Alumna experiences ups and downs of business ownership

Last Updated: 1/21/2022 2:49 PM

This 2009 MHS graduate has been through more than most people her age. With faith and courage, Stephanie (King) Wilson persevered, and she wants you to know you can do it too! stephanie west

“I want the whole world to know that you can do whatever you put your mind to, and you can achieve any goal you set forward,” she said. “You just have to work hard and not give up on your dream.”

Mrs. Wilson embarked on becoming an entrepreneur and owning her own business, but not without significant challenges. From dealing with divorce, caring for a young child and working nights at another job; to educating herself, marketing her business, getting customers, dealing with COVID-19 cancellations, contending with dishonest business partners, and losing everything; this MHS alumna has taken it all in stride.  

At the age of 31, she’s back on course, and her cleaning business, Clean It Best, located right in Merrillville, 9111 Broadway, Suite LL, is growing and gaining momentum. She and her team tackle both residential and commercial customers. 

As CEO of Clean It Best, Mrs. Wilson has already been featured on radio, television and billboards (under the name Stephanie West); and you can read about her in books, magazines, newsletters and articles. She’s getting invited to speaking engagements and has authored a book on cleaning tips. She’s even creating her own line of natural products, like her own hand sanitizer and “bye-bye bug spray.”  

“Just keep the dream alive and know that you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you,” she said. “If he can do it for me, he can do it for you.” 

Her goal is to change the cleaning industry and franchise her business, much like Molly Maid Cleaning Service. 

Mrs. Wilson said her experience at MHS “helped me choose the right path and gave me good insight.”

MHS was a great time to meet friends and enjoy life, she said. Her days in high school were some of the best!  

Her favorite memories are of her experiences in track. She participated in both track and cross county; her photo is even featured in the Hall of Fame! She said her favorite sport was track because she loves to run fast. 

“I miss my coaches,” Mrs. Wilson said.  

For current MHS students, she advised: “Work hard! High school will go faster than you think!”

Mrs. Wilson has this advice for MHS students graduating in 2020: “Are you ready for the real world? Are you ready to become that person you have been preparing yourself for? After that day, all you can do is go forward to your dreams.” 

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