2008 Small Business Owner of the Year Award

bella of Cape Cod

Cape Cod SCORE presented its 15th annual "Small Business Owner of the Year" award to Megan Murphy & Catherine Bean, owners of bella of Cape Cod, who were selected from among the many small business clients that come to SCORE for business counseling. Read details of their success story below.

In addition, SCORE presented "Build a Better Mousetrap" awards to the owners of 15 small businesses selected by Cape & Islands Chambers of Commerce. Read all 15 of their success stories below.

The ceremony took place on June 3rd, at SCORE’s annual awards breakfast held at Old Yarmouth Inn, Yarmouthport, MA. Senator Rob O'Leary, who represents the Cape and Islands since the year 2000 in the Commonwealth's Senate, made a guest appearance at this years Annual SCORE Awards Breakfast and spoke to the people gathered for the occasion.

Rick Presbrey, Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Assistance Corp. was the keynote speaker for the event, discussing "The Dwindling Workforce on Cape Cod". Deborah Skinner, past chairperson of Cape Cod SCORE, made the award presentations, together with James Garpow, who organized the award's breakfast.

SCORE's "2008 Small Business Owner of the Year"

bella of Cape Cod - Boutique Jewelry & Accessories
Hyannis and Mashpee - www.bellaofcapecod.com

Megan Murphy and Catherine Bean receiving award from SCORE Awards Chairman, Jim Garpow and Counselor, Steve Feist.

Megan Murphy and Catherine Bean, owners of bella of Cape Cod sell boutique quality jewelry and accessories all priced under $25. Their tag line reads, "Can you stand it?" Appealing to both young and old alike, bella's signature pink and green branding, combined with their $25.00 price point, bring a refreshing shopping alternative to the local retail scene. Whether it's sterling silver jewelry or a fashionable handbag you're looking for, bella is the place to shop!

Bella of Cape Cod began as a home party business in September 2004. In May 2005, they branched out to outdoor markets. In December 2005, they added their website, bellaofcapecod.com. Their website concept of online virtual eparties and online fundraising was recognized nationally by Internet Retailer Magazine earlier this year. Bella of Cape Cod is also currently used as a business model for Constant Contact, an online marketing communication company.

Bella attributes their online success to their summer customers shopping bella year round as well as their online eparty and fundraising programs. In 2007 bella donated over $9,000 to school sports teams, breast cancer walks, and various charities on and off Cape Cod.

Their rapid growth in online sales called for a relocation out of their homes. Their first retail location opened June 2007 at 3 Barnstable Road, Hyannis (just off Main Street). Megan and Catherine opened their second retail showroom at 6 Joy Lane in Southcape Village, Mashpee earlier this month.

Megan and Catherine have grown bella of Cape Cod from a team of two to over 12 employees in 2008. They attribute their success to their company mission statement: "offer stylish products at affordable prices with great customer service."

They would like to thank Steve Feist, Bill Jenkins and the late Bill Calhoun of SCORE for their business advice over the past 3 years. Megan and Catherine now refer to themselves as "two stay at home moms who aren't home much any more."


"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 2007, SCORE presented "Build a Better Mousetrap" Awards to 15 deserving companies. Here are the success stories for all 15 companies.

Brewster Chamber of Commerce honors:
Donna & Bryon Cain - Brewster by the Sea Inn & Spa
716 Main St., Brewster, MA 02631
508-896-5071 -
After raising their family in Houston Donna and Byron Cain traveled to the Northeast and made an offer on The Brewster Farmhouse Inn, They knew that the property and buildings would need substantial upgrades and a different ambiance to succeed. They started with a name change and success has come from creating an environment that is elegant and yet relaxed, meeting the needs of their guests. The Inn has been the recipient of several industry awards including the 2005 and 2007 Cape Cod Travel Guide Editors Choice award, and the 2006 and 2008 Top 10 Inns of Massachusetts from American Historic Inns. They both give back to the community as Donna is treasurer for Brewster for the Holidays and sits on the Cape Cod Chamber of commerce bed and breakfast committee. Byron is a member of the Brewster’s Men’s club and created and maintains a web site for Brewster in Bloom and a Brewster Inn web site. They both mentor new innkeepers to believe as they do that every guest that comes to Cape Cod should have only the best of experiences.

Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce honors:
Ted Diggle - Aaron Burbank's Windfall House
108 Main Street (Rte. 130), Sandwich, MA 02563
508-888-3650 - www.windfallhouse.com
In July 1998 Ted Diggle purchased the property at 108 Main Street in Sandwich which had been built in 1818, on the old stagecoach road. It had not been a Bed and Breakfast at that time, but did have a history of being a boarding house in the early 1900's. In May 1999 after the property was completely renovated and restored, Ted opened the doors as a Bed and Breakfast and hosted over 800 guests his first season. This gracious antique has retained many original features: wide-board pine floors, three fireplaces (one with a beehive oven), and the turned staircase to name a few. Rooms are decorated with many antique and period furniture pieces. Attractive plantings and a private side yard provide a perfect setting. The Aaron Burbank’s Windfall House is a wonderful choice for the traveler who wants the tranquility of a village setting. It has been featured in several magazines articles and was chosen as the subject of an original painted by Karyn Frances Grey commissioned by the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce for their 2001 Christmas card.

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce honors:
David McDermott - McDermott Glass Studio
272 Cotuit Road, Sandwich, MA 02563
508-477-0705 - www.mcdermottglass.com
During his over 30 years of glass blowing experience David McDermott has created glass pieces for six US Presidents, Pope John Paul II and the empress of Japan. Six years ago David and his wife, Yukimi, herself a skilled glass blower, went off on their own and opened McDermott Glass Studio. Their success comes from hard work, trial and error, interest in getting their customers’ feedback, a commitment to get special orders to customers quickly and most importantly, high quality glass art, sold in local galleries as well as from their home studio. David and Yukimi are known for their generosity to the community, contributing many pieces to non profits in the area. They are the creators and hosts of semi-annual Glass Jams, open to the public, bringing together glass artists from all over the country to inspire each other, work together, have fun, and link to artists in different mediums in new ways. Generous with their time, energy and talent that results in high quality art, McDermott Glass Studio and Gallery represents the strengths and benefits an artistic business can bring to the community.

Chatham Chamber of Commerce honors:
Deb & Bill Haetinger - Tale of the Cod
450 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633
508-945-0347 -
Deb and Bill Haetinger are the owners of Tale of the Cod which has been owned and operated by the Haetinger family since 1979. Located on Main Street in Chatham, a half mile from the Coast Guard Station lighthouse it has attracted thousands of customers both local residents and visitors to Chatham from near and far. At Tale Of The Cod you will find a rich and ever changing array of high quality and sought after items including: Simon Pearce Glass, Wilton Armetale and Mariposa, florals, tabletop linens, throws, ship models, and jewelry. In addition to the large gift shop they offer an extensive line of quality furniture and home accessories. Whether you are looking for something for your home or the perfect gift a visit to Tale of the Cod is worth the trip.

Dennis Chamber of Commerce honors:
John & Stephanie Lowell - East Dennis Oyster Farm
508-398-3123 - info@dennisoysters.com - www.dennisoysters.com
The East Dennis Oyster Farm story began in 2003 when John Lowell applied to the Town of Dennis for an aquaculture grant off Quivett Neck in East Dennis. Today John and Stephanie Lowell have two land grants and the East Dennis Oyster Farm is licensed to wholesale, retail and cater (raw bar) their product. Home of the “Dennis Oyster’ ™ and winner of the 2007 Cape and Islands Oyster fest, Dennis Oysters™ now compete with Wellfleet Oysters as the most sought after product on the market. By experimenting with innovative gear, following local rules and state inspection standards, working with mother nature and sound marketing they have created a business that is both successful and eco friendly. John and Stephanie’s son Robert, a student at Cape Cod Tech, who works in the business, also grows his own oysters. They are hoping that aquaculture and farming will help the next generation stay on Cape Cod.

Eastham Chamber of Commerce honors:
Kristen Davis - Nauset Kennels
2685 Nauset Road, Eastham, MA 02642
508-255-0081 -
Kirsten Davis, owner of Nauset Kennels, a full boarding facility for dogs and cats in Eastham, wields one mean pooper-scooper! Her parents, Joe & Dana Davis, built the kennel in 1972. Kirsten grew up in the family business and took it over in 1990. Kirsten credits her parents for instilling in her the meaning of hard work, integrity, and customer service. She and her employees make sure to go the extra mile for clients and their four-legged family members. From an extra belly rub to finding the right playmate, to calling an owner overseas to give an update, they do what it takes to provide a stress-free boarding experience. In May, Nauset Kennels is breaking ground on new boarding and day-care facilities utilizing green building practices that incorporate geo and solar-thermal systems along with recycled building products. Nauset Kennels strives to provide the best boarding and day care opportunity for your pets. They thank you for thirty-six years of sharing your pets with them!

