Success Stories

Picture of Susan Mazzone, owner of Ava Marie Chocolates
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz

Valentine’s Day is upon us! 

Today in the U.S. it is more than a simple day when we remember and celebrate all levels of affection, admiration and passion.   It has become a season that harkens to its roots of February as the month of romance. 

For Susan Mazzone and manager Kelly Kemmet, at Ava Marie Chocolates of Peterborough, the Valentine’s Day season is more than months in the making as preparation moves forward with tens of thousands of handmade chocolates, truffles, clusters and more.  These hand painted artisan chocolates will carry much more meaning than the listing of ingredients as lovers and friends will exchange these sweets.

In 2003 Susan Mazzone was a stay at home mom with two young children (Ava Marie and Landon).  She had been creating and perfecting chocolates by hand at her home.  As her business grew modestly in the home it was clear that having 2... Read More

Helicopter Fleet

Seacoast Helicopters, Portsmouth, NH 

As a native of Eliot, Maine, Bruce Cultrera was fascinated by the skies at a young age.  He was nominated for and received an appointment to the U.S. Airforce Academy in Colorado following high school.  There he was educated, served our nation and has continued to enjoy flying after his Air Force service.   For nearly 40 years he flew small fixed wing craft for recreation and pleasure as he lived and worked in Southern California and New Hampshire. 

Bruce had worked for major for contractors throughout his career.  When an opportunity to retire presented itself Bruce and his wife Karen decided to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and entered the world of real estate, property management and management consulting.  The taste of business ownership was attractive, but the travel and long hours as a consultant for federal contractors left Bruce wanting something more. 

Knowing his love for flying in... Read More