Independent wealth management: Behind the Business with Apex Wealth in Danvers, MA

Massachusetts native Cliff Ambrose worked in management at a large insurance company for years and had a small financial advising practice on the side. Then, in 2019, Ambrose decided to go all in on his business, opening Apex Wealth. In his interview, Ambrose shared his business philosophy and why he was set on running an independent financial advising practice.

“Primarily, Apex Wealth focuses on wealth management and retirement planning, and we also work with business owners on financial plann

Keeping families together: Behind the Business with The Law Office of Kevin Seaver in Boston, MA

Kevin Patrick Seaver founded The Law Office of Kevin Seaver in Boston over thirty years ago. His journey into law and establishment of his firm represent his commitment to justice and belief in the power of individual agency.

After graduating from law school, Kevin Seaver, driven by a sense of independence and a desire to chart his course, sidestepped the traditional path of joining a law firm. Kevin Seaver told us, “There were two things I knew when I graduated from law school. Number one: I d

Craft and community: Behind the Business with Laurie’s Certified Construction, LLC in Colchester, VT

Laurie Goldsmith and her husband of 28 years operate Laurie's Certified Construction in Colchester, VT. With over four decades of experience, Goldsmith shared that her company offers a broad spectrum of construction services and aims to provide personalized and detail-oriented service.

The entrepreneur elaborated on the types of projects her company takes on. “We build additions, and we remodel kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, and add on apartments and bedrooms and stuff like that. So, we pr

Continuing a roofing legacy: Behind the Business with DeCarney Roofing in Beverly, MA

Decarney Roofing is a local business out of Beverly, MA that services the North Shore with a commitment to excellent customer service. Third-generation roofer Mario DeCarney began his entrepreneurial journey in 2017 after working for years with his father.

“I started roofing because my father owned a roofing company, and my grandfather also owned a roofing company. I started working with my dad pretty much every day after school and then eventually started my own company,” recalled Mario when a

Science, sustainability, community: Behind the Business with Cambridge Scientific in Watertown, MA

In Watertown, MA, Cambridge Scientific sells laboratory equipment and provides furnished labs for startups to kickstart their research endeavors. The company's origin story is inspiring. In the 1990s, Barbara Pearlman worked in sales for a medical equipment company that sold hospital gear, such as beds and x-ray machines. While in the field, she "ran into a lot of research equipment for laboratories," which inspired an idea. Pearlman recommended that her employer begin selling the research equip

Reviving mind and body: Behind the Business with Sewall House Yoga Retreat in Island Falls, ME

When yoga instructor Donna Davidge was a child, she spent summers visiting Sewall House, her great grandparents' home in Northern Maine. Davidge’s great-great-grandparents settled in Island Falls, where the property is located, in the mid-1800s. "My great-grandfather was the first non-Native American child born in Island Falls. So, he learned about nature from Native Americans since age three. So, that's what I heard about as a child. I grew up in Connecticut, but my heart was always in Maine. I

Empowering threads: Behind the Business with Falsetto The Label in Marlborough, MA

In September 2017, tragedy struck Katrina Lloyd’s life when she lost her sister Sherrie to domestic violence. After recovering from Sherrie’s murder, Lloyd wanted to keep her sister’s memory alive. “Over the years after healing, I wanted to find a way to honor her. So, I dug deep and thought, what's the best way I can honor her? And something that we always did was we sang together around the house. Growing up in church, we would sing together. My mom would always play music in the house. I’ve a

Condo and rental property management: Behind the Business with Skyline Realty in Medford, MA

Skyline Realty in Medford, MA, is a real estate firm that has thrived in the Boston area for over two decades. Alex Haidar’s journey into real estate began right after college. At first, he honed his skills at another real estate company. Then in 1999, he and two partners opened their firm in a modest 150-square-foot office in downtown Boston. The business partners started off leasing rental homes and selling properties. “Then we moved into condo conversions and property management,” Haidar said

The realtor role for this mother-son team: Behind the Business with Anderson Real Estate Group in Smithfield, RI.

