Karen and Norris Kennedy first approached the Hopkinsville SBDC in March 2009 with a problem – they could not find any good hot wings in the area. Norris, who is currently on active duty at Fort Campbell, wanted to remedy this problem by obtaining the local franchise for Buffalo Wings and Rings.
Together the Kennedy’s and the SBDC developed a business plan, met with local bankers and representatives of the franchise, and prepared a SBA loan package. The couple was later awarded a SBA 7A loan for $488,500 and injected $80,000 of their own money into the project.
On September 13, 2010 the Kennedy’s proudly opened Buffalo Wings and Rings and set franchise records for total sales for opening day and opening week of the franchise.
In addition to bringing good wings to the area, the Kennedy’s business venture has added approximately 45 new jobs to the local economy. There are plans to add an additional five in the coming months.
I am very appreciative of all the help we received from Roy Keller of the Hopkinsville SBDC. They were able to help with the 7A loan when the banker was not. Thanks to the SBDC we are now open for business.
– Karen Kennedy, co-owner