Success Stories

Woman-Owned Business Success Story: Dnutch Associates, Inc.

Denise Jones, President & CEO
Dnutch Associates, Inc.
13 Branch Street, Suite 208
Methuen, MA 01944

Across the country, women-owned businesses are proving to be one of the fastest growing segments of the small business community. In the 1970s, only about 5% of businesses were owned by women. Today, it is closer to 30%. Denise Jones’ company, Dnutch Associates, Inc. (“Dnutch”), is one powerful example of this progress.

Founded in 1993 in Methuen, Massachusetts by a unique association of software and network engineering professionals, Dnutch provides expertise in the design, verification, development, and testing of large-scale information technology (IT) systems for public and private sector clients. They also ensure that their clients become more competitive by using best practices in IT.

Before the launch of Dnutch, Ms. Jones worked to make a name for herself in the government and IT sectors. A strong and... Read More

About Brian Chapman and Mill City Environmental

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... Read More

Encore Entrepreneur Success Story: PrepMD

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... Read More

Stop and Compare Supermarkets

Alberto Calvo, President
Stop and Compare Supermarkets
153 Hawthorne Street
Chelsea, MA 02150

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... Read More