Burbage Meats

$145,000

Small Business Loan
Charleston County

Small Business

For three generations, the Burbage family has delivered fresh cuts of meat to dozens of locally owned grocery stores and meat markets in the Charleston Tri-county Area. After a three-year hiatus to refocus, the family-owned business is reopening its doors in a new location.

“We’ve decided to move into doing retail instead,” said Scott Hodges, General Manager of Burbage Meats. “We wanted to be closer into the city so that people would not have to drive an hour out to Ravenel to see us.”

The average life span of a family-owned business is 24 years, according to Familybusinesscenter.com. Burbage Meats started in the 1950s as a wholesale slaughterhouse and meat-packing facility serving the greater Charleston area.

“During our transition period we were researching the right lending situation for our new concept,” said Scott. “A lot of traditional banks turned us down and we turned to looking for a local community-oriented lender. We ended up finding out about South Carolina Community Loan Fund.”

Burbage Meats’ small business loan from South Carolina Community Loan Fund will finance a retail space in the West Ashley neighborhood of Charleston, South Carolina.

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“In this transition, we want our customers to know that this is the same quality Burbage meat product that we have made as a family for generations," said Scott. "It is still our grandfather’s sausage recipe from the 1940s.”