Zachary Brann’s entrepreneurial journey is a testament to his passion for locally sourced food and beverages, coupled with a love for the Waterville area where he grew up and plans to raise his family. Now, he proudly contributes to Waterville’s revitalization through his new business, Main Street Provisions.
To get his new business off the ground, Zach reached out to the Maine SBDC at the recommendation of the Central Maine Growth Council. Zach worked with Chris Dodge, business advisor at the SBDC at CEI. Together, they crafted a comprehensive business plan, fine-tuned financial projections, and developed a strategic timeline. Chris’s guidance not only streamlined the planning process but also ensured Zach stayed on track to meet crucial milestones.
With Chris’ support, Zach was able to secure a grant from the Central Maine Growth Council, along with private financing, laying a solid foundation for the new business. Main Street Provisions (MSP) officially opened its doors in October 2023. Located in the heart of downtown Waterville at 62 Main Street, MSP features locally and regionally sourced craft beer, fine wines, and a curated selection of specialty foods and gifts. The new venture has already created job opportunities, employing two full-time and three part-time staff members.
Zach encourages fellow business owners to leverage the resources provided by the SBDC. Reflecting on his experience, he notes, “There are so many little things you need to know and do—especially in the right order. Having an advocate that can prioritize those things for you makes it easy for you to focus on the important things at the right time.”
Zach envisions a bright future for his business, anticipating growth fueled by the city’s development. For more information or to follow this growing small business, visit their Facebook and Instagram Pages!