Harwich Chamber of Commerce honors:
Nina Schluessler & Tamara Harper - Harwich Junior Theater
105 Division Street, West Harwich, MA 02671
508-432-2002 -
The Harwich Junior Theatre (HJT) was founded in 1951 with a seed fund of one hundred dollars from the Harwich Recreation Commission. It is currently overseen by Nina Schuessler, the Producing Artistic Director and Tamara Harper, Director of Education and Community Outreach. Harwich Junior Theatre is Cape Cod’s premiere family theatre, dedicated to bringing the finest quality live theatre to children and people of all ages A year-round intergenerational theatre, HJT offers a full curriculum of inspiring classes (preschool through young adult) taught by theatre professionals, in which students receive training in all areas of performance and production. Harwich Junior Theatre employs 3 full-time people year round and 21 part time teachers. A key indicator of financial security is that the theater has operated with a positive cash flow for the last several years and currently has no long term debt. HJT’s annual budget has grown from 100K in 1997 to 500K in 2007. Verification of artistic excellence has been achieved through critical acclaim and increased attendance.

Hyannis Chamber of Commerce honors:
Tracy Anderson & Jackie Kanytowitz - The Wine List, Inc.
655 Iyanough Road, Hyannis, MA 02651
508-771-WINE - www.the-wine-list.com
High quality wines at a great price - that's what you'll find at The Wine List. Tracy Anderson and Jackie Kanytowitz are the local "oenophile sisters" who continue to share their passion for wine with a growing list of loyal customers. Tracy opened The Wine List with her sister Jackie in October 2002. Since then, they have received numerous awards – including being named one of “New England’s Best Wine Shops” by WHDH-TV Channel 7, Boston, and "New Business of the Year" by the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition to running their shop and teaching many of their monthly wine classes, Tracy also serves as a wine consultant for Cape Cod Life and writes a feature column for Edible Cape Cod. Since moving to Brewster to open The Wine List with her sister in 2002, Jackie continues to make numerous contributions to the wine world. She serves on a national panel for Beverage Business magazine, where her selections of quality wines are published for the trade. Fox News, Boston’s Channel 7, Cape Cod Life and several other publications have also quoted Jackie on the subject of wine.

Mashpee Chamber of Commerce honors:
Graham Silliman - Siena Italian Grill & Bar
38 Nathan Ellis Hwy., Mashpee, MA 02649
508-477-5929 -
Graham Silliman opened Siena Italian Grill & Bar in November 2002 and artfully combined an eager-to-please staff, a relaxing atmosphere, a superior wine list and a consistently high quality Tuscan menu to produce a superior dining experience. In any Italian town you’ll find there’s one restaurant where everyone gathers to eat and to socialize, it’s the name that comes to mind when going out is suggested. It is the place you can proudly bring guests for an evening of great food, great wine and great people that has a menu with both familiar favorites and exceptional specials that you'll love to try. In this same spirit, Siena Italian Grill & Bar in Mashpee Commons is a place where everyone can vivere bene, mangiare bene, and socializare; live well, eat well, and be social. Siena’s is the place for the Tuscan dining experience with the convenience of Mashpee. Most recently Mr. Silliman signed a long-term contract to operate a second Siena venue at Patriot Place in Foxboro.

Nantucket Chamber of Commerce honors:
Bill Ferrall - N Magazine
17 North Beach Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-1515 -
Founded as a website in early 2002, N, The Nantucket Magazine began print publication in early 2003 with longtime island writer and reporter Bill Ferrall as its founding editor. Since then it has grown from six issues annually to seven and now to eight including Nantucket Social Calendar. Each issue of N profiles people who make Nantucket unique: business leaders, the politicians, artists, entertainers and year round residents. Lively, in-depth articles examine Nantucket businesses and institutions, and the island’s important contemporary issues. The magazine’s signature covers have included such notables as comedians Stiller and Meara, Teresa Heinz Kerry, newscasters David Gregory and Chris Matthews, Kathie Lee Gifford, the late David Halberstam and Senators Edward Kennedy, John Kerry and Bill Frist. Nantucket’s who’s who comes to life in the best-read photo spread “nantucketfoggysheet.” With complimentary distribution, circulation of N has grown to include Cape Cod locations, private airports along the East Coast, mail subscribers and readers of nantucketmagazine.net.

Orleans Chamber of Commerce honors:
Kim Catalano - Argonauta Jewelry Designs
P.O. Box 352, Orleans, MA 02653
508-240-6882 -
Kim Catalano is owner of Argonauta Jewelry Designs and has been in business for 10 years. She started the business at home selling fish jewelry part-time in order to supplement her job as a commercial fisherman. When the jewelry business started to thrive and the commercial fishing industry unfortunately started to fail, she left fishing to focus more on the jewelry, selling from her home and at house parties. When the time came to move her business out of her home in order to increase retail sales, Kim found a 9 month lease being offered in Orleans and took the jump...that was 6 years ago. Her store is located off the beaten path but she has found that a good product, fair prices and great help can overcome that. Argonauta relies mostly on word of mouth, continues to do house parties and sticks to their philosophy of fair pricing for high quality, unique jewelry that they back 100%. For Kim the best part has truly been the wonderful people she has worked with and the great customers, many who have become friends.

