Manchester, NH (June 24, 2013) –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 collect the $5,000 prize on behalf of her business. Located in Derry, NH, this food incubator offers entrepreneurs a licensed and certified 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 features 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 a calm and 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-operated business that features a diverse menu of high quality food that incorporates smoking as a primary cooking method.
“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,” said SNHU School of Business Dean Bill Gillett. “We take great pride in being a part of New Hampshire’s flourishing business community.”
The Tory C. Marandos Entrepreneurial Challenge is named after the late Tory Marandos, an entrepreneur and caring young man whose life was abruptly ended. According to his family, friends, and co-workers, Marandos always helped others both in his personal and professional life. The Tory C. Marandos Entrepreneurial Challenge is a way to honor his entrepreneurial and generous spirit.
The second prize was awarded through the Jacques Thibodeau Entrepreneurial Scholarship created by Thibodeau’s family in loving memory of their father and in honor of his entrepreneurship.
Eligibility for this competition was limited to new companies in New Hampshire that have been in business for three years or less. Working as a platform for advancement, the Tory C. Marandos Entrepreneurial Challenge encourages all participants to continue in the pursuit of their business aspirations and to look for assistance in the New Hampshire community.
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About the CWBA
The Center for Women’s Business Advancement (CWBA) offers business and technical assistance, as well as training and support to a diverse mix of women entrepreneurs and business owners in New Hampshire. The CWBA enables its clients to create jobs, generate income, enhance skills, and build assets and community. The Center seeks to provide support to women and women-owned businesses in all phases of business development from start-up assistance through growth and maintenance of established businesses.
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About Southern New Hampshire University
The university has approximately 2,562 traditional, full-time undergraduate day students and a total annual enrollment in all divisions of 14,000. Programs are offered on campus, online and on location at our centers in New Hampshire and Maine. The university offers programs in business, community economic development, culinary arts, teacher education, hospitality management and liberal arts.