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Energy Delivery Services

A rising star in corporate America, Jarrad Jackson was well on his way. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, he was employed at the Ron Wiese Division Office of Mutual Omaha – where he received the 2007 Builders Club Award – followed by a stint as director of operations for Energy Environmental Corporation. Yet, something was missing.

“Life was good, but I asked myself, “how can I benefit others and make the world a better place, while also benefiting myself?’” said Jackson.

So the Colorado native joined forces with his father and established Energy Delivery Services in January 2009. With five full-time employees, Jackson anticipates $500,000 in sales this year.

“We make buildings more efficient,” explained Jackson, president of the statewide firm. “From installation and lighting to heating and cooling, we make it economically viable to correctively retro-fit older homes and businesses that are losing energy.”

While 85 percent of the company’s energy efficiency consulting and contracting business comes from metro Denver, it also has contracts in Garfield, Las Animas, Ouray, Pitkin and Summit counties – and Jackson has his eye on landing government contracts.

“I’m driven by persistence and an entrepreneurial spirit,” said Jackson. “Between my dad and me, we have a unique skills set. I need to add to my business acumen to get to the next level.”

That’s where the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center comes in.

“I had never developed a strategic business plan, an employee handbook, a hiring process, a minority certification process or an operations manual,” Jarrad said. “Caroline Hanna helped me with all these things that I wouldn’t otherwise have known. Without her guidance and feedback, I would be at a disadvantage.”

Alongside his professional endeavors, Jackson is committed to building community.

“I came from a moderate economic background, money was always tight,” he said. “I pride myself in taking risks, in building something from the ground up. Especially if I can help the environment and other people along the way.”

Indeed, each time Energy Delivery Services lands a new customer, the firm makes a donation to any charities of its employees’ choosing.

“We give back, and we never give up,” said Jackson.