The Big Time Small Business podcast shines a spotlight on the main street businesses you see every day but don’t hear enough about. We interview owners, operators, and founders to talk about the obstacles they have faced, the successes they have earned, and where their business is going to inspire and inform you in your own career. You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the episode below.

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  • Jeff Buckwalter of Holy Donut
    by Chenmark Capital on November 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    On this episode, I speak with Jeff Buckwalter, CEO of The Holy Donut, a Portland, Maine based retail and wholesale donut company whose hand-cut, hand-glazed potato donuts have developed a crazed following both locally and beyond.  With demand far exceeding supply for his donuts and persistent inquiries for expansion and even franchising,  Jeff talks about his efforts to build the infrastructure necessary to support a growing company, the value of trust and accountability in developing […]

  • Colin Campbell of Stratosphere Consulting
    by Chenmark Capital on October 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    On this episode, I speak with Colin Campbell, founder and CEO of Stratosphere Consulting, a national consulting company with an expertise in case management which made it to #488 on the INC 5,000 list thanks to their 1,000% growth over the past three years.  Operating as an entirely distributed company with no corporate office, Stratosphere has doubled their workforce for the past three years in a row. Colin shares what it is like managing what he calls “constant organizational […]

  • Bob Smith of Sebasco Harbor Resort
    by Chenmark Capital on October 12, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    On this episode, I talk with Bob Smith, owner of Sebasco Harbor Resort, a 405-acre seasonal family vacation destination located on the coast of Southern Maine.  The self-proclaimed Keeper of the Lighthouse – a title in homage to his promise to preserve the 90-year legacy that came before him – Bob has spent his 21 years as owner setting the resort up to last another 90 years. Bob shares what it was like to live through the Financial Crisis – a setback that he is only […]

  • Bob Garver of Wicked Joe & Bard Coffee
    by Chenmark Capital on September 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    On this episode, I talk with Bob Garver, co-founder of Wicked Joe, a wholesale roasting company and Bard Coffee, a retail coffee shop both located in Maine. After falling in love with the connections coffee can foster as an Army Captain stationed in Turkey, Bob has spent the past quarter-century sourcing, roasting, and brewing the best coffees he can find from around the world. From living on a boat with no kitchen or bathroom and plowing driveways on the side for supplemental income, Bob […]

  • Mary Allen Lindemann of Coffee by Design
    by Chenmark Capital on September 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    On this episode I talk with Mary Allen Lindemann, co-founder and community builder of Coffee By Design ("CBD" if you are a local), a Maine-based community coffee house and wholesale roastery that will roast over 550,000 pounds of coffee this year. Approaching their 25th anniversary, CBD has been through three waves of coffeehouse competition and has learned how to start, grow, and sustain a successful organization along the way. Mary Allen is steadfast in her company's commitment to steady, […]

  • Luke Livingston of Baxter Brewing
    by Chenmark Capital on August 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    On this episode, I talk with Luke Livingston, founder of Baxter Brewing, a craft brewery that has grown to the third largest brewer by volume in Maine since its founding 8 years ago. Once the 16th brewery license in the state, Baxter was the first in New England to produce beer exclusively in a can or a keg — in part for the environmental benefits and in part to serve its mission of accessibility and portability. Luke talks about competition as an incumbent in an industry that locally […]

  • Barrett Takesian of Portland Community Squash
    by Chenmark Capital on August 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    On this episode, I talk to Barrett Takesian, founder and executive director of Portland Community Squash, a nonprofit focused on community engagement and youth development in Portland, Maine. Over the past 6 years, Barrett has pioneered a hybrid business model that blends a for-profit division into a nonprofit structure and in 2017 was recognized as the United States Olympic Committee Development Coach of the Year for his work in growing the sport of squash. Barrett and I talk about what […]

  • Seth Page of Misfit Athletics
    by Chenmark Capital on August 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    On this episode, I talk with Seth Page, co-founder of Misfit Athletics, a fitness company that does everything from operating CrossFit gyms to running an apparel brand, to remote coaching for high-level Crossfit Games athletes and everything in between. Since starting their business from a garage gym almost 10 years ago, MisFit Athletics has grown to a tribe (their term) of 40,000 'MisFits' who look to Seth and his team to help them get healthy, fit, and engage with a community of like-minded […]

  • John Rooks of Rapport
    by Chenmark Capital on July 19, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    On this episode, I speak with John Rooks, co-founder and CEO of Rapport, a software-as-a-service company helping small and medium-sized businesses capture and quantify their environmental footprint while saving them money along the way. Since winning an investment from Steve Case during his Rise of the Rest tour, Rapport is on a mission to democratize sustainability. I talk with John about one of my favorite topics, authenticity, through the lens of a data-centric software company, how […]

  • Jordan Milne of Hardshore Distilling Company
    by Chenmark Capital on June 27, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    On this episode, I speak with Jordan Milne, Founder and CEO of Hardshore Distilling Company, a craft distillery based in Portland Maine that recently won the title of best craft gin in the US by USA Today. While only two years into production, Jordan and I talk about the four year lead up to starting Hardshore, the difference between being a gin maker versus an alcohol professional, and the importance of authenticity in creating a differentiated brand. I came away impressed with the focus and […]