Lloyd Jr. and Norrie Irvine always aspired to be entrepreneurs. One fateful night eight years ago, they sat down to discuss what type of business they wanted to open and ended up in a lawn care and maintenance company since they had the equipment they had and were already helping family and friends with lawn care. They celebrated the launch of Northwest Lawn Care & Excavation Services soon after, thanks to a small business grant.
“We took a leap in confidence by applying for a small business grant from the Salish & Kootenai Confederate Tribes,” recalls Lloyd Irvine. “Janet Camel of CSKT Economic Development directed us to meet Steve Clairmont, former director of the S&K Economic Development Office, for business planning information. Steve Clairmont provided a wealth of information and helped us with our first business plan. “
Northwest Lawn Care & Excavation Services:
- Lawn care
- Removal of dangerous trees
- Water and sewage installation
Clairmont led the Irvines through creating a mission and vision for their business, creating goals and marketing, and strategy and sales tactics. After completing the business planning process, they were selected as grant recipients and used the funds to purchase additional lawn equipment.
“It was then that our business began to grow and expand into other areas,” said Irvine, whose business has grown from a riding mower and a push lawnmower and a weed cutter to “all types of lawn equipment including an excavator, a dump truck, and four.” Trailer … and two vehicles equipped with snow clearers. “
Northwest Lawn Care Services and Excavation has since expanded from lawn maintenance to tree clearing, transportation, excavation and snow removal.
The Irvines love what they do and are grateful for CSKT, their customers, and the community.
“Our most inspired endeavor is to support and train people with developmental disabilities so they can thrive independently,” added Irvine. “Our small business has had a positive impact on the Flathead Reservation community by creating training, employment, and providing critical services to the community.”
The Irvines have seen a loss of business due to the coronavirus but are confident that a good snow year will increase the need for snow removal services.
For information on Northwest Lawn Care & Excavation Services, contact Lloyd Jr. and Norrie Irvine at 406.399.1576 or email them at email@example.com.