At withco, we base our success on the success of our small business partners, and we couldn’t be more proud of the small business owners we’ve partnered with to date. From a Southern Comfort restaurant in Georgia to a medical spa in Pennsylvania, we’ve partnered with a diverse set of small businesses that have impressed us with their ownership mindset and deep business savvy.
Get to know some of our recent partners from across the U.S.—and see a full list of what we use to qualify small business partners for our lease-to-own model here.
OJ Wilkins, The Carriage House
OJ Wilkins has been running his own business since he was 16 years old and has launched several successful food and beverage businesses in his hometown over the years. His beloved concept, The Carriage House, has been serving up Southern country cooking to hungry locals in a gorgeous 18th-century farmhouse for over five years, but when the property went up for sale in 2020, Wilkins didn’t have the means at the time to take out a mortgage. Luckily, withco got wind of the deal and got in touch.
Waiiti Castillo, DealerMax Auto
Fern Park, FL
It was an all-too-familiar call last year for Waiiti Castillo when her landlord notified her that he was selling the building she rented from him to run her used auto dealership. Even though Castillo has 15 years of experience selling cars, she’d had to move three times in four years due to changes in property ownership at the places she rented. But this time, Castillo would not be forced to move—her landlord put her in touch with withco, and we were able to qualify her for our lease-to-own model.
Linda Roll, European Medical Massage & Spa
When the owners of European Medical Massage & Spa were ready to sell their business, their first choice to takeover was their longtime employee, Linda Roll. Roll had demonstrated a natural owner savvy, knew her employees well, and understood the business. She also had the means to buy the business at the time. The only problem? The owners were also putting the building up for sale, and Roll did not have enough cash to purchase both the business and the business property. But now armed with a withco partnership, Roll will become the property owner in a matter of years and plans to invest more in her business.
Samik Patel, Forrest Hills Grocery & Pizza
Samik Patel did well running a couple of gas stations in Tampa, but as someone who loves to cook, he’d always wanted to get into food. He noticed that year over year, the margins at his gas stations were getting smaller, and he wanted to diversify. He also noticed that his local community in the Forrest Hills area of Tampa didn’t have a local pizza shop—Patel knew that this was his shot. As a person who owns multiple businesses, Patel was the perfect partner for withco. We were thrilled when his property went up for sale and we were able to help him get on the path to property ownership.
At withco, we’re always looking for amazing small business owners to partner with.