AUGUSTA, Maine — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the winner of its annual Jeffrey Butland Award for 2013. The Derosier family, owners of Lakeview Restaurant & Camping Resort in St. Agatha, has been selected to receive this prestigious award for the state of Maine and the New England Regional Award.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and recognizing those who work so hard to facilitate their success is truly an honor,” said Marilyn Geroux, SBA district director for Maine, said in a press release.
“It is a particular privilege to present this award to the Derosier family because they have achieved success in their own small business for multiple generations, which is truly impressive,” added Geroux.
Lakeview Restaurant & Camping Resort was founded in the early 1980s by Carol and Richard Derosier as a small diner, which has since been expanded into a 275-seat restaurant with a staff of 50. In 1995 the Derosier family expanded the business to include a 75-site campground, allowing them to further diversify their business.
Currently, Jennifer Derosier Daigle, Carol and Richard’s daughter, and her husband Jason own and manage Lakeview Restaurant & Camping Resort. The company received technical assistance from the SBA funded Small Business Development Center at Northern Maine Development Commission, which nominated the Derosier Family for this award.
The Derosier family will be honored at an SBA celebration luncheon on June 4, at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor.