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

As the school year ends it marks the start of summer employment for many high school youth.  More often than not, the first companies to employ our young people are the small businesses in your local community. In Rochester, NH one such business is Wild Willy’s Burgers which is enjoying their 13th year in business.  Located on Route 125 it has easy access to Route 16 and overlooks the Cocheco River. 

Wild Willy’s Burgers opened in October of 2004 with Co-owners Tim Haley and Gerry Richard joining together after working together for nearly 20 years with the Weathervane Restaurant chain.  They found a young concept restaurant that had started in Maine in 2001 named Wild Willy’s Burgers and brought the style of casual burger dining to New Hampshire. 

As co-owners Gerry and Tom have been active in the Rochester Community and now employ a staff of 30 full and part time workers.  They are often the first workplace for many local youth and as employers both Gerry and Tim... Read More

As I walked into the Sub Zero Ice cream and Yogurt store in Nashua it looked like a normal ice cream shop except for a large stainless steel cylinder filled with liquid nitrogen and the realization that there was actually no ice cream on site.  I was politely asked if I wanted something made with cream, yogurt, custard, lactose free or non-dairy; I picked a flavor, fruit and a mix-in or two.   My chosen ingredients were poured into a bowl.  Then science took over and I watched with wonder and awe.  Cold fog and vapors hid the concoction for a couple of minutes, then presto!  My cup of “freshly brewed” ice cream was ready for my palate to enjoy.

Interestingly the creation of Sub Zero in Nashua went through a somewhat similar process with owners Rita and Mark McCabe.  While watching a rerun of a “Shark Tank” episode in June of 2013, Rita and Mark were impressed by a presentation by Jerry and Naomi Hancock, the inventors of the Sub Zero process.  They had a “what if” moment,... Read More