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 meet all of a skier’s needs.
The brothers wanted to purchase the real estate of an existing ski shop located at Sunday River, a popular ski resort located in Bethel, Maine. They turned to Mickeriz to help them with their business plan and financial projections to secure a SBA 504 loan.
In July 2014, the loan was approved and the new Ski Depot at Sunday River officially opened for its first season this winter. With ten employees at this new location, the Jacques’ report that sales exceeded their goals and they are on track to see revenues increase again.