Cape Cod SCORE's Small Business Awards for 2016 were presented to:
► Jitka Borowick, President - Cleangreen, recognized as
SCORE's "2016 Small Business Owner of the Year"
► Cape Cod Beer earned SCORE's Small Business Champion Award, recognized as a larger business that supports the small business community
► 18 Cape & Islands Small Business Owners selected by their respective Chambers of Commerce were honored with SCORE's "Build a Better Mousetrap Award"
SCORE's Chairman, Marc Goldberg (left) welcomed everyone to SCORE’s 23nd annual awards breakfast held May 19th at the Old Yarmouth Inn, Yarmouthport, MA.
Tony Shepley owner and President of Shepley Wood Products (right) served as keynote speaker, offering the audience of more than 100 business owners, bankers, chamber of commerce members, SCORE mentors and others a timely discussion: “Headquarters Cape Cod: Growing your Business in a Seasonal Economy”.
Jitka Borowick, President of Cleangreen (left) expressed her appreciation for the valuable support she received from multiple SCORE mentors. Their guidance during the past two years enabled Jitka to implement the plans and strategies needed to grow her company, earningJitka Borowick the honor of SCORE's 2016 Small Business Owner of the Year Award. (Read Jitka's story below)
Beth and Todd Marcus of Cape Cod Beer were awarded SCORE's Champion's Award for their dedicated support of Cape Cod's small business community.by a larger business. The mornings' breakfast awards continued by honoring 18 successful companies, each selected by their respective Chambers of Commerce with SCORE's "Build a Better Moustrap" awards. (Read their stories below)
SCORE gratefully acknowledges Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Eastern Bank, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Edgartown National Bank, Community Development Partnership, Rockland Trust, and Coastal Community Capitalas sponsors of the awards breakfast. Also And special thanks to Margi Eckhouse, for volunteering her time to organize the event.
Jitka Borowick came to the U.S. in 2003 from the Czech Republic, focused on studying English. She went to Cape Cod Community College and in 2008 graduated with an Associate’s Degree. She continued on at Suffolk University and in 2011, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.
In 2008 Jitka combined her vision of starting her own business and doing something positive for the environment - she opened Cleangreen, a natural cleaning company. Starting as a home-based business, cleaning by herself, she had a larger vision to grow a successful company with an office, company cars, and office staff.
Today, Cleangreen has grown from a one-woman start-up to a thriving business that employs a team of 16 individuals year-round, plus seasonal help. Based in Barnstable Village, Cleangreen’s mission is to provide safe, effective and affordable cleaning options for residential and commercial customers. The company uses environmentally friendly practices from their office operations to their cleaning products and methods.
For the fifth consecutive year, 2012-2016 Cleangreen’s focus on high quality and excellent service has earned it “Best of Cape Cod” from Cape Cod Magazine’s readers. Cleangreen was also awarded Business of the Year 2014 from the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce. Jitka was awarded “40 Under 40” from Cape & Plymouth Business, recognized as one of the 10 Inspiring Women by Cape Cod Magazine, and awarded Business Woman of the Year in 2015 from Cape & Plymouth Business.
Jitka and her employees are active in the community as part of the company’s core values, supporting organizations such as WE CAN, the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance and CCYP.
She is a member of the American Business Women’s Association, Cape Cod Young Professionals, the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce, is a past president of the BNI - Convergence Team, and is currently a board member of the Rotary Club of Hyannis and Flower Angels USA. When she’s not working or volunteering, you can find Jitka biking, running, or spending time with her daughter, Mischa.
Also read "Founder of Cleangreen wins top honors from Cape group" as reported in the Cape Cod Times.
