Wendy Clark

CEO AND FOUNDER @ Carpe Diem Cleaning

Wendy Clark founded Carpe Diem Cleaning in 1994 as a young entrepreneur eager to make a difference in her community. Her life background, including spending formative years abroad, spurred her desire to create a service known for its excellence while providing resources for others in need of opportunities. Today, the rapidly growing business serves over 500 clients, making it the largest locally-based residential cleaning service in the area.

Wendy and Carpe Diem Cleaning have been recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship and small business growth, receiving Durham’s 2001 Micro Business of the Year Award and the Durham Chamber’s 2010 Medium Business award.  Carpe Diem has continually been a finalist in The Independent Weekly’s Best of the Triangle poll, winning the “Best of Housecleaning” award in 2012, 2015 and 2016. In 2013 Wendy was awarded the Martin Luther King Keeper of the Dream Award by the city of Durham.

Wendy’s intense desire to give back to the community motivates her work to improve her hometown of Durham and its impact on surrounding cities. She focuses on programs to help underprivileged children, and is a regular speaker for events geared to develop entrepreneurs. In 2007 she purchased the abandoned Farmer’s Exchange building in Northeast Central Durham and transformed it into beautiful community office space for small businesses and nonprofits. Wendy believes strongly in being an integral team player within the community and always strives to model principle-based integrity.