Gray Urgent Care recently opened its doors providing non-emergent medical evaluations, unencumbered by bureaucracy. Teaming up to make it happen are Patricia Kittredge, a Family Nurse Practitioner and community member who saw the medical need in the area, and Anna Kittredge, a Physician Assistant with 18 years of experience in emergency medicine and 12 years as a medical officer in the Army.
As they started their business, the State of Maine and their financial institution recommended the Maine SBDC as a helpful resource. They connected with Peter Harriman, center director and business advisor at the Maine SBDC at the University of Southern (USM). Patricia was interested in learning about business plans, how to get funding, and what minority and veteran programs were available.
Together they began working on a business plan, moving through the financial projections, their sources and uses of funds, and the narrative sections. From there, they prepped for approaching the bank about a business loan. All their hard work paid off when they were awarded the funding necessary to move forward with the plan! Patricia commented, “[Working with Peter] helped us formulate and craft a working, living, breathing business plan not only to supply to the banks but also to help stay on track.”