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Anago Cleaning Systems Franchisee Featured in Detroit Free Press


American dream takes hard work, cleaning franchisee says

Subjects: Word of mouth advertising; Entrepreneurs; Franchisees; Corporate profiles

Author: Meyer, Zlati

Date: Jul 6, 2014

George Freeman moved from his native, beleaguered Liberia in 1985. His resume included research analyst and speech writer and he had a bachelor’s degree in economics, but he would become — after years working at a packing and shipping store in Detroit and VHS-dubbing company — an entrepreneur.

Freeman invested $3,000 in Anago Cleaning Systems. He’d become a southeastern Michigan unit franchisee and fulfill his desire to live the American dream.

Anago (ANN-a-go) is a commercial-cleaning company, headquartered in Pompano Beach, Fla. “Anago” is derived from the Greek work meaning “uplift.”

We talked to him about coming to America and his business aspirations. Here is the edited exchange:

QUESTION: What’s your dream for the future?

ANSWER: I intend to grow the business and keep living the American dream. It’s have a good house, car, children. Educate them.

Q: What are the keys to your success?

A: Advertising plays a very vital role. When you perform a very good job, it’s word-of-mouth referrals. Good training, well-trained employees and very strong support from master franchise owners that over the years made my business very successful. It’s teamwork. I have questions? I ask them and they’re always available to be there and advise and even direct me.

Q: How would you describe your personal work ethic?

A: Strong, excellent.

Q: Do immigrants make the best workers?

A: We’re all coming to America with a different vision. I can only speak for myself. It’s to live the American dream and be successful and not be a liability to people. Let’s face it. Some people, they don’t want to work hard and if you don’t work hard, what happens? You rely on the system. I try to instill the same ethic in my children

Q: What are the advantages to being your own boss?

A: You are in full control.

Q: You used to not be a boss. Anything you miss about being an employee?

A: (pause) Now, no. I enjoy what I do. The reason why I was a little hesitant was when you leave previous work and become an entrepreneur, you take a risk. Business is a risk. As I move and focus and dance and make sure the business becomes successful, you don’t miss the past.

Q: Any advice for some looking to become an entrepreneur?

A: Do your research and ask yourself, ‘Is this what I want to do? Will I have the patience and passion to do what I’m doing?’ When you ask yourself these questions and answer them and if it’s yes, then move ahead. You make the next move. These are the things that I did before I went into the business, and today, I can sit back and smile.

Q: What have done if the $3,000 plan had not worked? What was your Plan B?

A: I wouldn’t have gone back to Liberia. There’s lots of opportunities in America. You should have a Plan A and and a Plan B. Fortunately for me, Plan A worked.

Contact: Zlati Meyer: 313-223-4439 or zmeyer@freepress.com.

George Freeman

Title: Southeastern Michigan unit franchisee, Anago Cleaning Systems

Age: 55

Hometown: Novi. Moved to Michigan from Liberia in 1985.

Education: Bachelor’s in economics from Cuttington University in Liberia

Family: Married with six children and two grandchildren

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Abstract (Document Summary)

When you perform a very good job, it’s word-of-mouth referrals. The reason why I was a little hesitant was when you leave previous work and become an entrepreneur, you take a risk.

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