Laura Smith’s inspiring road to success
Laura Smith is one of the Top 25 Young Professionals of 2021
Laura Smith, 39
Founder & Owner, All Star Cleaning Services | Fort Collins
After years of bouncing in and out of foster and group homes, 18-year-old Laura Smith found herself homeless and pregnant.
Twenty years later, she owns and runs one of Northern Colorado’s largest cleaning services, with 50 employees who receive benefits including 401(k)s, company cars and paid time off.
“She becomes a mentor to these young women and men, encouraging them to work at bigger dreams and taking care of them while they are with her,” colleague Emily Tracy says.
Smith donates hundreds of hours of cleaning services every year to area nonprofits, including Fort Collins Cat Rescue, Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center and Cleaning for a Reason, which provides free cleanings to women going through cancer. That hits close to home; Smith’s daughter has been fighting a rare form of leukemia.
During May and June last year, Smith ran a “Hometown Heroes” campaign where she donated a four-hour cleaning every day to a frontline worker. She also donates to and serves on the board of Hope House of Northern Colorado, which supports teenage mothers.
Her No. 1 goal: “To get my daughter well again and get myself back to work.”
This article is part of the ColoradoBiz’s 2021 Top 25 Young Professionals. Click here to read more about the latest class of up-and-coming movers and shakers.