SBA’s National Small Business Week to kick-off

IFA member Famous Dave’s to receive award

IFA is a sponsor of SBA’s National Small Business Week, which starts May 20 with events featuring SBA Administrator Karen Mills in Washington, D.C. One of the awards winners are franchisees of Famous Dave’s BBQ in Tennessee. The group, four life-long friends and entrepreneurs, are owners Mike and Tamara Lister, and Doug and Laurel Renegar. They joined to become owners of Famous Five Dining, a Famous Dave’s BBQ restaurant franchise, with the help of an SBA-guaranteed loan. Famous Five Dining later expanded to five successful Famous Dave’s BBQs restaurants in Tennessee.

Famous Five Dining’s president, Michael Lister, considers the Famous Dave’s franchise founder, Dave Anderson, a mentor, and has even adopted one of Dave’s mottos: “Good, Better, Best, never let it rest!” Lister said his team’s goal is to “exceed the expectations of our guests’ every visit and be creative every day to accomplish this goal.” Famous Five Dining has more than 400 employees and has made more than $5 million in annual sales.

Famous Five Dining has contributed to the communities where their five Famous Dave’s restaurants are located by providing food and drinks to flood victims, service workers, local police and fire protection personnel during the Great Nashville Flood of 2010.