How Small Businesses Can Give Back This Holiday Season

Today is Giving Tuesday, an official kick-off to the “giving season” that thrives between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. It’s the perfect reminder that besides glistening snowfalls, jingle bells, and mistletoe, the holiday season is one of generosity! Charitable giving throughout the year is becoming more the norm for businesses (which is wonderful), but this time of year usually sees an increase in giving back from both individuals and companies alike. It may seem easier for large corporations with more resources to give back, but small businesses can make a huge impact on their local communities.

Just a little creativity and time can go a long way! Here are a few suggestions for ways that small businesses can give back this holiday season:

Holiday Food BankHoliday food drives – This is a great idea especially if your business already puts you out into the community interacting with your customers. Mosquito Joe of Baltimore, for example, partners with the Maryland Food Bank each year to donate canned goods to local families during the holidays. On top of their own donations, Mosquito Joe will ask their customers to leave canned goods on their doorsteps during a set period of time, which they will pick up and drop off at the food bank. This is a great way to give back that allows the customers and business to work together to help the community!

Volunteer as a team – Giving back doesn’t have to be in the form of money or food. Giving your time to a local organization is just as valuable. Having your employees volunteer as a team is a unique way to help those in need while facilitating team bonding! Consider volunteering at a local soup kitchen or food pantry, Habitat for Humanity, or gift-wrapping drive.

Donate a Portion of Sales – A simple way to make an impact with a local organization is to donate a portion of your business’ sales over a set period of time. If there is a charity near and dear to your business (or heart), choosing a recipient is fairly easy. If not, survey your employees to see which organizations mean the most to them. You can divide donations and even match those of your employees if you’re able.Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots – Toys for Tots is a charity run by the United States Marine Corps that collects unwrapped toys throughout the months of November and December and distributes them to children in need throughout local communities. We hold a Toys for Tots drive here in the Corporate office every year. Visit the Toys for Tots website to find information on your local branch and how you can get involved in making a difference for a child in need this year.

Adopt a family – Donating to charity can be difficult because you can’t usually see an immediate impact from your contribution. Adopting a family who needs assistance during the holidays is a wonderful way to see a personal and immediate result. You can make an even bigger impact by adopting a family as a business and contributing together! While there is no central organization responsible, simply Googling “adopt a family for the holidays” will bring up a list of organizations to partner with in your community. Many allow you to donate food, clothing, toys, and money.


While generosity throughout the holidays enhances the joy of the season, the giving doesn’t have to end come January. All of these ideas can be expanded beyond the holiday season to allow small businesses the opportunity to give back all year round. From all of us at Mosquito Joe, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season. May your days be merry and bright!

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A Season to Be Thankful For

At Mosquito Joe, we have a lot to be thankful for this week. This season we had 170 territories operating in 27 states which means we made more families mosquito free this year than we ever have. It also means that we welcomed many franchisees into the Mosquito Joe family and as we’re growing, we’re so thankful because these franchisees and our corporate staff make this the greatest company to be a part of. We took a minute or two to chat with our corporate office to see what their thankful for both personally and professionally. Some of the answers made us giggle so we thought we’d share with you!

What MoJo is Thankful For

MoJo Corporate Fun EventI’m thankful for the community that has embraced me at MoJo and VB/Norfolk and has made me feel like this is home.” Kyle Jones, Graphic Designer who relocated from the Chicago area this year!

My Family and Friends.  My Team.  My Health. I know…not creative, but true. Kevin Wilson, CEO

I am thankful for my job and that I work with an awesome group of people. Everyone here is so welcoming and helpful and I enjoy everyone I work with.  Thanks Mosquito Joe! Sharon Lerche, Operations Assistant

I’m thankful for my HouChevy the Monsterdini wine preserver that helps keep my weekday wine as delicious as possible so I don’t (always) have to drink the full bottle in one sitting 😉  I am also thankful for my dog’s ridiculous facial expressions. Someday I would like to make a coffee table book of them. If he could speak it may not be as entertaining, but since he has yet to learn English I have to caption what he’s thinking in my head. And he’s hilarious. Other things I’m thankful for include: seat warmers in my car, peanut butter M&Ms, the ridiculous things kids say, and the fact that everything is always on sale at Kohl’s. Always. As a company, I’m thankful that despite our fast growth we’ve continued to hire great people. And that I have a great parking spot.” Angela Paules, VP of Marketing

Tracey WillmottDavid Barrett and the CatsJayme Sabo PetsMcConnville Family at the Cubs

 

 

 

 

I’m thankful for old awkward photos like these that not only remind me of how amazing I was as a child but also give me a good chuckle when I need it. And yes, that’s a Buffalo girl in the making getting her chicken wing on. Tracey Willmott, Marketing Assistant

I’m thankful for Francis and Meechum. They are thankful for Thanksgiving because they love purrmpkin pie and mashed purrtatoes. David Barrett, Financial Analyst

I’m thankful for green traffic lights, the “Alarm 2″ feature on my bedroom clock, and my furbabies who moved 2,400 miles with me to join Mosquito Joe this year.” Jayme Sabo, Director of Marketing

I’m thankful for the Cubbies! And my family of course! Meghan McConville, Administrative Assistant

Julie Green with HusbandI’m grateful for supportive husbands who show up to Mosquito Joe commercial and photo shoots when your lead technician can’t make it at the last minute and you need a star. A day in the life of being married to a marketing gal! I’m also grateful that I’ve gotten to be on this crazy, wonderful ride with Mosquito Joe from day 1. I’ve had a front row seat watching this company grow from the first franchisee signing to the 120th and it’s been awesome. This team is the greatest and I love working with them every single day…well, most days 😉  Julie Green, Marketing Manager

