Woman’s All Natural Dog Treat Business Wins Entrepreneur Challenge

By Doug Harlow
Morning Sentinel, Waterville, Maine.


A Smithfield woman who is moving her dog treat business from her home to a storefront in downtown Skowhegan was named Monday night as the winner of the first Entrepreneur Challenge sponsored by Main Street Skowhegan and Skowhegan Savings Bank.

Amanda Clark, 21, owner of The Maine Barkery, will expand her business to 134 Water St. in the coming weeks.

The Maine Barkery makes all natural dog treats from locally sourced ingredients and sells them wholesale to more than a dozen businesses across the state.

“Moving to a larger location will enable her to increase production and add retail space to sell treats and other locally made, healthy dog products,” said Kristina Cannon, executive director of Main Street Skowhegan.

Clark will receive a $20,000 incentive package, which includes a $10,000 forgivable loan from Skowhegan Savings Bank, commercial storefront space, Internet access and phone lines from Bee Line Cable, bookkeeping services from Tax Pro, website design and development from Your Designs Unlimited, carpentry services from Dionne & Son Builders and other free legal, accounting, banking, marketing and insurance services, according to Cannon.

“I’m thrilled, and I can’t wait to get started,” said Clark, who has been baking dog treats in the kitchen of her home for a little more than a year. “I’m excited to purchase my first commercial-grade convection oven. With the additional production capacity and space I’ll be able to increase my wholesale accounts and website sales. I’m also looking forward to having a storefront.”

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