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Small Business in Maine to International Brand

In 2017, Flowfold Co-Owners Devin McNeill and Charles Friedman were named as SBA’s Maine Young Entrepreneurs of the Year. In the time since they received their award, Flowfold has continued to see great success and growth, capitalizing on their strengths in the process.

At the time Flowfold received its initial recognition from the SBA, the business was located in a 1,300 square foot space, had five full time employees, and was just beginning to expand their brand outside of the United States. Now, the business has relocated to a new 3,000 square foot space, has eight full time employees with plans for at least three more, and is fully in the swing of exporting. Flowfold has also strengthened its partnership with L.L.Bean with the launch of a new collaboration collection sold online and in all U.S. and Japan L.L.Bean stores.

Through partnerships established with the help of STEP grants and the Maine International Trade Center, Flowfold has been able to establish itself as an international representative of Maine’s outdoor brand. With a trip to Japan in early 2019, Flowfold was able to meet with local distributors and designers to get a better sense of what products and what designs would be the best fit for the Japanese market. The trip also allowed COO James Morin to strengthen existing partnerships and seek new opportunities for Flowfold.

In James Morin’s words from Flowfold’s YouTube series on the trip to Japan: “It’s amazing what you can do with resources like the Small Business Administration and the Maine International Trade Center. It is possible, you can be a small business in Maine and become an international brand.”

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