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Local woman wins college business competiton

A local woman has won Northern Essex Community College’s fourth annual business plan competition. Kim Dobbs, a Haverhill mother of three, won a $1,200 scholarship for her plan to offer a home-away-from-home experience at the Morningside at York Beach. Dobbs, who has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science and a law degree, is now studying business at Northern Essex in hopes of opening her own inn, according to a statement released by Ernie Greenslade, spokeswoman for the college. Dobbs started her coursework at Northern Essex after being laid off from her job as legal director for a technology company, Greenslade said. Second place in the competition went to Heidi Landry, a business management and health-care practice student from Amherst, N.H., who received a $750 scholarship for her business plan for Refresh Bridal Boutique, a bridal consignment shop offering gowns and accessories. Landry was also chosen as the college’s top entrepreneurial student, an honor that earned her a Dell tablet. Students in the competition are enrolled in or have completed the college’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship course. The top six plans were chosen for presentation in the finals, where each entrepreneur was given 12 minutes to present his or her plan, followed by questions from the judges.