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Situation:

In 2012, Mavis Linnemann-Clark opened The Delish Dish, a catering company in Covington, KY. She obtained a Catering and Personal Chef certificate in 2011, having combined her passion for travel, cooking globally inspired dishes with 12 years of experience in the food service industry. In 2013, she was a finalist for admittance to Bad Girl Ventures, a woman-focused startup accelerator in the region. She also joined the Northern Kentucky Incubator Kitchen and launched her artisan line of jams and jellies, called Made by Mavis.   In 2015, Mavis became a member of the Kroger Buys Local Campaign through the Kentucky Proud® program for food certified as “raised, grown or processed in Kentucky by Kentuckians.” Despite her success, Mavis needed help running the business side of her business.

Solution: How the SBA Helped:

Rebecca Volpe, Northern Kentucky University SBDC Director, began working with Mavis in 2014.... Read More

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.... Read More

Situation:

After holding mid-senior level positions in business development and strategic marketing roles with several Fortune 1000 Companies and mid-senior level assignments with the U.S. Air Force Reserves and the Pentagon, Scott Allen decided to move back to his roots in west Kentucky and open Wisdom Tree Technologies, LLC in 2007. Wisdom Tree Technologies (WTT) serves the defense, law enforcement, national security and inter-agency industries as well as corporations. The company is an SBA 8(a) certified business that is a Native-American and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business headquartered in Murray, KY. Despite the unique skills offered and SBA certifications, WTT had difficulty obtaining federal government contracts.

Solution: How the SBA Helped:

As President and CEO, Scott connected with Cherie Guilford, Business Opportunity Specialist with the SBA Kentucky District Office. Cherie had over 20 years of... Read More

Situation:

Oscarware, Inc. is a family-owned manufacturing business, founded in 1989 by the wife and husband team of 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 fish, vegetables and pizza as grillers became more creative. In 2001, three major national accounts filed for bankruptcy, creating a severe cash crunch. Two years later, Debra’s husband of twenty-four years had two strokes. In 2005, Reg passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Reg had manufacturing technical knowledge as well as how the equipment and machines worked. Now Debra had to quickly learn the manufacturing side of the business. Insufficient cash flow made alternative sources of financing a premium cost, resulting in difficulties... Read More

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