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Quality lawn care is a SNAP for Organic Micro-Cut

— When it comes to quality lawn care, Corey Thorpe understands that it takes effort and attention to stay a cut above the competition. Thorpe launched Organic Micro-Cut six years ago with a goal of providing a level of customer service that was second to none. Traits like honesty, integrity and responsiveness topped the list of priorities for his new company. If a sprinkler goes out, for instance, someone from Micro-Cut is on site that day to replace it. Since the business began, Thorpe has not lost any of his weekly lawn mowing customers to poor service. Recently, a former client who had left for Seattle moved back to the Spokane area and called Corey to make sure Micro-Cut could take care of the yard surrounding his new home.

In addition to an emphasis on conscientious customer care, Organic Micro-Cut has developed a market niche by offering lawn maintenance utilizing an approach that features chemical-free fertilizer and other eco-friendly products. Corey also provides the option of conventional products. Before he uses a product on the yard of any client, Corey makes it a point to try it first on his own lawn.

Thorpe said SNAP Financial Access was there to support him at a time when the venture was just starting out. The micro-enterprise loan helped Micro-Cut get started on the right foot with the purchase of necessary equipment like a trailer, truck and mowers. SNAP also connected Corey with educational resources promoting green practices as advice on starting and succeeding as a business owner.

As for the future of Micro-Cut, Corey said he would like to establish more of a presence in North Idaho next year. Looking back, he expresses appreciation for a program that saw the potential in a lawn-care business that refuses to cut corners.

For more information about SNAP Financial Access and programs like micro-enterprise development, housing, money management, credit repair and foreclosure prevention, call 509-456-7106 or visit www.snapwa.org.

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