Snow Dogs

  • Client: Jason Doppelt
  • Business: Snow Dogs
  • Location: Camden
  • County: Knox
  • Client Since: 2021
  • Business Advisor: Jenn Stein
Cartoon of a dog on a hot dog, riding it like a snowboard. Sun and mountains are in the background.
Collage of hotdogs and hamburgers
Collage of hotdogs and hamburgers
Harbor Dogs takeout signage

Jason Doppelt’s food service career began rolling burritos at Taco Bell before working for numerous James Beard award-winning chefs. Jason initially came to the Maine SBDC for advice on buying a hot dog stand. When he was presented with the opportunity to take over the kitchen located at the Camden Snow Bowl, the only ski area on the Eastern Seaboard with a view of the ocean, he knew he needed assistance putting together a proposal for the town in order to win the bid.

Jenn Stein, business advisor at the Maine SBDC at Coastal Enterprises Inc (CEI) who specializes in food-based businesses, was able to help with the business logistics and business plan. They worked out his cash flow projections and employee schedules. Not only did the work they did together win over the town but he was also able to successfully secure a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan!

Jason commented, “Because of your help I was able to get a business plan together, make a proposal, get that proposal approved, and with the help of your spreadsheets and work on the business plan. I was able to secure an SBA loan.”

And after two successful seasons, Jason was able to follow through on the original idea that brought him to the Maine SBDC! Jason successfully took over Harbor Dogs, a community staple for over 50 years.

Jason will be bouncing between the two businesses as each has its own unique season and offerings!