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20 in 21 Companies to Watch

Last month, we asked readers to nominate small businesses who caught their eye in 2021 for our first Readers’ Choice Annual Awards. Congratulations to the top 20 organizations (in randomized order below) receiving the most votes from all of the nominees. The businesses nominated represent a wide range of industries. To be considered, the nominated business had to have 15 or fewer employees and a commercial business address. The award winners were asked to give some perspective on how the 2020 pandemic affected their company.

Our esteemed winners receive bragging rights as well as a handsome plaque to display. Please join us in supporting these outstanding companies in the coming year!

Leone Marketing Solutions, Hingham

Promotional products and apparel firm, 100 percent women-owned
Rachel Leone

“In 2020, when the event world came to a stand still Leone Marketing transitioned to PPE equipment and we were able to offer our clients hand sanitizers (made in the USA), masks, gloves and clean keys. Our clients had a need to get back to the office safely and we were able to fill this need with our new product offering.”

CapeSpace, Hyannis & Mashpee

Full-service shared workspace
Robbin Orbison

“COVID presented some interesting challenges for coworking. We had concerns about safety but also saw demand increasing from some new sectors. We did a full retooling of our physical spaces and made a lot of operational procedure changes. We have kept the majority of our members, we’re attracting new ones, and expecting substantial demand increases when pandemic conditions stabilize.”

118GROUP Web Design, Hyannis

Website design, hosting & system care, branding
Dylan Steven

“When news of the pandemic started to hit, our company quickly found ways to restructure our leadership, improve the efficiency of our service, and generate new revenue from our existing client base by really helping them shift their focus online.”


Human resources Information, resources, training, and tools
Pamela Sande

“We rebranded in 2020 as HR AT WORK, LLC and launched new HR subscription services for small to mid-sized businesses to complement our HR consulting services. The Basics package gives subscribers full access to a library of resources, including compliance alerts, forms, checklists, how-to guides, job descriptions, policies, interview questions, and more for $49 per month. The Basics Plus package gives subscribers access to the library plus up to two hours per month to speak with an HR expert on any HR related topic, for example, employee relations issues or questions regarding new employment laws.”

Big Tree, Cape Cod

Video production
Manx Taiki Magyar

“I have been doing freelance for a few years and have been wanting to make it more of an official business so figured there’s no better time than a pandemic! But even during a crazy time I’m still passionate about creating video content for business and groups and if I can manage to do this during a pandemic, imagine what we can do in normal times!”

38th Avenue Photography, Plymouth

Photography studio
Debi Cramer

“Thirty-Eighth Avenue Photography in Plymouth has long been engaged in corporate photography, but in 2020, shifted its laser focus on events, exteriors and products to corporate portrait photography. The change was launched with an innovative contest geared towards helping business professionals improve upon their LinkedIn profile photos. A professional portrait which captures an individual’s essence is just as important as having the right images to tell the business’s story.”

Cape Cod Daily Deal, LLC

Stephen Williams

“Cape Cod Daily Deal has suffered greatly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the crisis, we have continued to work diligently to promote local restaurants and businesses of all types in the face of these extremely trying times. Regardless of greatly reduced revenues, we remain committed to pushing through and emerging poised to even better promote and serve our participating merchants. Our aim is to bring deals to market that will enable consumers to enjoy great savings as the world gradually returns to some semblance of normalcy. We believe our presence will be appreciated in support of the revival of the local area economy, and we are at your service to help in any way possible. We understand the difficulties endured by all of our local small businesses and we wish every single one success and prosperity in 2021.”

East Shore Safety LLC

Personalized workplace safety solutions
Don Royer

“East Shore Safety was started after I was laid off due to COVID. I am in a wheelchair so it is difficult to find work in the safety field being disabled. However, my knowledge in safety is vast and our abilities as a company are certainly not limited by my mobility. We are a team and are excited to add new customers to our team!”

Tidal Marketing Co., Cape Cod

Courtney Wittenstein & Shayna Ferullo, partners

“While digital marketing had already been on a steep growth curve for about a decade, the pandemic forced many people to connect with customers primarily via digital channels, especially during the spring shutdown when non-essential businesses were forced to close. Whether it was building online stores or crafting messages that were time sensitive, we at Tidal Marketing saw the need to help our clients increase communication and connection with customers via these unfamiliar channels. We are in constant communication with our clients, and our strong suit is building honest relationships and customizing our services to meet the unique needs of each business we serve.”


Public relations, marketing
Nicole Joy Hales

“One big difference for us this year as opposed to previous ones was helping a great deal more with our clients’ internal communications – what they communicated to employees and stakeholders during the pandemic, as well as the message they sent out over the media. We spent a lot of time advising clients that not only is what they say important, but how they say it really matters. Additionally, we made a point of sharing positive news whenever possible, and encouraging (and assisting) our clients in doing the same.”

