CEI Stories

Serving & supporting small business owners just like you.


June 26, 2018

Eastport Family Pharmacy

The people of the Igbo tribe of Nigeria are known as the entrepreneurs of Africa. It’s no surprise that Ben Okafor, owner of Eastport Family Pharmacy, hails from this tribe.

Liz Rogers (CEI), Ben Okafor, Ruth Cash-Smith (CEI)

After working for large pharmaceutical companies during his early career in London and in the United States, he decided that in order to provide the care that rural communities need, he would open his own independent pharmacy. Working with CEI business advisor Ruth Cash-Smith, identified capital to provide up-front payment for prescription drugs to grow the business. Next Ben obtained financing for ramping up as well as purchasing and renovating a larger building for the pharmacy.



Ben and staff at Eastport Family Pharmacy

Ben knows every patient who walks through his door and provides free delivery as far as an hour away including services to the reservation and nursing homes. Eastport Family Pharmacy is a valuable resource to the close-knit Downeast community. “They trust us. When we deliver, we will even let their dogs out or run an errand,” Ben said with a laugh.

Ruth has worked with Ben to purchase and renovate second family pharmacy in Machias, slated to open within a few months.

Spring 2018 renovations at the future Machias Family Pharmacy

Learn more about Ben in this inspiring video.

image of Maine Ocean Farms 

Maine Ocean Farms 

"The oysters produced by Maine Ocean Farms are regarded as some of the best on the East Coast and are served across Maine…"

image of New Approaches

New Approaches

"A driven team of talented specialist providing Maine's leaders with high quality flexible therapy.   For her entire professional life, Hannah Curtis has…"

image of Bloom Consignment

Bloom Consignment

"Bloom Consignments ensures that all individuals are able to find high-quality second hand clothing that is the right fit for them. Describe your business in one…"