Family builds Dickinson cleaning business success despite hardships

Antoinette Gomez and Tony Archuleta know the value of hard work.The Dickinson father-and-daughter duo co-own the cleaning business ND Clean Team and have scrubbed nooks and crannies, and waxed floors all the way to seeing their startup become a l...

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Antoinette Gomez and her father, Tony Archuleta, started ND Clean Team, a cleaning business, in 2013 during the oil boom. Despite the slowdown, they’re still enjoying success. (Press Photo by Dustin Monke)

Antoinette Gomez and Tony Archuleta know the value of hard work.
The Dickinson father-and-daughter duo co-own the cleaning business ND Clean Team and have scrubbed nooks and crannies, and waxed floors all the way to seeing their startup become a lucrative venture.
This is in spite of Gomez suffering a stroke in October.
“It definitely hasn’t been easy, but it’s been worth it,” she said.
Originally from Wyoming, Gomez and her family moved to Dickinson in March 2011, a month after her husband, Lloyd, transferred here with his job at Berry Bros. General Contractors. She remembered coming to Dickinson and finding “tons of snow everywhere.”
“I remember there were pretty much no places to live,” Gomez said, adding that spaces that were available were “extremely expensive.”
Gomez and she and her family ended up staying in a trailer with her sister-in-law’s family, where they cohabitated for six months.
From there, the Gomez family moved into a townhouse, where they lived until May this year when they bought an actual house.
Antoinette began the business in 2013 with her father after he moved from Wyoming with his wife, so he said he could “see our grandkids grow up.”
Besides ND Clean Team, Archuleta also works full time cleaning floors at Sanford Health Clinic.
He said he has a history with stripping and waxing floors.
“I’ve done this for about 18 years,” he said.
Archuleta said he works seven days a week, which he said “keeps me on my feet.”
At first, Gomez said the competition was stiff, and that she and her father had to prove the business’s worth over time.
She said it was exhausting as well. Her first contract was at the Elks Lodge, where she worked from 11 p.m. to about 3 or 4 a.m. Then she would go home and muster up enough energy to take her children to school.
However, the business picked up and retained more contracts with local companies. After a year, Gomez said she stopped advertising her business and let it sustain itself solely on word-of-mouth.
From its $14,000 startup, Gomez said ND Clean Team became worth around $119,000 at the end of 2013. Now, she said it’s worth over $200,000.
“This business has been good to us,” Archuleta said.
Just as the business was beginning to operate smoothly, Gomez suffered her stroke.
She said it was preceded by instances where parts of her body felt numb, to the point where she found it hard to walk.
She finally went to a doctor in Bismarck. Lloyd Gomez said they thought his wife might be having an allergic reaction to some carpal tunnel medication she was taking.
“It turned out to be a lot bigger than that,” he said.
The doctor diagnosed the cause, saying Antoinette had multiple miniature strokes beforehand. She spent 16 days in the hospital.
During that time, her father and others worked to keep the business running. Eventually, she recovered enough to begin working again.
“I thank God every day,” Archuleta said. “She’s very lucky.”
Gomez said she does still feel weakness in parts of her body, and she has been prescribed physical therapy.
But, she said, “I definitely will get back on my feet.”
Both Antoinette and Lloyd Gomez said that she supports the business even while taking care of chores and family at the household. Antoinette said she’s still a wife and a mother.
Lloyd said this drive is evidence of how hard she works at her business.
“She’s a go-getter,” he said.
The business has six employees, including Gomez and Archuleta.
Lloyd Gomez said his wife has had employees abandon her many times, but - like always - she just keeps on moving forward.
Antoinette Gomez said there was a certain pride in starting out as a nobody and working hard to achieve success.
“If you’re gonna do it, you’re gonna do it,” she said.

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