Success Stories

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that Scott Johnson, President and Founder of Certified Retail Solutions has recently been selected as the 2015 New Hampshire Small Business Person of the Year. 

Scott Johnson, knows well that change is the essence of life.  As a business owner through most of the last forty years he has developed a keen understanding that markets evolve and those who provide products and services to changing markets need to stay one step ahead in developing solutions for the problems that can be anticipated. 

Scott worked in sales, and in 1985, he started acquiring and developing real estate in northern NH, moved to Colebrook and started his own agency, Dixville Notch realty. With the collapse of the real estate market at the end of the 80’s, he moved to the coast of NH where he went to work for Zero One Distributors (a computer distributor) as a salesperson and eventually became director of International marketing and quickly grew a... Read More

Matt and Ash-Sap House Meader

Concord, NH:  The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that they honored Charles “Ash” Fischbein and Matthew Trahan with the 2014 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year award.  Fischbein and Trahan were recognized along with several other outstanding entrepreneurs at the annual New Hampshire SBA Small Business Awards event on May 28.

This award recognizes outstanding members of the next generation of entrepreneurs, those under the age of 35 who demonstrate vision, passion, staying power and success in starting a business.

"Not all meads are created equal!" is the message that greets you at the Sap House Meadery retail store and website.  At New Hampshire's internationally awarded Sap House Meadery, Ash Fischbein and Matt Trahan, set out on a journey to make one of the oldest fermented drinks in the world, mead, with a New Hampshire twist!

Making wine from honey is a tradition that goes back thousands of years. Ash Fischbein had developed his own recipe for... Read More

Guitars for sale line the wall at the Manchester Music Mill

In 2005 Lacerda merged his lifelong passion for music, his business background, and his work ethic into a now successful business, Manchester Music Mill.  As is often the case, the path to success was not straight, and while Lacerda seemingly veered off course, the full journey prepared him for success.

 Lacerda’s first love was the guitar, so after high school graduation when he enlisted in the National Guard, he sought a position playing guitar for the 215th Army band out of Fall River.  However, they already had a guitar player, but were looking for a Tuba player.  Lacerda quickly mastered the tuba and was accepted into the Band.  He went on to serve six years of active duty and two years inactive.

 Lacerda put his GI Bill benefits towards a degree from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Civil Engineering and then landed a job in Virginia where he earned his professional Engineering License. His boss noticed Lacerda had a knack not only for engineering,... Read More

Blake's Turkey Potpie

Chris Licata, President & CEO of Concord-based Blake’s All Natural Foods was named the New Hampshire Small Business Person of the Year for 2014. This notable award, given by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) annually, recognizes top small business leaders in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Blake’s All Natural Foods is a fourth generation family company best known for its made from scratch, all natural and organic comfort food classics as well as its commitment to bringing convenient and healthy dinner options to families across the U.S. Chris Licata joined the family business in 2006 and under his direction, Blake’s has struck the balance of remaining true to the core values that have guided the brand for decades while excelling in new sales channels. Since joining the company in 2006, Blake’s has gone from a New England-only brand to national recognition, selling products to more than 6,000 retailers in 46 states and... Read More