Success Story

Image for article titled 'R.I.S.E., Inc. - Lewiston' R.I.S.E., Inc. - Lewiston
 In December 2013, Matthew and Jennifer McAvoy went to see Maine SBDC business counselor Jane Mickeriz with hopes to start an in-home behavioral health service for children with developmental dis more...

Image for article titled 'Bragdon Farms - Vassalboro' Bragdon Farms - Vassalboro
Peter Bragdon, a hay farmer, developed a process to manufacture fireplace logs from low-quality hay and waste hay. These "hay logs" can burn in wood stoves, furnaces or even campfires. They are produc more...

Image for article titled 'Promise Pretzels - Houlton' Promise Pretzels - Houlton
 Meryem Rogan started Promise Pretzels of Maine right after high school graduation and now, a year and a half later, the business continues to grow.

"I've always liked baking and more...

Image for article titled 'Quality Care Auto - Lisbon' Quality Care Auto - Lisbon
Tony Girouard recently purchased Quality Care Auto in Lisbon, Maine. Tony has worked there for 15 years, and when the owner decided after 25 years to sell the business and retire, he looked to Tony as more...

Image for article titled 'Best in Show Paws, LLC - Ellsworth' Best in Show Paws, LLC - Ellsworth
 In fall of 2011, Shannon Byers decided she wanted to start her own business. She was working on her MBA at the University of Maine in Orono and was eager to apply what she was learning. She reco more...

Image for article titled 'Quality Saw & Supply - West Enfield' Quality Saw & Supply - West Enfield
 In 2008, Michael Brasslett, owner of Quality Saw & Supply, was sent to Business Counselor Tom Gallant by his banker. Specializing in the repair of saw blades and catering to Maine, New Hamps more...

Image for article titled 'Briburn LLC - Portland' Briburn LLC - Portland
When Christopher Briley and Harry Hepburn IV got together they each brought a passion for architecture, especially for designing energy efficient and livable spaces for both residential and commercial more...

Image for article titled 'Geoffrey Warner Studio - Stonington' Geoffrey Warner Studio - Stonington
Geoffrey Warner has spent over two years and 50+ hours working with his business counselor, Tom Gallant. With input from his chiropractor, Warner developed the Owl, an ergonomic stool that relieves ba more...

Image for article titled 'PeaPod Jewelry - Edgecomb' PeaPod Jewelry - Edgecomb
Ronna Lugosch relies on the counsel of Brad Swanson, her Maine SBDC business counselor, when making critical, strategic business decisions that require sorting through a myriad of ideas. She has count more...

Image for article titled 'SPRQ Fitness - Sabattus/Poland' SPRQ Fitness - Sabattus/Poland
In early 2010, Kelli Gilzow came in to see a Maine SBDC business counselor looking to start a fitness studio in Sabattus. Recently divorced, she faced a variety of financial hurdles, including a recen more...

Image for article titled 'Automotive Solutions - Presque Isle' Automotive Solutions - Presque Isle
Ryan Stevens had spent years honing his automotive repair skills away from Maine, his home state. Stevens hoped to return to his home town, Presque Isle, to start his own business. "Everybody wants to more...

Image for article titled 'Star Gallery - Northeast Harbor' Star Gallery - Northeast Harbor
In November 2011, Katherine Stroud Bucklin came in to see business counselor Betty Egner seeking advice on how to start a business. Currently owning a building in Northeast Harbor, the client wanted more...

Image for article titled 'South Street Linen - Portland' South Street Linen - Portland
Jane Ryan, and her business partners Mary Ruth Hedstrom and Lynn Krauss, first met with Maine SBDC business counselor Mike Kasputes in January of 2013. All three partners are accomplished artists with more...

Image for article titled 'KMH Music' KMH Music
Chris Morton knows about tempo, pitch and tone, but when it came time to build a business plan to purchase a music store in Presque Isle, he knew he had to find help. That person was Rod Thompson, his more...

Image for article titled 'Blue Hill Inn' Blue Hill Inn
Sarah Pebworth bought the Blue Hill Inn in 2007 and has nurtured it into one of the region's outstanding places to stay and enjoy the local cuisine. Over the years, she has reached out to Maine SBDC c more...

