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Far From the Tree Wins Business Plan Competition!


Far From The Tree, LLC produces hard (alcoholic) cider in Salem, MA, committed to using natural, locally sourced ingredients in all their products, while adhering to traditional cider making methods that go back hundreds of years.

Congratulations also go to second place winner Insomnisolv, a company that is developing a proprietary wearable device which helps insomnia without taking drugs and instead uses rhythmic stimulation. Insomnisolv was awarded $5000.

Third place and $3000 was given to Bonaloop, a business that connects residents with local students to complete odd jobs using web and app technology.


Business Plan Finalists Announced!

New! 2015 Finalists Announced!!

Congratulations to the following companies for making it to the Finals!

  • Bonaloop is a Beverly company connecting residents with local students to complete odd jobs using web and app technology.
  • Far From The Tree produces hard (alcoholic) cider in Salem, MA, using natural, locally sourced ingredients and traditional cider making methods.
  • InsomniSolv, Inc. is based in Beverly and is developing a proprietary wearable medical device that helps people sleep without taking drugs.

You’re invited! The Business Plan Competition Finale is a great way to get involved, get inspired, or to observe this year’s finalists pitch their plans to a group of seasoned judges.

Which company will win $10,000? Find out on April 16, from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Salem State University Recital Hall.

Register Here!


Deadline For Business Plan Competition Submissions Extended by One Week!

There’s still time to get your business plan in order….due to the severe winter weather conditions this past month and the disruptive impact it has had on life and business productivity, we have decided to EXTEND the Business Plan Competition submission deadline for one week. The new deadline is Friday, February 27th by 5:00 p.m.

(For complete competition details click here.)

Could you use $10,000 for your business? That’s the prize for this year’s top winner – and don’t forget about the publicity and expert feedback from judges and members of the community. If you thought you didn’t have enough time to pull your plan together, take advantage of the extended deadline and give it a shot!

If you have any questions, please call or email Will Neely: (978) 542-2021 or

Good luck!

2015 Business Plan Competition – $18,000 in Prizes!

There is still a month left to enter the Enterprise Center’s annual North of Business Plan Competition!

Competition deadline: February 20th, 5:00

winners-300x210If you have a business idea, a company less than three years old or an established business with a new strategic direction located on the North Shore consider entering this year’s Competition.

Entering the competition is a win/win proposition.  You need visibility, funding and the feedback and advice of regional business leaders.  We want to fuel regional economic development by identifying and encouraging businesses to start, stay, and grow north of Boston.

Click here to learn more about the Business Plan Competition –>

A Message from Enterprise Center Board Chairman

Dear Friends,

The Enterprise Center is looking forward to 2015 with great enthusiasm. Positive changes are well underway.

Six months ago we hired Greg Smith to take the lead in restructuring the Enterprise Center: to evaluate and improve programming and staffing, to expand communications media and community outreach, and to create an innovative plan for future activities and objectives. He has done a great job. He has reenergized the Center, implemented needed improvements internally and externally, and created a sound blueprint upon which to build future success.

Although Greg will be returning to the private sector in 2015, we can count on him to be a valuable business resource for the Center for years to come. We sincerely appreciate all he has done in a short time to set the Business Enterprise Center in a new and exciting direction. The Center’s long time Operating Officer Laura Swanson will take the lead as Executive Director in 2015.

The Enterprise Center’s website has been restructured to make it more user-friendly and informative. Moving forward, we hope you will stop by often to see the new programs, activities and resources available to help businesses succeed on the North Shore.

Best wishes for a busy, prosperous, and successful new year!


Gordon Hall
Chairman, SSUFAC Board