More Sweet Success with SBA Assistance

Situation: 

  • Founded in 2008, DB Bourbon Candy, LLC offers over 70 flavors of bourbon filled candy, liqueur filled truffles, chocolate-covered fruit and gift baskets.  
  • The business specializes in bourbon balls, a family recipe created by CEO Robyn Stuart's mother, who passes away in 2002.
  • The company is woman, veteran, and minority owned business in a rural community.
  • While business was good and the reputation excellent, sales were seasonal, and all product was made by hand. 

Solution: How the SBA Helped:

  • Robyn received small business consulting assistance from the Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the Women's Business Center, SBA resource partners. 
  • Her SBDC counselor helped Ms. Stuart set up an accounting system for the business to help her manage rapid growth and fluctuating cash flow.
  • The WBC provided technical assistance and an SBA microloan that was used to increase production efficiencies.

Successful Impact/Outcome:

  • Robyn was able to quit her job of 18 years at a manufacturing plant to focus 100% on her business.
  • She was invited to provide her candy at the Academy, Emmy and Oscars Awards events, Kentucky Derby and Breeder’s Cup, Presidential Inauguration and celebrity affairs.
  • With increased capacity, DB Bourbon Candy received a contract with one of the largest grocery retailers in the country and a liquor store chain.
  • She added bourbon cheesecakes to her product mix and did a test with a famous Louisville racetrack, selling 600 cheesecakes in 48 hours.
  • Robyn is considering a strategic alliance with a complementary candy maker who has excess space and labor capacity, plus a physical location. 
  • She plans to publish a book with her mother’s recipes and fond memories. 
  • Robyn believes in giving back by contributing to charities that support breast cancer awareness and veterans. She also supports disadvantaged families that need assistance.
Company Name: 
DB Bourbon Candy, LLC
Location: 
Frankfort, KY 40505 (Franklin County)