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June 10, 2024

(Mashpee, MA) – Hometown Juice & Co. has opened its third location at 6 North Street in Mashpee Commons. In celebration, the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce will host a Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting on Friday, June 14th at 10 am. Attendees are welcome to enjoy samples and shop the menu afterward at their leisure. This event is open to the public.

Hometown Juice & Co. provides a place where locals go to fuel up, see a friendly face, and grab some local goods! In addition to juice, smoothies, bowls, and grab and go sandwiches and salads, Hometown Juice & Co offers an array of locally crafted items (some of which can only be found on our shelves) available to satisfy any last minute gift or a special treat for yourself! Hometown Juice & Co prides itself on using whole food ingredients 100% of the time providing feel good drinks, bowls and snacks that you don't have to feel guilty about eating!

Come celebrate and welcome this new business!

May 20, 2024

(Mashpee, MA) - Starting Memorial Weekend of 2024 through mid-October, the Mashpee Market, Mashpee Chamber of Commerce, Naukabout Brewery, and Lemonadio will host its first farmers/makers market to attract both visitors and locals to Mashpee to purchase goods, enjoy entertainment, and learn about various educational programs that the group hopes to produce.  The Mashpee Farmers Market will include new vendors each week, allowing for diversity in food and products.

The Mashpee Market’s goal is to connect the Mashpee community through local commerce and sustainable farming practices.  “Upon learning that Mashpee is a food desert, this project also became a social justice project for all of us involved,” said Stephanie Viva of Lemonadio. Viva has embraced everything good that can come from a farmer’s market and has attended the Massachusetts Farmers Connect by MDAR, and applied to be a SNAP accepting market with the Federal Nutrition Service. Viva also mentioned, “We will accept HIP and WIC will be present at the Market as well to ensure that this market is both welcoming and remarkably comprehensive.”

Included in the Mashpee Market are fresh produce, organic meats, local seafood, and artisans.  “We wanted to incorporate both food and maker's wares into the Mashpee Market so that attendees are sure to walk away with something great,” said Peter Murner of Naukabout Brewing Company.  Beer from Naukabout will also be sold during the event and patrons are encouraged to stay for a few hours to enjoy live entertainment.  Overall, this market is a community event to bring both locals and visitors together to enjoy life.

“The Mashpee Farmers Market is just one more way that the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce is doing its best to invest in the town of Mashpee’s business vitality,” said Julie Quintero-Schulz, Executive Director.  “We ask that you support local businesses, not only at this market, but before or after at the surrounding shops in Mashpee,” said Quintero-Schulz.

If you are interested in vending at the market or want more information, email info@mashpeefarmersmarket.com or fill out the application online HERE.

About the Mashpee Mashpee Market: The Mashpee Farmers Market is a 501c3 connecting communities through local commerce and sustainable farming.  The market includes fresh produce, organic meats, local seafood, and artisans.

Contact: Stephanie Viva, 774-205-4634, info@mashpeefarmersmarket.com

May 14, 2024

(Mashpee, MA) - Care for the Cape & Islands has awarded the Mashpee Farmers Market a $2000.00 grant for a 2024 Reusable Pilot Grant “Reduce, Reuse: Drink, Wash, Repeat,” inspiring event attendees to reuse cups to eliminate single use plastics from the environment.

Starting in May of 2024, the Mashpee Market (501c3), Mashpee Chamber of Commerce (501c6), Naukabout Brewery, and Lemonadio will host its first farmers/makers market to attract both visitors and locals to Mashpee to purchase goods, enjoy entertainment, and learn about environmental sustainability through various programs.  Mashpee Market’s goal is to create a sustainable and environmentally responsible event that increases visibility and education towards reusing and reducing plastic waste that are overwhelming our landfills and seeping into our cherished Cape Cod waterways, and even into our own bodies.

We know that across the nation there is in excess of one billion single-use disposable cups used for various beverages, and the Mashpee Market wants to choose differently.  While patrons enjoy their shopping experience with music, food, and beverages from Naukabout Brewing Company, our hands-on, educational approach to reduce the number of plastic single use cups distributed to beverage purchasers will be a large focus, thus preventing the unnecessary use of plastics through a Drink, Rinse, and Repeat campaign.

