Women in Franchising – Martekei Plange
There were many moments throughout Martekei Plange’s entrepreneurial endeavors where she could have thrown in the towel.
She owned and worked for several companies, ranging from a barbershop to a clothing store. When the economy faltered, her businesses did, too. But, instead of giving up, Martekei stuck with it. And, she’s happy she did.
“Never doubt yourself,” Martekei says to other female entrepreneurs. “Have the confidence and faith that everything you’re working toward will pay off. There will be moments when you want to give up, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel to make it worth all the hard work.”
For Martekei, that light was Coverall North America, Inc., a leading franchisor of commercial cleaning businesses. Martekei joined the Coverall® System as a Franchised Business Owner in 2014. After earning her B.S. in economics from the University of South Florida, she decided to apply everything she learned from her studies to the real world.
Martekei had prior experience in the commercial cleaning industry as she previously worked with a janitorial services company, but she didn’t think it was a good fit for her. After researching other options, she found Coverall’s proven business model, local support and entry cost were an appealing draw.
“Coverall offered the opportunity for me to start my own business without having to do it all on my own,” said Martekei. “The team in the Coverall Support Center of Tampa provided business operations information and hands-on commercial cleaning training, and the team members were always available to help me and made me feel so welcome.”
In the fall of 2014, Martekei launched her Coverall Franchised Business, P&P Janitorial Services, LLC. And, after nearly two years as a Coverall franchisee, she is excited for the future of her business and looks forward to providing commercial cleaning services to even more customers, at her own pace.
“I want to grow my business to the best of my ability in order to create opportunities for others,” she explains. “This would allow me more time to focus on growing my business and providing great customer service. I take a hands-on approach and really value the intimacy of a small business.”
Martekei also recognizes the positive impact her company can have on her community. She serves as a mentor for local children in the community and eventually would like to become involved with service organizations that share the same passion, such as the Boys & Girls Club.
This same philanthropic attitude comes with Martekei when she visits her family in West Africa.
The 32-year-old’s parents were born there and moved to the United States to expose Martekei and her brother to the educational and business opportunities that America had to offer.
“Joining the Coverall® System provided me with a great way to build upon my entrepreneurial spirit,” she said. “I’ve already learned so much in a short amount of time and look forward to learning even more as I continue to run my Coverall business.”
As a young business owner and passionate entrepreneur, Martekei says she plans to run her Coverall franchised business forever. But, she refuses to say this is her be all and end all. In fact, she can’t help herself from exploring additional business ownership opportunities.
“There is so much out there that interests me, and I’ve never been the type of person to settle on any one thing,” said Martekei. “But when it comes to sharing my next business move, I always think back to the advice my grandmother gave me when she said, “‘Never let your left hand know what the right hand is doing.’”
It’s safe to say Martekei is a true entrepreneur and a great addition to the Coverall® System.
Coverall North America, Inc. and its Master Franchisees license and support more than 8,000 independently owned and operated franchised commercial cleaning businesses worldwide under the Coverall® brand and system.
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