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Garrett’s Logging LLC

Name: Ashley Garrett

Location: Marianna, FL 

Type of Business:
Logging Company

What does your business do?
My business is a logging company where we help landowners meet their harvesting goals. Services include total tree removal and storm cleanup.

When and why did you start the biz?
I started my business in November of 2018. In August of 2018, my hometown was destroyed by Hurricane Michael. I’ve been working in forestry for over 15 years and witnessed first hand how important my field was so I offered my services at little to no costs and decided it was time for me to follow my passions. I started my business to help clean up my town and offer affordable and quality services to the community.

How Many People are in your Company?

Where's your office?
I have a spacious shed in which I have turned into an office that include a table, chairs, desktop computers, and additional essential office equipment.

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
The toughest part of running my business is as a new company not having enough credit to be able to take out to loan so that I can invest in my business. This include mainly investing in equipment and hiring additional workers for big jobs.

What's the most fun part?
The best part of running my business is when hired for job, discussing the plan and seeing the landowner’s reaction once it’s completed. It’s an unexplainable feeling to be able to use my passion to help others and make their visions come to life.

Anything you would have done differently?
I honestly don’t feel there is anything I would have done differently. This whole process has been a learning experience that I’m proud to be learning. Truly builds character.

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
My next move is expansion. Im working on marketing my business and also have partnered with a non-profit to help and build my presence in the community.

What advice do you have for others?
My biggest advice is to not do everything on your own! You know your strengths and weaknesses. For example, I know that I knew nothing about marketing so I reached out to a marketing company to assist me after trying different strategies with unsuccessful attempts.

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
Idea Cafe has so many resources in one area which makes it incredibly easy for me to research from credible sources. I also enjoy that there are other business owners who are dealing or have dealt with the same struggles and offer solutions that I may have not tried.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
Santa Fe College, yes, Business of Administration

Prior jobs or business?
Scaffold Lumber and excavating company Alpo Tree company

Favorite Food?

What are your pets' names?
Trouble, Missy, Mr. Biggs, Jazzie Belle

Do any of these pets help with your biz?

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
Hurricane Michael led me to go into business for myself after witness so many scams and people taken advantage of. I wanted to be the company to offer affordable and quality services during such a tragic time and event. I look forward to making impacts for the rest of my life.

Anyone you publicly want to thank?
Thank you to the staff of Idea Cafe for providing this platform.

Contact Info:
Ashley Garrett
3731 Flat Road
Marianna, FL 32443


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