“Switching from plastic cups to reusable cups is a change in inventory that can be pricey,” said Peter Murner of Naukabout Brewing Company. This grant will help the Mashpee Market become more environmentally friendly, help organizations make more sustainable choices when purchasing products, and create a lasting and mindful mark on all of the patrons attending this weekly event.

About the Mashpee Farmers Market: The Mashpee Farmers Market is a 501c3 connecting communities through local commerce and sustainable farming.  The market includes fresh produce, organic meats, local seafood, and artisans.

Read the full article on The Enterprise.

April 30, 2024

(Mashpee, MA) –  The Mashpee Chamber of Commerce welcomes Nelson J. Andrews as its newest member to the Mashpee Chamber Board of Directors.

Nelson, who currently serves as the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Emergency Management Director, brings 17+ years of combined Tribal, Federal, State and Local emergency management experience and cares deeply about building a more resilient Indian Country through preparedness and disaster recovery planning.

A Cape Cod native, Nelson’s professional journey began as a federal employee at FEMA in Boston then Herndon, VA, before returning to Cape Cod in April 2015 to begin his current role with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

He serves as a Tribal Council Member, Chairman of the United South & Eastern Tribes Homeland Security/Emergency Service Committee, Vice President of the MW Community Development Corporation, and a Member of the FEMA Region I Regional Interagency Steering Committee.

“All of us at the Mashpee Chamber are looking forward to working with Nelson and collectively supporting the Mashpee business community,” said Brian Lewis of New Seabury Company LP and Mashpee Chamber President.

“We are so excited to have Nelson on our Board.  He brings a wealth of knowledge surrounding both Mashpee and government grant funding expertise that will help assist in the development of broadening the chamber’s mission,” said Julie Quintero-Schulz, Executive Director.

Read more on The Enterprise.

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April 22, 2024

Open to the public! Join us for a Mother's Day Brunch at The Popponesset Inn hosted by The Club at New Seabury on May 12th from 10:00am-2:30pm.

More info at https://www.newseabury.com/the-popponesset-inn

April 19, 2024

I read in the March 29 edition that Mashpee Chamber of Commerce “Unsung Hero” awards were given to DPW Director Catherine Laurent and Superintendent Patty DeBoer. I would suggest a more-fitting award would be “Outstanding Municipal Employee.” Unsung is correct, but their personal contributions to their respective departments go far beyond. The long-term contributions each has made to the betterment of Mashpee and the schools have been exceptional and noteworthy. Both Catherine Laurent and Patty DeBoer are deserving of high praise.

While she has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, Ms. Laurent has the mind of a civil engineer. For example...

Read the full article on The Enterprise!

April 16, 2024

Mashpee, MA - The Mashpee Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Golf Tournament at Willowbend Country Club on May 6 at 10 am. Attendees will enjoy doughnuts and coffee, boxed lunch by Dino’s Bar & Grill, followed by a lunch buffet and silent auction. This tournament provides an opportunity for the Mashpee Chamber to raise scholarship funds that benefit several Mashpee High School Seniors, allowing them to further their education after graduation.

This tournament is an opportunity for business networking, while enjoying a few hours on the green.

We welcome players of all levels to participate! All are encouraged to play in or sponsor this event and can register at: https://www.mashpeechamber.com/golf-tournament/

Read more on The Enterprise!

April 8, 2024

Kevin Matthews is joined by the director of the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce, Julie Quintero Schulz about their first-ever Mashpee Chamber of Commerce Job Fair happening on Tuesday, April 9th. Julie will reveal the names of some of the companies that will be at the event, along a variety of open positions that prospective employees can apply for.

Listen to the episode on iHeart.com

March 28, 2024

Heroes In Transition founder Cynthia Jones took home top honors Wednesday, earning the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award and a standing ovation at the chamber’s annual dinner meeting.

Executive Director Julie Quintero-Schulz and the chamber staff and board hosted 180 guests at the New Seabury Country Club. It was the chamber’s largest event since before the COVID pandemic.

Fifteen years ago, amid great sorrow, Ms. Jones and her husband, Ken, launched HIT from their kitchen in memory of their son, Captain Eric A. Jones, a Marine helicopter pilot who lost his life while flying a combat mission in Afghanistan on October 26, 2009.

