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Leave A Legacy


Selling your business isn’t easy. We know how hard you’ve worked, how much of your life you’ve invested in it. Now you’re thinking about options and what’s next. There’s excitement, stress and maybe even some guilt. We get it. We can help. It starts with a relationship built on trust, integrity and experience.

Make An Impact


Running a business is challenging. If you’ve always wanted to lead a company, why not earn the opportunity to lead one of ours? We’re always looking for dedicated, passionate people who believe they have what it takes.

What Our People Say

There was so much trust and confidence in dealing with Chenmark. Selling to them was the right decision for me.

Booth Hemingway / / Founder, Piscataqua Landscaping

Rarely in business do you get an opportunity to have such an impact with each and every project.

Dave Schwetz / / Director of Technology and Innovation, Chenmark

For any owner who’s looking to sell but wants to keep their dream alive while ensuring the well-being of their staff, talk to Chenmark.

Bruce Glaicar / / CEO, OK Frozen Dough

Chenmark is a family business and we were a family business, so for us it was a great fit.

Steve Lawton / / CEO, Sitescapes

Weekly Thoughts

There’s No Such Thing As A Dragon

We recently finished Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. The author is controversial (which is great, as we enjoy reading books by controversial authors), and the book contains some thought-provoking concepts that we are still thinking through.

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Risky Business

In acquisitions, we work with limited information. Small businesses often don’t have the cleanest financial records, so we do the best with what we’re given. Operational data may be non-existent. If it does exist, it is not likely to be presented in a user-friendly format.

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Specifics, Bob

In the 1996 movie Phenomenon, John Travolta plays George Malley, a small-town guy who is inexplicably transformed into a genius with telekinetic powers. In one part of the movie, he is asked to answer, as quickly as he can, how old is a person born in 1928. Malley answers as follows:

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Excellence Every Day

A family member has been in the hospital for a few weeks, and some of us have been spending time with her as much as possible. Apart from becoming very well acquainted with the food options around Massachusetts General Hospital (shout out to Tatte, Anna’s Taqueria, and Flour Bakery), we have also assisted on a fair number of walks around the hallway.

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The Operator’s Handbook

As some of you may have listened to already, a few of us have been a guest on Alex Bridgeman’s Think Like An Owner podcast, a show dedicated to the exploration of investors and operators in the small business space. Due to the interest in the podcast, Alex is creating a new concept, The Operators Handbook, aimed at “documenting the experiences and challenges of small company operators.”

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Half Excited, Half Scared

The past few weeks have marked a return to school—elementary, middle, high school, and beyond. For some, this is welcome news. For others, particularly those entering a new grade or starting at an entirely new school, the change of scenery can be daunting. Our daughter described the impending start of kindergarten as “half exciting, half scary.” We’ve all been there, kiddo.

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Grounding Habits

This week, Charlies Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer, passed away at the age of 80. A member of the band since 1963, Watts was an icon in the music community, and perennially tops lists of the greatest rock drummers of all time.

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Travel Adventures

One of the Chenmark companies is located in Western Canada, and since the US/Canada border recently opened to non-essential travel, we took the opportunity to travel North to visit the team. It’s been a while, but our normal routine is to drive down to Boston, fly from Boston to Toronto, and then to Kelowna (interior of British Columbia).

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Funding Gold

Throughout the 2016 Rio Olympics, we, like others, have enjoyed reading many of the news articles covering the winners, losers, inspiring stories, and cautionary tales behind this iconic global event. In particular, there has been significant commentary on the final medal rankings, where the United States dominated results, winning 46 gold medals and 121 total medals (0.38 medals per million population)…

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Sharpen the Axe

As our long-time readers know, beyond our passion for acquiring and operating small businesses, some of our defining characteristics are that a) we live in Maine and b) we are into Crossfit. Last week was not only the middle of the Tokyo Olympics, it was also the week of the Crossfit Games, so we wanted to take a moment to highlight a Crossfit-related story.

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