Arborist rewarded making a big impact in his community
“I don’t think I’ve received anything in my life except for maybe a Boy Scout badge sometime in the 80s. “
It’s an honor of a lifetime. Joseph Gillingham received $20,000 this fall, to enhance and expand his tree service business in Toronto, Ontario.
Joseph runs ‘Heritage Tree Care,’ a company he launched 15 years ago, using just a chainsaw and his love for the outdoors.
Now, he employs 10 expert arborists who plant, prune, or remove trees for hundreds of people in the city.
The group also recycles wood into unique pieces used in special projects throughout the community.
The business management software “Jobber” awarded Joseph the grant through its “Boost” initiative.
The group set aside $150,000 to give 30 small home service businesses across four different categories, and $20,000 was the top award.
Business owners applied by answering a few questions about their business and how they’d use the money, then recipients were chosen based on their goals, financial plans, and community impact.
Joseph says the community is his top priority.
Heritage Tree Care donates wood to schools, churches, and city organizations through services like tree planting, installing garden beds, even building structures.
They also help maintain their properties — often for free. Joseph says it is all worth it, but it does cost the company money.
“So being able to have this grant money to sort of make those efforts buoyant and easier to do, it is really something I’m looking forward to.”
Joseph also has business goals like vehicle improvements, investing in his Human Resources department, and developing new ways to service his customers.
He does not, however, plan to change his scheduling tools.
Jobber became a part of Joseph’s daily workflow after he stumbled on the software at an industry trade show several years ago.
Until this point, he depended solely on a notebook and his memory to organize his jobs and leads.
Now, he uses Jobber to organize the hundreds of customers he works with and effectively communicate with his team members.
Joseph says Jobber has drastically elevated his service levels, and is the only way his business has managed to grow.
It is unclear if Jobber will host future Boost programs.