 

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of yummy food, warm memories and lots of laughter. If you brave the crowds for Black Friday, godspeed and happy shopping! If you prefer to lay back and do your shopping from home, give your local Mosquito Joe a call. Gift certificates make great stocking stuffers and are perfect for that person on the list that has everything! And of course, if you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe business opportunity, visit our website and we’ll be happy to chat with you. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

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Why Timing Counts: Sign Now

As the holidays sneak up on us, 2017 is just over a month away. This time of year, many folks begin to reexamine their priorities and goals in life. This could take many forms from finances to family to traveling, but very often it involves a career path. For that person reimagining their life as a business owner, fall 2016 thru early winter 2017 is an optimal time to explore a franchise opportunity with Mosquito Joe. Whether you are just starting to explore the franchise world or you’ve been searching for the right business for a while, we think Mosquito Joe is worth a look, and timing counts. To prove it, we have 5 reasons you won’t be able to resist taking a deeper dive into the Mosquito Joe business opportunity.

Mosquito-borne illness is on the rise in the United States

The spreading of viruses associated with mosquito bites made headlines this year as Zika virus came into the national spotlight. Cities throughout the country are doing what they can to address large mosquito-infested areas, but in some cases, these efforts are proving to be ineffective. Mosquito control is an emerging, high-demand market. Those who join the Mosquito Joe family have the opportunity to support their communities with up-to-the-minute information as well as targeted solutions for residential and commercial customers.

Marketing ahead of the game

Once a Mosquito Joe franchisee acquires their license and completes training, they are free to begin lead-generating marketing efforts to recruit customers for their recurring business that will begin in the spring, for many areas. You have the opportunity to take advantage of our off season to research local and grassroots marketing opportunities like placing the eye-catching Mosquito Joe van in the local St. Patrick’s Day parade  or sponsoring the neighborhood’s little league team. There are multiple ways you can start building community awareness in preparation of mosquito season.

New Year’s Resolution, anyone?

As we approach the holiday season, a lot of us look to make changes and resolutions in our lives. For those whose New Year’s resolution it is to spend more time with the family and be their own boss, what better way to do so than to own a seasonal, home-based and community-oriented business while having the support and experience of a fun corporate brand and team. Plus, for those resolved to get more exercise, a day out in your community neighborhoods spraying to make outside fun again can be a great workout!

Training Local Joes

Starting in October, we hold training once a month to get new Joes trained and ready to open for business the following spring.  This is your chance to not only be trained, but you get time with the corporate staff who becomes your support team. Yet another reason timing counts, you get the opportunity to take the information you learned in training and put it towards research before launching.

Our Annual Convention!

By signing in the fall, you have the opportunity to register and attend our annual convention, and this time we’re going international! Our convention is being held in Cancun, Mexico January 2017, and it’s the perfect opportunity to attend breakout sessions ranging from operations to marketing to pest control. You also get to meet and socialize with franchisees who are in your boat (just signed!) and those who have a few seasons under their belt. It’s 3 days full of information and knowledge that can be key to preparing for your first season.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about franchising with Mosquito Joe, please visit our franchise information page. We’d love to talk with you, answer any questions you have, and get you on the path to joining the Mosquito Joe family during the ideal time!

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Mosquito Joe Ranked Top Franchise for Veterans in 2016

Mosquito Joe was recently named a top franchise by Franchise Business Review in its 2016 Top Franchises for Veterans Report.

If you aren’t familiar with the Mosquito Joe opportunity, you might not know we began as a mom-and-pop mosquito control business in 2010. Franchising began in 2012, so in just a few short years, we’ve grown to become an industry leader with over 168 franchise locations open nationwide.

Franchise Business Review, a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only rankings of franchises based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. Mosquito Joe was among 158 franchise brands, representing over 22,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research. Of the 22,000 franchisees, approximately 2,500 are veterans. Mosquito Joe franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training & support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.

Mosquito Joe scored higher among military veteran franchisees than other brands surveyed in their overall satisfaction including areas like Franchise Community and Financial Opportunity.

COO and Veteran Brian Garrison

“We feel vets bring the right set of experiences and work ethic to our business. Veterans coming through the pipeline look at the other vets in our system, and it resonates with them. We can look veterans in the eye and say, ‘We understand that you don’t have any experience in the private sector, but we can be a backstop for you as you make the transition,'” says Brian Garrison, Chief Operating Officer of Mosquito Joe. Brian is one of our corporate employees (pictured right, with his family) that is a veteran. Brian retired in 2012 after serving 22 years in the Navy.

“Many franchisors are recruiting veterans because they realize that military experience, in addition to fostering traits including integrity, honor, and commitment, imparts many skills that successful franchise owners have,” says Eric Stites, who is CEO of Franchise Business Review and was a First Class Petty Officer with the US Navy. “Since the number of franchise options can be overwhelming, it’s important to look closely at what veterans who are in franchising say about their experience.”

Our corporate office is located in Hampton Roads, VA and that is the home to not only the world’s largest naval base, but multiple other bases for every branch. Not only do we live among veterans in Virginia Beach, but we work among them and their family members too! A large portion of the Mosquito Joe Corporate staff is either a veteran themselves or is related/married to one. Check out our unofficial spouses’ club below!

Mosquito Joe Veterans

There are times when the words “Thank you” don’t seem big enough to encompass the gratitude we hold for people and their actions. Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who have served and continue to serve. You are in our thoughts on Veteran’s Day, and every day.

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