2015 Small Business Awards
Cape Cod SCORE's Small Business Awards for 2015 were presented to:
► Holly Bellebuono, Owner - Vineyard Herbs, recognized as
SCORE's "2015 Small Business Owner of the Year"
► 18 Cape & Islands Small Business Owners selected by their respective Chambers of Commerce were honored with SCORE's "Build a Better Mousetrap Award"
► Small Business Champion Award - a new award for 2015 recognizing Chatham Bars Inn as a larger business that supports the small business comminity
The presentations took place on May 14th, at SCORE’s 22nd annual awards breakfast held at Old Yarmouth Inn, Yarmouthport, MA and were introduced by SCORE's Chairman, Mark Lowenstein.
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito (left) was the keynote speaker, informing the audience of more than 100 business owners, bankers, chamber of commerce members, SCORE mentors and others how state government is focusing on small business issues
Jamie Bohlin of Cape Cod Celebrations, who started her event planning
business in September of 2007 and became SCORE's 2014 Small Business Award winner informed the group about the ongoing business success and the support she continues to receive from her SCORE advisory team.
SCORE gratefully acknowledges Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Coastal Community Capital, Community Development Partnership, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Eastern Bank, Edgartown National Bank, Rockland Trust,and TD Bank as sponsors of the awards breakfast And special thanks to Margi Eckhouse, for volunteering her time to organize the event.
See details and photos of all winners below
Link to: 2015 Small Business Owner of the Year
"Build a Better Mousetrap Award" all 18 Winners
Small Business Champion Award Winner
Selected from among the many small business clients that come to SCORE for business mentoring, award-winning herbalist, speaker and author Holly Bellebuono directs The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine and Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary on Martha's Vineyard. A traditional Western herbalist of 20 years, Holly teaches and lectures internationally about herbal medicine, natural health and women's empowerment.
She is the author of several books and CD collections about herbal medicine:
• The Essential Herbal for Natural Health (Shambhala Publishers, 2012)
• The Authentic Herbal Healer (Balboa Press, 2012)
• Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History & Geography of Herbal Medicine (SkyHorse Publishers, 2014)
• How to Use Herbs for Natural Health (audio CD collection)
Holly's herb school offers both distance (on-line) training as well as on-site training and certification, providing the credential Certified Community Herbalist to successful graduates. She leads retreats and workshops on "Soulful Apothecary," (upcoming in 2015 at Hollyhock Retreat Center, British Columbia, among others) providing space for people to explore botanical formulas in a fun, educational setting. Her lectures to conferences, universities and organizations emphasize the role of women throughout history in the formation of herbal heritage worldwide, and she features modern women and their businesses, research and collaborations.
A recognized formulator and herbalist, Holly directs Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary, providing retail and wholesale herbal products at Whole Foods Market, Stop & Shop Market, and other businesses in the New England region. She writes for a variety of publications including Taproot Magazine and Sage Woman Magazine.
In the two years she’s received counseling from SCORE, she’s tripled the number of students in her school and has reached a greater audience with marketing and promotion.
With SCORE’s guidance, Holly has: published her third book and contracted for her fourth; developed a new product and established a customs bond and negotiated for shipment from China; promoted the new product successfully, secured shelf space at Whole Foods Market and Stop & Shop, and established more than 20 new wholesale relationships; broadened the reach of her curriculum to attract university involvement in the areas of nursing and sustainability; and hired a publicist garnering more than 20 radio interviews, four television appearances, and multiple lectures across the US and Canada.
Holly lives on Martha's Vineyard with her family.
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 2015 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 Mark Lowenstein.
Scroll down for winners - listed alphabetically by Chamber of Commerce
Brewster Chamber of Commerce honors:
Bob and Ellen Meier - Woodworks Gallery
Bob and Ellen Meier opened Woodworks Gallery in Lemon Tree Village in Brewster in 2009. Bob had retired in 2005 after teaching and serving as Director of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of New Haven, and owning his own Forensic Psychology Consulting Practice for 25 years. Ellen had worked as a church secretary, teacher, and owner of a gift shop in Chatham.
While vacationing on Cape Cod, the Meier’s had enjoyed a gift shop in Brewster that specialized in wood crafted items, but eventually closed. With the help of their two sons Rob and Chris, they decided that reopening a similar store would offer some interesting and challenging opportunities. Today, the business has expanded from being primarily a gift shop offering wood crafted items, to its present status offering not only hand-crafted wood items, but also a selection of in stock and custom hand crafted Amish indoor and outdoor furniture
The Meier’s are actively involved working in the business and volunteering in the community. Sons Rob and Chris continue to help out, and seasonal employees complement the owners during summers and holidays
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce honors:
Ann Koch - Summer Sitters
Summer Sitters, LLC is an on-call babysitting referral service serving families in the Lower Cape area. The professional company works to provide you with responsible, reliable, qualified babysitters, making the process of finding an available babysitter as easy as possible. This company has filled a huge need for both year round residents and summer visitors on Cape Cod.
This company was founded in Chatham by Ann Koch. Ann received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and has worked closely with children of all ages, with and without disabilities, in and out of the classroom. She utilizes her experience and qualifications to select the best childcare provider for your needs based on personalities, required duties, location, and specific requests.
Ann is active in the local community and is an active contributor to local charities and an annual participant in the town of Chatham’s Fourth of July Parade.
Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce honors:
Michael & Suzanne Bilodeau - Sagamore Inn
Sagamore Inn owners, Michael and Suzanne Bilodeau, serve up a taste of “old Cape Cod” while they honor Shirley and Joe Pagliarani, previous owners, and by still serving all of the old favorites prepared just the way you've always loved them. The original Sagamore Inn was built in 1900 along the old road to Provincetown, located further east on Route 6A between the Whaleback and Knowlton's Auto Salvage but it burned down in 1930. The Sandwich Independent newspaper chronicled failing efforts to save the inn and the New Bedford Standard Times took the town to task for not having enough pumpers and hydrants to handle the blaze. The new inn was constructed the same year near the town line and its most colorful ownership through the 1930’s was under Ren West and his wife, Mary Nye. Mr. West’s political activity as a Democrat earned him a Republican enmity. The politically powerful Eben S. S. Keith tried to close him down and failed. Mr. West bested him in court and then renamed the inn the “Never Close Restaurant”. Mr. Keith and others, however, had Mr. West committed to the state asylum in Taunton. But not for long. Mister West was quickly released, erecting a sign reading: “Run by the only man adjudged sane on Cape Cod”. In the late 30’s the restaurant was sold to E. Seymour Clark, who renamed it Sagamore Inn. Prior to WWII the restaurant was owned by Bill Bianco, during which time GI’s training at Camp Edwards would twirl their dates across the dance floor which is now the dining room. Joseph A. and Shirley Pagliarani bought the restaurant in 1963, making the local landmark famous for seafood platters, Italian pasta dishes and “Shirl’s Yankee Pot Roast. In 2009 the restaurant was sold to locals, Michael and Suzanne Bilodeau. The inn under the Pagliarinis featured northern Italian cooking and it still does today as Michael and Suzanne continue the legacy started by Joe and Shirley. Many of the cooks still remain as do the soups, chowder, pasta sauces and “inn favorites" like Veal Parmesan.
Chatham Chamber of Commerce honors:
Naomi Turner and David Veach - Chatham Candy Manor
The Chatham Candy Manor was founded in 1955 by Naomi’s mother, Naomi Louise Turner. She was an entrepreneur, far ahead of her time, charming, independent, beautiful and totally eccentric. She and I would arrive in Chatham around the first of July. I'm sure we made quite a picture in our yellow push-button drive Desoto station wagon filled to the brim with candy making supplies, card tables, sheets and a couple of old battered suitcases. We'd set up the card tables, cover the tables with the sheets, make a batch of fudge and dip some chocolates and be open for business by the 4th of July - the official start of "the season" here in Chatham. We slept in the back room of the store or in the back of the station wagon and hoped to make enough money by August to rent a house for the month. My mother made all the candy according to old family recipes and thrived on the joyful contact with her customers. She filled the store with an air of fun and excitement - "putting on a show," she called it. On the day after Labor Day, we'd pack up and move on.
From these unconventional beginnings, the Chatham Candy Manor has grown up, evolved into a unique and highly respected business celebrated for unprecedented quality, extraordinary customer service, artistry in chocolate and social responsibility in the community. Still, we honor our history, preserving the soul of the Chatham Candy Manor.
Dennis Chamber of Commerce honors:
Kathy and Kevin Kelley - Klassy Kanine
Kathy and Kevin Kelley had strong Cape Cod roots when they started their dog grooming business 3 years ago. For them location came first and then vocation. 14 years ago, Kathy followed her passion and became a trained and certified pet groomer. She was working in a Veterinarian Hospital when the opportunity arose to open her own business with her husband Kevin, who had just retired from the banking industry, as partner. Together they started Klassy Kanine in West Dennis in 2012 with zero clients. Today, their first dog client is still a customer. Their business focuses on year round clientele, building their business by referral. During the peak summer season, their year round customers get preferential scheduling for their pooch.
The philosophy at Klassy Kanine is “no dog left unattended”, during their visit to our salon. This personal touch and quick service, has created many repeat and frequent customers. So much so, that they have added another groomer and a bather to the team. Kathy specializes in cuts appropriate for each breed. She also uses her experience in a vet’s office to check for health issues in the dogs. Kathy and her staff are pet CPR certified and co-host with the Dennis Dog Officer CPR classes for pet owners. They keep up with the changes in the pet grooming industry through continuing education.
Well on their way to building a successful business on Cape Cod, Kevin has time again to follow his passion. When he’s not at the shop, he can be found driving the Zamboni at the local ice arena where he also captains two ice hockey teams.
Eastham Chamber of Commerce honors:
Mike Escher - Dirtworks
At the age of 18 (after graduating from Nauset High School in 1995), Mike bought his first dump truck that started Dirtworks. It was an old Ford, 6 wheel truck; good enough to hold wheelbarrows, pick axes & shovels. Mike looked at every job himself, returned EVERY phone call and did whatever it took - trench paving, pot hole paving, driveways, garage cleanouts, tree work – anything just to grow the business. Mind you, this was all done by hand, loading the dump truck shovel by shovel in these early years.
Three years in, Mike bought his first Bobcat - a big move with a big loan to match; but the business took off and Mike was able to make the first three payments in a week of work! He was hooked!!! Five years in, saw his first asphalt paver & roller and more substantial projects, but the same Mike, STILL personally involved in all aspects of his business.
This long & winding road brings Mike to where he is today - proud of these past years of hard work and dedication and equally excited to see where Dirtworks goes in the future
Falmouth Chamber of Commerce honors:
Sandra Mullins - Cape Chic Company
Cape Chic Company was formed in late 2012 by Sandy Mullins. Before starting Cape Chic, Sandy worked for many years in marketing, brand management and consumer research in beauty care and premium products categories, a background that prepared her well to launch a business of her own. Her love of fashion and passion for the ocean, lead her to Falmouth Cape Cod and to open a women’s apparel & accessories boutique there. She knew the historic downtown was the perfect destination location.
She used her brand management background and SCORE tools, like the SCORE Brand Plan template to put a full action plan in place and has used the SCORE mentor program to learn more about best practices in cash flow etc. over time as the business moved forward.
The unique positioning for Cape Chic is to offer coastal casual chic women’s apparel that is effortlessly stylish and delightfully comfortable. Sandy strives to bring a contemporary chic look & feel that fits perfectly with today’s coastal lifestyle. Given summertime & Cape Cod is the perfect locale for weddings, Cape Chic also makes sure to offer a selection of dresses perfect for these special occasions.
Sandy is a member of the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce and sits on the board of the Falmouth Village Association, participating in many of the seasonal village events that help make Falmouth a destination to visit year round.
To date the business has grown through word of mouth, print and email advertising. Sandy plans to continue to grow the business including online social media and website development moving forward.
Harwich Chamber of Commerce honors:
Dillon Murphy - Land Ho! Harwich Port
The Land Ho! Harwich Port opened in February 2010 with Dillon Murphy as the Manager. Dillon’s family has been in the restaurant business since 1968 when they opened their original Land Ho! Restaurant in Orleans. Having a success on their hands, a second location was opened in Costa Rica in 1993 and finally the third location in Harwich Port in 2010. Land Ho! Harwich Port has quickly become a local favorite. When Manager Dillon Murphy is not tending to customers’ needs behind the bar, bringing a meal to a table in the restaurant or doing dishes he can be found hanging out with his four children. If that didn’t take up all the time he has, Dillon also owns his own summer surf camp in Orleans where he spends time teaching children how to be comfortable and confident on the waves
Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce honors:
Jason and Ali O’Toole - Pizza Barbone
Jason and Ali O'Toole of Pizza Barbone began making their Neapolitan wood fired pizzas by trekking their mobile catering oven around Cape Cod and the Boston area since the Spring of 2010. After finding much success at local farmer’s markets, public events and customer’s private parties all over MA, Jason and Ali set down roots at a brick and mortar location at 390 Main St. in Hyannis, MA in the summer of 2012. There they bake their pizza in a beautifully handcrafted Stefano Ferrara oven, which was built from scratch by third generation oven-makers out of rock and ash from Mt. Vesuvius and covered in hand painted glass tiles before being shipped from Naples, Italy. The oven was the first of its kind in Massachusetts so it is a truly exciting experience to have brought the delicious pizza that this 1000-degree oven turns out to the people and visitors of Cape Cod.
At Pizza Barbone we are dedicated to using only fresh, seasonal ingredients and making as much of our product from scratch that we possibly can. We make every bite of pasta, spoon of gelato and splash of dressing and sauce all in house down to the vegetables we grow on our rooftop garden all the way to the non-GMO “00” flour we import from Italy to make our pastas and dough with.
Jason and Ali recently added a third mobile oven to their successful catering fleet and focus their plans on the next possible brick and mortar space to add to their growing business that they are so deeply passionate of!
They are members of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce as well as the Hyannis Main St. BID, Love Live Local, CCYP and the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce.
They have also just rolled out a very exciting annual scholarship program called the Pizza Barbone Community Scholarship. They are granting a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior from both Cape Cod Academy, Sturgis Charter School and Barnstable High Schools.
Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce honors:
Jenik Khelalfa & Merrick Carreiro - Little House Café
The owners of Little House Café, Jenik & Hocine Khelalfa and Merrick & Steven Carriero, opened the restaurant in 2010 and it has been an Island favorite since.
Jenik, a mixed-media artist, came to Martha’s Vineyard when she was a young child and grew up there. She travelled to South America after college, and while there met her husband, Hocine. The couple operated a small café in Ecuador for two years. Then, Jenik returned home to the Vineyard with her husband.
In 1998, Jenik met Chef Merrick Carriero while waitressing at an Island restaurant, and the two women quickly became friends. They remained close even after Merrick stopped working to raise her two sons, and when Hocine suffered from a work-related injury, the women — along with their husbands — created a business plan to open Little House Café.
In the beginning, all four owners worked at the restaurant, but the husbands eventually returned to their previous trades, and Jenik and Merrick now run the show — Merrick cooking at breakfast and Jenik there for dinner. Little House Café proudly serves original and family recipes, made with many locally sourced products, and is open year round.
