No. 3,782 – New York’s Little Elves, New York, NY
Industry: Consumer Products
2004 Revenue $2.0 million
2007 Revenue $3.6 million
What it does: Provides cleaning services in Manhattan and surrounding areas.
Why it’s growing: The company has built relationships with designers, architects, and contractors in the area who refer the service to their own clients.
What’s noteworthy: New York’s Little Elves was named the Best of New York for cleaning services by New York Magazine in 2005 and 2007.
No. 3,582 – New York’s Little Elves, New York, NY
2003 Revenue $1.6 million
2006 Revenue $2.9 million
What it does: Residential and post-construction cleaning. The company’s cleaners arrive with HEPA vacuums and Q-tips to clean for architects, homeowners and charitable functions.
Why it’s growing: A flurry of new high-end apartment complexes in Manhattan has increased demand for cleaning, while the company’s addition of cleaning services for major events has brought it new clients, like the Hampton Decorator show house.
NEW YORK MAGAZINE PICKS NEW YORK’S LITTLE ELVES AS THE BEST HOUSE CLEANER IN NEW YORK CITY: MARCH 13, 2006
The battalion of professional Felix Ungars at New York’s Little Elves understand how to clean, for real. “We prefer,” notes owner Barbara Roche Fierman, “if our people have not worked for another cleaning service, so we can instruct them in our way of doing things.” “Our way” calls for a cheery persona and an obsessive checklist method that ensures no missed smudges or broken Limoges. And commitment: Many of her staff members have stayed for decades. Conscience-saving note: Her staff is covered for workmen’s comp. Fierman’s crews can use your supplies-“Everyone needs a good vacuum,” she cautions-or bring their own for an extra fee. The best part? She can often get you someone the same day you call.
Barbara Fierman’s Little Elves is one of the few agencies entrusted with making the Kip’s Bay Decorator Showhouse sparkle. The company will do everything from floors to ceilings, at $26 per hour, with a four-hour minimum.