2013 "Small Business Owner of the Year" Award

Safe Harbor Eldercare
Helping Seniors Live at Home

Cape Cod SCORE presented its 20th annual "Small Business Owner of the Year" award to Richard Elliott-Grunes, owner of Safe Harbor Eldercare in Falmouth who was selected from among the many small business clients that come to SCORE for business mentoring.

SCORE Small Business Owner of the Year Award Presentation, 2013 winner, Richard Elliott-Grunes - Safe Harbor Eldercare (right) receiving award from SCORE Mentor, David Chase (center) and Awards Chairman, Jim Garpow (left).  
In addition, Richard Elliott-Grunes receives special recognition, at 
right, by Mass. State Representative David T. Viera.  Read details below

SCORE also presented "Build a Better Mousetrap" awards to the owners of 16 small businesses selected by Cape & Islands Chambers of Commerce. See details and photos below

The ceremonies took place on May 16th, at SCORE’s annual awards breakfast held at Old Yarmouth Inn, Yarmouthport, MA and were introduced by SCORE's chairman, Walter Dolbier.

Dorothy A. Savarese, President and CEO (pictured right) of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank was the keynote speaker for the event, presenting: "Innovations in Banking and Payments.

SCORE gratefully acknowledges Cape Cod Five Cents Savings BankCoastal Community Capital, and TD Bank as a sponsors of the event.

SCORE also gratefully acknowledges the outstanding work of James Garpow, a SCORE Mentor and volunteer, who for the past 10 years, as Awards Chairman, has tirelessly dedicated his time to ensure the success of the annual SCORE Awards Program.  Thank you Jim for all your hard work!

SCORE's "2013 Small Business Owner of the Year"

Richard Elliott-Grunes - Safe Harbor Eldercare
775 East Falmouth Highway, #323, East Falmouth, MA 02526
Tel. 508-457-1193 or 866-566-2587 - 

Safe Harbor Eldercare in East Falmouth was established in 2007 as a private homecare agency that is dedicated to helping seniors stay safely at home for as long as they choose.  “Providing compassionate, professional, and affordable homecare is our mission,” says Richard Elliott-Grunes, co-owner of the agency  with his wife, Lauren.  They purchased the company in 2007, when they moved to Cape Cod with their daughter, Katie, to be closer to Lauren’s parents who live in Orleans.  They’ve had double-digit growth for 5 of the last 6 years. 

Safe Harbor Eldercare has built its reputation one client at a time and Elliot-Grunes further states:  “We tailor our services to fit our client’s needs. Our goal is to cultivate trusting 
relationships with our clients which helps us better understand their challenges, and develop personalized care plans.  It can be very stressful trying to hire someone to care for a loved one.  People worry about losing their autonomy and independence as they get older. There is a lot of 
competition, both from other agencies and independent caregivers.  We succeed by offering great customer service, which for us means taking the time to get to know each and every client 
“We also get to know each caregiver, and hold them to the highest standards.  Our caregivers are the heart and soul of the business, and we only hire people that we would trust to care for our own family. Most of our clients are referred to us by word-of-mouth, so it’s important to do a great job for each and every one of them.  We have some clients that we see for 1 or 2 hours a week, some for 24/7, and everything in between.  They all know they can call us anytime with questions or concerns and we’ll be there.” 
 “I first came to SCORE in 2006, when we were first exploring purchasing a business,” says Elliott-Grunes.  “They gave me great advice, and afforded me the confidence and courage to take the leap.  Since then, I have come back several times to seek help in continuing to grow.  They are a fantastic resource.”

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 2013 SCORE's "Build a Better Mousetrap" Awards go to 17 deserving companies, as listed below.

