Lavelle Agers wakes up every morning at 7 am because at 22-years-old, he runs a commercial cleaning company with several contracts. Agers has a contract with a financial institution, a winery, a chain of dental offices and a pet grooming store, to name a few. Clients pay him thousands each month for his services and with the new, overwhelming need businesses now have for sanitizing, his reputation is quickly growing. Not bad for a 22-year-old who got into the business by accident.
Lucky’s Touch provides janitorial and carpet cleaning services throughout the Chicagoland area. Lucky’s services all commercial cleaning needs: towel grout, deep cleaning of commercial kitchens, carpet and steam cleaning, flood extraction, water restoration and power washing, to name a few. The company uses the latest, state-of-the-art industrial cleaning equipment and their technicians are IICRC-Certified. Lucky’s offers their clients weekly, monthly and quarterly contracts. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, business has ticked up even more. Lavelle happened to have an electro static sprayer, which is used to sanitize facilities with a hospital grade disinfectant. Not many other companies had one when the pandemic hit and since that time, businesses have called to make sure their facilities are safe for returning customers. Lavelle, at 22, seems to have hit his stride with an expanding business, four employees and a hunger to do even more. Lavelle’s journey here, however, was far from predictable.
Lavelle grew up on the (glorious) South Side of Chicago, where his mom, grandmother and aunts raised him after his father was killed at age seven. After graduating from high school, he just wanted out of Chicago. His uncle’s ex-wife lived in Houston and that was good enough for Lavelle, who enrolled at Lone Star Community College in Houston. When his grandmother passed, however, Lavelle knew that he needed to come back home and help his mom. When Lavelle returned to the city, he found that his uncle had been detailing cars and renting a carpet cleaning machine to do odd jobs. His uncle was actually making decent money and Lavelle decided to invest his own money into upgrading their equipment: close to $20,000 worth. Lavelle believed in the business, put his money into it and decided to step up and run it full-time.
Lucky’s Touch has only been in business for a little over a year but the company’s monthly revenues have them on pace to break six figures this year. At just 22-years-old, Lavelle has tapped into the secret of business success: find a need and fill it. It doesn’t always have to be flashy but when there’s a need and you demonstrate a strong work ethic and do things in excellence, the money will come.