Mindy Proulx, owner of Pro31 Cleaners, stands outside of her new office space at the Union River Center for Innovation. PHOTO BY KATE COUGH

Cleaning company settles into business incubator

ELLSWORTH — The Union River Center for Innovation isn’t just for science and tech. Space is also available to rent on a monthly basis for members like Mindy Proulx, owner of Pro31 Cleaners, who came looking for an office as her business began to grow.

“It’s a blessing for me to be able to come here and get out of my spare bedroom,” said Proulx, who was driving between her home in Hancock and her clients on Mount Desert Island. Proulx wanted to expand into the Ellsworth area and cut down on driving time for her staff, and said the center provides an affordable office space and good middle ground. “Here in Ellsworth we can be central.”

Pro31, which has been in business for just over a year, currently has a part-time staff of five that grows to 19 in the summer.

A storefront with cleaning services and a wash-dry-fold laundry is in the works in Southwest Harbor, but Proulx said she plans to keep her office in Ellsworth. She said she’s been approached by national chains with franchise offers, but turned them down.

“I like my name, I want it to be local,” Proulx said. “There’s a market for it in Ellsworth.”

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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