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Why we want Chase’s Mission Main St Grant:

A lot of folks have been seeing a heavy ad campaign for this grant from Chase. Yes, it’s 100K. Yes, I had to answer a few questions to apply. I figured I’d disclose those answers to those answers here in order to sway a few people to vote for us. Thank you for all your support!
Tell us about your business and what makes it unique. Please provide a general description of your product, customers, competitive landscape, and overall performance.
We truly are a mom and pop shop, where the owner is on site while the work is being done. Our employees value us because we work along side them. We genuinely care about the quality of workmanship we provide our clients as landscapers. From routine maintenance to designing and installing patios, walkways, retaining walls and gardens, we are very attentive to every last detail. There are always other landscaping outfits out there from the one man show with a truck and trailer to much larger multi-million dollar companies. We don’t focus on things like that though. Our attention is focused on one client at a time, providing them and their project with the individual attention they deserve. It’s what’s lead to our growth and small business success.
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What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? Describe both your greatest achievements and biggest challenges.
My husband started Algiere’s Landscaping in 2007 because he decided he was ready to take ownership of the work he was already doing for someone else’s business. When we meet in 2009, he hadn’t done too much with it as he quickly learned it takes a lot of time to do both the physical and mental component of landscaping. In 2011, he gave me half the business because I told him I’d make it “go”. I was ready to make the leap from punching a time clock to controlling the hours I worked. I own a huge dept to the small female business owners I worked for as a teenager all the way up to my early 30s. They are the true inspiration for me making the decision to be self employed. Heading into our fifth season, our gross sales have grown steadily, we’ve gone from a one man show to five employees and three trucks, and we’re continuing to grow. The biggest challenge we’ve faced is how to manage that growth from cash flow, to adding employees and equipment, to developing a marketing plan to sustain and support our continued growth.
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How is your business involved with the community you serve? Examples include: giving back to the community, sourcing locally, and/or contributing to economic development via hiring.
As small business owners, we feel a sense of obligation to our community and the need to give back. For years, we would shave my husband’s winter beard; asking for donations to a local non-profit health care provider. This year, we’re involved in starting a community garden to help provide fresh produce to our local soup kitchen. We are also committed to buying our supplies and materials locally whenever possible in order to help support our local economy. It’s because of that practice we’ve developed great working relationships with other fellow small business owners. We also have instilled in our business growth plan to hire above minimum wage and provide our employees with benefits including health insurance and paid time off. At this time, we are able to provide our employees with three paid holidays and all are paid at least one dollar above minimum wage. It is our goal to be able to provide our employees with a livable wage and the benefits to ensure a quality of life we are all entitled to.
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What would a $100,000 grant mean to your business and how will you utilize the funds? Please be as specific as possible.
The grant would do so much for our business. As of today, we own the business outright and are very reluctant to take a loan to help with growth. The grant in part would be used to support a solid marketing campaign to help continue our growth. The marketing campaign would consist of advertising across multiple platforms including radio, print and internet. We would continue to develop our online presence by investing in a website, and enhance our social media.The grant would also allow us to invest further in our existing employees by accelerating our timeline to provide health insurance and a livable wage. Lastly, we would purchase equipment including but not limited to a tractor, a dump kit for one of our trucks, and other small handheld equipment such as leaf blowers, etc. Lastly, we would work on developing property to create a store front.
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What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term growth plans for the business? How will this grant contribute to your plan?
Our short term goals are for the next one to two years include expanding our part time crew that currently works three days a week to five days a week by this fall. Our second goal is to increase profit by decreasing certain operating costs including how our materials are purchased. This would involve negotiating a better price point with our current suppliers, which in turn would be invested in our employees. Our third goal for the next two years is to increase sales by twenty percent through a strategic marketing plan that would open up two new markets we are currently not in; water gardens and vegetable gardens. The revenue generated from the increased sales would be used support the first two goals. Our long term goals are to develop a store front which clients can visit by using property we own, adding another crew in three years, and increasing our service area by 15 miles.

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Mission Main Street Grants

Mission Main Street Grant

Mission Main Street Grants

For Immediate Release

June 10th, 2015

Media Contact:
Algiere’s Landscaping, 860-376-2895
Michelle Algiere; algiereslandscaping@gmail.com

Local Business, Algiere’s Landscaping, LLC, needs support to be moved on to the next step for a $100,000 Grant from [Insert business’s logo] Mission Main Street Grants®
Help Algiere’s Landscaping Grow by Voting Online Before June 19

Preston, CT – Algiere’s Landscaping, a local landscaping business, has applied for a $100,000 grant from Chase’s, Mission Main Street Grants®. Algiere’s Landscaping must submit a questionnaire outlining a business plan that will result in growth of the business and receive at least 250 votes to be eligible for a grant. Full eligibility requirements are available in the Program Rules (https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/rules). Customers, fans and community members can show support for Algiere’s Landscaping by voting at http://www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com [insert link to business page on the program website if applicable] using Facebook Connect.

