Total loan: $6,000


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Saint Paul, VA, United States / Food

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A loan helped purchase a food trailer to take Sugar Hill on the road.

Jennifer's story

My husband and I both grew up within two miles of our little town. We've had opportunities to move over the years, but I always wanted to stay in the mountains. My husband worked out of town for ten years while our children were young. He left home every Monday and came back every Friday. He had to follow jobs as they became available. We wanted him to be able to stay at home, so we purchased an existing business, a small hardware store. We worked that business for more than eight years, and simultaneously opened an overnight stay business for visitors to our town by converting monthly rental property to short stays. We collected the first lodging taxes in our town in over 40 years. Visitors to our suites and cottages routinely asked where a good place to sit down and have a beer was located. The answer was miles away! So we saw another opportunity, and Sugar Hill Brewing Company was born. We pride ourselves on always moving forward without fear. We never let the fear of failure stop us from making what we consider a good business move. Have we had scary times? Of course! But we always work hard and work smart, and we find a way to improve. Life is much more interesting when we look for possibilities to help ourselves and our region.