Success Stories

Mr. Donovan Wadsworth, founder of D&M Contracting, Inc., a military veteran, started the company in 2000, and, with his partner at the time, incorporated the business in 2004.  Since then, the business has evolved into a full-service restoration company that provides fire, water and wind damage repair services for locally and nationally-owned insurance companies. 

The innovativeness of their service and product offerings comes through both their unique specialty and their ability to provide excellent quality of work to many consumers.  They employ state-of-the-art estimation software that not only produces accurate restoration estimates for customers but also contains the groundbreaking ability to produce 3-D aerial images of the anticipated finished work.  Mr. Wadsworth built this business model as a way to not only offer this distinctive service but also to survive in such a challenging economy.  They have received extremely positive feedback from clients.

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Almost Home Boarding and Training, LLC and All Pets Veterinary Center, LLC are co-located in a new facility dedicated solely for pet care services.  Almost Home offers pet boarding for dogs, cats, and exotic pets, Dog Day Out, Daycare, Dog Training classes and Grooming in a 10,000 square foot indoor facility.  All Pets Veterinary Center offers a wide array of veterinary services, using the latest diagnostics and procedures, including Surgical, Therapeutic and Preventative services for pets in a 5,000 square foot facility.

On October 13, 2003, Katie Carman (now Katie Peckenpaugh) and Kathy Schultz talked to the Louisville SBDC about business plan coaching and financial projection assistance for a $1 million project.  The loan was for land acquisition and construction costs to build a training and boarding kennel facility in Louisville.  An SBDC consultant had worked with the clients to develop a solid business plan and sound financial projections.  The clients submitted a... Read More

Toni Levy founded, and is now the president of Toni Levy and Associates, Inc. (TLA), the parent company for Toni Levy, CPA; Levy Construction and Building Supplies; Levy’s Electrical and Plumbing Supplies; TLA Workforce; and Levy’s Construction Company. TLA is woman-owned/minority owned.

Ms. Levy always wanted to be an accountant, and she set her goals accordingly. After graduating from college with a degree in Computer Technology and later an account degree, Toni Levy was employed by a local accounting firm, where she honed her skills. She also is a graduate of Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Executive Business Program. Upon earning her Certified Public Accountant credentials, her innate instincts for entrepreneurship took hold. In1998, with the U.S. Small Business Administration's financial guaranty on a 7(a) loan, she started her own accounting firm.  She later used the 7(a) loan program to expand her business.

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DMD Data Systems provides information technology sales and services throughout Kentucky and nearby states. The company has earned Premier Partner status with IBM and distributes Oracle and Cisco products. Customers include the University of Louisville, the Kentucky Lottery, public school districts throughout the state, Kentucky’s Office of the Secretary of State and Department of Juvenile Justice, the Kentucky Commonwealth Office of Technology, and many other accounts.

Dave Sevigny, President and Founder of DMD, began his technology career with IBM in 1985 as an engineer and quickly moved to sales. His industry concentrations were public sector and education. Dave left IBM in 1996 to form DMD Data Systems Inc. He has a BS in engineering from the University of Buffalo and an MBA from Duke University. Dave has consulted for customers in retail, education and the public sector.

Dave has encountered many challenges, particularly in the early years of the business... Read More

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