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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Coffee By Design has held off competition from large coffee chains and remains a staple of Portland.

And now, they're getting recognition for it. Owners Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear have been named Maine's Small Business Persons of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Over the past 20 years, they've grown from a single coffee shop to a chain with 55 employees.

The owners say they're very proud to be a Maine owned company and to contribute to the local economy.

Coffee By Design recently opened a new facility so the offices, roasting operations, and coffee bar are all under one roof.

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