Yo Ho Ho and a Barrel of Rum: North Hampton Startup Making Drink the Old-Fashioned Way
Starting a business brewing artisan rum in an industrial park in North Hampton with little previous experience may sound like a crazy idea. However, Heather Hughes started her own microdistillery, Sea Hagg Distillery, in North Hampton a little over six months ago and business is still going strong.
Hughes first heard about SCORE from a friend when she was throwing around ideas about the venture. She was assigned two counselors, Martin Klenke and Randy Holt, successful business executives who helped her set goals and make plans.
“SCORE was fabulous!” she said. “Coming from a science background, I didn't have much business experience and knew nothing about profit loss or anything like that.”
"Sea Hagg Distillery Wins National Recognition"
Sea Hagg Distillery of North Hampton was recently chosen as one of two New Hampshire small businesses to receive national recognition.
Sea Hagg Distillery was first nominated as a SCORE success story by her SCORE counselors, Martin Klenke and Randy Holt, soon after the business opened to the public on the Fourth of July in 2012.
"Heather was one of our best students," Klenke said, "because she took the advice to heart, jumped into the numbers and worked at it really hard until she had her plan."
"Our job as SCORE counselors is really to question and test the viability of our client's ideas — to give counsel and suggest improvements where appropriate — basically to eliminate possible surprises that hit after all of the investment is completed," Holt added.