Small Business Champion Award
Recognizing a larger business for its support of the small business community
Cape Cod Beer’s story really is one of Hobby turned Pro. Brewmaster Todd Marcus learned to brew in the late 80s when craft beer first took hold in the US. His passion for home brewing made this electrical engineer take a massive leap of faith into the professional brewing world in the 90s. After working in a variety of brew pubs and breweries across the mid-Atlantic, he and his wife took another leap of faith and started Cape Cod Beer. In the early days it was one guy doing it all – brewing, packaging, and delivering their product in Beth’s minivan. By year three they had 3 employees and about 150 customers, they moved the business to its current home on Phinney’s Lane and opened their retail store. Over the next eight years, they expanded self-distribution organically and added employees in areas including Distribution, Production, Inside Sales and Retail. Cape Cod Beer entered its 12th year on April 15th by commissioning a brand new brew house, which will allow the company to better keep up with the seasonal demand for its beer.
Cape Cod Beer produces 4 beers year round: Red, Blonde, IPA & Porter, plus a large variety of seasonal and specialty beers. Cape Cod Beer self distributes between Plymouth and Provincetown with about 20 year round employees, 450 customers, a Beer Garden and Hot Dog Truck, all tucked within about 10,000 sq. ft. of space.
What makes Cape Cod Beer special? Aside from making great beer, they maintain a strong commitment to what they call their four pillars: Quality and Consistency of Product, Friendly and Responsive Customer Experience, Dedication to Community & Employees and a companywide commitment to Conservation. They have been awarded the Small Business of the Year by Hyannis Chamber of Commerce in 2006, Top 50 Breweries by Beer Advocate Magazine, A Green Binnie Award by Mass Recycles, along with multiple medals for their beers at the Great International Beer Festival in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2011, they were awarded a SCORE Build a Better Mousetrap Award.
Why the 2016 Small Business Champion? Cape Cod Beer’s commitment to the community can be easily seen through their visible participation over the last 12 years in the community where they do business. All across the Cape, at hundreds of events each year, you will find Todd, Beth and their staff supporting Chambers of Commerce, Charitable Organizations, and other local businesses. This commitment to community extends far into the local business community, as over the years Cape Cod Beer has focused on buying local as often as possible. Currently the brewery supports 57 Made on Cape Cod manufacturers, 54 local vendors, and 19 local professionals. They are also proud that in their brewery store, 75 cents out of each dollar spent on cost of goods goes directly to a Cape Cod business. Making and spending real money in our local economy! Over the years Todd and Beth have realized that another way that all small businesses support the community is through jobs growth and providing career paths for entry level employees. Like most Cape Cod small businesses, Cape Cod Beer struggles to find and develop a vibrant workforce. Cape Cod Beer is committed to providing a living wage and a fully funded benefits package so their employees can focus on doing the best job possible, providing tools and skill development, hosting fun employee events and pushing them to challenge themselves to grow and advance their careers, and working together with other local employers to help solve some of the issues driving our employee challenges.
SCORE's "Build a Better Mousetrap" Award honors companies that survive the critical first five years and appear to be headed for long-term success. All Chambers of Commerce on the Cape & Islands are invited to participate by selecting one of their member companies for recognition. In 2016 SCORE's "Build a Better Mousetrap" Awards go to 18 deserving companies, as listed below.
The winners were introduced by SCORE Mentor, Roger Day. All "Better Mousetrap" winners received a plaque recognizing their achievements and a Mousetrap. Photos of the winners appear below, with their awards presented by SCORE Chairman Marc Goldberg.
The winners also received Congratulatory Citations from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, which were presented by Representatives Sarah Peake, Tim Whelen, Brian Mannal and Randy Hunt.
Scroll down for winners - listed alphabetically by Chamber of Commerce
Brewster Chamber of Commerce honors:
In 1997 entrepreneurs Jeff and Joan Talmadge started WeNeedaVacation.com as a way for homeowners and vacationers looking for short term rental property to connect easily. Before this, that took hours of phone calls, with mailings back and forth to share pictures and details. The Talmadge’s believed using the internet to showcase rental properties would be a better way to go. But in 1997 the use of the internet to sell products and services was new. Joan recalls making lots of cold calls and holding hands as homeowners transitioned from their familiar methods of communication to this new service.