With the loss of Eric, “a door closed, and my future kind of ended,” Ms. Jones said. Paradoxically, “he opened a major archway into my life.”

Quoting from the 1623 John Donne sonnet, “No Man Is An Island,” Ms. Jones described how, in 2009, “my island sunk, and my community rescued me....

Read the full article on The Mashpee Enterprise

March 26, 2024

Mashpee, MA - The Mashpee Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Mashpee Public Library, MassHire, Mashpee Commons, and South Cape Village will host its first job fair on April 9th from 12-3pm at the Mashpee Public Library, located at 64 Steeple St, Mashpee, MA.  All job seekers are encouraged to attend this event, where numerous employers are ready to fill positions.

The Mashpee Chamber is working hard to create opportunities for Mashpee businesses to grow and thrive. “During a critical time of year for Mashpee businesses looking to open their doors for the Spring and Summer seasons, this job fair is timed right,” said Julie Quintero-Schulz, Executive Director. Both full-time and part-time positions will be available, including a wide variety of types of jobs.

Prospective employees do not need to sign up, but if interested employers would like to attend, they must sign up at: www.mashpeechamber.com/jobfair

View more information on The Enterprise or see this event listing on NewsRadio95

March 1, 2024

(Mashpee, MA) – Sublime Cannabis Co. has opened a brand new recreational dispensary at 800 Falmouth Road, Unit 102A in Mashpee. In celebration, the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce will host a Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting on Friday, March 15th at 10 am. Attendees are welcome to observe and shop the store afterward at their leisure. This event is open to the public.

Sublime is a small family business of Cape Cod natives with a passion for locally grown, high quality, full-spectrum cannabis products. They offer a carefully curated menu, featuring a wide selection of soil grown flowers and high-grade rosin and live resin products. Their goal is to remove the stigma from Cannabis shopping and make customers feel at ease with their purchase decisions, while also elevating their experience.

Come celebrate and welcome this new business!

View full article on CapeCod.com or bnn.

February 27, 2024

With 88 youth currently waiting for a mentor and more being referred every day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands  is launching the largest volunteer recruitment campaign in their 50-year history. "Erase the Wait," which runs for the month of March, challenges 88 adult volunteer mentors to serve as Bigs.

“Recruiting volunteers, particularly male volunteers, is our highest need right now,” said JR Mell, regional director. “We hope this campaign will raise awareness and allow us to eliminate the wait for Cape and islands kids seeking a mentor. Mentoring is a great way to give back, but we often hear from mentors that they get way more out of the experience than they give.”

The campaign will focus recruitment efforts on the Upper Cape, Wareham and Plymouth, where the agency has the highest number of young people waiting for a mentor. Currently Mashpee is the highest-need town, with 19 youths waiting, the majority being boys seeking a Big Brother.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands , with Leadership Cape Cod and the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce, will host an opportunity to learn more about getting involved on Wednesday, March 6, from 5 to 7 PM at Cape Cod Coffee, 10 Evergreen Circle, Mashpee.

Email info@leadershipcapecod.org for registration information.

For more information about "Erase the Wait," visit emassbigs.org/erasethewait or email jrmell@capebigs.org.

View full article on Patch or The Enterprise.

February 21, 2024

Honorees will be recognized at the Mashpee Chamber’s 2024 Annual Meeting Dinner on March 27th

Mashpee, MA - The Mashpee Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its 2024 Citizen of the Year, along with all of its award winners. All award winners will be recognized at the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting Dinner at The Club at New Seabury on March 27th at 5:30 pm. All are invited to attend and celebrate the Award Winners at the event and can register online at: https://mashpeechamberofcommerce.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/G2HEmG8HktxCK

This year, the Mashpee Chamber is excited to announce its Citizen of the Year: Cyndy Jones, President of Heroes in Transition, Inc.  On October 26, 2009, Cyndy and her late husband Kenneth lost their only son, Marine Captain Eric Jones, when he was killed in a helicopter crash, while flying a combat mission in Afghanistan. It was a sudden, horrific loss that would have left many people unable to move forward with their lives. But Cyndy and Ken did. They showed tremendous courage, love, and faith in forming the Mashpee-based nonprofit, HIT, that would forever honor Eric's life, service, and sacrifice. It is a nonprofit that continues to this day, carrying on Eric's mission of assisting his fellow troops. Cyndy devotes so much time, energy, and passion into the work that HIT does to assist local service members, veterans, and their loved ones. It's an organization that has grown by leaps and bounds, serving nearly 1,500 individuals on an annual basis through 14 unique programs.

