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Shannon and Scott Clements started C&C Roofing, Inc., a woman-owned business in 2007. They provide on-site manufacturing of roof panels and rolling, and all of the flashing for projects is manufactured at their facility in Morganfield, KY. The company focuses on commercial and government work and is a frequent contractor at the Ft. Campbell Army Base in southern KY/northern TN.

Scott Clements is nationally renowned for his expertise in the roofing industry, and he is often called upon for his knowledge by other industry leaders. He first focuses on building trust and respect. “I’ve been in the business for 13 years prior to going out on my own, so the experience as well as the contacts I made in the industry prepared me well for not just commercial roofing work but also for government contracting opportunities,” said Scott, who understands the value of developing long-term relationships and a solid reputation. In fact, the company motto is “no laps, no leaks,” and they... Read More

Yolanda Bradford started her first business in 1995, YLB Accounting Services, in Shelbyville, KY. The company quickly evolved, and Ms. Bradford changed the name to YLB Accounting and Consulting Services, Inc. a few years later to more adequately reflect the firm’s focus.

Ms. Bradford met with Robert Coffey at the SBA Kentucky District Office in 2009 to discuss the 8(a) Business Development Program and was quickly accepted into the program. The 8(a) certification enabled YLB to obtain several profitable contracts, and the company quickly added 10 employees.

That same year, YLB applied for an ARC loan for $35,000. The loan was approved and used to help improve the company’s cash flow, as YLB had just lost a major contract due to the downturn in the economy. As cash balances improved, Ms. Bradford also purchased equipment for the company’s expansion.    

In 2011, YLB applied for a 504 loan to purchase the building that the company had been leasing for almost three... Read More

Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique is located in Buckner, KY.  Equal parts tea room and gift shop, the business is located in a prosperous suburb just 20 minutes northeast of Louisville, KY.  While successful on the surface, Sisters needed SBA assistance to survive.

Connie Young founded Sisters Gift Shop in 2002.  The business grew slowly but steadily, and Ms. Young moved the location twice in five years for more space as well as better parking and visibility.  Ms. Young decided to add a tea room but knew that would require even more space, necessitating a fourth and final move.

Connie Young renamed the business Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique and asked her daughter, Lori Crowe, to help manage the firm.  With 12 years of experience in marketing and management, Crowe also brought with her a passion for baking.   The mother/daughter team developed the tea room concept.  “In our minds, this idea could only succeed.  Since we were not a traditional restaurant, there wasn... Read More

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