The realtor role for this mother-son team

Eric Anderson and his mother, Pam Anderson, own Anderson Real Estate Group at HomeSmart Professional Real Estate in Smithfield, RI. “My mom has been in the business for over 40 years and was a nurse before that. She’s licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Over 20 years ago, I started working with her, and I’m licensed in Rhode Island. In addition to residential sales, we do commercial, land, and subdivisions. We encompass a huge amount of specialt

Prepping homes for sale: Behind the Business with Anderson Property Resources in Smithfield, RI

Eric Anderson, the owner of Anderson Property Resources in Smithfield, RI, took a unique path to become a general contractor. The idea to open a construction business came to him while working in real estate, and today, Anderson runs two companies. He co-owns Anderson Real Estate Group at HomeSmart Professional Real Estate in Smithfield, RI—a BBB Member Accredited Business.

While working in real estate, Anderson served many retirees who were downsizing and moving into retirement communities or

Condo and rental property management: Behind the Business with Skyline Realty in Medford, MA

Skyline Realty in Medford, MA, is a real estate firm that has thrived in the Boston area for over two decades. Alex Haidar’s journey into real estate began right after college. At first, he honed his skills at another real estate company. Then in 1999, he and two partners opened their firm in a modest 150-square-foot office in downtown Boston. The business partners started off leasing rental homes and selling properties. “Then we moved into condo conversions and property management,” Haidar said

Remodels, renovations and restorations: Behind the Business with Pratt Builders, LLC in Gorham, ME

In the charming state of Maine, where pristine landscapes and a sense of community thrive, Pratt Builders, LLC brings craftsmanship and dedication to the home-building trade. Carpenter Christian Pratt founded the business in 2013 in Gorham, ME. In this article, Pratt discusses the evolution of his company from when he started over ten years ago to where his business is today.

Pratt's journey into the world of carpentry was destined from the start. Coming from a family of carpenters on both side

Creating Pleasing Landscapes with Trees: Behind the Business with Schwartz Tree Care in Cranston, Rhode Island

David Schwartz, owner of Schwartz Tree Care in Cranston, RI, has been a practicing arborist for over 50 years, but it didn’t start that way. David was a psychology major at Post College in New York, but he took a class that, in his words, “drove him to start climbing trees” instead.

“After college, I needed something that put me in touch with nature,” Schwartz explained. “With tree climbing and being immersed in nature, there is no sense of time, no rush. You have to stay in the moment and be f

Vacation rental management made easy: Behind the Business with Coast Maine Vacations in Knox, ME

Coastal Maine Vacations is a local family-owned business specializing in vacation rental management located in Knox, ME. Justin Jurist, a native of Ohio, discussed what prompted him to move to Maine and ultimately run a vacation rental management company.

“Ever since I was about 12 years old, I wanted to move to Maine. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the latest “Maine Vacation Guide” and read it from cover to cover. I never visited Maine until I turned 26, but I knew one day I would live her

Craftsmanship at its finest: Behind the Business with Backus Remodeling, LLC in Waitsfield, VT

Richard Backus, owner of Backus Remodeling in Waitsfield, VT, studied woodworking in high school, and he’s brought his meticulous attention to detail to every job he has had since. “I took six years of woodworking in high school, including construction, tech, mechanical drawing. I built furniture. Then, in the early 70s, there wasn't a lot out there after I graduated. I did get a job as a carpenter, but it was a fairly short economy at that time. So, I ended up getting into excavation for a few

Cutting edge service: Behind the Business with Central Maine Concrete Cutting in Sabattus, ME

Michel Curran, founder of Central Maine Concrete Cutting in Sabattus, ME, has established himself as a partner for all concrete cutting needs. A skilled professional, Curran started his company in 2006, equipping it with the tools needed for projects of any size and complexity. Today, Central Maine Concrete Cutting serves commercial, industrial, and residential customers in Maine and lower New Hampshire.

