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Spokane Couple Struggles To Get Small Business Off The Ground

SPOKANE, Wash — Bank loans have been hard to come by for people trying to start up small businesses in the last few years. One Spokane family has found that out the hard way.  

Todd and Trish Hughes have been working out of their home everyday for the last several months, trying to get their start-up business off the ground.  

"It's called the Family Market," said Todd Hughes.  

"A mom and pop store where you go in looking for quality meat, for quality produce," said Trish Hughes.  

"Has a little bit of Huckleberries, Trader Joes, a bit of Cozanos," said Todd Hughes  

"It wouldn't be something you'd see at a normal grocery store," said Trish Hughes  

Todd, a former Gonzaga law student, had been working as a tax attorney in Tacoma for the past decade. In October, he decided to give up the steady job and moved the family back to Spokane so he and his wife could try something they had always had a passion for.  

"We enjoyed the lifestyle we had, in turn we didn't have the family that we had here," said Trish Hughes.  

Since that time they have used up almost all of their life savings of nearly $80,000. They have a building lease, a business model in place, and Todd says an interest in the community. All they need is a $200,000 loan for equipment and initial inventory. But so far every bank has turned them down.  

"When you think of the American Dream and to think that we're almost there and when banks aren't lending it's frustrating," said Todd Hughes.  

With their bank account getting low and options running out, this couple is close to having to give up that dream.  

"You keep getting kicked in the gut and keep trying and at some point you do have to do other things to get food on the table," said Hughes  

Now it's looking like all they can do is hope that one day their dream will come true.  

"It's been fun to do it and we know it would work, but it's just finding that relationship that believes in it," said Hughes.

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