WILLISTON (AP) - The two Vermont companies that have appeared on the ABC show "Shark Tank" didn't get any bites from the investors they pitched, but the publicity is paying off closer to home.

According to reports, the Vermont-based Flexible Capital Fund is providing equity-like loans to both companies - Liz Lovely Cookies and the Vermont Butcher Block and Board Company. The loans can be repaid over a longer period of time than traditional loans through revenue share payments.

David Glickman, who owns the kitchen product company, says he was devastated when he wasn't offered a deal on the show. But the "flex fund" loan has allowed him to move out of his tiny at-home manufacturing operation, hire 15 people and move to a 6,000-square-foot warehouse space in Williston.