SCORE 2019 Success Awards

Nine Maine business owners were recognized at SCORE Portland’s Maine Success Award luncheon Thursday, June 11, 2019. Thank you to Devin McNeill, co-founder and CEO of Flowfold, for being the keynote speaker at the event.

“SCORE’s Success Awards are a testament to the innovation, diligence and dedication of these small businesses and entrepreneurs," said Nancy Strojny, SCORE Portland Chapter chair. "SCORE Portland’s volunteer mentors and resource partners work hard to help our clients thrive."

Congratulations to award winners:

  • MTI Innovation Award: Nearpeer – Dustin Manocha, Portland;
  • Encore Entrepreneur: Dental Lace – Jodi Breau, Cape Elizabeth;
  • Nonprofit: The Yellow Tulip Project – Suzanne Fox, Falmouth;
  • Woman-Owned Business: Mug Buddy Cookies – Märgen Soliman, Biddeford;
  • Green Small Business: Upcycle Maine Home Furnishings – Stephanie Sands, Gorham;
  • Young Entrepreneur: Ivy Berlin – Tessa Holbrook, Portland and Berlin, Germany.
  • Innovative Small Business: coworkHERS – Heather Ashby, Portland;
  • Business Plan Execution: Seedlings to Sunflowers – Meghann Carrasco, Gorham;
  • Home-Based Business: La Cebolla Roja – Christina Charette, Scarborough

SCORE 2018 Success Awards

On June 14, 2018, SCORE Portland hosted a celebratory luncheon for clients, volunteers and community partners to present our SCORE 2018 Success Awards to ten Maine companies who have demonstrated unique vision, innovation and achievement in our communities. 

Thank you to Brian Whitney, President of the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) for speaking at our invent and thank you to Keynote Speaker Tyler Frank, Founder of Garbage to Garden!

Congratulations to our award winners. You can view them all in the video playlist below. ​

Tyler Frank, Garbage to Garden:  Keynote Speaker

Rachel Knight, Destination OccupationWoman-Owned Business Award 

Elise and Frank Ferrel, Zen Bear Honey TeaEncore Entrepreneur Award

Charlie Melhus, Erika Melhus, and Brenda Melhus, Norway Brewing CompanyGreen Small Business Award

Diane Cyr, Biddeford Cultural and Heritage CenterNonprofit Award

Adria Moynihan Rusk, Still Life StudioWoman-Owned Business Award 

Kim Ortengren, Wallace James Clothing Co.Innovative Business Award

Kristen and Joe Camp, Campfire Studio:  Young Entreprenuership Award 

Steve Wimmer, Sweden Street: Technology Business Award

Maddie Purcell, Fyood Kitchen: Innovative Business Award

David Joseph, DAVO TechnologiesTechnology Business Award

SCORE 2017 Success Awards

James Harder and Amy Harder, Float HarderInnovative Small Business Award

Jen Scism and David Kooritz, Good To-GoBusiness Plan Award  

Beth Weisberger, Gneiss Spice: Home Based Business Award

Sharon Herrick and Nabaa Alobaidi, Illuminated MeWoman-Owned Business Award 

Lincey Viel, Arthlin JewelryWoman-Owned Business Award 

Rebecca Woll and Tom Kropf, ShiftYoung Entreprenuer Award 

Jen Fullmer, Boots2Roots:  Nonprofit Award

Mike Roylos, Sidewalk Butler:  Green Small Business Award


SCORE 2016 Success Awards

Steve Underwood, PAKPOD: Innovative Small Business Award 

Kathy Strout, Private Home Care: Encore Entrepreneur Award 

Colleen Allard, Village Variety: Business Plan Execution Award 

Kate Nelligan, Founder, Local Color: Business Plan Execution Award

Jake Ryan, Founder, Open Bench Project: Innovative Small Business 

Heather Shields, Founder, Pathways Rehabilitation: Community Champion Award 

Jill Miller, Founder, The Maine Pie Company: Woman-Owned Business Award 

Zach Schmesser, Founder, New England Mobile ShowersYoung Entreprenuer Award 

Simon Williams, Founder, School Square:  Nonprofit Award

Rachel Bouvier, Founder, rbouvier Consulting:  Green Small Business Award



SCORE 2015 Success Awards

Keynote Speaker: Beth Shissler, President, Seabags

Leigh Kellis, Founder
The Holy Donut
Successful Woman Owned Business


Ben Davis, Founder
True Course Yachting
Successful Young Entrepreneur Under 30

Cecily Rich, Founder
Ginger's House
Successful Funding from Business Plan Execution

Pat Roche, Founder
Think Tank
Successful Innovative Entrepreneur 2015

Joe Walsh, Founder
Green Clean Maine
Successful Green Entrepreneur

Pauline Warg, Owner
Warg Enamel & Tool Center
Successful Encore Entrepreneur

Watcharee Limanon, Founder
Thai Culinary Arts Studio
Successful Woman Owned Business

Marta Lane-Greenlaw, Founder
Speak Clearly Accent Reduction
Successful Nonprofit Entrepreneur

SCORE 2014 Success Awards

Pam Laskey
Maine Foodie Tours
Successful Woman-Owned Business

Dan Mingle
Mingle Analytics, Inc.
Successful Encore Entrepreneur 50+

Tyler Frank and Kendall Hinkley
Garbage to Garden
Successful Green Entrepreneur

Louis Waterhouse
LAW Calibration, LLC
Successful Veteran-Owned Business

Scott Fleurent
Impact Fitness
Successful Entrepreneur for Business Plan Funding

Margo Walsh
Successful Innovative Entrepreneur

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Charley Friedman and Devin McNeill
Successful Young Entrepreneurs Under 30