Today, WeNeedaVacation.com has over 3,500 vacation rental listings. And the business has become an important resource for the tourism industry on Cape Cod and the islands. Jeff said when they started www.weneedavacation.com they built tracking codes into the program so that extracting statistics would be easy: with the push of a button, he can provide all kinds of projections on vacation rental trends, which he willingly shares with local chambers of commerce and the media.
WeNeedaVacation.com now has ten employees and a “brick and mortar” office in Brewster. What started as a home-based business has grown to a well-established year-round family business complete with a succession plan. Daughter Becky, who lives in Brewster, joined the business in 2006 and is the liaison to home owners, providing marketing support, as well as photographing and videoing properties. Son Jim, a software engineer, has assured Jeff that he will step in when the time is right.
Cape Cod and the islands are a perfect place to “grow” entrepreneurs and WeNeedaVacation.com is a glowing example of how that can happen. The Brewster Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize them as our 2016 Build a Better Mousetrap Award winner.
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce honors:
Dr. Michael Loffredo and Dr. Seth Jones are board certified plastic surgeons who trained together at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After completing their medical training and residencies, the pair decided they wanted to develop their careers and raise their families on Cape Cod. In five years, the practice - which is affiliated with Cape Cod Healthcare while being managed and owned independently by the doctors - has been voted “Best” by the readers of Cape Cod Magazine in both 2014 and 2015.
In 2015, the practice nearly tripled the size of its Hyannis office, allowing it to offer a wider range of services, including non-surgical services such as Coolsculpting (becoming the only fully certified Coolsculpting practice on Cape Cod) a full range of medi-spa services, and laser skin treatment and hair removal services.
Previous to the Hyannis office expansion, the practice acquired a Plymouth office, which has also grown substantially since the doctors began providing care to patients at this location.
In addition to seeing patients, both Dr. Loffredo and Dr. Jones continue to author articles for medical journals and chapters for medical school textbooks. The doctors look forward to continuing to grow their practice and services offered to the greater Cape Cod area.
Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce honors:
Mermaids on Cape Cod is not a traditional kind of store. It is not a shop on a main street or a little mall kiosk- instead, it is a store on wheels. Weird, crazy, strange are all the things that were said when Shari proposed the idea but if your favorite restaurant can go mobile, why not a gift store? The idea was to visit local art festivals, street fairs and school fundraisers on the South Shore and Cape Cod while representing local artists, designers, and crafters.
Creating a strong online presence to prepare for inclement weather months afforded Mermaids on Cape Cod to grow socially as well as publicly. By establishing connections with people online and really getting to know them, the community became more intimate and familiar. Facebook's new regulations and low organic reach has many business owners frustrated so an online private shopping club was created nicknamed the Fin Club. Today the growing clothing line Official Mermaid Gear has been shipped to 43 of the 50 states, England, Australia, and Italy. With an out of the box and into a box truck idea, a new generation of shopping was formed.
Catch us if you can!
Chatham Chamber of Commerce honors:
Chatham Clothing Bar - 534 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633
Chatham T Company for Kids - 583 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633
Tel. 508-945-5292 - firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the Chatham T Company, which encompasses the Chatham Clothing Bar and Chatham T Company for Kids, is to provide the finest merchandise at exceptional prices in a customer-friendly environment with exemplary service, as well as to be an asset to the community. The Chatham T Company is owned and operated by Sandy Wycoff
Sandy moved to Cape Cod in 1978. She opened for business in Chatham in 1979, just beyond the Mayflower Shop. She moved to the current Kids store in 1983 and then added Marge’s Place at 583 Main Street in 1992. Sandy purchased the Epicure space on Main Street in 2010 and moved Marge’s Place to the new location, changing the name to Chatham Clothing Bar. Today the company employs six people year-round, and Sandy is currently expanding her Kids store to include what was previously the Kennedy Studios space next door to the current location in Chatham.
