Jobber, a leading provider of operations management software for home service businesses, has announced that Jobber Grants, designed to recognize home service excellence and spotlight the work of small home service businesses across the U.S. and Canada, is now accepting applications through June 8, 2023. Twenty-five businesses will be awarded grants totaling $150,000 USD. Finalists will be announced in August 2023. Apply at jobber.com/grants.
Home service professionals, ranging from aspiring to experienced business owners, are invited to apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 USD. The five-minute application is designed for busy home service pros in any industry, including lawn care, plumbing, residential cleaning, and painting.
"Investing in home service businesses means giving back to our communities, facilitating job creation, and boosting local economies," said Sam Pillar, CEO and co-founder of Jobber. "We're proud to continue Jobber's tradition of investing in local entrepreneurs at all stages of growth to help them achieve their goals and ambitions."
Alex Neville-Verdugo, owner of Lefty's Handy Services and former Jobber Grants recipient, is using the funds to grow her business. With the grant, she invested in training for her team that allowed her to expand her services to include home renovation projects. In addition to the capital, the exposure from being named a recipient resulted in new customers, which has accelerated the growth of her business during her slow season.
"Even before the money kicked in, Jobber Grants was a game changer for me," Neville-Verdugo said. "My local newspaper wrote a piece about us, the entire community read it, and now I get stopped on the streets. I have gotten a huge amount of business from that article and have been sprinting ever since it came out — that alone was a game changer."
Jobber Grants are organized into several categories that reflect the diverse representation of excellence across home service, which looks different from business to business. Categories include the following:
Recipients have the freedom to choose how to use the grant to support their ambitious business goals and innovative ideas. Whether a company is looking to purchase new equipment, increase its marketing investment, launch a new service, or train their teams, funds from the Jobber Grants program are designed to help small business owners be more successful.
Ethan Rossler, owner of Wash Wizard and a Jobber Grant recipient, dreamed of starting a business shortly after graduating college. The grant provided the initial investment needed to launch his pressure-washing business.
"Being a Jobber Grants recipient has allowed me to take advantage of my goals of starting a business," Rossler said. "The funds have given me the opportunity to buy the startup materials necessary to actually start the business that I've always wanted to start."
Jobber Grants is one of the many initiatives launched by Jobber dedicated to supporting and elevating home service entrepreneurs, including the company's award-winning business operations software, events such as Jobber Summit, free resources to help launch, grow, and scale a business via Jobber Academy, Salary Guides, Jobber Entrepreneurship Group, trends and insights in the Jobber Home Service Economic Report, and more.
To learn more about Jobber Grants or to apply, visit jobber.com/grants.