Michelle grew up in an entrepreneurial family: Her father owned a construction business for 25 years. When her father passed after a short fight with cancer, Michelle and her brother took over the business.
In 2006 they decided to specialize in fixing sliding glass doors, and Sliding Door Roller Replacement
was born. When Michelle married her husband, Abraham, he joined the family business.
"People were spending thousands of dollars on buying new sliding doors, and that was totally unnecessary," Michelle says. "People are not aware that the doors can be repaired if there is a problem, so when you don't know, you go to buy a new door! As we started repairing sliding doors, our business slowly has boomed."
Sliding Door Roller Replacement now has its main location in Tampa and another office in Chicago.
What's the secret to not killing each other when you spend so much time together?
"Because we do spend each day working together, it's extremely difficult, but what I find helps is to take mini family vacations often," Michelle says. "This is so important, because in the process of the daily working together, in order for us not to kill one another, taking time off with the kids and each other really helps to clear our heads and take the breaks. I would say that is our secret!"
Best part of working together?
"The best part of working together is that we can make decisions together and see that our business is successful and grows," Michelle says. "We both appreciate the business and work together to make customers happy. If a business can grow and flourish, while working together, then that is a great way of building our personal relationship and getting to the next level together. Also, we each have our strong points that make everything flow well together. We each know what we are good at and we stick to it. Communication is key and if you have that, everything else will fall into place."
Sliding Door Roller Replacement is at 8870 N Himes Ave, Ste 234, in Tampa. Michelle and Abraham can be reached at 813.802.6111/
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