Success Stories

Client Success Stories

Surf & Summit Motorcycle – Scarborough, Maine

Steven Salois came to see Maine SBDC Business Advisor Peter Harriman with a novel business idea. He wanted to start a motorcycle rental business in Southern Maine. This business would be much like car rentals for travelers, but for motorcycles. This type of business is uncommon, and Steven saw a need for Maine tourists who could not bring their own motorcycle but wanted to rent one.Read More

Dandelion Catering – Yarmouth, Maine

Dandelion Catering Company officially launched in 2009 when lifelong Maine residents Christine and Christian Hayes decided to chase a dream that lead them both out of their restaurant and foodservice careers and into the world of catering. Their vision was to provide fresh, quality prepared food and celebrate the amazing local resources that Maine and New England have to offer. In addition, they wanted to build a team of like-minded individuals who understood that through hard work and high standards come success and fulfillment.

Years later, this simple recipe for success has proven effective. Dandelion Catering Company continues to capture market share with a can-do team spirit, their focus on top shelf service and creative, attractive food offerings. With this surge in growth, the company began running out of space to meet the demands of their orders. Christian and Christine knew it was time to expand their facility and reached out to Maine SBDC Center Director and Business Advisor Brad Swanson for assistance in developing a financing proposal.Read More

Black Bear Support Services- Lewiston, Maine

Black Bear Support SolutionsGrowing up as a daughter of a female entrepreneur, Laura Catevenis knew she was destined to start a business. From an early age, she watched her mother juggle a family, job, and college. After attending the same college as her parents and earning her Associates Degree, Laura discovered her passion for Human Service right away and knew the type of business she would start.Read More

Fire & Dough – Milbridge, Maine

Fire and DoughAs children, Anne Hassett and her sister Carrie Lacy ate homemade pizza that their father made from scratch every Saturday night. Originally from Connecticut, Ann had property in Milbridge and spent summers vacationing in Maine, a place both sisters loved. In 2017, Anne and Carrie approached the Maine SBDC with a dream of relocating to Milbridge permanently and starting their very own wood-fired pizza truck business. They need guidance on making this happen.Read More

Carmichael Transport Inc. – Bangor, Maine

Mickey Carmichael and his business Carmichael Transport Inc. have provided services to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for almost 40 years in the Bangor area. Recently, the USPS changed the way they award mail routes, with the consolidation of smaller routes into larger contracts. For the northern Maine Region, this meant there would only be two contracts out of the Hampden service center – for Region A and Region B. Mickey knew this could be an opportunity to expand his business and wanted to make sure he thoroughly understood the bidding process. For assistance, he turned to the Maine SBDC and met with Business Advisor Ann McAlhany.Read More

Rockwood Cottages – Rockwood, Maine

Rockwood Cottages & Mount KineoRockwood Cottages consists of 7 two bedroom cottages situated on the western shore of Moosehead Lake in Rockwood, Maine. The cottages feature all the comforts of home and overlook the lake and popular Mt. Kineo, a majestic mountain that arises out of the water forming a sheer 700-foot cliff. 

With a motto of “A stranger is just a friend we haven’t met yet,” the business had been built based on quality customer service and experience. When the business owners decided to retire in 2017, they looked to sell to someone who would take care of their customers and the business which they’d worked hard to build for many years. With experience in the cabin rental and property management business, they found the perfect match in Emily and Dennis Bodemer.Read More

Katahdin Communications – Millinocket, Maine

KataKatahdinhdin Communications is a locally owned radio broadcasting company. It’s main station WSYY AM and FM broadcasts in a sports format and serves Northern and Downeast Maine. It features programming from CBS Radio and CBS Radio News as well as covering local school sporting events.

Business owner James Talbot has big plans for the business. He wanted to expand his business, but was struggling to secure the funding needed to do so.  His lender recommended he connect with Maine SBDC’s Ann McAlhany for assistance in mid-2015, and the pair have been working together regularly since. McAlhany listened to his plans. She helped him to organize his vision into manageable and executable phases.Read More