Image for article titled 'Historic Pittston Farm' Historic Pittston Farm
Historic Pittston Farm is 44-acres, 20 miles north of Rockwood. It is also home to Bob and Jennifer Mills, and their five employees. The Mills worked with Maine SBDC counselor Tom Gallant when they bo more...

Image for article titled 'Harbor Hounds' Harbor Hounds
Clara Gardner wanted to convert a dilapidated former crab-picking plant owned by the city of Rockland into a daycare center where dogs had a happy experience, plenty of exercise and playful interactio more...

Image for article titled 'Mainely Piñatas' Mainely Piñatas
Paula Dahlk met with Maine SBDC counselor Rod Thompson to discuss a new business crafting custom-made piñatas. Her vision was simple – an affordable, high-quality, "green" product, and no pushy more...

Image for article titled 'Rising Tide Brewing' Rising Tide Brewing
In 2011, Portland-based Rising Tide Brewing needed to expand to meet rising demand. Owners Nathan and Heather Sanborn, worked with Maine SBDC business counselor Steve Lovejoy to pull together the fina more...

Image for article titled 'Maine Foodie Tours' Maine Foodie Tours
In 2008, Bon Appetite magazine named Portland the "foodiest small town in America" giving Pamela Laskey the idea for a culinary walking tour of the city's restaurants and shops. She worked on logistic more...

Image for article titled 'Jerry Palmer - Jerry's Towing, DBA Jerry's Auto & Cycle Repair' Jerry Palmer - Jerry's Towing, DBA Jerry's Auto & Cycle Repair
Jerry Palmer owns and operates Jerry's Towing, DBA Jerry's Auto & Cycle Repair at 78 Houlton Road in Presque Isle. A military veteran, he's been in business since 1991 and has always had a keen ey more...

Image for article titled 'Fred Warner - AWEVATOR by Awesome' Fred Warner - AWEVATOR by Awesome
 The AWEVATOR is a space-saving elevating rolling shelf system for residential or business use. With the push of a button, each shelf lifts up to 200 lbs to store items such as mowers, power wash more...

Image for article titled 'Ruby Moon, Casco' Ruby Moon, Casco
 If necessity is the mother of invention, then Ruby Moon was undoubtedly such a creation. Frustrated by the effect of traditional cloth diaper detergents on their baby daughter, Doug and Lyndsay more...

Image for article titled 'Antiquity Tile, Hampden' Antiquity Tile, Hampden
 For more than 19 years, Bradley Wiseman and Paul Spaulding have produced high-quality, ceramic tile available primarily to the trade. Wholesale companies, architectural and design firms, commerc more...

Image for article titled 'iBec Creative - Portland' iBec Creative - Portland
Last year, BusinessWeek featured Becky McKinnell as one of the nation's top 25 entrepreneurs under 25. She then received the U.S. Small Business Administration's Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This s more...

Image for article titled 'Custom Composite Technologies, Inc' Custom Composite Technologies, Inc
When Team BMW's "Oracle" raced to win the 2010 America's Cup, few knew just how much Maine manufacturing was involved with the racing yacht. The mold for the two-hundred foot wing mast was carbon fibe more...

Image for article titled 'The Lander Group, Westbrook , Bangor' The Lander Group, Westbrook , Bangor
Philip A. Lander served as a traditional Guardsman with the Maine Air National Guard while working full time for Sargent Corporation, formally H.E. Sargent, Inc. He was recalled to active duty numerou more...

Image for article titled 'Baxter Brewing Co., Lewiston' Baxter Brewing Co., Lewiston
The journey began in August 2009, when Luke Livingston walked into Maine SBDC's Auburn office with the dream of making a craft beer in the Lewiston/Auburn area. He had a more...

Image for article titled 'NexStraps Inc. - Blue Hill' NexStraps Inc. - Blue Hill
NexStraps were created around one simple concept; never lose your eyewear again. Jeff Wright, founder and inventor of NexStraps, was tired of losing his glasses and patented his neck-leash retention s more...