Posts Categorized: Success Stories

Maine & Loire – Portland

“You have been an integral part of this whole process – your sage advice has been indispensable.  We can’t thank you enough!”  Orenda and Peter Hale

Maine Cloth Diaper Company & Central Street Farmhouse – Bangor

Betsy and Zeth Lundy originally contacted Center Director and Business Advisor Tom Gallant in 2010. The husband and wife team wanted to buy a building in historic downtown Bangor in which they could live on the top floor and open a business on each of the two bottom floors.   Gallant has since spent over 50… Read more »

JAI Software – Farmingdale

“I am deeply grateful for your assistance which helped our company protect jobs and navigate a complex growth path.” – John Joseph, Business Owner

The Maine Pie Co., – Biddeford

“Your guidance and help in the business plan and projections helped me accomplish something I have never done.” – Jill Miller, Business Owner

The Maine Meal – Skowhegan

Mark and Kelly LaCasse have been working with Business Advisor Janet Roderick since February 2011. They planned to purchase a building in downtown Skowhegan, and renovate for businesses on the first floor, one of which would be their new food business, and an apartment on the 2nd floor. 

Hawkeye Fiber Optics – Poland

Ryan Hawkes had 13 years of experience on every level as a telecommunications contractor before deciding to strike out on his own doing fiber-optic cable splicing and installations in business and campus environments.  He met with Business Advisor Larry Giroux to find out if he needed a license or certification to start this kind of… Read more »

County Kidz Child Care – Houlton

“We really enjoyed working with Josh, he was very knowledgeable and if he didn’t have the answer he was quick to get one.” Amanda Crane, Business Co-Owner

Open Bench Project – Portland

Jake Ryan initially contacted the Maine SBDC for assistance in writing a business plan, determining the appropriate form of business ownership and management issues. His concept was to create a shared learn/work facility that would, for a membership fee, provide access to work space, tools, resources, instruction and guidance to members for use with their… Read more »

Blue Ox Malthouse – Lisbon

“In no small part, the ability to leverage this funding and bring the business into pilot production has been a result of the support and resources that Janet Roderick, and more broadly the Maine Small Business Development Centers have provided.” – Joel Alex, Owner

Ski Depot – Jay & Bethel

After eighteen successful years in business, Kenny and Ronnie Jacques came to see Maine SBDC Center Director and Business Advisor Jane Mickeriz for assistance expanding their business, Ski Depot. With a reputation for quality customer service and expert knowledge, Ski Depot includes a retail and web shop, full service tuning, boot fitting and rentals to… Read more »