Jared May at TREK


Jared May discovered a love for math in his teen years. He has worked in accounting for many years, but recently decided to launch his own business, May Bookkeeping Solutions, a virtual bookkeeping business that provides great flexibility for him and his customers.

He started it as a side-business late in 2019, while still working for Northern Woodwork in Thief River Falls. With just a few months of business ownership under his belt, COVID-19 hit. While this was a difficult time for all businesses, Jared stepped up his game by working hard for his clients, helping them to stay on top of their finances and the various COVID relief programs that were rolling out. Today, Northern Woodwork is one of several clients served by May Bookkeeping Solutions.

A book, “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway,” inspired Jared on his TREK. He really didn’t know how many clients he would be able to pick up and assumed that he would have to find clients out of state. The surprise was that there was a real need for his business in the local area. The two lessons that Jared has learned are: (1) the importance of relationships and networking; and (2) the power of social media.

You may also like…

Dylan’s Pawnshop Journey

Dylan’s Pawnshop Journey

Dylan Nelson, the 29-year-old owner of Northern Gun and Pawn, embarked on a journey that began in his middle school years working for a local scrap business. Over a span of 12 years, he buckled down and worked hard, hoping to eventually fulfill his dream of owning a business. However, a realization struck him in his final year at the scrapyard – he felt stagnant and unhappy.

read more
It Comes Down to Two Things

It Comes Down to Two Things

JC and Adina Castillon, owners of Genesis Lawn and Snow, are on a remarkable journey to grow a thriving family business in Thief River Falls, MN. Resilience and faith have helped them overcome serious health challenges and have contributed to the success they are seeing today. JC emphasizes the importance of unwavering focus on their vision, a principle they uphold daily. Their tenacity is transforming challenges into opportunities, creating a legacy of success for their family and community.

read more
Promise Act Grants Available

Promise Act Grants Available

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation will soon be accepting grant applications from small businesses and nonprofits to invest in existing operations or planned growth. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded.

read more