Success Stories

Business Description: Greg Lyles, a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant, started a barbeque company with his son, Chandler, who also served in the USAF. Greg and Chandler both transitioned out of the military in 2013. That same year, Greg and his wife, Jennifer, attended a Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot Entrepreneurial Program offered by SBA at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas, where they were stationed. Greg and Jennifer Lyles used the entrepreneurial knowledge gained by participating in the SBA program to form Lyles BBQ Company, LLC in 2014.

Lyles BBQ is the result of a hobby gone full-time. The family had always enjoyed barbequing, and when a fundraising opportunity arose, they decided to sell BBQ, based on Jennifer’s family recipes, as a way to support a good cause. This small fundraiser turned into several catering jobs, which evolved into a Lyles BBQ food truck and eventually to restaurants in Nicholasville and Lexington, KY. They recently... Read More

Robyn Stuart

Description: Founded in 2008, DB Bourbon Candy, LLC offers many different flavors of bourbon filled candy, liqueur filled truffles, chocolate-covered fruit, a dessert bar for special events and gift baskets. The business specializes in bourbon balls, a recipe created by CEO Robyn Stuart’s mother, Johnnye S.Cunningham.

In its short life, DB Bourbon Candy has enjoyed tremendous success, placing product at high profile events such as the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, the Breeder’s Cup, a U.S. Presidential Inauguration and numerous other events. DB Bourbon Candy is also the official candy of the Kentucky Derby Festival, a 6-week series of events leading up to the running of the Kentucky Derby each May.

DB Bourdon Candy is a women owned, veteran owned and minority owned business. Product has also been placed in Kroger and Liquor Barn stores in the Midwest and Southeast regions of the U.S. 

SBA Assistance:  Robyn Stuart has received small business consulting... Read More

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Brief description of the business:  Founded in 2005, Unified Healthcare, LLC is a nuclear pharmacy, which is a highly specialized pharmacy dedicated to the compounding and dispensing of radioactive materials for use in nuclear imaging and nuclear medical products. More specifically, nuclear pharmacy is a specialty practice of pharmacy defined as a patient-oriented service embodying the scientific knowledge and professional judgment required to improve and promote health through the safe and efficacious use of radioactive drugs for diagnosis and therapy.

Nuclear pharmacists receive extensive training on the various radiopharmaceuticals that they use. They are trained in radiation safety and other aspects specific to the compounding and preparation of radioactive materials. To become a pharmacist requires years of school and training, but a nuclear pharmacist requires several hundred hours of training in basic radioisotope handling techniques, both in the classroom and... Read More

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Brief description of the business: Oscarware is a family-owned manufacturing business, founded in 1989 by Debra and Reg Dudley. Sensing the anything-can-be-grilled trend, they invented a new product they called “grill topper” making it possible to cook a variety of meals on an outdoor grill.

The original grill topper product transformed the traditional backyard barbeque menu from hamburgers and hotdogs to delicate fish, fresh vegetables and pizza. Grillers got creative with non-traditional foods starting new grilling trends. The company has continued to develop new topper products now offering a complete line of both disposable and gourmet porcelain coated steel toppers, woks and griddles.

All products are made in Bonnieville, a city of less than 300 people in central Kentucky.  Oscarware is the leading manufacturer of both disposable and porcelain coated steel toppers in the U.S. 

Oscarware has grown to 32 employees and distributes product across the U.S. The... Read More

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