2019 SCORE Small Business Owner of the Year awarded to Diesel Smith
The owners of Diesel Smith, Lukas Smith and Amanda Bender were recognized as one of two winners of the 2019 "Small Business Owner of the Year" award by SCORE Cape Cod & the Islands
Frank Sinatra might say that boats and Cape Cod go together like Love and Marriage. Cape Cod natives, Lukas Smith and Bender clearly understand this as their successful business focused on everything to do with industrial and marine diesel engines. So it only makes sense that the majority of their client-base are commercial fishermen.
Starting with 2 employees in 2014, Diesel Smith now has a team of 5 employees based in a new 7,600 sq ft facility in Dennisport and has achieved profitability in an impressively quick timeframe for a small business. They began working with SCORE in 2014 and leveraged both the expertise of the mentors as well as the small-business courses offered by SCORE. Their principal SCORE mentors were Duncan Cooper and Mark Lowenstein.
Lukas and Amanda have a very special distinction as they are a Cape-based company led by Cape-raised millennials who have decided to stay on the Cape, serve the Cape and hire on the Cape. They recognize the importance of the Blue Economy project and have worked extensively with local vocational schools to promote
the value of a career in the trades to the next generation of Cape Cod business owners.