Thirty Maine small businesses, including three from Scarborough, will be honored this week as “outstanding role models of entrepreneurship,” according to John Massaua, state director of the Maine Small Business Development Centers. The award will be presented to honorees by Gov. John Baldacci at a March 15 luncheon at the University of Southern Maine.

Certified business counselors from Maine Small Business Development Centers and its tech-focused group, Maine Small Business & Technology Development Centers, nominated the small businesses for the honor. Criteria required that the business had generated measurable impact on their community through job creation, capital formation, technology commercialization and/or the like to build their business.

The Scarborough honorees are Maine Warmers, Betty Hanscom; Freaky Bean Coffee Co., Jon Stratton and Andy Kessler; and Maine Molecular Quality Controls Inc., Joan Gordon and Clark Rundell.

The honored businesses represent a wide array of disciplines including service, retail, technology and manufacturing, and do business in a variety of trade sectors including food, forest and fish. They include Maine’s traditional industries, as well as its emergent technologies such as medical devices and composite products. They exemplify female, male, couple owner/operators and include sole-proprietors, partners and corporations. “They have diverse backgrounds and various educational levels,” said Massaua, “but above all, they mean jobs for Maine.”

Maine has an estimated total of 151,000 businesses, based on the most recent SBA published data.

The other honorees are:

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered, LLC; Ellen Knipe & Lauren Watkinson, Brunswick; Down Home Delivery Inc., Joe Jala, Portland; Pastor Chuck Orchards, Waite Maclin, Portland;

Historic Pittston Farm, Bob and Jenny Mills, Rockwood;

C&R Lumber, Carolyn Rockwell, Charleston; Organization Plus, Joyce Parks, Waldoboro; Tom’s Turnouts & Trackwork, Tom Stoltz, Dresden; Mooseville, Corey Ellis, Phillips; Hayes & Associates, Teresea Hayes, Buckfield; Looks Gourmet Food Co., Mike Cote, Whiting; Fazio’s Restaurant, Annette Fazio, York;

Hemlock Grove Campground, Audrey Wakefield, Arundel;

Baker’s Cafa, Heather Rowe, Sedgwick; Tide Mill Organic Farm, Aaron & Carly Bell, Dennysville; Fashions, Donna Bennett, Waterville; Buckwheat Blossom Farm, Amy and Jeff Burchstead, Wiscasset; Custom Composite Technologies Inc., Steve and Maureen Hassett, Bath; Echoheart, Janet Eugley, Damariscotta.

Also, Emergent Music, Diane Sammer, Harpswell; Artful Wares, Tamra Philbrook, Old Town; Speranza Systems, Glen Solimine, Portland; Spring Break Maple & Honey, Kristi Brannen, Smyrna;

Woodman’s Bar & Grill, Abe Furth, Orono; The Medicine Shoppe, Lana Hoang, Lewiston; Likable Recyclables, William Tanner, Farmington; Emergency Dental Services, Dr. Denise Nadeau, Waterville; Two Trees Forestry, Harold Burnett, Winthrop.


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