Success Stories

Client Success Stories

Maine Cloth Diaper Company & Central Street Farmhouse – Bangor

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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 hours working to help this couple’s businesses succeed.
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JAI Software – Farmingdale

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

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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 business and to find out about financing his startup. 

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Open Bench Project – Portland

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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 projects. Read More

Blue Ox Malthouse – Lisbon

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“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

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Ski Depot – Jay & Bethel

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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.Read More

New England Mobile Showers – Portland

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“It was great to be able to utilize the resources of the Maine SBDC and to tap into John’s knowledge. Without the Maine SBDC, I wouldn’t have known about the bank I eventually ended up receiving the loan from, and without John I would have never heard about the Libra Future Fund Grant.”

– Zachary Schmesser, Owner

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