YARMOUTH – What do a financial planning firm, a media publication and a training and education center have in common?
The two businesses and a non-profit organization were recently awarded the SCORE Cape Cod & the Islands Overall Excellence for 2022.
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a national non-profit organization whose members provide business owners with guidance, counseling and advice. SCORE Cape Cod & the Islands has been helping local businesses for 29 years.
According to SCORE Mentor Marc Goldberg, this year alone, more than 50 volunteer mentors have partnered with more than 900 businesses. The Cape Chapter of SCORE, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, offers workshops co-hosted by Coastal Community Capital through funding from the Cape Cod 5 Foundation.
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Beacon Financial Planning Inc., Cape and Plymouth Business Media, and Martha’s Vineyard Centre for Education and Training are this year’s SCORE recipients. Lighthouse was named a 2022 Best Small Business. Cape and Plymouth Business Media were nominated for Small Business Champions, and Martha’s Vineyard Center was named Nonprofit of the Year.
Goldberg said the awards are a way to let the community know that small businesses matter.
“Communities should value their small businesses, especially those that survive the first three to five years,” he said. “They hire people. They’re profitable. They contribute to the community by being part of it, not just as a business.”
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are 33.2 million small businesses in the United States. The government defines a small business as a company with fewer than 500 employees. They account for more than 99 percent of all U.S. businesses and 65 percent of job creation since 2000.
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According to a 2020 report by the Cape Cod Commission, there are 8,679 small businesses operating in the Cape and Islands. Michaela Herlihy, president and chief operating officer of Beacon Financial Planning, sees small businesses as the backbone of Cape Cod.
“Anytime you look at who’s sponsoring a minor league jersey or donating to anything that’s going on in the community, it’s usually those small business owners,” she said. “Small businesses care about the community, but in return, the community really cares about the small business community. Businesses. They take the idea of shopping locally seriously. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship.
Herlihy said the award for her firm gave an all-female-owned and run financial planning firm recognition in a field typically dominated by men. She said the award, which highlighted businesses rather than individuals, showed Beacon provided strong teamwork.
In October, the three SCORE winners joined 17 other Cape Town businesses for a breakfast ceremony. 26 Recognized for their general business excellence.
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Warren Rutherford, board member of the High Ennis Chamber of Commerce, said it was important to recognize those who have achieved excellence in business operations and community service.
President and CEO Marty Bruemmel said the Hay Ennis Chamber of Commerce has about 350 businesses. Members nominate other members based on good business practice, innovation, growth, management philosophy, response to industry adversity and community engagement.
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The board reviews the nominations and votes for the businesses they deem most deserving. The selection process follows similar guidelines for other Cape Cod chambers of commerce.
The High Ennis Chamber of Commerce also recently recognized businesses for their community service, citizenship and Business of the Year based on their number of employees.
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The Hyannis Chamber of Commerce’s Unsung Hero Award was posthumously awarded to George (Skip) Simpson III in recognition of his long history of work as a business owner and community in Hyannis.
Simpson died in August. 6. He and his wife Lisa are the third-generation owners of Hyannis Anchor In. He is a member of the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce and served as President in 2008. He served on the Hyannis Water Commission from 2007-2013 and is a member of the West Barnstable Civic Association.
Felis Barreiro, owner of Alberto’s Ristorante, received the John F. Kennedy Jr. Community Service Award. The award recognizes exemplary community service by business owners. Barreiro has been part of Hyannis since 1980. In 1984, he bought Alberto’s Restaurant, which he later moved to Main Street.
Barreiro has a long history of giving back to the community by offering gift certificates to local organizations and hosting events at discounted prices.
Joyce Landscaping President Christopher Joyce received the Patrick Butler Citizen of the Year Award. Established in 1977, the awards recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through volunteering and have made a recognized contribution to the business community.
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Joyce has run the Barnstable youth football programme for 20 years. He is a past president of the Cape Cod Landscape Association and a past member of the Barnstable School Committee, where he chaired for two years. His company’s charitable work includes financial support for Cape Cod Kids Meals.
Landscape Corporation is a major employer in Cape Town. Joyce said it has 120 perennial employees and another 80 seasonal employees.
The Hyannis Chamber of Commerce also recognized two Business of the Year. Chez Antoine, an 850-square-foot patisserie serving gourmet cuisine from France and Belgium, was voted Business of the Year for its businesses with fewer than 25 employees.
Horgan Insurance honors this small business with more than 25 employees. This family-owned independent agency has been operating in Cape Town since 1945.
Other Cape Town and Islands Chambers of Commerce also presented Small Business Excellence Awards. Brewster’s Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Centre has won awards; If the show is right for Chatham; Glen Giff Hotel and Restaurant in Onset; Denise’s Chatelain Estate; Eastham ACE Hardware in Eastham; Howling Bird Studios in Falmouth ; Sandcastle Doggie Playcare in Harwich; Stefanie Wolf Designs in Martha’s Vineyard; Pinnacle Street Conservatory in Marshpei; Pip & Anchor in Nantucket; Barley Neck in Orleans; Provincetown Brewing Company in Provincetown Dunbar House Tea Room and Sandwich Bar; Wellfleet’s Clothing and Gift Shop; and JoMama’s New York Bagel and Cafe in Yarmouth. Kandy Korner received the Small Business Excellence Award from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce.
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