Amherst, N.H. –For the second year in a row, Amy LaBelle, founder of LaBelle Winery in Amherst, N.H., will lead a free entrepreneurship workshop titled “Empowering Angels: Empowerment through Entrepreneurship” for girls age 11 to 13 on April 23 and 24 from 9 am to 3 pm, in conjunction with Girls Inc. of New Hampshire, located in Nashua. The two-day seminar will take place at LaBelle Winery, located at 345 Route 101 in Amherst.
LaBelle, who began making wine commercially in 2005 at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, N.H., says, “I’ve had a lot of support along the way from my family. Not every girl is lucky enough to have that kind of support. I wanted to provide young girls with meaningful information, skills and ideas for starting a business — in a fun format. Learning to think like an entrepreneur early in life could benefit them in selecting or creating a successful career. I want them to know they don’t need to have a trust fund or large financial support to start a business.”
Several local female professionals will join LaBelle as mentors. These include New Hampshire author Carrie Cariello; Carrie Colbert, founder of Doctor Colbert Consulting; Donna Daneke, director of human resources for Summit Packaging Systems, Manchester, N.H.; Medina Gauthier, owner of Mint Printworks, Nashua, N.H.; Kristin Hardwick, photographer, Wilton, N.H.; Elizabeth Henley, assistant professor of information technology, Southern New Hampshire University; Carol LaBelle, co-founder of PenCor Consulting, South Hadley, Mass.; MaryAnn Manoogian, leadership and nonprofit management specialist; and Christi Pratte, writer and fitness coach.
The two-day session will open with a tour of LaBelle winery that is focused on the STEM aspects of winemaking. The remainder of the program will be focused on teaching entrepreneurial skills and the steps that need to be taken in order to get a business started. The participating girls will each develop a business idea, write a business plan, and then “pitch” their idea to a panel of local business owners. “Last year we were blown away by the pitches the girls were able to put together in such a short time frame. They were amazing,” LaBelle says.
For more information about “Empowering Angels: Empowerment through Entrepreneurship” contact LaBelle Winery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LaBelle Winery’s original location and vineyard are located at 345 Route 101 in Amherst, N.H.
The Bistro at LaBelle Winery, also in Amherst, serves lunch and dinner as well as brunch on Sundays. The restaurant is family-friendly and offers a special menu for children.
Guided tours of the Amherst facility are offered from noon to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Call (603) 672-9898 or visit LaBelleWineryNH.com for more information.
LaBelle Winery Portsmouth is located at 104 Congress St. Wine tastings are available daily during business hours. The store’s phone number is (603) 319-8015.
Check LaBelle Winery’s website for hours, which vary by location: LaBelleWineryNH.com.