About Brian Chapman and Mill City Environmental
Lowell native Brian Chapman, president of Mill City Environmental Corporation (MCE), established his full service environmental services firm in 2001. MCE began as a waste management company specializing in assessment, management and disposal of hazardous wastes and materials. Over the years, the company has expanded to offer a complete range of the highest quality waste management solutions, including asbestos abatement and most recently rail services
Mr. Chapman’s on-going vision for Mill City Environmental is to provide the necessary expertise and services to create a cleaner environment throughout the country and especially within the Lowell/Merrimack Valley community. Chapman was born and raised in Lowell and always envisioned starting his business in his beloved city. After spending 14 years mastering the environmental cleanup industry at Fortune 100 companies Foster Wheeler (now Tetra Tech EC, Inc.) and Clean Harbors, he recognized that he could adapt his talent and specialized skills to make a meaningful impact both from an economic and environmental perspective. He founded Mill City Environmental and named his company in tribute to the great city of Lowell.
During the early stages of MCE’s operation, Chapman was challenged to overcome the stigma associated with being a start-up business. This initial perception hindered his abilities to secure meaningful clients and the necessary capital to fund his operation. To help overcome these barriers, Chapman made a strategic decision to apply to and gain acceptance into the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development program. This programs mission, to help socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses gain preferential access to federal contracting opportunities, made great strategic sense to Chapman, as it would help to ensure the long-term success of MCE. MCE’s participation in the 8(a) program ultimately led to a number of contracts, including one for $3.2 million. And when MCE needed capital to support growth, an SBA guaranteed loan supplied the necessary funds.
Today, MCE is a thriving, award winning small business with 46 employees that serves federal, commercial and private sector clients in 17 states in the New England, Mid Atlantic, South and Southwestern territories. The key to the company’s success is based upon Chapman’s philosophy to service each customer with a personalized collaborative approach that produces exceptional results and long-lasting relationships.
Chapman is actively engaged in dedicating some of his time to giving back to the city of Lowell, because he believes the city has given so much to him. His various contributions include:
- Board of Director’s member of the Greater Lowell Boys & Girls Club – Brian and MCE provide volunteer and pro-bono services
- Board of Director’s member of the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust – Brian & MCE provide volunteer work
- Board of Director’s member of the Lowell Collegiate Charter School – Brian and fellow board members are dedicated to establishing a school that enables all member students to become eligible for a college education
- Board of Corporators member of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank
- 8 year supporter of Jimmy Fund Annual charity golf tournament
- Committee Member of the Coalition for a Better Acre – with EPA grant MCE trained Lowell area workers to assist with turning a contaminated area into a beautiful green space. MCE subsequently hired 6 people upon project completion.
Last year, SBA named Chapman its Massachusetts and New England Minority Small Business Person of the Year, an award presented annually to recognize a minority small business person is certified in the 8(a) business development program and who best exemplifies entrepreneurial success. Chapman was judged and honored on four basic criteria:
- Evidence of success as measured by sales and profit
- Response to adversity to achieve his present level of success
- Display of uniqueness or special attributes
- Participation in community projects and charitable affairs
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While the country debates the value of higher education in preparing young people for employment, PrepMD is providing an innovative solution to a problem many are unaware of: a lack of skilled cardiac rhythm management and electrophysiology specialists. PrepMD is built around very specific, hands-on training programs designed to create expertise in fields that many colleges and universities overlook and many employers cannot train for in a cost-effective manner. The training programs last 26 weeks, or 6 months, and cost approximately $30,000, but demand has never been a problem given this strong business model.
The company’s two founders, Bob Mattioli and Matt O’Neal, have more than 65 years of medical device industry experience combined. Before founding PrepMD, Mr. Mattioli served as TyRx Pharma’s Vice President of Commercial Development where he constructed the commercial investment model that secured the principle investment of $25M for the company. Mr. O’Neal served as Area Vice President for Boston Scientific Corporation Inc. At the end of their corporate careers, Messrs. Mattioli and O’Neal decided to trade the idea of a traditional retirement for something a bit more exciting and rewarding – starting PrepMD.
Since the company’s humble beginning in 2009, Messrs. Mattioli and Neal have successfully trained more than 120 participants, placing 87% of them in jobs that require their skillsets. PrepMD has expanded to five full-time employees and now has an 8,000 square foot training facility in Braintree, Massachusetts along with multiple partnerships with area hospitals for observation and training purposes. With the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the founders of PrepMD were able to secure a 7(a) loan for $600,000 in 2009, and sought initial guidance from SCORE, an organization that provides free counseling for small businesses.
When it comes to giving back to the community, Mr. Mattioli and his team are just as focused and committed as ever. Once per training session, PrepMD organizes a fundraising event for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, or SCAA, a nongovernmental organization that places defibrillators in public spaces such as airports and high school playing fields. The SCAA promotes solutions to prevent sudden cardiac death, including increased awareness, immediate bystander action, public access to defibrillation (PAD), cardiovascular disease prevention, and access to preventative therapies.
In life and in business, success often comes from finding both passion and direction. The passion of PrepMD’s executives, coupled with their intense focus and vision for the nation’s medical device community will surely take the company to new levels of growth and success.
At first glance, Stop and Compare Supermarket appears to be more than a grocery store; it is a community center where its team of owners and operators work day and night to meet and serve their customers. Customers of varied ethnicities come to this shop because of its warm sense of community and because they can find goods they consumed in their native countries right here in this their new home. Stop and Compare Supermarkets is a family owned and operated neighborhood supermarket chain formed in 1996 with the purpose of serving the growing Latino and ethnic population in the Boston metropolitan area and other New England communities. The founders being immigrants themselves have made their mission to provide “Diverse Food for Diverse Communities.”
Alberto Calvo, one of the company’s founders and its current president, is an engineer by training and joined the family business on a full-time basis in 2011. Stop and Compare Supermarkets is owned and operated by three families - the Calvo, Iannotti and Dominguez families. The founders Tomas and Carmen Dominguez along with Betty Calvo have over 35 years of combined management experience in the food industry, working the wholesale side since 1970 and entering the retail side in the mid-1990s. Mr. Calvo is currently focused on developing the business by prospecting new store locations, marketing existing locations, strengthening management processes and controls, as well as training the staff.
Since the company’s humble beginning in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Stop and Compare has expanded into new communities and ventured into new states. The company now has more than 120 full-time and part-time employees, and has opened additional stores in Lynn, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. With the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s emerging e-200 development program, Mr. Calvo has been able to receive formal training and expert advice on topics relevant to his business, such as human resources, financial management, marketing, access to capital and strategic planning.
Giving back to the community is a passion and a privilege for Mr. Calvo, who spends countless hours attending board meetings and gathering community members to discuss access to nutritious food, civic engagement, and education. In addition to his time, Mr. Calvo makes generous donations to support organizations like Social Capital, Inc., which strengthen communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives.
This passion of Alberto Calvo and his team continues to be the engine for growth of Stop and Compare Supermarkets. Their focus and vision for the Greater Boston and New England area serves to provide a clear direction for the company. With a strong model, its history of success, and the growing Latino communities across New England, Stop and Compare will continue to go far.