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2010 North of Boston Business Plan Competition Announces Six Semi-Finalists
Mar 19, 2010 (03:03 PM EDT)

Biotech, insurance, internet, and green growth companies make semi-finals

BOSTON, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2010 North of Boston Business Plan Competition today announced the six semi-finalists who will compete for $10,000 in prize money.  The companies range from green to biotech, from insurance to internet. Hosted by the Enterprise Center at Salem State College, the competition showcases new growth companies on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley.  An expert panel of 19 judges who are investors, bankers, and community and business leaders selected the six semi-finalists this week.

Semi-finalists include:

BIOARRAY Therapeutics, Inc. - a biotechnology company founded by women to help women with breast cancer by developing a new early detection test based on gene expression technology.

EcoCentric Resources DBA TOPIA – online sales of environmentally responsible, non-toxic household products made with authentic natural ingredients, and "chlorine free" baby diapers and baby wipes directly to consumers. 

Local Ginger - A marketing communication channel to help local merchants reach likely customers through email and SMS technologies.

Lou Penn & Associates, Inc - an internet compliance software development and service company providing compliance solutions to the insurance industry.

Solar Sheds - develops and markets energy conversion products for the solar photovoltaic industry.

"Your City" Interactive Information Systems, Inc. - highly intelligent kiosks placed in high traffic areas delivering advertising, promotional content and transactions to passers.

"This is a tough year to start a growth business but we've received many excellent plans from companies who are willing to take the plunge.  That's why it is more important than ever to support and help them.  The Business Plan Competition is a great opportunity for new businesses to showcase their unique ideas. Contestants go through a rigorous selection process of creating and eventually presenting their plans in front of the most prominent leaders North of Boston. The semi-finalists are truly some of the best emerging companies in Massachusetts," commented Christine Sullivan, Executive Director of the Enterprise Center.

Judges will select the top three contestants on March 31, 2010. These finalists will go on to make a public presentation starting at 3:00 p.m. on April 12th at Salem State College's Recital Hall, 352 Lafayette St. First prize is $5,000.

SOURCE Enterprise Center at Salem State College