The voting deadline is June 19, 2015 and grant recipients will be selected by expert panelists. Algiere’s Landscaping is striving to grow and expand through a strategic plan which includes paying employee livable wages for Connecticut and providing health benefits developed by Michelle Algiere . Receiving this grant would be an unbelievable opportunity to ensure the work of this business continues in Preston,” says co-business owner and husband, Benjamin Algiere.

Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $2 million to 20 small business across America. All businesses that apply for a grant and meet the eligibility requirements will receive access to a small business webcast by Premier Sponsor, LinkedIn. In addition, the 20 grant recipients will receive a trip to LinkedIn headquarters.

The 20 grant recipients will be announced in September 2015. For additional details about Mission Main Street Grants visit http://www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com.

About Mission Main Street Grants
Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to small business, Chase launched Mission Main Street Grants, a program that will award 20 grants of $100,000 to small businesses across America. By completing a business profile, a grant questionnaire, and meeting relevant eligibility requirements, small businesses will have access to special offers from the Premier Sponsor, LinkedIn. Chase is committed to helping small businesses so they can take big steps for their business and community.

About Algiere’s Landscaping
Opening in 2007, Benjamin Algiere started the business on his own and in 2011 he gave his then fiance half the business. They have now grown to 5 employees and they’d like to keep growing.

Get your patio for Daddy-O

It’s back! Now through Father’s Day save 15% off patios, walkways and retaining walls.
Restrictions are:
Inquiry must be made between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
New inquires only.
Must be made with pavers or pre-engineered segmented retaining wall block. Sorry no natural stone.
Estimates expire on October 15, 2015.

Ben and Michelle Algiere of Algiere’s Landscaping in Preston, CT pride themselves in creating a unique work culture in that they strive to provide a fun  environment. In the past they have raised funds for a local charity, gone to a concert together and participated in Preston’s Trunk or Treat.

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Another  way they have accomplished that is by acquiring a mascot. Thanks to the creative mind of Sarah Marshall Edmond and her GinchyBots, we have Big Al.

In the spirit of Algiere’s Landscaping’s attitude towards fun, we’re bringing Big Al out of retirement. He’s been out playing in the snow, and will be appearing randomly with the crew this landscaping season.

Big Al loves to tag along with the guys and help with spring clean ups. From raking up last fall’s leaves that came down late to pruning out winter kill, Big Al helps keep the spirit of fun for Algiere’s Landscaping crew.

Why the belief in fun? In construction [which is what landscaping is classified as] it can be very much a boys club and extremely physically demanding at times. Keeping the work environment fun  relieves tension and helps everyone stay motivated.

Interested in a position at Algiere’s Landscaping? We’re now accepting resumes for an office assistant and general laborers. Apply today!

 

Commercial Landscaping

Commercial Landscaping

If you’re a small business owner or a property management company in Southeastern Connecticut, you know it’s that time of year when you should start seeking bids for your upcoming landscaping needs.

Here at Algiere’s Landscaping, we have nearly 5 years experience working with both property management companies and  owners directly.  With our client retention rate near 100%, we are a landscaping business you can rely on to work with you.

Wide Range of Landscaping Services

We are near limitless in what we can provide the business owner or condominium association from landscape maintenance to handyman services to a complete overhaul on your landscape design.

Insured for Commercial Landscaping

As a small business owner, a priority in selecting a landscape contractor is making sure they are properly licensed and insured. Part of our policy at Algiere’s Landscaping is to provide each of our commercial clients with an insurance certificate.

Flexible Options

In addition to our commercial landscaping experience, we offer flexible payment options for our commercial clients and we pride ourselves on coming in under budget, a savings we are more than happy to pass along to our fellow business owners.

Furthermore, Algiere’s Landscaping offers a wide range of flexible scheduling and service options. We understand each business needs are unique unto themselves and your business property is a way to make a first impression clients.

Let us help you make a stellar one by keeping those shrubs in shape and your mulch looking fresh. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today!

Here are some customer testimonials:

Algiere’s Landscaping is prompt and professional and we highly recommend their services. Ben Algiere is down to earth, hard working and meticulous in each and every project he tackles. We have used Ben’s lawn care and spring/fall yard cleanup services for a number of years at residential and commercial properties in addition to hiring him to build small retaining walls and concrete projects. We take great pride in supporting other local small businesses when we know a handshake still means something.

