Team Clean

Donna Allie states, “Our Wharton University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) consulting team’s suggestions made all the difference in our winning the contract to clean the newest ‘jewel’ of Philadelphia - The Barnes Foundation’s new Philadelphia home for their world-renowned art collection.”

Team Clean is a leading commercial and event cleaning business that provides full custodial services in the Greater Philadelphia region. Donna Allie founded Team Clean in 1983 leveraging the Wharton University SBDC for assistance in writing her business plan and finding workshops to develop her business skills. Since then, the company has grown rapidly to employ over 500 employees.

Other clients include The National Constitution Center, a client since it opened in 2003, The Pennsylvania Convention Center, a client since it opened in 1993, and the Criminal Justice Center has been a client for about 10 years. Clean Team is a triple bottom line company committed to economic growth, social impact and environmental stewardship. Donna and the business have won many awards and honors including recognition as one of the “Philadelphia 100,” a group recognized as being the fastest growing privately held businesses in the region. Donna has also been recognized as a leading Minority and Women-Owned Business.

Donna has served on the Boards of the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation and the Philadelphia Free Library. In early 2012, she returned to the Wharton University SBDC for assistance as Team Clean was feeling the impact of the “Great Recession” during spring 2012. Donna worked with Wharton University SBDC consultants in the SBDC Management 100 Program that examined the firm’s external communications. They gave Team Clean a loose leaf “Bible” for communications as well as high leverage advice for the Barnes bid. Donna plans a website re-design this summer as the next step in implementing a new communications strategy to increase sales and create jobs.

“We did a mock presentation to our SBDC team before we pitched for the Barnes cleaning contract. The team suggested how we could explain why we are the best possible company in Philadelphia for the Barnes. We already have been entrusted with other jewels of Philadelphia, such as the National Constitution Center. We followed their advice and we believe this is a key reason why we won the contract. We created twelve new jobs.”