John and Corey are a father-son team running Basic Green Cleaning Services, an eco-friendly janitorial company. Corey manages the marketing, sales, and networking side of the business while John manages business operations. John started the business in 2007 as a hands-on, practical way to join the green movement he had admired since the 1970’s.
John and Corey want to help their clients create a healthier lifestyle by generating a higher awareness of what toxins might be present in their businesses or homes. They include education in their janitorial services by informing clients of chemicals they should be aware of and how to minimize risk. “Preschools, for example, are required by law to use bleach as a disinfectant. We want to make sure our clients are being safe, and using only as much of a toxin as is absolutely necessary,” explains Corey. The team also ensures that their clients are aware of existing and new San Francisco environmental initiatives, such as the requirement that all businesses compost.
To fulfill their mission, Basic Green uses eco-friendly janitorial products, such as a line of biodegradable cleaning agents made by a company in Pleasanton, CA. They will also soon offer a green audit program to their customers, and are currently applying for official certification as a green business through the City of San Francisco. “This is a growing field, and we want to be in the front!” says Corey.
John and Corey are seeing their business grow, and have recently hired an additional full-time employee. Without a corporate credit history, however, they were unable to secure a small business loan from their bank. Opportunity Fund, on the other hand, recognized their clear understanding of their mission and their growth projections, and approved Basic Green for a loan. A $2,150 loan will help John and Corey secure new clients, as well as establish a strong credit history for the future.
Visit www.basicgreensf.com to learn more about Basic Green!
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