While bankers, business leaders and politicians talked, Chelsea Fournier teetered in her front-row seat … [she] was one of two finalists in a contest worth almost $100,000 in business startup aid …A moment later, she stood to accept the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council’s Launch LA Award … The award—which includes rent money, advertising aid, accounting help and legal advice—was created as a way to signal young entrepreneurs that the local area wants them here. The money will help Fournier jump-start her massage business, tentatively called Lifestyles Massage Therapy Center.

Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, March 26, 2011