wholesaler, Edmonton, Alta., Has named the recipients of its $ 150,000 grant program, Boost by Jobber. Thirty small businesses were selected from thousands of applications and received funding ranging from $ 1,500 to $ 20,000.
“From seasoned entrepreneurs to those starting new careers in home care, all of our Boost by Jobber recipients are unique – but the incredible impact they have on their local communities is something they all share,” said said Sam Pillar, CEO and co-founder at Jobber. “Our team was truly inspired by the entrepreneurial stories and displays of resilience that were shared with us. Home service businesses are made up of amazing people and hometown heroes who deserve to have a spotlight on their work, their stories heard, and our continued support. This is our goal for the Boost by Jobber program.
Grant recipients range from pre-business entrepreneurs to experienced homeowners and represent a variety of home service industries, such as tree maintenance, lawn care and landscaping, plumbing, residential cleaning, HVAC, contracts, carpentry and pressure washing. These funds will support entrepreneurs in the home care category and give back to the communities where they live and work.
The application process involved written and video submissions, followed by interviews with the Boost by Jobber jury. To select the recipients, Jobber individually assessed the applicants based on their contributions to the community, their leadership style, their business plans, and the overall impact the funding would have on their goals.
The main grant of $ 20,000 was awarded to experienced entrepreneur Joseph Gillingham, founder of Heritage Tree Care. Gillingham started his business, a full-service tree care business, 15 years ago and now employs 20 people during peak seasons. The company helped create interactive outdoor learning spaces for local schools and daycares by donating labor and reused wood chips, logs for seats and large building blocks. outdoor wooden boxes that children can play with, while still maintaining 5-star customer service. The company also supports a network of community gardens and participates in emergency response for urban animals requiring rescue at height.
“Receiving this Boost by Jobber grant is worth it in a way,” says Gillingham. “As an entrepreneur, I sometimes wonder if I am doing the right thing because there is often a residual feeling of impostor syndrome despite the thousands of satisfied customers for many years. Being recognized in this way removes the doubt.
Thanks to Jobber, we can bring some of our dream business ideas to life. With this funding, we will not only grow the business and hire more expert team members, but we also plan to help subsidize tree planting for low-income daycares and community centers, creating thus a green heritage of shaded spaces throughout my city and beyond. “
For the full list of Boost by Jobber recipients and their stories, visit the Jobber website.