates, increasing nonresidential construction activity and growth in the number of businesses broadened the industry’s client base, contributing to higher industry demand. Over the next five years, a robust economy will lift demand for cleaning services. The rate of nonresidential construction will rise.

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  1. Pat Porrey

    July 15, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Great article Ernest! Best of luck to you!!

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