Category: November 2018 Issue

Women In Business Look To Help Other Women By Example, Mentoring And Leadership

By Deb Boucher Stetson Lynn Mason-Small, chief marketing officer at Rogers & Gray Insurance, is not alone in wishing gender wasn’t an issue in the workplace. “I can’t wait for the day when we don’t have to call attention to the fact that it’s a woman in business—that women in business is just a given,” she says. It actually is something of a given at Rogers & Gray, where many of the top managers are women — despite the fact that insurance is still viewed as a traditionally male-dominated industry. Mason-Small notes that at Rogers & Gray, 70 percent...

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Cannabis Innovators: Aja N. Atwood

By Beth Waterfall Like apples and grass, cannabis has countless subspecies, otherwise known as “strains,” which determine a plant’s color, size, medicinal applications and other characteristics. Cannabis sativa plants, which are favored by patients and other consumers for their generally uplifting effects, tend to grow taller and take longer to grow to full maturation than most Cannabis indica and hybrid strains. The taller the plant, the more space a grower needs. And when growing indoors, lack of height can mean lack of ability to grow certain plants or achieve optimal harvest results. When Mashpee’s Aja N. Atwood struggled to...

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A winning Spirit – Stay-at-home mom creates new vodka brand

By Douglas Karlson A serious medical scare and subsequent search for healthy foods and drinks led an Osterville stay-at-home mom to an unlikely entrepreneurial venture: vodka. When her fiancé, Greg Hoffman, was diagnosed with cancer, Charlotte Canzano says she got cooking. She used her skills in the kitchen to prepare foods and drinks Hoffman could tolerate — and which would help him get better. She began creating recipes for homemade smoothies, and flavor-infused vodka. After Hoffman recovered, and it was time for a drink, Canzano found that her fiancée couldn’t tolerate beer and wine, which had too much sugar....

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Training Gives Shepley An Edge

By Deb Boucher Stetson With many companies struggling to find and retain qualified employees, one local firm has found an emphasis on training can make a difference. Shepley Wood Products, based in Hyannis, is working on its third workforce training grant, has hosted popular “roadshow” contractor training sessions and has developed a dedicated training department to coordinate ongoing programs for its employees. Tony Shepley, founder and CEO of the company that this year marked its 40th anniversary, is proud of its emphasis on training, and believes it gives Shepley an advantage. “Our training programs allow us to hire for...

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Tiny & Sons Committed To Quality—And Community

By Ann Luongo Tiny & Sons is practically a household name on the South Shore, known not only for its excellent auto windshield repair and replacement service, but for the impressive level of community service in which the organization involves itself. And it has been a true family-owned small business for the better part of 40 years. Peter Brown, president of Tiny & Sons, said, “My father started selling used windshields in the late 1960s. He would visit local auto salvage yards and save used auto glass. My brothers and I would ride with him on weekends and during...

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