2012 "Small Business Owner of the Year" Award

The Corner Store
Quick, Casual Restaurant - Fresh, Fast and Fun

Cape Cod SCORE presented its 19th annual "Small Business Owner of the Year" award to Steve Deleonardis and Chuck Konner of The Corner Store in Chatham who were selected from among the many small business clients that come to SCORE for business mentoring. Read details below

SCORE Small Business Owners of the Year Award Presentation (from left to right) Jim Danelski-Corner Store, Tom Themistos & Audrey Lang-SCORE Mentors, Chuck Konner & Steve Deleonardis-Corner Store and Ed McDonald- SCORE Mentor.  In addition to their recognition as SCORE's Small Business Owners, Steve & Chuck also received a special Citation from the Mass. State Senate, signed by Senator Dan Wolf.and President of the Senate Therese Murray. Read details below

In addition, SCORE presented "Build a Better Mousetrap" awards to the owners of 14 small businesses selected by Cape & Islands Chambers of Commerce. See details and photos below

The ceremonies took place on May 17th, at SCORE’s annual awards breakfast held at Old Yarmouth Inn, Yarmouthport, MA.  Dan Gallagher, CEO (pictured right) of Open Cape Corporation was the keynote speaker for the event, presenting: "OpenCape and a Smarter Cape Cod" focused on Regional Broadband Opportunities for Cape Cod and Southeast MA.

”SCORE gratefully acknowledges Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Coastal Community CapitalRitt Communications and TD Bank as a sponsors of the event. The success of the annual Awards Breakfast was the result of the dedicated work by Jim Garpow, a SCORE Mentor.


SCORE Mentors:  Walt Dolbier, Chapter Chair was host and emcee for the event, assisted by Mike Baker, former Chapter Chair presenting the Mousetrap awards.



SCORE's "2012 Small Business Owner of the Year"

Steve Deleonardis & Chuck Konner - The Corner Store
1403 Old Queen Anne Rd. - Route 137, Chatham, MA 02633
Tel: 508-432-1077 - 

For the first time in the Awards Breakfast nineteen years the SCORE winner was also selected by a Chamber of Commerce for a build a better Mousetrap winner in the same year. The Corner Store in Chatham was founded in June of 2005. With over 25 employees, this quick and casual year round restaurant has become a landmark on the lower Cape and exemplifies its motto, Fresh Fast & Fun! They consistently receive positive press from local publications and achieved gross sales of over $1M in their first full year. Steve DeLeonardis and Chuck Konner founded The Corner Store and are responsible for building this highly successful business. With Chuck’s  background in food and beverage and  high end hospitality and Steve’s background in entrepreneurship and retail business the store became a fast success. 

Customers drive miles to enjoy a burrito, panini or whoopee pie at this one of a kind eatery. The food while fantastic is not the only draw. The staff and owners create an atmosphere that truly is remarkable. It is a friendly, fun place to visit. They have a knack for hiring cheerful and talented staff and treat them so well that many have stayed for years. They continually support local food initiatives as well as their local community and quickly became a local institution.


SCORE's "Build a Better Mousetrap Award" Winners

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 2012 SCORE's "Build a Better Mousetrap" Awards go to 14 deserving companies, as listed below.

Brewster Chamber of Commerce honors:

Shirley Vautin  -  By-the-Bay artful inspirations

1077 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631-0995
Tel. 508-896-1800  - www.artbythebay.com
"Unique, handcrafted items by artists from the Cape & New England."
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce honors:

Steve Deleonardis & Chuck Konner - Corner Store

1403 Old Queen Anne Rd., Chatham, MA 02633
Tel. 508 432-1077 - www.freshfastfun.com

"Quick, casual restaurant, a landmark in the lower Cape - "Fresh Fast & Fun!"
Also winner of Cape Cod SCORE's Small Business Owner of the Year Award

Chatham Chamber of Commerce honors:

Walter J.  Meier & Scott  & Kathy Hamilton - Chatham Jewelers Inc 

532 Main St., Chatham, Ma 02633
Tel. 508-945-0690 - www.chatgems.com
"Family jewelers offering Gold, silver & gems with an unmistakable aura of quality."

Eastham Chamber Of Commerce honors:

Josiah & Desiree Cole - COLEwebdev 

60 Viola Road, Eastham, MA 02642
Tel 508-413-2043 - www.colewebdev.com
ape Cod Web Design & Development

Falmouth Chamber of Commerce honors:

Jana Faiky - Fitness Directions, LLC 

200 Worcester Ct., Falmouth, MA02540
Tel 508-495-6500 - www.Fitnessdirections.com
Pilates and Personal Training Studio

Harwich Chamber of Commerce honors:

Joanne Logie - New England Vacation Rentals

565 Route 28, PO Box 63, Harwich Port, MA 02646
Vacation Home Rentals in Maine and Cape Cod

Hyannis Chamber of Commerce honors:

Betsy Young - SoHo Arts Company

342 Main Street, Hyannis MA 02601
Tel 508-771-7646 - www.sohocompany.net
Eclectic Home & Gift Store for "Artful Living & Giving" 

Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce honors:

Barbara Ronchetti - Island Alpaca Company

PO Box 1515, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Alpaca Farm & Gift Shop


Mashpee Chamber of Commerce honors:

Mark Lawrence - Polar Cave Ice Cream Parlour 

22 Falmouth Road/ Route 28, Mashpee, MA 02649
Tel 508-477-5553 - www.polarcave.com
Serving Generous Portions of Super Premium Ice Cream


Nantucket Chamber of Commerce honors:

Laura McCloskey - Cowboy’s Meat Market & Delicatessen

7 Bayberry Court, P.O. Box 337, Nantucket, MA 02554
Tel 508-228-8766 - www.cowboysmeatmarket.com
A Full Service Deli & Butcher Shop

Orleans Chamber of Commerce honors:

Ric & Caren Morse - Zia Pizzeria and Cafe

210 Main St., PO Box 1511, East Orleans, MA 02643
Tel 508-240-1442 - www.ziapizzeria.com
Comfort Abounds at Zia Pizzeria and Cafe

Provincetown Chamber of Commerce honors:

Chris King - Cape Tip Seafoods

45 Court St., Provincetown, MA 02657
Tel 508-487-2164 - www.capetipseafood.com
Cape Tip Seafood is a SHORE Thing - Wide variety of Seafood

Truro Chamber of Commerce honors:

Ethan Poulin - Ethan Poulin Landscaping

PO Box 263, North Truro, MA 02652
Tel 508-487-2503 - www.ethanpoulin.com
Full Service, Year-round Landscaping for the Lower Cape

Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce honors:

Briton Luhmann - Wellfleet Town Pizza, Inc.

55 Commercial St., Wellfleet, MA
Tel 508-349-6400  - www.wellfleettownpizza.com
Award Winning, Family Friendly Atmosphere