I’m thrilled to publish another Meet a Small Business Owner Interview today. This one is with Cheryl Hajjar of Maid Brite. Cheryl was nominated for this interview series by another local mom because of a wonderful fundraiser she is running to benefit the hardworking medical professionals and first responders in our community! Keep reading to learn more about Cheryl and her fundraiser.
What is the name of your business and where is it located?
Maid Brite. Located in Andover, Massachusetts.
What is your name and what town do you live in?
My name is Cheryl Hajjar and I live in North Andover with my son Dylan Hajjar, age 17.
What type of goods or services do you provide?
For over 15 years, we have provided both residential and commercial cleaning services to families and small businesses.
How long have you been in business?
I founded Maid Brite in 2006.
Why did you choose to open a business on the North Shore?
Because I have grown up in North Andover and both my son, Dylan, and I have attended schools in this area, I’ve always had a strong connection with this community. The North Shore seemed like the perfect place to open my business.
How has the COVID-19 crisis impacted your business?
Some of our clients are either eldery or high risk clients so we are not servicing their homes at this time. Also some clients have had some financial difficulty so they are putting their services on pause for now until we have more certainty.
Are you currently offering any delivery, shipping or curbside pick-up of your goods or services?
So since we are in the service business of cleaning homes, it has been somewhat difficult. What some clients are doing to support us is paying for their services anyways, but putting a pause on their cleanings which has been truly amazing! Others have donated their cleaning fee to Maid Brite’s House Cleaning For Heroes Fund that gives free house cleaning services to medical professionals and first responders who are working tirelessly to help their communities during the COVID-19 crisis. We know that the last thing they have time to do right now is clean their own home, so Maid Brite’s staff is doing it for them!
What is one way that the moms (or all residents) can help your business survive during this difficult time?
Spread the word! Since we are an essential business, we are still servicing homes and businesses and cleaning homes to get them ready to sell. Real Estate Cleaning is one of our specialties!
Name another business that could benefit from the support of the North Shore Moms community.
Landmark Finish, in Andover, owned by Deanna Junge.
On a lighter note, name one fun or relaxing way you are using your time at home during this crisis.
I am using my time to reorganize my closets, put together patio furniture, take walks and work out in my home gym!
A little more about Maid Brite’s House Cleaning for Heroes Fundraiser:
Donations are being collected here. Then the donated money will be given in the form of a Maid Brite gift card to a deserving recipient who is a medical professional or first responder. (Must be deemed an essential worker during the COVID-19 crisis.)
Maid Brite is also discounting their services to provide more house cleanings to the gift card recipients. The monies raised will cover the labor for the service which also keeps Cheryl’s amazing staff at Maid Brite working as well. There is no expiration for these services. To nominate a medical professional or first responder call Cheryl at 978-494-6632 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.