Supporting Small Businesses from Early Stage and Onward

by Miranda Pomiecko , Communications Specialist, Cuyahoga County Department of Communications
Spotlight on Gone to the Dogs and Sides to Go BBQ

Are you a startup business owner looking for funding assistance or an existing business owner looking to expand? If so, the Lorain Road Loan Program may be right for you. In partnership with the Cuyahoga County Department of Development and the Small Business Administration (SBA), the City of Fairview Park is offering a supplemental equity program that supports and promotes Fairview Park’s vibrant, growing small business community.

“We continue to look for ways to support small businesses throughout the county from early stage and onward,” said County Executive Armond Budish. “Small businesses create many of the jobs in our region and are a crucial part of a thriving Cuyahoga County.”

The Lorain Road Loan Program offers funding assistance to business owners who are considering qualified SBA loan programs for a range of activities. Eligible activities include certain capital expenditures, down payment assistance on property acquisition, new construction, interior renovation, exterior improvements and permanent equipment. Funding through this program will improve loan-to-value and leverage, bridge any potential funding gaps, and facilitate business growth and expansion.

In 2018, Cuyahoga County provided two performance grants totaling $52,275 to two local small businesses: Gone to the Dogs and Sides to Go BBQ. The forgivable loans were provided through the City of Fairview Park’s Lorain Road Loan Program which was funded through Cuyahoga County’s SBA Small Business Performance Grant Program.

The Lorain Road Loan Program is a part of the county’s SBA Small Business Performance Grant Program which supports small business growth through grants. The program has been in existence since 2014 and supports businesses in Cleveland, Shaker Heights, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Cleveland Heights and Maple Heights.

“Fairview Park is proud to be a recipient of Cuyahoga County’s SBA Small Business Performance Grant Program,” stated Mayor of the City of Fairview Park Eileen Ann Patton. “To date, this Program has funded two small businesses who both filled chronically vacant buildings on Lorain Road. It has enhanced outdated building facades and encouraged pedestrian activity along the corridor. I can’t emphasize enough how impactful this Program has been for the City and hope to see it continued for years to come.”

Gone to the Dogs, a premier doggie daycare and salon and has called Fairview Park home for 20 years. Owned and operated by Jeffrey Grano and his sister, Jan Gilson, this treasured local business has relocated its operations to 21475 Lorain Road. This new facility will offer the same great amenities and personalized services that are well-known to customers.

Gone to the Dogs

Sides to Go BBQ is on a mission to bring authentic and delicious Southern food to Northeast Ohio. The City of Fairview Park is excited to announce its new location at 18900 Lorain Road, the former site of East Coast Custard. Sides to Go BBQ's Fairview Park location, owned and operated by business partners Zarell Patton and Paul Ward, will offer BBQ, Cajun, and Southern cuisine.

Sides to Go BBQ ribbon cutting ceremony

Funding for Gone to the Dogs will create 3 new full-time jobs and retain 13 existing jobs, and funding for Sides to Go BBQ will create 9 new jobs.

For more information on Cuyahoga County’s SBA Small Business Performance Grant Program contact Michael May, Cuyahoga County Economic Development Administrator, (216) 348-4847 or

For more information on the Lorain Road Loan Program, visit:

Gone to the Dogs Grand Opening Video: