Success Stories

Associated Lumber Enterprises

Associated Lumber Enterprises is a lumber company that not only offers recycled lumber products but its history originated from a recycled building.  A former 1900s cotton gin was transformed into a lumber mill in 1989.  Today, it is a woman-owned niche provider of lumber products and services. 

Linda Flory purchased the business in 2011 and is building on the history of the 20+ years of lumbering in Kendleton, Texas, a rural community of 500 people. ALE is conveniently located on Hwy 59, the future I-69 NAFTA corridor.

Linda comes from a legacy of Louisiana lumbermen dating back two generations.  As a young girl, she worked at her father’s mill in Louisiana and recalls when her grandfather moved logs down the river in her hometown of Westlake, Louisiana.  Little did she know that after a career in data base management, she would return to her roots.  Linda came across the lumber company while cataloguing businesses in Kendleton with her husband Mike Flory, who is the... Read More

Jim Dokuyucu and Deanna Teel are the owners of the Turquoise Grill & Bar restaurants.  The Turquoise Grill offers a wide variety of healthy, Mediterranean and Turkish-inspired dishes.  They have two locations and both were financed with SBA loans.

The first Turquoise Grill, opened in 2003 on trendy Kirby St. in Houston, grew very popular and received rave reviews.  It was rated as one of the top 100 restaurants in Houston and best Mediterranean restaurant for several years in a row.  The opening of their second restaurant in Sugar Land’s prime location of Town Square was much anticipated by local residents.  Jim and Deanna are residents of Sugar Land since 1994, so when they were approached about opening a second location there, they were excited about the idea of bringing their cuisine to their home community.

Jim always wanted to start his own business and when he was pink slipped from corporate America, he decided it was time to fulfill his dream.  Jim came to... Read More

SBA 8(a) Firm Received Five Contracts Totaling Over $19 Million Created 40+ Jobs

Logical Innovations is an SBA-certified 8(a), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), and Economically Disadvantaged WOSB (EDWOSB) with experience supporting its federal and commercial clients in the areas of outreach, technical, business, and administrative services contracts.  As Logical Innovations has grown, so has its footprint across the United States, with its headquarters in Houston and additional offices in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Ohio, California, and Louisiana.  Since participating in the SBA 8(a) business development program in 2007, Logical Innovations has received five contracts totaling over $19 million and created over 40 jobs.

Logical Innovations’ owner and founder, Denise Navarro, has supported key federal and commercial organizations throughout her career, and now counts many of those organizations as clients for Logical Innovations.  Navarro spent seven years researching and planning before taking the company fully... Read More

Kairy-tate Barkley is the owner of French Cuff Boutique, an innovative and highly popular women’s apparel and accessories boutique.  Located in accessible neighborhoods with an intimate setting focused on expert wardrobe consultation and a custom selection of designer labels sets her apart from competitors.

Kairy-tate is a native Houstonian who loves fashion and always dreamed of owning her own boutique.  She attended the University of Houston and received a dual Bachelor of Business degree in Marketing and Management.  While working as a Human Resource professional at a Houston-based Fortune 500 company, she began selling women’s clothing and accessories at home shows in the evenings and weekends, which rekindled her passion for fashion.  She realized that she enjoyed this and was good at selling clothes.  “This re-ignited my true passion and gave me the confidence to take the next step,” said Kairy-tate.

In 2007, she left her successful HR career to pursue her dream... Read More