Creative Chef Kitchens captured the $5,000 first place prize in the 3rd
Annual Tory C. Marandos Entrepreneurial Challenge recently held by Southern New Hampshire University’s Center for Women’s Business Advancement. The business plan competition saw the top five finalists presenting to a panel of six judges with the winners announced at an awards banquet that evening.
Neelima Gogumalla, founder and owner of Creative Chef Kitchens was on hand to to collect the $5000 on behalf of her business located in Derry, NH, this food incubator offers entrepreneurs a commercial kitchen rental space equipped with cooking and food processing stations for bakers, caterers, cake decorators, canners, commercial (retailers and wholesalers) food processors, home chefs, restaurant entrepreneurs, food photographers and videographers, cooking instructors and other food enthusiasts. Creative Chef Kitchens is a licensed and certified commercial space with nine stations for cooking and food processing as well as a conference room for classes and demos.
The Tory C. Marandos Entrepreneurial Challenge awarded a $2,000 second place prize to Cherie Shaw of Breathe Esthetics. Breathe Esthetics is a day spa located in Concord, NH. The spa provides both retail skin care products and spa treatments in calm, relaxing environment.
The other three finalists recognized in the awards ceremony were: Craquelins owned by Diane Romagnoli, a business that produces a rustic, hearty flatbread cracker hand-crafted in small batches and baked using the finest all natural ingredients; Ethnic Vault a concept by Shilpa Desai, utilizing ecommerce as a means to offer new and gently used ethnic items such as clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and designer accessories; and MacDaddy’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ owned by Mary MacDonald, a local, family-owned business that features a diverse menu of high quality food that incorporates smoking as a primary cooking method.
William Gillett, Dean, School of Business, stated, “The University and the School of Business are truly appreciative to the Marandos family for allowing us to be a part of the opportunity to fund new entrepreneurs in the initiation and growth of their businesses. We take great pride in being a part of New Hampshire’s flourishing business community.”
The Tory C. Marandos Entrepreneurial Challenge is named after late entrepreneur Tory Marandos. Tory Marandos was an entrepreneur and caring young man whose life was abruptly ended. According to his family, friends, and co-workers, Tory always helped others both in his personal and professional life. The Tory C. Marandos Entrepreneurial Challenge is a way to honor Tory’s entrepreneurial and generous spirit.
The second prize was awarded through the Jacques Thibodeau Entrepreneurial Scholarship created by his family in loving memory of their father and in honor of his entrepreneurial spirit.