Success Stories

Fourth Generation Family Business

From dry goods to diamonds, it’s all in the family. Henry E. “Hank” Davis recounts how four generations of Davis’ forged a family business from its earliest days as a circa 1920’s general store to a new millennium purveyor of the very finest jewelry. Over 80 years ago, Henry and Freda Davis founded the Davis family business in downtown Louisville. Their store occupied several different locations in the city’s business district, including a move necessitated by construction of a new interstate. A major metamorphosis occurred in 1998 after Hank Davis, grandson of the founders, enrolled in a strategic planning program offered by Greater Louisville Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce. Through this program, Hank learned that 70% of his business came from 35% of his clients, and 80% of that client base lived within a five mile radius of a suburban site on the east side of Louisville that company leadership decided to acquire. Davis used two Small Business Administration loans to finance... Read More

Joyce Green is the owner/operator of two small businesses in central Kentucky, Jordan Hill Farm, a corporate retreat and special occasion event venue, and Karizma, LLC, a full-service hair salon and spa. 

Joyce grew up near Chicago and later started a hair salon in Northern Virginia, which she operated for 25 years.  Yearning for a less hectic pace, Joyce decided to sell the salon and move to a smaller community.  Having no master plan, Joyce and her husband visited Kentucky in 2006, fell in love with the beauty of the Bluegrass region of the state and purchased a historic farmhouse with 85 acres of land near Richmond.  Part of the house was an 1800’s era log cabin that had been enlarged over time to over 4,500 square feet.  The original log home, fireplace and stairwell remain today.

Joyce met Michael Rodriguez, Director of the Eastern Kentucky University SBDC in Richmond, shortly after her move.  She opened Karizma on her farm in 2007.  While her first customers... Read More

Innovation Creates Manufacturing Jobs in HUBZone

Flavorman is an international custom product development and ingredient supply company.  Known as The Beverage Architects®, Flavorman is able to take a beverage concept through every phase of product development and production, from start through finish, and has developed and designed over 500 products for hundreds of companies to successfully launch in the beverage marketplace.  The beverages range from energy drinks and sodas to flavored spirits and liqueurs. 

Since 1992, Flavorman has been leading the industry as a single source partner in beverage product development.  Clients range from start-up entrepreneurs to major international players in the global beverage market.  Their 24,000 square-foot headquarters houses one of the largest full-service beverage product development facilities in the United States, including a state-of-the-art, fully equipped laboratory, warehouse and production area.  In-house capabilities, industry expertise and product innovation allow... Read More

Patriot Industries, Inc. is located in the cities of Monticello and Albany, two very rural communities in southern Kentucky.  Monticello is located in Wayne County.  Albany is located in Clinton County, which was recognized as an Empowerment Zone in 1996.  Empowerment zones are designated to stimulate growth and economic development in poor, rural, underdeveloped communities across the country.

Patriot Industries offers four primary services: cutting and sewing, screen printing, manufacturing and warehousing.  The company has used several SBA programs to help establish and grow the company.  Jack Mills, President & CEO of Patriot Industries, realized that with the trend to ship operations offshore in the cut and sew industry, he would have to use all of the advantages of small business programs offered by SBA in order to retain and increase American jobs at American factories such as Patriot Industries. 

The company was 8(a) certified in December 2000 and received... Read More