Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
Rita Mc Cabe
Fresh, customized, individually made ice cream before your very eyes using the science of liquid nitrogen! We can accommodate most allergies, provide STEM enrichment programs for schools and scouts.
What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream is always in the schools or with other youth groups promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) enrichment! Because we create our ice cream with liquid nitrogen (through a patented process), it gives us an opportunity to show kids how COOL (-321 degrees F) the science is. Boy Scouts even come earn their Chemistry Merit Badge in our shop. We can accommodate almost any allergy (dairy, lactose, nut, gluten, egg, etc.) which allows that community to enjoy ice cream along with their families in any flavors they wish. Also, we provide fundraising opportunities for youth teams/groups of all kinds. This is not your average ice cream shop! It's fun, fresh and delicious science!
The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.
How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?
I reached out to SCORE initially looking for assistance with growing the brand and understanding our financials better. Ed has certainly helped with showing me how to create a projection spreadsheet so that we have a better handling on our expenses, how we can help reduce them and has sat with us along side our tax preparer as well so that we can better understand the tax implications as well. Always responsive, helpful and patient as we learn more about the business financials.
Please describe the specific ways that your business has been successful and how it will grow in the next year.
My husband (who is a 20 year Navy Veteran and 59 years old) and I have grown this business year over year over the past 4 years that we've been open. Our STEM enrichment programs have dramatically increased so that many more kids are learning about the science of what we do, we also do much catering (weddings, corporate, parties, etc.) We have earned Wedding Wire's Couples Choice award 4 years in a row now, NE Dessert Showcase award in 2017, Greater Nashua Best Dessert and more. We plan to open additional stores in the next year and increase our catering and store business by at least 20% with the help of SCORE guidance!