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In Celebration of African American History Month - 2013
"At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington”
Belinda and Walter Jefferson are part of prestigious group of 242,900 women owned businesses in Michigan. Impressively, Walter is the Chief Financial Officer and Belinda serves as President of Hercules & Hercules, one of the Great Lakes Region’s major janitorial and sanitation suppliers. Even more impressive is the fact that the company was established as a custodial services business by African Americans Hercules Jefferson Sr. and Hercules Jefferson Jr. in 1964. Before the March on Washington, before the Civil Rights Amendment, and before African Americans were fully accepted into the mainstream of the American economy, this father and son team created their own opportunity and their own legacy.
With hard work, dedication to quality, superior service, and investing in technology, Hercules & Hercules is a successful minority owned business with a 60,000 square foot warehouse, a demonstration and training center, and a business office complex located in Detroit, Michigan, with branches in Cleveland, Ohio and Durham, North Carolina. The business continues to be 100% family owned and run by the mother/daughter team of Walter and Belinda, with Hercules Sr. serving as CEO.
In 2012, Jefferson enrolled in the prestigious SBA sponsored Emerging Leaders program, an intensive training initiative to accelerate growth of high potential small businesses located in America’s inner cities. Jefferson said, “Participation in the Emerging 200 course to develop a strategic plan and further develop our marketing plan has set the stage for further growth.” Jefferson is committed to keeping the legacy of her father and brother alive – a legacy created when crossroads to justice did not exist for all.