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DBT40 Honoree: Kelly Jones of The Cleaning Girl Inc.

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AGE: 37
TITLE: President
COMPANY: The Cleaning Girl Inc.
CITY: Wilmington

What the nominator said: “Kelly Jones is recognized as one of the youngest and most seasoned entrepreneurs in her field and finds joy helping other cleaning service owners build their companies. She works with various nonprofit committees, including The Women’s Business Center and The We Think Tank. Her most recent accomplishment is a collaboration with the Helen Graham Center in offering chemical-free cleanings to breast cancer patients.”

Your biggest break: In April 2016, my business was featured as the front-page story for DelawareOnline’s Innovator in Business.

Best career advice you ever got: Know your product, know your numbers, and whatever you don’t know, find someone who does.

Two words that best describe you: Brutally honest and risk-taker.

Work/life balance technique you recommend: Take care of home first and everything else will fall into place.

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