HIT's growth and longevity is a direct result of Cyndy's work. She is dedicated to giving back and ensuring that individuals and families who sacrifice so much for our country, for our community, and for our freedoms are taken care of.  The organization has saved the lives of a number of veterans. It has saved the marriages of many military couples. And it has empowered countless individuals — many of whom are suffering from the invisible wounds of service and combat — to move forward with their lives in a positive, healthy manner. None of this would be possible without Cyndy's leadership, and without the strength she showed in October 2009 following her son's death. She is driven to give back to others, and to give back to our community. She has made and continues to make Mashpee as well as Cape Cod a better place through her work.

The Business of the Year Award goes to Botello Lumber Company, a well-oiled machine and a Mashpee cornerstone company.  They are business savvy, proving year-after-year their business acumen.  But more than that,  they champion their employees by showing them kindness and respect throughout each day.  Botello Lumber realizes that without their employees they are unable to be who they are.  Moreover, Botello Lumber gives back to its community.  They realize that in order to make Mashpee strong, it is necessary to give back and do just that.  From donating to Cape Abilities, the Mashpee School system, the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce and more, Botello Lumber is supercharging these nonprofits to do their necessary work.  Their philanthropic perspective and business abilities in Mashpee prove that they are a force to be reckoned with.

The Start-Up Business of the Year belongs to Ashley Irene Boutique. This retail store is a welcoming store for women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. Ashley’s personality will brighten your day and her expertise in fashion will make you feel beautiful about yourself. Ashley has created a much needed community on Cape Cod where women support women and small businesses collaborate rather than divide. This size inclusive store offers amazing styles from XS - 3X and Ashley is always looking to bring in new styles and unique outfits. The outfits can be business casual, fun night out, or just a fun simple cute outfit. Ashley's brought in a number of small businesses to help them grow and carries products from a number of small local businesses.

The Community Impact Award winner is not just a place to get craft beer! Naukabout Brewing Company has created weekly and market events in both of its locations to support locals and local vendors alike, while collaborating with various businesses and organizations to provide quality community events throughout the year. Their family friendly events create opportunities for families to spend quality time together, and are geared to each age level. By brewing and sharing Naukabout Beer, they help commemorate, cultivate and celebrate once-in-a-lifetime moments. Naukabout always looks forward to supporting and donating to many local nonprofits to bolster its surrounding community.  They are strategic in how they partner with nonprofits to help them make additional funds and truly care about other’s success.

The Mashpee Chamber recognizes its Unsung Heroes, awarding and honoring essential individuals that serve the public’s needs on the frontlines every single day, caring for us in ways big and small. We would like to recognize these often-overlooked Unsung Heroes of Mashpee. These are people that go above and beyond their day job to be exceptional, caring for others, being role models in the community, and exuding excellence. The Mashpee Chamber congratulates the following Unsung Heroes in no particular order:

  • John Cotton
  • Deb Kaye
  • Amanda Kai Childs
  • Karen Gardner
  • Norman Dias
  • Tara Civitarese
  • Patty DeBoer
  • Katie Hennessey
  • Catherine Laurent
  • Kat & Chris Cedrone

