Annie Payton spent hours in the kitchen growing up, cooking authentic Italian food with her mother. Friends and family would tell Annie that she ought to start her own restaurant. So when she lost her corporate job in 2009, she scraped together what resources she had and started Annie's Gourmet Italian. She hasn't looked back since. "There's a certain sense of pride when you wake up every morning and you're coming to a place that's your business, rather than going to a place where you're working for somebody else." "Don't ever let anyone tell you you can't do something, because anyone can do anything if they set their mind to it." "When I found Lendio... I was searching for companies that would help finance my dream. Jared was very helpful and very encouraging and I explained my personal situation to him. He basically became kind of a friend that would say 'Hey you can do this! Let's make this work, I believe in you.' And he really came through for us." Here at Lendio, we are passionate about helping small business owners fuel their American Dream. If you're interested in seeing your loan matches, sign up with Lendio today.