Jobber, Edmonton, Alberta, named the recipients of its $150,000 grant program, Boost by Jobber. Thirty small businesses were selected from thousands of applications and received funds ranging between $1,500 to $20,000.
“From experienced entrepreneurs to those starting a new career in home service, all our Boost by Jobber recipients are unique — but the incredible impact they’re making on their local communities is something they all share,” says Sam Pillar, CEO & co-founder at Jobber. “Our team was truly inspired by the entrepreneurial stories and demonstrations of resiliency that were shared with us. Home service businesses are made up of incredible people and hometown heroes that 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.”
The grant recipients range from pre-business entrepreneurs to experienced owners and represent a variety of home services industries, such as tree care, lawn care and landscaping, plumbing, residential cleaning, HVAC, contracting, carpentry and pressure washing. These funds will support entrepreneurs in the home services category and give back to the communities where they live and work.
The application process involved written and video submissions, followed by interviews with Boost by Jobber’s judging panel. To select the recipients, Jobber individually scored applicants based on their community contributions, leadership style, business plans and the overall impact the funding would make towards their goals.
The top grant of $20,000 was awarded to experienced entrepreneur Joseph Gillingham, founder of Heritage Tree Care. Gillingham started his company, a full-service tree care business, 15 years ago and now employs 20 people during peak seasons. The company has helped create interactive outdoor learning spaces for local schools and daycares by donating labor and repurposed wood chips, logs for seating, and large outdoor wooden building blocks for children to play with, all while maintaining 5-star customer service. The company also supports a network of community gardens and assists with emergency response for urban animals requiring rescue from heights.
“Receiving this Boost by Jobber grant makes it all worthwhile in a way,” says Gillingham. “As an entrepreneur, sometimes I wonder if I am doing the right thing as there is often a residual feeling of imposter syndrome despite the thousands of happy customers over lots of years. Getting recognized in this way takes away the doubt.
Thanks to Jobber, we can bring some of our dream entrepreneurial ideas to life. With this funding, we will not only grow the business and hire more expert team members, but also we plan to help subsidize tree planting for low-income daycares and community centers, thereby creating a green legacy of shady spaces throughout my city and beyond.”
For the full list of Boost by Jobber recipients and their stories, visit the Jobber website.