Nichole and Leon Sargent define Maine’s entrepreneurial spirit. They now live on a small hobby farm, Nichole downsizing her heard of horses and Leon still investing in cattle. They and their three children have been long time active members of the agricultural community; participating as a family in Equine Assisted Activities, fairs, and the Pine Tree Steer and Ox Association. Leon has worked as a professional butcher for a variety of companies his whole life, but had always dreamed of owning his own business. He and Nichole first approached CEI in the Spring of 2018 with the dream of building a new facility, after being referred by a lender at their local bank who told them CEI could help strengthen their business plan and projections.