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SBA Success Stories

Topical BioMedics

Years of research and experimentation led a former Marine to create Topricin Pain Relief Cream. Originally sold at county fairs and natural food stories, it proved so popular that Lou Paradise eventually added other homeopathic products and built a company, Topical BioMedics.

May 2019
SBA Success Stories

Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ

Dave Oehlman knows the secrets to barbecuing tasty ribs and brisket but when it came to financing a fast-growing restaurant group he needed the help of an expert.

April 2019
SBA Success Stories

Young & Associates

When an executive at a consulting firm had the opportunity to buy the company, he ran into unexpected problems securing financing. KeyBank was there to help.

March 2019
SBA Success Stories

Pike Place Fish Market

When visitors and locals alike think of Seattle, one of the more iconic images is certainly that of a fishmonger tossing a heavy catch from behind the counter to the waiting hands of another at the scales.

January 2019
SBA Success Stories

Kirk’s Pharmacy

Kirk's Pharmacy was ready to expand to meet the needs of a growing client base and a community that deserved better healthcare. KeyBank was there to help.

November 2018
SBA Success Stories

Andrews Jewelers

Ever since he worked a part-time job at a department store’s jewelry counter, Andy Moquin knew he would open a jewelry store of his own. He did just that, and one of his first customers just happened to be a KeyBank banker. Their conversation sparked a relationship – one that led to him receiving his first loan of $40,000. And now, twenty years later, Andy is the largest purveyor of loose diamonds and engagement rings in his area. In fact, KeyBank continues to put their faith in Andrew’s craft, recently helping him with a 1 million dollar SBA loan to help him create a new showroom.

September 2018
SBA Success Stories

Giving Back Can Be a Walk in the Park

Small business owner gets $20,000 from Key to revitalize a neighborhood park.

September 2018
SBA Success Stories

Tailgate Dogs & Sausages

Five business partners came together because they craved the perfect tailgate dog and sausage experience. Lead by Tod Nestor, a former Notre Dame football player, the idea was simple. Launch Tailgate Dogs & Sausages (TGDogs) with the aspiration to become the country’s first nationwide hot dog emporium. With the help of the KeyBank team, and an initial SBA loan, TGDogs was an instant success, launched to rave reviews and is building a loyal customer base – with recipes and combinations only a true tailgater brings to the grill. Tod and team plan to take TGDogs to college towns across the country, with no bigger fan than KeyBank.

August 2018
SBA Success Stories


Four longtime friends have turned a love of baseball into a thriving business that offers original designs on everything from t-shirts and hats to bags and jewelry. Baseballism, which operates online and in retail locations, is a premium off-the-field brand focusing on the class, tradition and history of baseball. KeyBank is helping the business expand into new markets and locations with loans for construction of new stores in cities known for their rich baseball heritage.
July 2018
SBA Success Stories

Edible Beats

Justin Cucci wasn’t looking for “typical” buildings when he began his journey as owner of Edible Beats, a restaurant group that focuses on fresh, local food served in unique settings. Instead, he has embraced a variety of locations with colorful histories and set out to leverage each story in the décor as well as the food he serves. For more than a decade he has worked with KeyBank, securing SBA loans to help as he opened each new location, bigger and better than the previous. He now owns and operates five different restaurants, plus a satellite location, and is exploring an opportunity to provide prepared foods to local stores.
June 2018
SBA Success Stories


Ten years ago, Matt Higgins left his chosen career path and followed his passion for coffee, launching Coava in his garage to provide single-source roasted coffee beans to wholesale clients. Within the next few years, he obtained several SBA loans from KeyBank that enabled him to open more cafés as well as a state-of-the-art roasting facility to meet growing demand. His commitment to sustainable farming partners who produce the highest-quality coffee beans has garnered him recognition in the market, while the rapid growth of Coava has earned him an award as the SBA’s 2018 Oregon Small Business Person of the Year and a nomination as finalist for 2018 National Small Business Person of the Year.
May 2018
SBA Success Stories

Massage Envy

Kevin Flynn was always drawn to business, starting in the restaurant industry more than 20 years ago. It was in that line of work that he injured his back and while seeking relief stumbled across Massage Envy, a franchise business that offers a variety of massage, stretching and other services. A decade after discovering it, he and three partners own four successful locations with more on the way. A series of SBA loans from KeyBank made it all possible.
April 2018

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