Mashpee Chamber of Commerce honors:
Dino Mitrokostas - Dino’s Sports Bar
Dino’s Pizza and Sports Bar is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Dino’s has been a member of the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce (formally the Mashpee Business Association) since opening in 1990. Everyone in the area knows the Pizza and Sports Bar by its namesake, Dino. You don’t have to be from Mashpee to know him, either, because you’ve heard him on the radio inviting you to come watch the game at his Sports Bar on Route 151 in Mashpee for years.
Constantinos “Dino” Mitrokostas is a first generation American with Greek parents, and has been a Cape Codder since 1970. He graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth High in 1978 and is a graduate of Bentley University Class of 1982 what a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in International Business/International Finance. After graduating from Bentley, Dino returned to work side-by-side with his family in the restaurant business. In 1987, Dino opened and operated two pizza-themed restaurants: New England Pizza in Chatham and Pizza 1 & Subs 2 in Marston Mills. In 1989, he sold the restaurants and went on to design, develop, and construct John’s Pond Center in Mashpee. Dino opened Dino’s Pizza in 1990, and has been a landmark in the community for 25 years. Dino’s Sports Bar is the top KENO spot on Cape Cod.
Dino currently lives in Mashpee, the father of three children. He actively participates in the Greek Festival and is a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Centerville. Over the years, Dino has contributed to the community. He is a supporter of all Mashpee School based clubs, organizations, and teams as well as a support of all Mashpee Town events. Dino has been a supporter of every major event held by the Chamber of Commerce. He has been the longest continuous supporter of the Mashpee Wampanoag Ball and a supporter of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal events. In 1997, Dino founded the Dino’s Children’s Charity fund, whose primary goal is to provide Christmas for the needy and underprivileged children and families in the Mashpee/Falmouth area.
Dino has been the recipient of the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year and Mashpee’s Humanitarian Award. Over the years, Dino has received many accolades including awards for the Best Prize, Best Wings, and best Sports Bar to name just a few.
Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce honors:
Michael Getter - Dune
New to Nantucket in 2009, Dune is a creation of Michael Getter, formerly of 21 Federal and American Seasons restaurants. The décor in our three distinct dining rooms is a blend of sophisticated elegance and soothing comfort. Along with our exotic quartzite bar and charming patio we offer an extensive selection of handcrafted cocktails, wines, spirits and cordials along with offering full lunch, dinner and dessert menus. The ever changing menu showcases an innovative selection of the finest in seasonal local produce, fish and meats from regional farms and select purveyors.
Chef/Owner Michael Getter has worked in the restaurant business for over 20 years. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he has worked in a wide variety of restaurant and catering settings; from the a la carte world of small, fine-dining independent restaurants to catering events for up to 2,500 guests. At the age of 24 he was put in charge as executive chef of the acclaimed 21 Federal on Nantucket, where he received rave reviews. He then moved into the chef/owner position of American Seasons, also on Nantucket. American Seasons is consistently rated one of the islands best restaurants. After a number of years behind the stove, he rounded out his experience by shifting to the Sommelier role, receiving the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for his efforts. During a brief stint off island, he worked as the Executive Chef of MAX Ultimate Foods, one of Boston’s premier catering companies, where he oversaw a kitchen staff of up to 75 cooks producing product for up to 60 individual parties a week. To continue growing his knowledge of wines he also worked with Ruby Wine Distributors, selling premium wines from around the world to the islands top restaurants and retailers. His work has been published in Bon Appetite, Gourmet, New York Times and the Boston Globe.
Orleans Chamber of Commerce honors:
Andy and Jane Murphy - Lost Dog Pub, Orleans
Jane and Andy Murphy have owned and operated the Lost Dog Pub in East Dennis since December of 2001.
In 2009 they had an opportunity to open a second location in the historic building that was the Original Howard Johnson's franchise at the intersection of Routes 6a and 28 in Orleans.
