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Windows Of Opportunity

An alcoholic-turned-window-cleaner gives new meaning to the phrase clean and sober.

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This story appears in the September 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Sometimes the biggest obstacle to making a business comeback is a personal one. Salesman-turned-entrepreneur Wallace J. Light became all too familiar with this kind of struggle when he waged a battle against drug and alcohol abuse that threatened not only his business but his life.

Window Man, the residential window-cleaning business Light started in 1989, is expected to ring up $250,000 in sales this year, and its reputation for excellence has been lauded by local media. Window Man's client list of 2,000 crisscrosses California's Silicon Valley, leaving sparkling panes on the multimillion-dollar estates of some of the high-tech capital's richest and most famous residents.

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