The U.S. Lawns franchise was established in 1986 and has since grown to over 250 locations. With a commercial landscaping focus, there are two main services they can provide – maintenance and installation. Maintenance includes anything from mowing and blowing to edging and planting. Installation covers anything from landscaping for new neighborhood developments to commercial building campuses and irrigation. This franchise location services Greenville, Anderson, and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

John Kenney, the current owner of a U.S. Lawns franchise, was in Corporate America for over 22 years, specifically at General Electric (GE). During his time at GE, he was in operations and wore many hats, the latest being a Plant Manager. He had always dreamed of owning his own business and decided in 2022 that he was ready to make that a reality! As he looked for business opportunities, he knew he enjoyed the outdoor green space and wanted a smaller operation. U.S. Lawns fit exactly what he was looking for.

As he researched financing options, the SBA seemed to be the best option to cover everything he needed. His broker at Viking Acquisitions referred a few lenders, with FNB being among those recommended. Knowing he was interested in an SBA loan, he reached out to Michael Byers, our experienced Business Development Officer at FNB Small Business Finance.

Michael was not only able to structure an SBA deal that fit John’s specific needs but was able to close the SBA 7(a) loan in just over 30 days.

John had this to say about his partnership with Michael Byers and the team at FNB Small Business Finance:

Initially, I chose FNB Small Business Finance because of Michael. He took his time and walked me through the entire process, building a relationship along the way. Since this was my first SBA loan and business, I had a lot of questions, but he made time to educate me and make me feel comfortable. I felt confident in the SBA loan process with Michael and his team. April Graves was the closer we worked with at FNB Small Business Finance, and she went above and beyond as well. Even meeting me halfway to deliver documents I needed on the day of closing. I would 100% recommend Michael Byers and the team at FNB Small Business Finance.

It was our pleasure to partner with John Kenney on this business deal. We wish him and the team at U.S. Lawns all the success and growth in the future.