Keeping it Clean: Lloyd Nelson’s & Top Down Janitorial

Keeping it Clean

Success often hinges on community, resilience, and the willingness to adapt. Lloyd Nelson’s journey from college football player to the owner of Top Down Janitorial embodies these qualities. He shares the valuable lessons he’s learned about cleaning and keeping it clean in life and business.

Who’s Lloyd Nelson?

Lloyd Nelson’s entrepreneurial journey began on the football fields of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he showcased his skills as both a quarterback and wide receiver. After graduating with a degree in business administration in 1985, Lloyd made the bold decision to relocate from Southern California to Paso Robles. He sought new opportunities in the burgeoning Central Coast region.

Lloyd Nelson of Top Down Janitorial in Paso Robles, CA sitting in the Paso Robles Youth Arts Center (PRYAC) music room. He is in his work shirt and a hat.
Lloyd Nelson of Top Down Janitorial in Paso Robles, CA sitting in the Paso Robles Youth Arts Center (PRYAC) music room.

Journey into Janitorial Business

Despite diverse work experiences, Lloyd found his true calling in the janitorial industry thanks to a friend’s invitation to join the field. Recognizing the potential for growth and stability in the commercial cleaning sector, Lloyd, along with the unwavering support of his wife, embarked on the journey of entrepreneurship by founding Top Down Janitorial.

Expansion and Specialization

Top Down Janitorial’s humble beginnings soon gave way to rapid expansion as the company gained a reputation for excellence in service delivery and client satisfaction. Lloyd’s strategic decision to specialize in commercial janitorial work proved to be instrumental in carving out a niche in the competitive market. He focused on providing tailored solutions to businesses ranging from schools and churches to office complexes and wineries. This ensured Top Down Janitorial stood out as a leader in the industry.

Collaboration with PRYAC

Lloyd’s commitment to community involvement led to a fruitful partnership with the Paso Robles Youth Arts Center (PRYAC).  Providing janitorial services to PRYAC allows him to support the organization’s mission of enriching lives through the arts. Additionally, working with the organization teaches valuable insights about the importance of giving back to the community. PRYAC’s Executive Director, Barbie Wunsch, commends Top Down Janitorial for its reliability, value-added services, and dedication to keeping it clean in their facility and in how he handles business.

Networking Strategies

Recognizing the power of networking, Lloyd actively engages with local chambers of commerce, business networking groups, and industry events. By leveraging opportunities like Small Business Celebration, Lloyd showcases his services and builds meaningful relationships within the community. To foster connections and driving business growth he is involved in various chambers of commerce. These include those in Paso Robles, Santa Maria, and San Luis Obispo.

Lessons from Athletics

Football was more than a sport. It also taught him the importance of teamwork, resilience, and continuous improvement. As a former quarterback, Lloyd understands the value of effective communication, leadership, and adaptability. These qualities have served him well in his entrepreneurial journey. He shares you have to keep it clean on the field and in how you run your business. Honesty is the best policy. 

Overcoming Adversity and the American Dream

Despite facing challenges and setbacks along the way, Lloyd remains steadfast in his pursuit of the American Dream. He encourages struggling business owners to persevere, emphasizing how success is attainable for those willing to work hard and remain resilient. For Lloyd, the American Dream is not just about financial success but also about leaving a legacy for future generations—a legacy built on integrity, hard work, and community involvement.


Lloyd Nelson’s journey with Top Down Janitorial shows the transformative power of entrepreneurship and community engagement. As he continues to grow his business and make a positive impact in the community, Lloyd’s story inspires entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams with passion, perseverance, and a commitment to excellence.

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