Stephan P. McMahon & Company, West Yarmouth

Business accounting
Abbey Dasch

“SPM&Co reinvented business accounting with their Forward Focus Proven Process and tailored programs – Advantage, Ascension & Academy, the roadmaps to accomplishing great results with their clients.”

Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center, Hyannis

Veterans support
Adam Gracia

“Regardless of a pandemic, the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center was founded to provide for veterans in need; and we are equipped to address those needs as they evolve. Fulfilling this duty across four decades, the Veterans Outreach Center delivers service-enriched housing and all-inclusive supportive programs that empower veterans to achieve sustained independence. By providing affordable housing, professional mental health and case management support, and sustainable options to combat food insecurity, the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center not only survived, but thrived in 2020 due to generous community support.”

Brenner Signs & Awnings, LLC, Plymouth

Signs & awnings
Gregory Brenner

“Having been in business since 1949 we have had to make many adjustments through the decades to stay strong. It always involved having a strong team, buying new equipment to be able to evolve into other markets by offering new products and superb customer service & a quality product.”

The Buttercup Cafe, Barnstable

Breakfast, lunch cafe
Melissa M Jankowski, owner

“It has been a lifelong dream to own my own restaurant, where I could serve food I love and meet new friends and make people happy. I was determined that 2020 was going to be my year to do it – and not even a pandemic could stop me. Slow me down? Yeah, a little bit. But stop me? No way.”

Face Studio, Marshfield

Meagan Scott

“When the lockdowns in March forced Face Studio to close they refocused their efforts from in studio treatments to at home pampering packages. Focused on delivering customized pampering packages to clients so that at a time that the need was greatest our clients could experience a little bit of the spa experience at home. Through the tremendous support of the community and clients they were able to position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities the reopening provided in June with an expanded team with a shared vision of providing exceptional services they have come back stronger than before.”

White Wood Kitchens, Sandwich

Kitchen remodeling
Gail O’Rourke

“When 2020 hit we went all in. We focused on additional opportunities to reach potential new clients as well as reaching out to old contacts. Networking was a huge part of our success.”

Blue Anchor Deals

Jim Pressman

“Blue Anchor Advertising launched Blue Anchor Deals in March to promote and support all the wonderful local Cape Cod businesses during the pandemic. We have been offering free deal listings on our website and also share them via our social media channels. If your business needs a boost, please contact us – we look forward to helping you.”

Topcoat Services USA, LLC, Hyannis

Professional epoxy and concrete flooring
Caroline Hunt

“2020 was all about adapting! We used the closures as an opportunity to actively pursue areas that are usually too busy for regular maintenance or to close for much needed renovations, like restaurants, commercial spaces and public comfort stations.”

Open Cape, Barnstable

Steve Johnston

“OpenCape saw unparalleled demand from all sectors of the marketplace due to COVID. Demand for residential service skyrocketed as people worked remotely, OpenCape responded by pushing forward multiple Main Street and Fiber to The Home (FTTH) Pilot programs in Falmouth and Hyannis. Likewise, small and mid-sized businesses looked to upgrade their connectivity to compete in an environment where traditional retail stores were closed and shoppers flocked online.”

Homegrown Boutique, Orleans

Retail shop
Emily Richardson

“As an independent business woman working remotely without childcare, it was a challenging year for sure! In a relationship based business, we adapted for curbside sales and built a website that was able to hold its own against big box stores. We have adapted our boutique by beating the odds, with authenticity, building community and vendor relationships, a new e-commerce platform, while keeping true to our brand!”

Salon Silhouette, Orleans

Michelle Adams

“We were established with eight employees running a full service salon before COVID-19. When we were able to resume business, I lost half of my employees and we continue to work full time servicing clients five days a week non stop. We are working more hours to help as many clients as possible while staying afloat paying salon expenses. My biggest concern is having my employees maybe get a paycheck while continuing to keep the salon running. So far… so good!!”

Stewart Painting, Hyannis

Painting, carpentry, house washing
Shayla Wilkinson

“2020 was no doubt a tough year for many businesses but with that brought strength to prevail. Navigating through a pandemic really shone a light on any weak spots within the company and forced us to fix them. Now we are truly a contactless company, we have introduced a Virtual Quote Tool and our systems are running better than ever.”

Nove Yoga & Wellness, West Dennis

Yoga studio
Jitka Borowick

“Starting a new business is never easy and was made even more challenging due to the pandemic. The last year has taught our team the importance of adapting daily to new changes. Maintaining a positive attitude and looking at last year’s challenges as an opportunity has allowed all of us at Nové to think differently about the way we operate while holding firm to our vision of offering yoga, mindfulness, and nutrition classes that inspire our students to become the people they want to be.”

Cape Cod Heat Pumps,Marstons Mills

Heating & cooling systems
Jared Grier

Green Road Refill

Retail mobile store
Jess Georges

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