Ashley Kosharek launched AMK Cleaning Services as a way to make money as a single parent. What started as a means of making extra cash soon blossomed into a successful enterprise. AMK Cleaning now offers a variety of services for residential, office, commercial and construction spaces. The company also specializes in green, eco-friendly cleaning techniques.

My Successes: 

In just four years, Kosharek has built up her staff from one employee to 45. AMK Cleaning Services now serves about 400 clients annually (including 150-200 regular clients). The company has earned numerous accolades, including being named New Business of the Year by the Western Dairyland Women’s Business Center.

How SCORE Helped: 

Kosharek was connected with her SCORE mentor, John Hepfler, after learning about SCORE at a Women’s Business Conference in Eau Claire, Wis. “I’ve gotten a lot of key advice from John in business and also personal life advice,” says Kosharek.

When asked what advice she would give to entrepreneurs, Kosharek says, “To be a sponge and be open to advice from those who have gone through the path of running their own businesses.” She also compares starting a company to raising a child. “Just like a toddler you crawl, fall, pick yourself up, walk, fall, pick yourself up, then run,” she says.

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