If you are an immigrant coming to this country would you decide to launch into a $9 Billion industry with nothing but a pack on your back? Today's guest did exactly that, albeit over a few years time, and he tells a compelling story about what can be accomplished in American if you put your mind to it.
The professional detailing services industry racks up an impressive $9 Billion in revenue each year. For those who don't exactly know what detailing is, it involves cleaning and restoring the original condition of a vehicle's finish - inside and out.
The business of detailing is one of the fastest growing business opportunities in the world today. Analysts say the industry will double to $20 Billion in just 5 years. It is described in business trade journals as "the wave of the future and a very viable and lucrative business opportunity".
Most Americans own and drive a car - after all America is a commuter country. Most everyone who has a car considers it an extension of the family with a personality. Psychologists have described it as a "mysterious bond that forms when you first begin building a relationship with your car". In fact many people give their car a name - creating an additional family member that must be cared for and bathed regularly.
FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE
Neiguel Connell is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and he arrived in the US with nothing but a backpack holding his entire possessions. He also brought with him a vision to be as successful as his grandfather back in Trinidad. He eventually landed a job in Mercedes Benz detailing department where he found his calling.
Trina Green-Connell has always had a desire to be an entrepreneur and at the same time make a difference in people's lives. Together with Neiguel, they have built Lykenu Detailing from servicing customers from the truck of their car to owning 2 company trucks, a trailer and employer of 7 people.
Palm Beach SCORE
Palm Beach SCORE is a non-profit who's mission is helping local small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs grow and thrive by offering mentoring, workshops, business consulting and counseling services, networking opportunities, events and partnerships within the Palm Beach / South Florida business corridor.
SCORE-ing Your Business' host Penny Pompei serves as Chapter Chair for our local Palm Beach SCORE Chapter #224, located in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach.