Small Business Success Story: Alabama Tree Company Rescues Bernardsville Post Hurricane Sandy


Hurricane Sandy was a whopper of a storm that New Jersey and New York will be digging out from for years to come. For the residents of Bernardsville, New Jersey the storm was made worse by what appears to have been a microburst. On many properties dozens of mature trees snapped or were pulled up by the root, resulting in weeks long power outages and considerable property damage.

The men from Southeastern Outdoor Services, LLC in Birmingham, Alabama heard the siren song and drove north to help New Jersey residents while expanding their company. It came with tremendous personal sacrifice, as they put their lives and their business on the line, but the grateful people of New Jersey literally opened their doors to these fine men as they cleared the wreckage of the storm and began to restore some visual sanity to the area.

Weather and work have changed dramatically in recent years, causing tremendous personal and financial instability for millions. As long as this is the new normal, people will need to go the distance–in some cases, literally–in order to make ends meet. Hurricane Sandy and Southeastern Outdoor Services remind us that we are all in this together and that’s a win/win for America.

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AnnMarie Quintaglie McIlwain is a former marketing executive with Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson and consultant to several Fortune 100 companies.  Now, as Founder and CEO of, she is a social entrepreneur who connects people with the information and inspiration they need in order to get jobs and start businesses. CareerFuel is the only site that gives people what they need to know to find jobs or start businesses plus blogs and short films about real people who made it happen. 

A recipient of numerous civic and leadership awards, AnnMarie is a Board member of, was a participant in the first White House Entrepreneurial Session, the recent WeOwnIt Summit, and the first Alley to the Valley Event.  She is also a member of 85Broads and Startup America.

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