After weathering a battle over their Iconic sign in the beginning they and their loyal staff built a strong business at this historic Lower Cape location. With a combination of tried and true pub favorites, Cape Cod cuisine and the lively nighttime atmosphere that had proven successful at their East Dennis location they gradually became a go to, year-round member of the Orleans restaurant community.
Now entering their 7th summer with many of the same staff who have been with them from the start, the Lost Dog Pub in Orleans is in a great position to continue to prosper for many years to come.
Provincetown Chamber of Commerce honors:
Geoff Semonian - Cape Cod Wood Carving
At Cape Cod wood carving we can carve just about anything, but we specialize in signs and custom marine wood carvings. We take mallet and chisels top quality woods, premium paints, and gold leaf to create carvings with rugged good looks that last for generations.
I have only been doing business as Cape Cod woodcarving for 4 years and look forward to continued growth. One thing I have learned about business is that good things happen slowly and bad things happen fast.
Sandwich Chamber of Commerce honors:
Donna and Jeff Kutil - Scenic Roots
Owned and operated by the Kutil family since 1986, Scenic Roots has become a business you can trust with your lawn, garden and pest problems.
Donna and Jeff, who have owned the business on their own for the last 12 years, and pride themselves on friendly customer service and the expert knowledge of every one of their employees. They have worked hard the last several years to find the highest quality nursery stock and garden products and carry all your garden and nursery basics, but have also expanded its nursery yard to display the unusual or hard to find items. If there is something your yard needs that they do not have, please ask- they would love to order it for you! They strive to educate and inspire you to make your lives easier, so you can enjoy your time off in your yards instead of continuously working in them. Those of you who have been to their store before, know what Scenic Roots can do for you. Those of you who have yet to visit them, it’s time to take the drive. You will not be disappointed. They are ready to help you as a customer or as a community. Jeff and Donna are always there to donate items or volunteer their time in any way to make the community around them a better place for all.
Truro Chamber of Commerce honors:
Nick Norman - 3Harbors Realty
3Harbors Realty was started by Anne Daignault and Nick Norman over five years ago when the real estate market was at its very worst. Everyone thought we were crazy to start a new company at such a terrible time but we have become Truro’s number one office and have opened another office in Provincetown which is doing very well indeed. Nick and Anne were resolved to do something different with our company and that was to foster a true “team approach” to how we conduct our business. Rather than being made up of individual agents out to do the best for themselves, 3Harbors’ agents work as a team. We share our listings and our commissions. The result is that our clients have the benefit of not just one agent but a group of agents who have an abundance of experience and insight.
Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce honors:
Daniella Schutzengel (Duni) - Ark Angel Animal Hospital
Dr. Schutzengel began her veterinary career as a student in Italy and then continued her studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. from which she graduated in 1984. Throughout her career, Duni, as she prefers to be called, was able to glean skills from many practitioners and experts in the field covering a broad range of procedures in veterinary surgery and medicine. She later owned and operated the Dunn Loring Animal Hospital in Northern Virginia for many years.
Duni is a Massachusetts native who grew up in Worcester and on a beautiful June day in 2007, while driving along Route 6 in Cape Cod, she made the comment that would change her life: “You know, I could live here”. Not long later, she had found and purchased a charming 200+ year old Cape in Wellfleet for her future clinic. The “Yellow House,” as she came to call it, was to become the clinic she’d always dreamed of having, a house where staff, clients and patients would feel as if they were stepping into a home rather than a medical facility. Occasionally Duni "hits the road" with the Mobile Unit, a full-service 26-foot mobile veterinary unit replete with digital x-ray. When not in use the Mobile Unit remains tucked against the building as the clinic's surgery suite, lab and pharmacy.
In her spare time, Duni enjoys wild-life rehabilitation especially with orphan birds and small mammals, reading, horseback and bicycle riding, quiet time with family and friends and most of all, spending time with her dogs.
Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce honors:
Matthew Fitzsimmons - Law Office of Matthew P. Fitzsimmons
Matthew P. Fitzsimmons, Esq. advises families and business owners across Cape Cod in matters involving real estate, trust and estate planning and administration, business planning, and related areas of litigation. Matthew is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts following graduation in 2009 from New England Law | Boston. Matthew’s practice, the Law Office of Matthew P. Fitzsimmons, P.C., was established in 2011 and is located in West Yarmouth on Mid-Tech Drive.
Originally practicing in Boston five years ago in the areas of business litigation and estate administration, Mathew later expanded his practice to include complementary areas of business planning and residential real estate title conveyancing. Matthew moved to the Cape in 2011 with his wife Sarah, and today Matthew’s primary areas of practice include residential real estate conveyancing, zoning and land use, trust and estate planning and administration, guardianships and conservatorships, business planning and litigation, and certain areas of appellate practice.
During his time in Boston, Matthew was an active member in the Boston Bar Association (BBA), and a Junior Fellow of the Boston Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the BBA. He is now a member of the Barnstable County Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association. Matthew is currently a volunteer for the Bass River Farmers Market, and an active member of the Rotary Club of Yarmouth.
A lifelong avid sailor, Matthew volunteers to support the youth and adult sailing and racing programs at the Bass River Yacht Club, an organization where he taught sailing and coached One Design dinghy racing during high school and college. Matthew and his family enjoy sailing, fishing, and boating on Nantucket Sound.
Small Business Champion Award – A new SCORE Award for 2015
Recognizing a larger business for its support of the small business community
Chatham Bars Inn
297 Shore Rd
Chatham, MA 02633
Accepting the award is Michael Briggs, Resort Manager (center) flanked by Mike Giorgio.
Chairman of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce (left and Ed McDonald of SCORE (right)
Chatham Bars Inn was originally developed in 1914, as a semi-private hunting lodge for wealthy Boston vacationers. Early advertisements boasted of "plastered, soundproof accommodations with electric lights, steam heat, long distance telephones, and private bathrooms featuring both fresh and salt water baths."
The hotel soon operated its own farm, which provided fresh produce and dairy products for guests’ meals. It quickly earned a reputation as Cape Cod’s most elegant, self-contained tourist destination. Later, the Inn’s appeal was expanded with the addition of an adjacent 9-hole golf course.
Since their $100 million renovation, the Inn, retained its old world charm but was updated with every modern convenience and amenity and has won numerous awards including the prestigious Forbes Four-Star award. It has become a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, and has been named one of the top resorts in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and the best hotel on Cape Cod by Boston Magazine.
It is our great pleasure to honor this wonderful organization and supporter of small business. They are an integral part of the Town of Chatham and have shown tremendous support through local employment, preservation, and generous donations to the community. They bring great prestige to Chatham and have been instrumental in making Chatham a destination of choice. We are very excited to show our appreciation for all that they do by nominating them as the first recipient of the Small Business Champion Award.
Some of the many ways that Chatham Bars Inn supports the Chatham community
- Monomoy Community Services – Taste of Chatham and Witches Walk
- Cape Cod Baseball League – Gentlemen’s Smoker
- Chatham Anglers – Gentlemen’s Smoker Fundraiser - Fan Appreciation Night – Cash donation for new lights at the ball park
- Chatham Chamber of Commerce – Annual Meeting, Antique Show, Fashion Show
- Chatham Merchants Association – Christmas Stroll
- First Night Chatham – Donation of space ever year, donation of beverages for a local non-profit to sell, sponsor the band $3500/year)
- Thanksgiving dinner for the Chatham Elementary School students and teachers, Police, Coast Guard, Firemen
- Donated catered meals to Atwood Museum for special functions/fundraisers
- Donate rooms to the Creative Arts Center for their instructors
- Support for:
o Chatham Creative Arts Center
o Chatham Historical Society
o Chatham Merchants Association
o Chatham Shark Center