Sandy began designing graphics for shirts in 1983 with a successful children’s line. She owned a screen-printing company in Pennsylvania that produced and wholesaled these children’s garments. She also developed custom graphics for private enterprises as well.
Sandy is a past president of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce; past officer of the Chatham Merchants Association; Chair of Chatham’s Christmas by the Sea; member of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and Mass Retailer’s Association; on the First Night Chatham Committee since its second year with the First Night Headquarters in the Kids shop; treasurer of the Chatham Orpheum Theater; and past president of the Harwich Junior Theatre.
Dennis Chamber of Commerce honors:
American Point of View features handmade jewelry, pottery, sculpture, glass, apparel, home décor, and art. Each item sold is individually made in the United States by American craftsmen and artisans. Most are one of a kind.
Built in the 1960s by his aunt and uncle, Chris took over the gallery building in 1994. In high school, he had learned the tradition of refurbishing furniture and creating new copper post lamps and other copper items. A love for handmade was born.
He introduced his wife Cheryl to the art of custom jewelry making in 1994, and soon she was showing and selling her jewelry at craft shows all around the country. Many fellow artisans at these shows became great friends. When their building became vacant, Cheryl and these friends saw an opportunity to sell their handmade items in the gallery. Thus The American Point of View was launched in 2008.
Starting with just a few artisans, today they have grown to represent over 150 from all corners of the country, many from the Cape and Islands, selling only authentic and unique items hand made in America.
Eastham Chamber of Commerce honors:
The business was started in 1994 by Amberlyn's dad, George Viprino, on a rented parcel of land off Freeman’s Way in Brewster. His business, Viprino Seawalls, required a constant supply of landscape and construction materials. With the land serving as the perfect outdoor storage space for large piles of sand, gravel and boulders, the business evolved when other local contractors and landscapers wanted to purchase the same materials.
The business relocated to a suitable location on Nauset Road in Eastham but the new location was remote and therefore ‘off grid’. With the use of a mobile office trailer, a large generator, portable water solutions, cell phones and online technologies they were up and running for the Spring 2008 season.
The remote location made it challenging for customers to find them and added permitting issues created additional barriers when they couldn’t get a sign at the Nauset Road entrance to the property for the first 5 years. They did some print and radio advertising, but relied heavily on a newly redesigned website and client word of mouth and finally reached profitability in 2013 once again. Now, they have grown enough that hiring additional staff is on the horizon in order to continue to provide clients with the landscaping products and service they are accustomed to.
Falmouth Chamber of Commerce honors:
Compost With Me provides a hassle free residential and commercial service that helps customers compost their organic kitchen waste. They provide the containers needed to collect compost and pick them up weekly. Compost with Me maintains a farm in West Falmouth where the waste is taken to be turned into garden-ready compost.
Not only has Compost With Me provided a creative and needed service, but they work closely with the community to educate people on the benefits of composting. The company has grown continuously over the past several years and is a poised to continue growing due to its exceptional service.
Harwich Chamber of Commerce honors:
Commencing business in 2008, Cap’n Kid owners Jill and Carl Schoote bought a bigger boat in 2011. Cap’n Kid’s Fishing Adventures does what many charter fishing companies do not do; they cater and focus on children. Each trip lasts around 2 hours on board the Coast Guard certified vessel. The adventure begin from its home port, Saquatucket Harbor. On board the boat, Captain Carl navigates the seas and the children are able to catch smaller fish on a rod and reel, explore marine life in protected waters, and even pull a lobster trap (who knows what they might find in there). Every time the boat comes in, it is filled with smiling faces.
Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce honors:
Dean Walton - The Little Sandwich Shop
428 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 2601
Tel. 508-771-3932 - email@example.com
Owned and operated by Dean Walton and Melissa Morris, the little Sandwich Shop has been in business for the last eight years. Its slogan has always been “food made with love” and now they are located in the heart of Main Street, Hyannis. Dean has been in the food industry for over 30 years, he takes pride in making his own soups from scratch, roasting meats to be cut daily for fresh sandwiches, and helping customers with custom catering. Mellissa is a local artist and her art can be found at The Little Sandwich Shop.
Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce honors:
In 2010, John Murphy and his business partner, Helen Koch, moved into a 1920s shingled building on the edge of Edgartown’s village and threw open the old barn doors to Tracker Home Decor. The full service design team occupies the loft, and the retail shop bustles below.
John's range of work is as varied as the clients he serves and projects often take him up and down the east coast and beyond. John continues to grow his business through his unwavering commitment to his clients’ happiness, his passion for beautiful design and a healthy work ethic.
Helen Koch brings over 15 years’ experience in the home furnishings and furniture business to Tracker Home Decor, including ten years managing Bramhall & Dunn in Vineyard Haven. She is thrilled to be partners with John Murphy and the talented Tracker Team. Tracker Home Décor has been a Member of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce since the business first opened.
Mashpee Chamber of Commerce honors:
Gene Olson, owner of B & L Floor Covering in Mashpee is excited to be celebrating his fifth year in business. “I really feel like I’m part of this town,” said Olson. He is proud of his local business and says customer service is a priority. “I treat my customers like I want to be treated,” he said.
Olson said he learned a lot when he was building his career in the Connecticut area. “I was in management training. It was an eye-opener,” Olson said. In fact, one of his first jobs in the Connecticut stores left a lasting impression. According to Olson, some of the independent installers didn’t show up for work and he realized they controlled the business.
“As a result, hiring quality installers became a priority for me. I quickly realized that the installation is just as important as making the sale and the customer service we provide in the store.”
Gene joined the Mashpee Chamber shortly after he opened his business and has been a dedicated member ever since. He is also a huge supporter of the chamber’s events. In 2015, to commemorate his 5th anniversary in business, B & L Floor Covering proudly sponsored the Mashpee Chamber’s Christmas Parade.
Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce honors:
Since opening its doors in 2011, Fusaro’s has been about family, superior service and excellent homemade Italian food. Family-owned and operated, Fusaro’s has created a homey, rustic menu that goes beyond meatballs and pasta. Fusaro’s has been an important addition to the Nantucket business community. Besides providing an affordable and comfortable year-round restaurant, Tom and Stacy Fusaro are generous supporters of local non-profits and public events. They regularly host a dinner for the Nantucket Golf Club Scholarship applicants and frequently provide food for non-profits’ fundraising events, including the annual dinner to support the Nantucket Emergency Food Pantry. The restaurant has received accolades for Best Italian Restaurant, Best Family Dining, Best Inexpensive Meal, as well as Best of Nantucket 2012, 2013, and 2014 in the Nantucket inquirer and Mirror newspaper polls..
Orleans Chamber of Commerce honors:
Nauset Grill is a year-round locally owned and operated fast-casual counter service restaurant. Known for its expansive menu ranging from seafood to burgers with friendly service. Cafe seating is available inside and casual seating outside along Main Street Orleans. The husband and wife team of Matthew and Rebecca Barron, both graduates of Nauset Regional High School, offer up breakfast and lunch year-round with dinner in high season. Matthew spent many years working as a fish monger and butcher and brought that knowledge with him to Nauset Grill. Matthew and Rebecca feel privileged to work and serve the community they've grown up in and love.
Provincetown Chamber of Commerce honors:
Julie Knapp’s lifetime dream was to own and operate a business in Provincetown. After selling her successful business in Boston, she was finally able to see this dream come true, and now she devotes her entrepreneurial talents to Twisted Pizza, Subs and Ice Cream at 293 Commercial St. From the beginning, she has dedicated her expertise and energy to offering top quality food and excellent service.