This year we also Honor in Memoriam Nick Markantonis. Estia was not the owner's first business. The Markantonis Family originated from Belmont Massachusetts, where Nick Markantonis, owner of Estia, bought his first restaurant from his family at 19 years old. He went away from the traditional educational path and built a career in business. The business started as a tiny pizza house and over the years expanded until it was a staple restaurant in the town of Belmont. The Pizza House at that time was considered the oldest continually owned and operated restaurant in Belmont. Mr. Markantonis' love for making pizzas was incorporated into creating Estia; Cape Cod's first upscale Greek restaurant. Estia is a combination of Traditional Greek Cuisine as well as coal-fired pizza and inspired cocktails. The restaurant in Mashpee became so popular that he opened a sister location in Falmouth.  The attention to detail and quality of food is unparalleled and a treat that all look forward to.  Sadly, this past year Nick passed away after a battle with cancer. He will be remembered for his hands-on leadership, his sense of humor, his unwavering optimism, and most importantly the care he showed for his many employees. Nick’s recent years were full of joy spending time on vacation with his family and close friends.  But his work journey was one that we won't forget.  He created a magnificent product, while giving back to his community.  He was always willing to help others and showed support for many.  His memory will live on.

Read this press release on CapeCod.com or C&P Business Media

January 17, 2024

Mashpee, MA - The Mashpee Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for our 2024 Citizen of the Year and local business awards to honor those that have gone above and beyond in serving their community.  All award winners will be recognized at the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting Dinner at The Club at New Seabury on March 27rd at 5:30 pm. All are invited to attend and celebrate the Award Winners at the event and can register online at: https://business.mashpeechamber.com/ap/Events/Register/QramNXor

A nominee for Citizen of the Year should be a businessperson, public servant, or non-profit representative whose leadership performance and influence enhances the growth and visibility of business in Mashpee. They should be someone who has made a lasting impact on the community and distinguished themselves through volunteerism above and beyond their paid profession.

Other Categories Include:

Unsung Heroes: All of us in Mashpee rely on the incredible support of our community’s essential workers. From grocery store clerks, bank tellers, medical professionals and assistants to teachers, bus drivers and more, these individuals work on the frontlines every single day, caring for us in ways big and small. We would like to recognize these often overlooked Unsung Heroes of Mashpee.

Start-Up of the Year: Will be awarded to a Mashpee Chamber member business less than 2 years old that has achieved outstanding success and/or made a notable impact on the community. This award recognizes a small business that has demonstrated growth and success in the areas of economics, job creation, and market demand. Every start-up has its own journey to success, and nominees of this award should demonstrate a path of growth, resiliency, strong business practices, and job creation.

Community Impact Award: An organization that has exhibited excellence beyond mission in the community. This award is presented to a business that has gone beyond its own mission to do more for others and make Mashpee a better place to live, work, and/or visit.  Nominees must have shown impact of their philanthropy and responsibility to their community.

Business of the Year: Nominees must be an active business within Mashpee, a Mashpee Chamber member in good standing, and be a successful and active member of the community. Nominees must have been in business for at least 3 years and must have demonstrated at least 3 of the following: revenue, jobs growth, innovative products or services, exemplary customer service, professional development for staff, volunteers in Mashpee.

Nominations can be submitted through this link: https://forms.gle/KJM3X6w3yfgkujoP6

Read this article on The Enterprise.

Mashpee Chamber Board of Directors Appoints New Board Member

December 19, 2023

(Mashpee, MA) –  The Mashpee Chamber of Commerce welcomes Stephanie Viva as its newest member to the Mashpee Chamber Board of Directors.

Stephanie, a radio industry veteran of 25 years who now heads Lemonadio and Stephanie Viva Communications, is joining the team with her deep ties to the community, her marketing savvy, and a strong work ethic forged during her service in the Army.

Stephanie Viva's journey from radio to entrepreneurship is a testament to her dedication to growth and innovation. As CCO of Lemonadio and Stephanie Viva Communications, she's passionate about helping businesses succeed.

Stephanie lives in Mashpee with her business partner and husband, Cliff, who runs his own MSP NEPackett. Together, they share a blended family of five children, so making our town flourish is very important to them.

“Stephanie's decision to join the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce Board reflects her love for the community. She's eager to use her marketing skills to support local businesses and build connections that benefit everyone,” said Julie Quintero-Schulz, Executive Director.

Stephanie said that she "is excited to be part of the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce team," Stephanie Viva said. "Together, we'll work towards creating opportunities for local businesses and fostering a thriving Mashpee community."

CONTACT: Julie Quintero-Schulz, director@mashpeechamber.com 774-487-4064

Read the full story online at Cape & Plymouth Business Media.

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