Success Stories

Coast and Harbor Associates, Inc.

Marcella Lancome, President
Coast and Harbor Associates, Inc.
7 Kimball Lane, Building D
Lynnfield, MA 01940

Outstanding customer service is the wind behind the sail at Coast and Harbor Associates, Inc. (“Coast and Harbor”), a professional services firm that helps public, private, and non-profit owners manage the design and construction of their projects. 

Founder and CEO, Marcella Lancome, started her company in 1989 from her kitchen in Massachusetts, where ocean waves crashing on a coast and harbor outside the window inspired the company’s name. Ms. Lancome lived in both Texas and Washington, D.C. before arriving in Massachusetts.  Her varied experiences in public service, including with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provided the buoy to launch her own business. Coast and Harbor is now one of the few Hispanic-owned, experienced project management firms in the... Read More

Massachusetts 2012 Small Business Person of the Year Award Winner

600 lb gorilla’s history of success, dynamic business strategy, and commitment to their customers and community is nearly as impressive as the innovative and incredibly delicious treats they provide to countless happy customers.  From their kitchen table in Duxbury to Puerto Rico, Hawaii and everywhere in between, Paula White and her and her husband Chris took their ingenuity and passion for premium food and created a thriving business.

600 lb gorillas develops and sells all natural frozen desserts in supermarkets and club stores across the country.  Their products include premium all natural ready to bake cookie dough and ice cream sandwiches.

In 1999 Paula and Chris saw an opportunity in their hands – a crummy cookie they had just heated for a late night snack using refrigerated cookie dough.  While other brands were cutting corners and seeking the most affordable ingredients, Paula did the opposite and has never looked back.  The proof is in the batter and on their... Read More


TANTARA Corporation has won a first-of-its kind Navy Contract specifically for woman-owned small businesses. 

Tantara Corporation is owned and operated by Dawn Dearborn and based at 54 Mason Street, Worcester, MA and entered into the 8(a) Business Development Program on February 8, 2008.  Tantara is a full service environmental and site civil Construction Company with significant federal and private experience with OSHA 40 certified personnel and company owned heavy equipment.  They are a licensed asbestos contractor throughout New England and perform site work, site remediation, transportation and disposal of Hazard and Non-Hazardous Materials, thermal treatment, stabilization, wetland replication, facility and infrastructure, and demolition and dismantlement work.

TANTARA was awarded a three year $4 million Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Set Aside contract with NAVFAC (Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic) for Site Preparation and Demolition Services... Read More

Strategic Solutions Group

The Strategic Solutions Group, (SSG) ( is a woman-owned business located on 555 Amory Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  SSG has a strong customer base within both the public and private sectors and has been in business since 2003.  Jennifer Graves and John Schaeffer are the co-presidents and since 2008 the company has grown from 3 to 40 team members, with revenues increasing by 500%.

SSG is a service business which provides value-driven IT and management consulting services to healthcare, public health and public safety organizations. Whether enabling meaningful use of Health Information Exchange, or building immunization registries, disease surveillance systems, alerting networks and resource management systems, SSG has made significant contributions to help protect and improve the health of our fellow citizens.

On September 12, 2011, Boston’s SCORE Chapter 20 office awarded Strategic Solutions Group the 2011 SCORE Small Business of the Year Award at... Read More