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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  • James Morin of Flowfold
    by Chenmark Capital on January 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    On this episode, I speak with James Morin, co-owner and COO of Flowfold, an outdoor company that makes minimalist gear for everyday adventures.  James admits to initially selling wallets for beer money for almost five years while he and his partners prototyped their designs and raised some seed money, before going full time three years ago.  Since that time, they have been near doubling sales annually, thanks in part to collaborations with companies like LL Bean and entering […]

  • Jeff Small of Strategic Media
    by Chenmark Capital on January 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    On this episode I speak with Jeff Small, founder of Strategic Media, a radio advertising company based in Maine that has a client list featuring the likes of Vistaprint, FanDuel, and eharmony.  Jeff has built the company around a core competency in traditional radio and his company has doubled over the last five years thanks to that focus.  Now, Jeff is looking out to 2025 with two goals in mind: to build expertise and business in the exponentially growing podcast sector and to donate […]

  • Phil Coupe of ReVision Energy
    by Chenmark Capital on December 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    On this episode, I speak with Phil Coupe, Co-founder of ReVision Energy, a full-service renewable energy contracting company in Maine that was ranked the #1 in New England – and #14 nationally – for rooftop solar in 2016.  Started in 2003 by two guys in a garage, Phil and his partners have grown ReVision to a 250-employee company spanning five locations in three states.  In 2017, Revision sold itself to its employees via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) so we dive […]

  • Peter Handy of Bristol Seafood
    by Chenmark Capital on November 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    On this episode, I speak with Peter Handy, CEO of Bristol Seafood, a seafood processing and distribution company.  Originally a research analyst on Wall Street, Peter bought Bristol four years ago and spent the first two learning the business under the previous owner before taking over as CEO in 2016.  Since then, Peter has focused on adding talent to the organization and putting in processes that will allow the company to “go fast.”  Peter is on a mission to make […]

  • 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 […]