Acting on Your Entrepreneurial Tendencies: Kristen Hadeed

Even the simplest services, products and ideas must first be created; then they can be pursued poorly, well or great. Something as simple as the service of cleaning a house has value, and if done the right way by the right people, that service can be great.

Kristen Hadeed shared something in common with most college students while she attended the University of Florida: She needed money to buy something her parents wouldn’t buy her. This sparked a need and a quest that Hadeed grew into her cleaning business Student Maid, which has now grown into much more than just cleaning.

Hadeed’s story starts out pretty similar to many other young entrepreneurs' stories; she wanted something, and she went out and got it. Hadeed wanted to be able to purchase a pair of jeans she desired, and she found a need in the community for cleaning services and jobs for academically inclined college students.

Hadeed’s company Student Maid regularly employs around 75 students with GPAs 3.5 or higher and employs many more during busy times of the year. She plans to continue growing her business to other college towns and has already created an application in collaboration with other local entrepreneurs for cleaning service scheduling.


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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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