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Recent Success Stories

Recent success stories across Maine from the Maine Small Business Development Centers

Village Market – Carmel, Maine

The Village Market has stood in the heart of the Town of Carmel for over 70 years. After being closed for five years, Jamey Brown and his wife Raquel came to Business Advisor Ann McAlhany with a dream to purchase and re-open a local market. 

Katahdin Communications – Millinocket, Maine

Katahdin Communications is a locally owned radio broadcasting company. It’s main station WSYY AM and FM broadcasts in a sports format and serves Northern and Downeast Maine. It features programming from CBS Radio and CBS Radio News as well as covering local school sporting events. Business owner James Talbot has big plans for the business…. Read more »

Wallace James Clothing Co. – Portland, Maine

Kimberly Ortengren started Wallace James Clothing Company in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood with the hope of inspiring confidence in new and existing designers to make clothing right here in Maine. She understood the challenge independent designers faced to produce apparel, and wanted to create an incubator-like space that would allow them to take their concepts and… Read more »

The Francis – Portland, Maine

When Jeff Harder and Nate Delois had an opportunity to purchase the historic Mellen E Bolster House at 747 Congress Street in Portland they had a vision of what it could become.  The home was built in 1881 and had beautiful features and design.  That vision has become The Francis hotel, a 15 room boutique hotel in Portland’s West… Read more »

Aurora Provisions – Portland, Maine

Maine SBDC assisted the business owner to prepare a business plan and accompanying financials in order to secure financing. With our help she was able to obtain funding to purchase the real estate and business from the prior owner.

Creative Signs & Apparel – Rumford, Maine

The couple had already started work with the seller, who was supportive of the pair purchasing the business. In order to complete the sale though, they needed to loan. Their loan officer at Franklin Savings Bank sent them to Business Advisor Jane Mickeriz for assistance completing their loan package.

Cityside by E&S Auto Repair – Scarborough, Maine

After two years in business, Sukhi Singh, co-owner of E&S Auto Repair in Scarborough, came to the Maine SBDC looking for help to grow his business. Him and his business partner Edwin Zukic had been working out of a leased three bay garage and were quickly running into two main problems – rent was relatively… Read more »

Island Dog Brewing – South Portland, Maine

Jim Denz’s passion for brewing started in 1994, when he began making his own beer in the basement of his home. Before long, he was the go-to beer supplier for friends and family, producing three different beers. Jim began visiting local craft breweries, exploring the craft beer industry and imagining what it would be like… Read more »

Mill Cove Baking Company – Portland, Maine

When Nina Murray decided she wanted to start her own bakery making homemade crackers, she gave herself plenty of time to do it right. She came in to the Maine SBDC at the University of Southern Maine in Portland and met with Business Advisor Peter Harriman who advised her on many steps of starting and running a successful business.