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The Café received an SBA 504 loan for $445,000 to provide long-term, fixed financing to purchase equipment and relocate a restaurant to an older building on the edge of downtown Louisville, KY. There are 39 employees at the restaurant; approximately 22 jobs were created by an SBA 504 loan.

The first BurgerFi restaurant was started in February, 2011 by a group of gourmet chefs who wanted a quality burger with fresh ingredients.  Created from dissatisfaction with the fast food industry, the BurgerFi concept was born: fresh, never frozen, all-natural, hand crafted burgers, sauces, custard, French fries, and onion rings.  The atmosphere at the BurgerFi restaurant is eco-friendly with an urban feel.

While Kansas City and Memphis may be known for great barbeque, Melody McCray-Miller has grown her Wichita-inspired barbeque baked beans product distribution to over half of the country.

Millers, Inc.’s Bar-B-Que Baked Beans have captured a niche market in the refrigerated, deli isles of grocery stores in 28 states. Miller’s Inc. Co-Founder, Melody McCray-Miller is now poised to expand her market further within the U.S. and recently gained new fans in Canada.

Montucky Cold Snacks launched in 2011 in Bozeman, Montana, by Chad Zeitner and Jeremy Gregory with the goal of developing an American style light lager beer that gives back to local communities. This concept would set them apart from their competitors and help develop the company's mission to work with local charitable groups and promote a fun outdoor lifestyle.  The company has grown across 15-states with 8% of profits going back to work with local nonprofits wherever the beer is sold.

POWELL, Wyo. – Murraymere Farms has operated in Powell – part of Wyoming’s renowned Big Horn Basin – for more than one hundred years. In 1914, Earl Murray cleared 80 acres of sagebrush and broke ground on what would become one of Wyoming’s longest-running family farming operations.

Entrepreneur Beats Life-Changing Diagnosis While CreatingOne-of-a-Kind Cookie Business

The SBA Helps Altoona Pizzelle Maker’s Business Heat up with Global Sales


ALTOONA, PA – When Maryann Cook was diagnosed with celiac more than a decade ago, she never dreamed it would become the catalyst for an international business.

What started as a passion to make the perfect home brewed beer, led a CPA with 34 successful years in accounting to start the first brewery in Dodge City in 2017. Larry Cook and his wife Sheri own and manage Dodge City Brewing Company, LLC that features a variety of craft beers and brick-oven pizza.

Matt Higgins inside his new roasting facility in Portland, Oregon

Growing a Business from Bean to Cup in Oregon

Stephanie Vitori, president of Cheeseburger Baby, originally joined the company as a delivery driver in 2001. After working alongside five other original employees, she was able to learn the business from the bottom up and officially took ownership in February 2004. Since that time, the company has grown to 20 employees and has more than $800,000 in revenues.

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Mari Rubio moved to Miami in 2009 so she could turn her passion for cooking into a reality. After completing a six-month internship in Southern Italy and graduating from Johnson & Wales University Miami in 2012, she returned  home to Santo Domingo to spend the holidays with her family. Struggling with idle hands and time, she began experimenting with a pecan pie recipe. This experience proved life changing as the recipe was so well received by her friends and family.


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