A loan of $10,000 helped obtain the proper equipment to financially enhance the growth of the company.


Gary's story

My name is Gary Valentino Hollis and I was born in Dayton, OH in 1963. I am the third oldest of 13 siblings, a father of 13 children and grandfather of 6 beautiful grandchildren. Growing up I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur and began a landscaping business as a young child. Cutting grass in the Summer, raking leaves in the Fall, and shoveling snow in the Winter.

I served over 20 years in prison and was released May 18th, 2015. In 1984, I started Hollis Janitorial Cleaning Service as a way to make a life for myself and my children. My family was growing, and so was my responsibility. Before I was sent to prison I separated from my wife, and sold my remaining share of the business so I could further my children's education.

After serving my time in prison I was connected to Defy Ventures and through their entrepreneurial program I have re-found my passion to build my business back to where I left it years ago.


This loan is special because:

It will help purchase equipment to help bring this cleaning business back to life.



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About Hollis Cleaning Service

Industry: Services
Years in operation: 6 months - 1 year
Website: yelp.com

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