With an “attitude of gratitude,” she credits the generous and creative people of Provincetown with inspiring her to become fully engaged in the workings of this unique town. The staff at Twisted is a great source of pride for Knapp. She credits her hard working crew for being instrumental in recently securing TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and for being recognized as Cape Cod Magazine’s Best Late Night Pizza place.
Ms. Knapp continually shows her commitment to the community. She is particularly proud of instituting a “Pay it Forward” initiative called “Pending Pizza” for local people in need. She donates pizzas for local events, like town hall meetings, festivals, and art openings. She organizes community supported pizza parties to celebrate the hard work of various tireless town employees like the DPW workers and organizations like the volunteer fire fighters and first responders. Most of all, Ms. Knapp loves teaching kids how to make pizza and personally offers free classes to local school children.
Sandwich Chamber of Commerce honors:
Beth’s Bakery and Café was established in 2007. The building was originally built as a Puritan Church nearly 175 years ago. After its time as a Church, which existed for about 15 years, the building has had many uses; a hardware store, a home to religious instruction, as well as many community events and at one time it was even used as a USO Hall, which inspired Beth’s decorating and music!
Beth and Joe Giampietro, lifelong Sandwich residents, opened Beth’s to follow a dream of opening a B & B or Bakery in town. With a strong faith in God, they jumped in and opened what is now just known as “Beth’s” by the locals who stop in for great coffee, tea, treats and conversation. Beth will tell you that she and Joe love people, and truly care if they have a good experience in their café.
Beth has created a peaceful haven to enjoy award winning specialty lunch offerings as well as a beautiful collection of homemade baked goods and specialty cakes. Beth and Joe invite you to come in and enjoy the aromas, tastes and the atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Truro Chamber of Commerce honors:
Steve is very active in the Truro area business community. He helps many of the newer, younger small businesses with their bookkeeping and payroll needs, while also being a strong partner to many established proven businesses. He is on the board of several local non-profits, as well as Seamens Bank. Steve is the Vice President of the Truro Chamber of Commerce, and his energy and ideas have helped us grow and become more visible.
Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce honors:
Located at 995 State Highway in Wellfleet, JB's Pizza Bar and Grill opened in April of 2013. Their mission since day-one has been to keep their promise of staying a year-round restaurant in the community of Wellfleet, and since opening their doors have taken much pride in serving the local residents and visitors alike. Their homemade pizza, for which they are most famous, is made daily from a successful recipe. In addition to pizza, JB’s offers a full menu featuring daily specials, indulgent deserts and a full bar. Another thing that makes JB’s unique is that they offer delivery service to their customers, year-round. Friendly staff, a beautiful out-door patio and full bar make JB’s the place to go, get great pizza, have a cold beer, and unwind.
Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce honors:
After having been part-time residents in Orleans for 12 years, Daryl and Kristina decided that they wanted to live on the Cape full time about four years ago. Along with their dream of living here, they wanted to become small business owners and immerse themselves in the Cape Cod Community. Once they found the Optimist Café and the beautiful sea captain’s home in which it resides, they quickly became part of the charming community of Yarmouth Port.
Prior to becoming a small business owner, Kristina spent 23 years in the financial services industry. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and an MBA, she started her career in commercial banking in Detroit. Subsequent roles required her to build businesses within a business and create and execute strategic business and marketing plans. Combined with her natural eye for detail and a love for cooking and baking, owning the Optimist Café has been a great fit.
Shortly after graduating from Adrian College in Michigan with a degree in Criminal Justice, Daryl moved to Boston and embarked on his commercial insurance career. He has over 25 years of experience as a Commercial Insurance Broker and is now a commercial insurance and risk management consultant. In addition to his “day” job, he truly loves to renovate antique homes, including the one he and Kristina live in in Harwich.