Entrepreneur Spotlight - Melissa Chinwah Enterprises Inc.

MELISSA CHINWAH

CEO and Founder,

Melissa Chinwah Enterprises, Inc.

Homewood, IL

 

AVAILABLE FOR

Post-construction cleaning

Janitorial services

773-245-6262

www.chinwahenterprises.com

mchinwah@chinwahenterprises.com

MY STORY

I’ve been cleaning since I was in college. In 2012 I needed to create myself a full time job. I learned about post-construction cleaning services and started my business. I have three degrees, but I am still learning about running and growing my business. 

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH BUSINESS SERVICES COLLECTIVE

Business Services Collective partnered me with a professional estimator who is guiding me on how to strategically bid on public projects. Each week we meet one-on-one to discuss the bids I’m working on, to ensure I’m covering my costs and building my confidence. The estimator created an estimation process unique to the strengths of my business, and helped me refine my business development process to cultivate long term relationships within commercial construction.

 

OUR SHARED IMPACT

I recently bid on an opportunity with a big client to clean 5 locations. In the past I would bid low and sometimes undercut price, hoping to get my foot in the door. Thanks to BSC, this time was different. My estimator coached me to recognize my strengths as an M/WBE in the post-construction cleaning space. I was able to confidently bid more work as I aim to double my margins. It’s a relief to learn I can add clients, safely cover my costs and earn enough to reinvest back into the business for growth.

 

 

Service Provider Spotlight - BM Accounting and Tax, Inc.

LEO BECERRA, CPA

President,

BM Accounting and Tax, Inc.

Chicago, IL

 

AVAILABLE FOR

QuickBooks set up and training

Monthly bookkeeping Services

Tax Preparation

1-773-571-6922

www.bmaccountingandtaxinc.com

becerra@bmaccountingandtaxinc.com

MY STORY

I had been working in accounting for a number of years in corporate environments before shifting to smaller nonprofits which served entrepreneurs. However, I wanted to work more closely with small businesses. In 2014 I started my own business and was able to make it my full-time passion.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH BUSINESS SERVICES COLLECTIVE

Running my own business, I am always splitting my time between working with my current clients, and looking for more clients. With BSC, I get to meet a number of business owners within my target market. BSC provides the critical relationship management support to both sides, identifying opportunities, facilitating introductions, and providing feedback along the way to ensure that everyone is satisfied with the service. 

 

OUR SHARED IMPACT

In our first few months of working together, I’ve helped BSC’s construction businesses complete their financial documents to qualify for PPP funding. I’ve helped a new entrepreneur learn how to confidently manage her Quickbooks account, and I was able to step in for another business owner who needed to transition his bookkeeping function to prepare for growth. 

 

It is rewarding to help entrepreneurs of color realize the significance of building their back office. In addition, this has been a great opportunity for me to pick up more clients, grow my own business, and spend more time doing what I love.

 

 

Business Services Collective, NFP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.