Three years ago, when her husband Mark passed away unexpectedly, Tricia Sutliffe inherited 30 employees, a fleet of vehicles sorely in need of upgrades and a company she didn’t know much about. With her slow season quickly approaching, Tricia needed to find a way to sustain her business, or it was going to be a long, cold winter for Finger Lakes Limousine.
A hairstylist by trade, Tricia tackled a steep learning curve after she inherited Finger Lakes Limousine. “I took over the company knowing some things, but not really knowing enough,” Tricia says. “I learned fast—some the easy way and some not so easy.”
As she picked up the intricacies of the limousine business, Tricia realized she needed help to address her cash flow. “My checking account was looking a little low,” she says, “and I’d just purchased a vehicle and I put some money down on it, and I was like, ‘UGH!’” So she went looking for a way to bridge that cash flow gap.