50th Anniversary Business Competitions Winners Announced!
The Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, celebrating its 50th year of serving the Southern New Hampshire small business community, has announced the winners of its two business competitions.
The winner of the Business Growth Competition for established small businesses in southern New Hampshire is Aisling Organic Cosmetics, Auburn, N.H. (www.aislingorganics.com). Aisling Organic Cosmetics is a high-performance, beautifully pigmented, 100% natural and organic, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free and U.S. made makeup line founded in April 2016 by Krysta Lewis. Judges’ comments noted a “strong business description and explanation of target consumer… and a strong explanation of opportunities for growth, taking advantage of those opportunities, and strategy for doing so.” Aisling will receive $10,000 in prize money.
Second place in the Business Growth Competition goes to Post Cruise Solutions of Windham, N.H.. Post Cruise Solutions is an offshoot of Solo To Group Travel (www.SoloToGroupTravel.com) and provides secure and safe post-cruise city adventures for travelers coming into Boston. Solo To Group Travel was founded in 2013 by Wendy Schoneberger, whose family also owns Linahan Limousine. According to the judges, Post Cruise Solution’s presentation included a “very clear and concise definition of target customers and problem/opportunity to be solved.” The company will receive $5,000 as runner-up.
The winner of the Business Concept Competition for high school level business/entrepreneur program students in southern New Hampshire is Making Connections Community Charter School (MC2) in Manchester (www.mc2school.org). The school’s team, comprised of student Kevin Wolf Kabamba, design assistant Cohen Searle-Spratt and MC2 principal Kim Carter, developed the concept for #RAPTORBOYZ (www.raptorboyz.weebly.com), which provides unique photography for customizable clothing targeted to customers ages 15 to 30, both male and female, typically from urban areas, who like skateboarding, photography and art. Judges’ comments included, “Great job and excellent to see high school students setting such a good concept/company…Excellent use of a survey to help define the needs for the products.” The $3,000 prize will be split among Kabamba ($1,500), MC2 ($1,000) and Cohen ($500).
Winners will be presented with their prize money at an invitation-only Dinner Gala at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester, capping a year-long celebration of the chapter’s 50th anniversary. The chapter will honor the many volunteer mentors, clients and SCORE partners who have served the chapter over the past five decades.