Category: December 2018 Issue

Making a Difference: How the business community partners with local nonprofits

By Deb Boucher Stetson The annual Seaside Le Mans “Race for the Cape Cod Community” is an excellent model for business and nonprofit partnerships, because it has all the elements for success. First off, it’s fun, making it a natural draw for participants, spectators and sponsors. Second, it helps a wide range of programs — each year, five different nonprofits are selected as beneficiaries. Third, it is both consistent and varied. Held every September at Mashpee Commons, the event features teams of sponsors driving Formula One karts during a four-hour endurance race, with all sorts of opportunities for people...

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Cannabis Innovators: Angela Brown and Brian Cusick

By Beth Waterfall College sweethearts Angela Brown and Brian Cusick are on a mission to elevate cannabis edibles and concentrates. In October 2017 Cusick, a medical marijuana patient and experienced commercial project manager, and Brown, a business development executive experienced in the technology startup, seafood and manufactured food products industries, founded T. Bear, Inc. (TBI) to create a marquis marijuana products brand that consumers trust—and demand. But great ideas often require great preparation and patience. And for Brown, operating a cannabis business of any kind had never crossed her mind. “Even though Brian was a medical marijuana patient, I...

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A Culture of Learning: Stewart Painting focuses on operations, employees, to reach growth goals

By Douglas Karlson Business owners who want to grow their business could take a lesson from Stewart Painting, which has offices in Hyannis and Hingham. It’s a business that has turned away from the model followed by most local painting contractors and developed a company culture that promotes growth, quality service and loyal employees. “I always say we’re a continuously improving company. There are things we do today that we didn’t do yesterday. You’re either getting better or you’re dying,” says the company’s owner, Sheldon Stewart. Stewart founded the company more that 30 years ago, after having worked his...

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Aeroseal Duct Sealing

By Stephen Robichaud Energy efficiency is an important part of everyday life in 2018.  Efficient energy consumption is a priority at all levels of government – local, state and national.   According to a study by the New York Times, sealing ducts in homes is one of the smartest and most economical ways to significantly boost the overall efficiency of a home.  The average duct system leaks 25-40%, as duct leakage guidelines and requirements are a relatively recent development in the heating and cooling industry.  When ducts are leaky, significant issues can be present.  Aeroseal Duct Sealing is a process...

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The Business of Giving

By Bonnie Simmons, Partner, CPA “Collaboration is a key part of the success of any organization, executed through a clearly defined vision and mission and based on transparency and constant communication.” – Winston Churchill The not-for-profit sector in Massachusetts is thriving. According to the most recent report by the Independent Sector, nonprofits employ almost 17% of the state’s workforce.  In 2016, not-for-profits generated almost $118.8 billion in annual revenues and held $334.6 billion of assets.  This volume has led to an increase in competition for fundraising dollars.  Compounding this issue is the projected impact of the new Tax Cuts...

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