Florida Small Business Development Center (IRSC) Features Success Story: Jerome Rhyant of Tree Trimmers USA, LLC

In the realm of entrepreneurship, few stories encapsulate the spirit of dedication and vision as remarkably as Jerome Rhyant's journey with Tree Trimmers USA, LLC. Established in 2017, this enterprise has expanded into a powerhouse on the Treasure Coast, specializing in tree trimming, stump grinding, mulching, and more, all under Rhyant's steadfast leadership.

Origins and Inspiration

Jerome Rhyant's introduction to the business world traces back to the guidance of his father, who instilled discipline and a strong work ethic in him from an early age. His entrepreneurial spirit started at the age of 13 when he ventured into independent yard cutting—a precursor to the path he would ultimately take.

A Day in the Life of Tree Trimmers USA

As the President of Tree Trimmers USA, Rhyant orchestrates each day meticulously, commencing at 5:00 a.m. His role revolves around preparing schedules, ensuring the team's operational readiness, and providing unwavering support to bolster their efficiency and success on-site.

Evolution, Challenges, and Strengths

Over the six years of its existence, Tree Trimmers USA has evolved from its roots in the Love Center Ministry, where Rhyant initially connected with skilled individuals in tree trimming and landscaping. Challenges were met head-on, navigating the transformation from a homeless mission to a thriving professional service. This evolution has positioned the company as a leading entity on the Treasure Coast, testament to its resilience and adaptability.

Collaboration with SBDC: An Integral Partnership

The partnership between Tree Trimmers USA and the Small Business Development Center (IRSC) has been nothing short of transformative. Tom Kindred, Regional Director of the FSBDC at IRSC and a longstanding advisor to Jerome, commends Rhyant's commitment, stating, "What I love about Jerome is just the kind of client he is, he takes his business very seriously and he takes his engagement with the SBDC just as seriously. Once Jerome understood what we are, what we do, and how we can help, he became heavily engaged. He truly saw the value and leveraged as many resources as he could." Rhyant highlights the immense value derived from SBDC's assistance in formulating a comprehensive business plan and articulating a mission statement. Moreover, the center's aid in creating a professional financial portfolio facilitated access to essential funding, paving the way for the company's growth.

SBDC's Impact and Future Endeavors

Working closely with SBDC's Procurement Specialist, Scotty Wilson, proved instrumental in securing federal contracts—particularly crucial during Florida's hurricane seasons. Rhyant acknowledges how Wilson's guidance in navigating platforms like SAM.gov has been indispensable in accessing and securing these pivotal contracts, noting that understanding the “ins and outs of an intimidating platform like SAMs” made all the difference for his business.

Future Vision and Recommendations

Jerome Rhyant's aspirations extend far beyond the immediate horizon; he envisions Tree Trimmers USA as a lasting legacy that continues its impact long after his direct involvement. Positioned firmly with an eye on the future, Rhyant dedicates himself to constructing an infrastructure today that mirrors the company's envisioned tomorrow. His emphasis of discipline in entrepreneurship stems from a deeply ingrained upbringing that instilled being dedicated when it comes to your goals. Reflecting on this upbringing, Rhyant remarks, "I'm writing a book right now called 'How do You Spell Entrepreneurship?' that expels discipline. I was raised in a home where my father was very disciplined, running our household like a military camp. That upbringing led me to start my first business at age 18 and purchase my first home at age 20."

Furthermore, Rhyant envisions a continuum, ensuring that a generation of young individuals currently in place within his enterprise will not just carry on but surpass his legacy.

Jerome Rhyant's story with Tree Trimmers USA epitomizes the intersection of dedication, and strategic collaboration. It stands as a testament to the potential nurtured through discipline, vision, and leveraging resources like the Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College. “I would recommend people utilize the service because it’s right here in our backyard and there’s nothing more powerful than a presentation done right.”

Learn about Jerome Rhyant’s path to success by viewing their Client Success Story with the Florida Small Business Development Center by visiting their YouTube channel, Small Biz Florida | Florida SBDC at IRSC 

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I would recommend people utilize the service because it’s right here in our backyard and there’s nothing more powerful than a presentation done right.”

Jerome Rhyant, Owner — Tree Trimmers USA