Provincetown Chamber of Commerce honors:
Jeffrey Rogers - Conwell ACE Hardare and Lumber
21 Conwell St., Provincetown, MA 02657
508-487-0150 -
Conwell ACE Hardware and Lumber, Inc., located in Provincetown, is a family-owned business that has been in the Rogers family for 20 years. The family has a long history on the Cape that dating back to the original landing of the Mayflower. Recently, Jeffrey Rogers, a LEED® Accredited Professional expanded the business to start New England Green Building (NE Green). Mr. Rogers managed the design and construction of the first LEED®-H Platinum rated home in Massachusetts which is also only the eighth LEED®-H Platinum home in the country. It is a net annual zero energy home producing annually close to the total energy budget (electrical and heat) of the building. During the design and planning of this home, he realized that green building resources and products were not readily available throughout the New England region. He created NE Green by combining his practical skills and knowledge in the construction and hardware industry with a graduate degree in earth science and 10 years in environmental consulting. Through NE Green his goal is to help others realize the benefits of green building by sharing the knowledge that he has acquired.

Sandwich Chamber of Commerce honors:
Steven Cox & Michael Johnston - The Brown Jug
155 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563
508-888-4669 -
The heart of Sandwich Village was enhanced in 2003 with the addition of a gourmet food shop at 155 Main Street when Steven Cox and Michael Johnston bought the Brown Jug Antique store. They kept the name and made that corner of Main and Jarves a destination for fine food lovers from all over. Extensive renovations turned the Brown Jug into a charming shop while keeping the integrity of the beautiful antique building. Their logo etched in the glass on the front door speaks volumes about their philosophy - "Hunger is the best sauce - Cicero 106 bc" - and itself conjures up an appetite. In 2007, the Brown Jug added a specialty wine store to complement their cheese and food selection. The Brown Jug Wine Shop restored the old “Butners’ ” building another grand old general store layout that is a perfect venue to browse the large selection of vintage wines. The combination of the two buildings linked by a common patio, makes the whole corner a destination to soak up some sun, have a glass of wine and devour fabulous nibbly bits.

Truro Chamber of Commerec honors:
Skipper & Bill Evaul - The Moorlands Inn
11 Hughes Road, North Truro, Ma 02652
508-487-0663 - www.themoorlands.com

The Moorlands Inn is “an Artistic Bed & Breakfast” established in 1997 and located in the historic Moorlands House of North Truro. The house was built by Captain Atkins Hughes around 1890 after he completed a 30 year career as a merchant sea captain. Captain Hughes’ great-grand niece, Skipper Evaul and her husband Bill Evaul purchased the property which had been out of the family for 70 years. The Bed and Breakfast business evolved out of the need to provide accommodations for a large family and many friends who love to visit Cape Cod. Through early affiliations with the Truro and Wellfleet Chambers of Commerce, Bed and Breakfast Cape Cod and extensive word of mouth, the business grew and became well established. The theme of artistic bed and breakfast stems from Bill’s duel career as an artist and musician. This attracts other artists and musicians and art and music lovers who now return year after year. Skipper’s skills as an entrepreneur and business manager ensure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently and each and every guest enjoys a memorable experience.

Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce honors:
Sarah Paine Curley - The Furies
2393 Route 6, P.O. Box 2033, Wellfleet, MA 02667
508-349-1145 -
Sarah Paine Curley, the third of seven children from a long line of Cape Codders, worked at the family’s campground until 1979 when she started a small cleaning service. She purchased The Furies name and logo in 1991 and began building the business into what it is today. Servicing hundreds of customers she employs several people year round, as well as an additional 18 foreign employees in the summer. Their goal is to meet or exceed each of their customer's expectations in a friendly and efficient manner, whether they are providing regular house cleaning or linen rentals for your Cape Cod vacation rental. They are well-known for the consistent quality of their cleaning services provided by their well-trained staff. They train their staff to team clean with two or three people. This method helps the staff keep their energy levels up and gives the customer a consistent cleaning! Cleanings can be scheduled weekly, twice a week, every other week, monthly or for a single time....based on your personal needs. The Furies works with the customer to design a cleaning plan for your home that meets your requirements and their high standards.