Brewster Chamber of Commerce honors:

Dr. Tim McAdams - Breakwater Dental

2187 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631
Tel. 508-896-5951 - www.breakwaterdental.com
"A Better Quality of Care, A Better Quality of Life."
Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber honors:

Douglas & Kristin Shearer - Paine’s Patio

674 MacArthur Blvd/Route 28, Pocasset, MA  02559
Tel. 508-563-7557 - www.painespatio.com
"A Family Tradition of Fine Furniture Since 1835."
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce honors:

Erik Bevans & Tom Hughes - The Quahog Republic

97 Spring Bars Road, Falmouth MA 02540
Tel. 508-759-9390 -  www.quahogrepublic.com
"Live, Give, Relax - Live the Lifestyle...Wear the Gear!"

Chatham Chamber of Commerce honors:

Laurie & Peter Savas - The Crooked Fence

562 Main St., Chatham, Ma 02633
Tel. 508-945-4622 - www.crookedfence.com
"A Unique Cape Cod Gift Store, Blending Nautical Gifts and Home Décor."

Dennis Chamber of Commerce honors:

Deirdre & Michael Leyden - Cape Cod Viking Real Estate
242 Swan River Road, P.O. Box 415, West Dennis, MA 02670 
Tel. 508.760.1978 - www.leydenteam.com
"Real Estate for Real People"

Eastham Chamber Of Commerce honors:

Lucy Jalbert, Lucy J Glass

480 Massasoit Rd., Eastham, MA 02642
Tel. 508-240-5920 - www.lucyjglass.com
"Fused Glass, Stained Glass & Jewelry - Capturing the ‘ART & BEAUTY’ of the Cape."

Falmouth Chamber of Commerce honors:

Beth Colt - Woods Hole Inn 

28 Water Street, PO Box 4, Woods Hole, MA 02543
Tel. 508-495-0248 - http://woodsholeinn.com
"The Perfect Place to Start your Cape Cod Vacation."

Harwich Chamber of Commerce honors:

Justin Labdon - Cape Cod Beach Chair Co.

1150 Old Queen Anne Rd., Harwich, MA 02645
Tel. 774-237-7313 - www.capecodbeachchair.com
"The Best Beach Chairs in the World."

Hyannis Chamber of Commerce honors:

Kimberly Schuler & Sheryl Baba - Solstice Day Spa

408 Main Street, Hyannis Port, MA 02601
Tel. 508-775-7400 - www.solsticedayspa.com
our Day-cation Destination."

Mashpee Chamber of Commerce honors:

Rachael Hicks - Care From the Heart, LLC

800 Falmouth Road, Suite 202B, Mashpee, MA 02649
Tel. 508-419-1879 - www.carefromtheheartcapecod.com 
"Supporting Independent Living for Elders."

Orleans Chamber of Commerce honors:

Jamie & Kristin Hoffman - Fitness Revolution
5 Namskaket Rd., Orleans, MA 02653
Tel. 508-247-8100 - www.fitrevs.com
"Fitness Revolution - Are you ready for the change?"

Provincetown Chamber of Commerce honors:

Doug Walker - blú day spa
306 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657
Tel. 508-487-5506 - www.bluday.com
"The Art of Body and Skin Care"

Sandwich Chamber of Commerce honors:

Michael Magyar - The Glass Studio on Cape Cod

470 Route 6-A, East Sandwich,MA 02537
Tel. 508-888-668 - www.capecodglass.net
The Sandwich Glass Studio on Cape Cod of Michael Magyar"
Truro Chamber of Commerce honors:

The Roberts Family - Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod

PO Box 834, 11 Shore Road (Route 6A), North Truro, MA 02652 
Tel. 508-487-6200 - www.trurovineyardsofcapecod.com
"We pioneered the art of maritime grape growing on the Cape."

Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce honors:

Olaf & Angie Valli - SICKDAY Inc.

361 Main St., Wellfleet, MA 02667
Tel. 508-214-4158 - http://www.sickdaysurf.com
"Offering Surfing & Skating equipment & apparel + Rentals & Lessons."

Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce honors:

Ben Surro & the Zambellis Family - DiParma Italian Table

175 Rte. 28, West Yarmouth, MA 02673
Tel. 508-771-7776 - www.diparmarestaurant.com
"A long tradition of excellence from Cape Cod to Seekonk."