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Mill City Environmental Awarded 8(a) Graduate of the Year

Release Date: 
Friday, April 28, 2017
Release Number: 
Norman Eng 617-565-8510

BOSTON – Mill City Environmental has been named the 2017 Massachusetts and New England 8(a) Graduate of the Year.

Mill City Environmental earned the recognition for its success as the region’s leading full-service environmental services firm. MCE began in 2001 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 rail services.

“Brian Chapman responds to much needed remediation and restoration projects that help revitalize communities,” said Robert Nelson, SBA Massachusetts District Director.  “MCE has successfully contracted with federal agencies such as: U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Air Force, GSA, Veterans Administration, and National Parks Service.  Brian is a role-model for other small business owners who are looking to leverage the 8(a) program to grow their business.”  

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 over 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.

“When I started, my mission statement was - failure is not an option, from day one,” said Brian Chapman, President of Mill City Environmental.  “Once you tell yourself failure is not an option everything else unfolds.”

As a result of Brian’s leadership and direction, MCE recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary.  Over the past decade and a half, Brian has successfully evolved MCE from a self-funded start-up operation to a viable multi-million dollar entity.   This achievement was realized through his passion for the environment, his industry expertise, his business acumen for running a profitable business, and his savvy for fostering strategic relationships with partners, customers and vendors. 

Chapman is also 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. 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.

Brian Chapman, President will be honored at an SBA awards lunch along with the other 2017 Massachusetts Small Business Week winners at Granite Links Golf Club on May 2, 2017.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.  To learn more, visit


About Mill City Environmental Inc.:

Mill City Environmental (MCE) is a licensed, minority-owned, full service environmental firm that was incorporated in Massachusetts 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.

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