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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

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