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A Moment with an EDTP Graduate: Meet Javan Rankines

Posted on 11/22/2017 by Ray Lamboy in LAEDA News

Javan Rankines is the owner and operator of Jazara’s Cleaning Pros LLC. He is also a graduate of LAEDA’s Entrepreneurial Development Training Program. We had a chance to sit down with him to ask about his experience with entrepreneurship and LAEDA's training program.

LAEDA: Entrepreneurship is a very challenging path to take with many different possible directions. What made you decide to become an entrepreneur?

I chose to be a entrepreneur/business owner so that I can not only put myself in a position to earn money, but also as my company grows I can employ people that have a hard time getting into other companies. I want my company to be a stepping-stone for people in my community. I want to teach people how to work smart and effective not hard. In addition, I want to give people a chance to earn money as well as acquire the information that they need so that they can open a company of their own and create the same opportunity for others in the community.

LAEDA: Why did you choose your industry?

I chose the janitorial industry because I thought it will be simple with low start up cost and a person can operate with minimal knowledge of the cleaning industry I was terribly wrong because it is the exact opposite.

LAEDA: Tell me about your experience while attending EDTP. What have the major takeaways been from the program? Have you had any “Ah-ha!” moments? How did the program help you?

My experience while attending EDTP was wonderful. I didn’t know so many people had genuine concern in the community. It seems as though staff as well as the alumni went above and beyond to help you acquire the keys for success. Moreover, to sum up my “Ah-ha” moment is that the program teaches you that you get what you give.

LAEDA: Tell me about your journey on the road to business start-up. What have been some of the challenges, successes, failures, etc.?

My journey on the road to business start up was great. I had a lot of help support and motivation from outside sources such as LAEDA and a few other entities that were recommended.

LAEDA: Could you tell me a little about where your business is today?

Currently I am seeking contracts. I do minor jobs here and there, but I haven’t acquired any big jobs yet. Forward motion is all I am focused on.

LAEDA: Do you have any advice for future (or existing) entrepreneurs?

My advice for existing and future entrepreneurs is research, research, research and more research. Get all the information you can about your industry and apply it accordingly. Keep in mind forward motion.

Congratulations to Javan Rankines for completing EDTP and recommitting to his journey on the path of entrepreneurship. Jazara’s Cleaning Pros LLC is a 24/7 cleaning as well as customer service. It specializes in green cleaning, but not limited to. Jazara’s Cleaning Pros LLC is educated in other cleaning solutions as well. It’s target market is commercial and industrial building in the South Jersey area moving forward Jazara’s Cleaning Pros LLC will offer residential cleaning as well. For more information contact Javan Rankines through email: jr.jazara@gmail.com, phone: 856 361 4074.

The Entrepreneurial Development Training Program (EDTP) is a free, nine-week business skills training course offered in Camden, NJ in the Winter Spring and Fall each year. Qualified entrepreneurs receive 72+ hours of training from industry professionals, business planning, and one year of technical assistance. Apply online at www.LAEDA.com