LaBelle Winery News

Amy LaBelle, Founder of LaBelle Winery in Amherst, N.H., Hosted an Entrepreneurship Workshop for Girls Age 11 – 13, April 24 and 25

by Michelle Thornton

Jun 05, 2017

June 5, 2017

Michelle Thornton
Director of Marketing
LaBelle Winery
345 Route 101
Amherst, NH 03031
(603) 672-9898

Amherst, N.H. – Amy LaBelle, Founder of LaBelle Winery in Amherst, N.H., led a complimentary entrepreneurship workshop titled “Empowering Angels: Empowerment through Entrepreneurship” for girls age 11 – 13 on April 24 – 25, in conjunction with Girls Inc. of New Hampshire, based in Nashua. Thirty-five girls from Girls Inc. locations in Nashua, Manchester and Concord participated in the two-day seminar which took place at LaBelle Winery, located at 345 Route 101 in Amherst.

LaBelle, who began making wine commercially in 2005, says, “It was amazing to spend two days empowering the young girls who attend Girls Inc. in thinking like entrepreneurs. If anything, we hope the girls left with the idea that owning their own business is a possible path for them. Judging from the business “pitches” we saw from participants at the end of the program, I’m guessing we’ll have at least a few “Empowering Angels” businesses popping up in the future.”

Several local female professionals joined LaBelle as mentors. These included Sarah Chaffee, owner of McGowan Fine Art in Concord, N.H.; Carrie Colbert, founder of Doctor Colbert Consulting; Donna Daneke, an attorney at Bernard & Merill PLCC in Manchester, N.H.; MaryAnn Manoogian, executive director, Center for Women’s Business Advancement, Southern New Hampshire University; Kristin Hardwick, photographer, Wilton, N.H.; Sophia Koustas, assistant professor of organizational leadership, Southern New Hampshire University; Leila Samii, assistant professor of marketing, Southern New Hampshire University; Elizabeth Henley, assistant professor of information technology, Southern New Hampshire University; and Adria Bagshaw, owner, Kokoon Boutique Without Borders, an online clothing retailer.

The girls who attended “Empowering Angels: Empowerment through Entrepreneurship” participated in several activities including brainstorming business ideas; learning about different types of business models (for-profit, nonprofit, hybrid); discussions about creating a business to solve a problem and the importance of business plans; learning to create a product story and how to pitch products; a discussion about business names; and learning about the financial aspects of opening and running a business.

At the close of the two-day seminar each girl presented a “pitch” for a business idea. Each girl also received a copy of “Inspired to Act for Kids!” by Jennifer A. Borislow and Mark S. Gaunya.

For more information about “Empowering Angels: Empowerment through Entrepreneurship” contact LaBelle Winery at (603) 672-9898.

LaBelle Winery is located at 345 Route 101 in Amherst, N.H. Open daily, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Bistro at LaBelle Winery serves lunch and dinner as well as brunch on Sundays. The restaurant is family-friendly and offers a special menu for children.

Guided tours are offered from noon to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Call (603) 672-9898 or visit for more information.


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