Elohim Cleaning Contractors Inc. was born after Theodore
Moore Sr; a union construction laborer at the time for
over 15 years had a life changing conversation with his
daughter Sirena Moore. Both Theodore Moore Sr and Sirena
Moore were employed at a very large construction project
in Lansdale, PA where Theodore Moore worked as a Laborer
Superintendent and Sirena Moore, a teenage mother,
worked as an office administrator. There had always been
conversations about starting a family business and after
gaining access to the final cleaning portion of the
contract where both individuals were employed the
decision was made.
Theodore and Sirena noticed that a final cleaning
contractor had been awarded a six figure contract to do
work that Theodore and his crew had already completed.
Both individuals saw an opportunity for a very valuable
service within the industry. In 2002, about two years
later Sirena began searching the internet to gain
information about business planning and start-up
resources. By this time, Sirena sacrificed two nights
out of the week to attend a business plan class offered
by the Women’s Business Development Center in
Philadelphia, PA. Meanwhile, Theodore Sr. and Jr. began
accepting small debris removal projects. This was only
the beginning. On June 19, 2002, Theodore Moore Sr. made
the appointment with the attorney and Elohim Cleaning
Contractors was incorporated.
Although start-up was very difficult it was not
impossible. The family put their heads together and made
some very hard decisions. There was no start-up capital
so the first employee was paid with Theodore’s
unemployment check. Sirena did all administrative work,
marketing materials, contracts, and more in the evening
so that she could continue working full-time in order to
provide for her twin daughters. Theodore Jr. assisted
Theodore Sr. with all field duties. The office was
Theodore Jr.’s bedroom at the family home. Having no
start-up capital was not enough to stop what Elohim
started. Elohim Cleaning Contractors has now surpassed
the million dollar sales mark in under five years.
Elohim has managed to provide full-time employment for
every officer and has employed many minority men and
women with very diverse backgrounds.
It has been said and proven that many businesses fail
within the first five years of business. However, Elohim
Cleaning Contractors has managed to make it past the
five year point. The first few years were spent
organizing and finding our niche within the market.
Strategic and Operational Plans were put in place to
foster company growth. Revenue exceeded $1.8 million in
2008 which has allowed Elohim to maintain payroll for
ongoing projects, renovate current office space,
purchase office equipment and acquire new and used
equipment and vehicles for use at various job sites.
Elohim has faced many obstacles that most small
businesses face such as a declining economy and lack of
working capital. At times Theodore Moore Sr has paid
employees out of his own personal account in order to
avoid laying anyone off. 2011 Sirena Moore resigned as
President to pursue her dream as a business developer
and motivational speaker. However, we believe that
proper planning and the favor of God have been the keys
to success for Elohim Cleaning Contractors Inc.