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August Featured Mentor, Mike Sobol

It's not every day that Mike Sobol starts or works with a new business, but when he does, he grows it. Our August featured mentor has been with the Maine Mentor Network for only a year, but in that time has significantly contributed to the companies he has worked with, bringing his keen knowledge of how to building, launch and grow. 

Features of Sobol's business career include helping Navis Logistics grow national account sales for it's franchisees, which inspired Sobol to buy his own franchise in dog training with Bark Busters. In just 18 months, he grew the company enough to sell it for double and move into the Bark Buster’s corporate office where he became Director of Franchise Operations.

Under Sobol’s guidance, Bark Busters experienced the largest growth phase in the company’s history, earning the title of America's #1 Pet Services Franchise by Entrepreneur magazine, and receiving Franchise Business Review's Franchise 50 Award for franchise owner satisfaction.

Later, as a Partner in Passports and Visas Without the Stress, Sobol worked his magic again, expanding operations to six cities in six months by striking marketing agreements with independent businesses, setting up a virtual call center and dominating local organic search results. 

The Maine Mentor Network is happy to have Sobol included as part of a pool of expertise that is dedicated to helping Maine companies grow.

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