Lyndsay Meiklem, Meiklem Kiln Works , Bozrah, CT

 

“Hi Michelle:  I spoke to the secretary in Essex today, and she says the new

countertop is beautiful, and our IT guy said they did a good job with the

additional holes in the counter he requested.  Thanks for another job well

done!  And under budget!  :)”

 

Alicia Madsen

Building and Grounds Manager

Child and Family Agency of SE CT

255 Hempstead Street

New London, CT  06320

The property serviced is in CT, but the management office is in Florida. Michelle was a pleasure to work with via phone and internet. The terms of service were specified and executed flawlessly. It is nice to know there is a vendor that can be trusted to do the work promised and communicate with us in a timely, professional manner especially when the business relationship is not local. Keep up the good work!

lynn rae Wester

Administrative Assistant
Team Players Corp.

 

Preston Snow Removal Companies Who Can Help Today

Photo of a driveway cleared by Algiere's Landscaping, one of the snow removal companies in Preston CT

Algiere’s Landscaping, a Preston, CT snow removal company, cleared this driveway last year.

Looking for Snow Removal Companies in Southeastern Connecticut?

Call Ben or Michelle Algiere at Algiere’s Landscaping today on (860) 376-2895 for all of your snow removal needs. We are one of only a handful of snow removal companies in Preston CT and promise we’ll be over as soon as we can to take care of your snow removal needs.

Your driveway may look like an iceberg right now but to us it’s a challenge! We’ve got everything we need to take that block of ice and turn it into a safe, salted, and plowed drive the whole street will envy.

There’s no inconvenience or hassle. You don’t even need to give our snow removal men a cup of hot chocolate! We will come to your home, clear the snow, salt it for safety, and go on our way.

So call Algiere’s Landscaping, get yourself a hot drink, and watch from your window as someone else puts their back into it and gets you moving again.

Snow Removal Companies in Preston CT for Businesses

As well as snow clearing for our residential customers, we can help if you have a commercial property.

Are you a property manager looking for a reliable snow removal company? For our commercial clients we also offer off site removal to keep the snow from piling up in your parking lots.

Your parking lot is a place to park cars, not to make snowmen!

The Preston Department of Public Works only looks after town streets and public parking lots. They do not clear lots for businesses and commercial properties.

So give us a call at 860 376 2895 to arrange fast, thorough snow removal so you can welcome customers back to your business.

Your customers, staff, and liability insurers will thank you for it.

Snow removal isn’t complicated, but it’s a hassle you can do without.  Algiere’s Landscaping will take care of it so you can concentrate on running your business.

How much is snow removal?

Our rates are very competitive but, because everyone’s driveway, walkway, or parking lot is different, we can’t say how much we will charge without coming to see you.

Rest assured that we will be fair with you.

Residential clients usually pay us at the time we plow their driveway and (if needed) shovel their walkway.

We have been a snow removal company in Southeastern CT for over 5 years, so we know how much work is involved and a fair amount to charge.

We have an excellent reputation among snow removal companies and many repeat customers for our services.

You can trust us to look after your snow removal needs at a reasonable price.

Snow Removal Companies’ Contracts

Our insurance company requires contracts for all commercial clients.

This is good for you, because our time is limited by:

  • the amount of contracts we have
  • the weather, and in particular, snowfall
  • daylight
  • seasonal holidays
  • other things

We don’t want you to miss out. With a monthly or seasonal contract, you can rest easy knowing that we will find time for your snow removal all winter long.

Something tells us it’s going to be a long winter. Don’t let snow removal get you down.

Call Ben or Michelle Algiere at Algiere’s Landscaping on 860 376 2895 to arrange an urgent visit and have one thing less to deal with this winter.

Fall into a cleaner, healthier yard this autumn!

The time has come once again for fall cleanups! Last year due to an early snowfall we couldn’t get to all the fall clean ups scheduled. They’re predicting an even worse winter this year, so give us a call to make sure your yard gets the care it needs to weather the season!!!

 

What goes in to a fall clean up? While it’s important to removed leaf fall to maintain a proper ph in your soil, it’s more than just leaves! Now is the time to plant spring bulbs, remove dead limbs and trim branches that might fall and cause damage to your property in an especially heavy winter storm. Last year we received almost 40 inches of snow from Storm Nemo alone, so it’s important to show your yard some preventive care before the season hits. We offer a range of services, including mulch installation, leaf removal, as well as bulb planting and limb trimming. Give us a call and set up an appointment for a free estimate for services unique to your own needs.

We at Algiere’s love our customers, and we love our fellow local businesses. With that in mind, we’re offering a special coupon for 25 dollars off 3 hours of service, but you can only pick up these special coupons at the Norwichtown People’s Bank location. Come on down, get a deal on your fall cleanup needs!