Central Maine Concrete Cutting offers various concrete-cutting services for remodeling and

A holistic healing journey: Behind the Business with Reiki by the Sea in Boston, MA

Maxine Bornstein is the owner and practitioner behind Reiki by the Sea, a holistic healing practice with a main office in Boston. Bornstein also sees clients in Mashpee, MA, and Newport, RI. In the business owner’s interview, she describes her journey into the healing arts, her services, and what she loves about her job.

Bornstein has worked in healthcare for over four decades. “I've been a nurse for over 40 years, and I started taking some classes in a holistic nursing way, way back. I'd say I

Payment processing for non-traditional e-commerce businesses: Behind the Business with Organic Payment Gateways in Scarborough, ME

If you’ve ever wondered how paying by credit and debit card works online, Alex Roy could tell you. He owns Organic Payment Gateways in Scarborough, ME, which offers payment processing solutions, including payment gateways essential for e-commerce. Payment gateways allow online stores to process credit and debit card payments by authenticating credit card data from customers before transmitting it to the payment processor.

Unfortunately, not all payment processing providers serve every industry.

Financial literacy for all: Behind the Business with Consumer Financial Services in Mattapan, MA

Financial literacy for all

Richard Phipps is the CEO of Consumer Financial Services of Massachusetts, a full-service financial and real estate services agency in Mattapan, MA. Phipps’ business story began over four decades ago, in 1972, when he moved from Barbados to Massachusetts for school. Shortly after arriving in Boston, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served two terms in Nevada. While living out West, he also founded a financial services business in Las Vegas. “We started out as Consumer

An artist of small repairs: Behind the Business with Plaster Perfection in Warwick, RI

Harold Greco Jr./Plaster Perfection in Warwick, RI is a contracting business specializing in ceiling and wall repair and interior painting, including insurance-claim repairs. Owner Harold Greco Jr. has been running the third-generation company for over 40 years. “My father’s father started it back in the forties. We do all plaster restoration work, renovations, water damage, fire damage. We get into a house, and we hide all the negativity,” Harold Greco Jr. said.

When the interior repair and pa

From paralegal to proprietor: Behind the Business with LLS Services, LLC in Brockton, MA

Malaika Lucien is a paralegal and owner of LLS Services (Lucien’s Legal Services), LLC in Brockton, MA. After receiving a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Waldorf University, she worked at various law firms as a paralegal, assisting attorneys by conducting legal research, preparing legal documents, managing case files, handling administrative matters, supporting legal proceedings, and more.

After honing her paralegal skills for over 12 years at law offices, Lucien decided to step out

From crisis to confidence: Behind the Business with The HELP Coach in Foxboro, MA

Doug Turet is the founder of The HELP Coach in Foxboro, MA. This trained and certified Life Coach & Solution-Focused Coach began his personal empowerment coaching practice as a way of helping people who are experiencing limitations in any area of their lives, and especially if those lives have been impacted by major traumas.

“A life coach is a partner in progress who invites you to see yourself and your challenges in new ways that empower you to improve upon them and improve upon your lifestyle

Making life insurance accessible for all: Behind the Business with Everyday Life, Inc.

Headquartered in Boston, Everyday Life, Inc.’s mission is to simplify shopping for life insurance and make buying a policy easy and affordable for the average person. Everyday Life, also known as Everyday Life Insurance, was founded in 2018 by Jake Tamarkin, the company’s CEO, and Dipali Trivedi, the company’s CTO.

The idea to create Everyday Life Insurance came to Tamarkin when he purchased a life insurance policy. “The catalyst for all of this was when I personally went to go buy some life in

Building Stowe: Behind the Business with Sisler Builders Inc. in Stowe, VT

Steve Sisler has owned Sisler Builders Inc. in Stowe, VT for 39 years, and his passion for building began when he was a child and lived in Ithaca, NY. “I started doing woodworking projects with my father at six or seven. He was a college professor and an amateur woodworker. He also happened to be blind. So, I was his eyes on the project. He had a great imagination and an interest in a lot of things. So, we started doing stuff together at that young age and continued in high school. We renovated
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