AUGUSTA — The owner of a specialty seafood company has been named the state’s Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Michael Cote and his partner formed Look’s Gourmet Food Co. in 2003 in the eastern Maine town of Whiting. The company, formerly the A.M. Look Canning Co., produces specialty seafood products including chowders, bisques, sauces and seafood meats.

The company has grown to 28 employees and received national recognition since Look bought it.

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