December 3, 2015 By Suzanne Robertson

Southern Utah's The Tree Guy was started by Randy Jacques in 2001. The small business was founded with the goal of providing quality work at an honest and low price. Jacques has over 18 years of experience in the industry and his crew handles tree pruning, tree removal, tree planting, palm tree services and yard maintenance. Happy customers consistently give his small business 5-star ratings on Yelp and Facebook.

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After a busy summer, Jacques realized that he needed working capital and additional equipment to keep up with growing demand. Like many small business owners, he was wary of SBA loans. "I was told that SBA loans take forever to fund and that it can be a real pain to qualify," he says. However, after an online search, he came across the SmartBiz website and was impressed with the streamlined process. He was very happy with the service proved by Liz, his SmartBiz Relationship Manager.

"If I had any questions or needed help with the paperwork, Liz was always available. The whole process went smoothly."

Jacques secured an SBA loan for $105,000. In addition to working capital, he was able to use funds for equipment that will help him run his business more efficiently. "I leased a wood chipper along with additional smaller tools. Now we'll have less downtime during jobs." Around the time his loan funded, he came across a new opportunity to expand to another part of Utah. "I'll be hiring more people with the loan funds now."

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"I've been in business almost 15 years. There can be hassle and headaches but the freedom that comes with owning your own business is worth it."  Randy would definitely recommend SmartBiz to other small business owners. "The process was great. I'm very happy with the way things are working out." Are you ready to grow your small business? Apply now and discover if you qualify for a low-interest SmartBiz loan in just 5 minutes.


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