As a first-time business owner, Elisabeth Dean has approached running downtown Bangor’s Fork & Spoon with passion, excellence, and a vision for growth. She purchased an existing vegan juice shop, renovated the interior, and expanded the menu to meet the needs of many different diets. She employs anywhere from 12 to 15 employees at any given time.
“Being a female business owner has its own challenges. This is a male dominated industry. You really have to prove yourself,” said Dean. “Having support has been a huge resource.”
Dean began working with business advisors at CEI who provided support in thoroughly identifying and documenting business numbers and considering what it means to be fiscally strong at all times. “They’ve helped me think about how I’m spending my money and time.”
Ranked in the top 10 vegan restaurants in Maine, Dean envisions expansion in catering services, local partnerships, and an overall thriving downtown.