First Somali-owned car-detailing enterprise leases area in Lewiston

Friday November 18, 2022
By Renee Cordes

Black Diamond Detailing, previously a mobile-based enterprise, now has a bricks-and-mortar service storage in Lewiston, at 409 Sabattus St. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held earlier this week. COURTESY / CITY OF LEWISTON

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The primary Black-owned, Somali-owned car-detailing firm in Lewiston opened this week at 409 Sabattus St.

Black Diamond Detailing homeowners Abdirahman Saeed and Abdinur Mohamed minimize the ribbon earlier this week with metropolis officers and others.

The 2 are latest graduates of High Gun, a 12-week startup accelerator program run by the Maine Middle for Entrepreneurs, and make use of one different particular person.

The enterprise that began as a cellular firm and now has a bricks-and-mortar base in Lewiston with two service bays.

“As the company grows, we will hire more people,” the duo mentioned in a joint e mail to Mainebiz. The corporate, which affords fast and deep-clean providers, is leasing the Sabattus Avenue area.

With the brand new, bodily location, Black Diamond plans to increase providers to incorporate onsite exterior detailing. Present promotions embody a fast automotive clear for $65.

The homeowners help that whereas they’d appeared into different areas in Auburn and Portland, Lewiston is their dwelling and due to this fact the best spot for his or her first location. 

“It means a lot to us to have bricks and mortar,” Mohamed mentioned. “It’s been our goal for a long time, and I’m glad it’s finally happening.” 

Black Diamond Detailing is the primary Black-owned, Somali-owned enterprise of its type in Lewiston, in accordance with town.

“We grow as a community when young entrepreneurs choose Lewiston as a place to build a life and a career, Lewiston Mayor Carl Sheline said. “This new business also showcases that Lewiston is a place of opportunity for our immigrant community.”

Black Diamond’s owners participated in Top Gun this year. They said it was a fantastic experience in which they learned how to budget and other aspects of business with which they were unfamiliar. 

“Throughout Top Gun, these young men worked hard, applied the lessons, and started working with customers,” Shanna Cox, president and CEO of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, said. “Since Top Gun, their dedication to growing their business has been evident, and the result of that hard work is what we are here today to celebrate.”

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