Rural Entrepreneurs

Potts Harbor Lobster & Reversing Falls Lobster Wharf

As shorefront property in Maine escalates in price, it is more difficult for fisherman to retain direct access to the water.  Potts Harbor Lobster in Harspwell initially did not have direct access to the water, having to truck its catch, and what it purchased from others from someone else's wharf to its operations inland. When an operating wharf in Harspwell became available for purchase, Jim Merryman, principal owner of Potts Harbor, seized the opportunity. The problem was to raise the very large sum required for the purchase price.

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Jim Merryman
My Location
PO Box 261
Harpswell ME 04079
United States
private company
My Successes

Working with Alan Shaver from Portland SCORE, I wrote a business plan that persuaded the Maine Department of Marine Resources to fund a significant portion of the purchase price, in return for a covenant to retail the property as working waterfront.

Working waterfront

How SCORE Helped

"SCORE told us about the grant, introduced us to marketing consultants and others who helped.  I attended a Marketing & Sales Workshop which lead to additional contacts. SCORE'S guidance made the purchase of the working waterfront possible."

Lobsterman at rest

Local Agencies and Web Sites

Federal, Mississippi State and Local Web Sites

There are a variety of resources in Mason County that provide many outstanding services to the business community. Please review this listing of local entities to find out what resources are available locally to assist in the success of your business venture.

To be successful in any business, Step #1 after deciding upon a product or service is assessing whether you will sell enough of it to make your business "go." This article explains how to step through such an assessment simply, without loads of information and in as little as 10-20 minutes. Try it out or get a SCORE person to help walk you through it.  No charge, of course.



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How to do a business plan, in lay person terms and in 4 easy steps. Explained in roughly 4 pages. Learn how to do it right and without a great amount of stress. A more detailed article is available about this. Just ask us how and where to find it. 


Planning a “WINNER.”

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Create A “Get Moving” Marketing & Sales Plan


Guide for a Marketing and Sales Plan

Want a plan that focuses your time and money?  Rather than complex, time-consuming, dust-collecting volumes, you need a plan that gives you structure and flexibility. You need a live guide that you can look to for direction, and also for options. In this webinar we will help you focus in the key actions and key measures that can help you guide your business into the New Year.

Developing a Customer Contact Plan


Regular, meaningful contact with customers and prospects should be the engine for generating new business for your company. But who has the time?  And what is the best way to communicate?  In this webinar we talk about ways to efficiently drive sales by “touching” Customers, Prospects and Referral Sources in a planned, focused approach.

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