Local Small Business Veteran - Patrick Montgomery's KC Cattle Company

Kansas City District Office  - November 2020

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Veteran-Owned Business Benefits from Paycheck Protection Program 

Patrick Montgomery KC Cattle Company

Patrick Montgomery, owner of KC Cattle Company in Weston, Missouri looks forward to the spring each year as it is the company’s busy season.  Unfortunately, this year brought a pandemic instead.

COVID-19 impacted the sales for KC Cattle Company but not in the way like other small businesses in Missouri.  “We saw a huge uptick in sales when the “shelter in place” order occurred on the East coast and are busier than ever before,” Montgomery said.  “We desperately needed to hire more people and keep items stocked, but we didn’t feel comfortable hiring employees during a pandemic.”  “So we hunkered down and put it some really long nights,” he added. 

The meat shortage did not hit KC Cattle Co since they butcher locally.  Montgomery keeps both American Wagyu as well as hybrid (50 percent American Wagyu and 50 percent Angus) on his 300 acres of land just northwest of Kansas City.  The cows are prized for their higher marbling and finer meat texture, resulting in more flavor when cooked.

Their products include steaks, briskets, roasts, burgers, and even hot dogs are sold directly to consumer through mail order and delivery to customers in Kansas City area.   Despite not having the same problems as the grocery stores, KC Cattle Company was experiencing difficulties due largely to increased demand as customers were buying in bulk. 

Montgomery turned to a U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) approved lender to secure a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan to help him acquire working capital.  “We applied for PPP the first week through our bank; I received the funds in my bank account within 10 days of closing,” Montgomery said.  

As a former member of the U.S. Army Ranger Battalion from 2010 to 2015, Patrick Montgomery looks to the lessons learned through sweat, blood, and hardship during his time in the military to his business.  His business is 100 percent veteran owned and operated as he hires other veterans and first responders.  “My experience with PPP was great.  We were able to keep our 3 full time employees to their normal hours, hire 1 full time and 4 additional part time employees,” Montgomery said.  “I’ve learned from my time in the military that even in the worst situations, there is a silver lining.” 

 

 

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