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Merrimack Valley SCORE honors businesses, school

November 12. 2017 9:17PM

The Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE named Aisling Organic Cosmetics as the winner of its Business Growth Competition for established small businesses in southern New Hampshire — an award that coincides with the chapter’s 50th anniverary.

Aisling Organic Cosmetics (, based in Auburn, is a makeup line founded in 2016 by Krysta Lewis that offers U.S.-made products that are “100 percent natural and organic, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free.”

Judges noted a “strong business description and explanation of target consumer ... and a strong explanation of opportunities for growth, taking advantage of those opportunities, and strategy for doing so,” according to a release from SCORE. Aisling will receive $10,000 in prize money.

Post Cruise Solutions of Windham won second place in the competition. The company is an offshoot of Solo To Group Travel ( and provides secure and safe post-cruise city adventures for travelers coming into Boston. Solo To Group Travel was founded in 2013 by Wendy Schoneberger, whose family also owns Linahan Limousine.

Post Cruise Solution’s presentation included a “very clear and concise definition of target customers and problem/opportunity to be solved,” the judges said. The company will receive $5,000.

The winner of the Business Concept Competition for high school level business/entrepreneur program students in southern New Hampshire is Making Connections Community Charter School (MC2) in Manchester ( The school’s team, comprised of student Kevin Wolf Kabamba, design assistant Cohen Searle-Spratt and MC2 principal Kim Carter, developed the concept for #RAPTORBOYZ (, which provides photography for customizable clothing targeted to customers ages 15 to 30, both male and female, typically from urban areas, who like skateboarding, photography and art.

“Great job and excellent to see high school students setting such a good concept/company ... Excellent use of a survey to help define the needs for the products,” the judges said.

The $3,000 prize will be split among Kabamba ($1,500), MC2 ($1,000) and Cohen ($500).

Winners will be presented with their prize money at an invitation-only dinner at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester, capping a year-long celebration of the chapter’s 50th anniversary. The chapter will honor the many volunteer mentors, clients and SCORE partners who have served the chapter over the past five decades.

Merrimack Valley SCORE was chartered on Nov. 1, 1967, one of the first chapters of SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Supporting partners for Merrimack Valley SCORE’s 50th Anniversary include TD Charitable Foundation, Orr & Reno, Melanson Heath and the SCORE Association.

The Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, which covers Nashua, Manchester, Concord and the surrounding areas, has approximately 55 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling and training workshops for area start-ups and existing businesses.

Call (603) 666-7561 or visit for more information.


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