By Michael Souza
PBN Staff Writer
FALL RIVER – The Bristol Community College Academic Center for Entrepreneurship has named the annual winners of their entrepreneurship competition:
DEVELOPING ENTREPRENEUR: Lisa and Randy Aronofsky – Restoration Massage in Freetown.
Restoration Massage is located off Route 24 in the Assonet village of Freetown. Lisa and Randy Aronofsky transformed a vacant residential home into a tranquil retreat for those seeking rest and relaxation. Their practice has grown from a staff of two to seven people and they are preparing to expand.
CORNERSTONE ENTREPRENEUR: Evelyn “Fay” Bettencourt – Fay’s Restaurant.
Evelyn assisted her mother in their family business, Fay’s Knotty Pine in the North End of New Bedford and became the sole owner in 1983, when her mother retired. Twelve years later, Evelyn, was forced to make a tough decision as to whether or not to open a new restaurant, as the building that Fay’s Knotty Pine was located in was up for sale. She recognized the challenge and risk that would lie ahead due to tough economic times and the strong competition she would face. However, Evelyn marched forward and opened the local favorite, Fay’s Restaurant, in Dartmouth.
In keeping with family tradition, Evelyn purchased a building and completely renovated it from the ground up. She expanded the business from pizza and pasta to a ful-course menu. Due to Evelyn and her strong leadership, Fay’s Restaurant has now been open for 14 years.
BENEVOLENT ENTREPRENEUR: Maureen Sylvia Armstrong-Sylvia & Co. Insurance Inc.
Maureen Sylvia Armstrong leads this successful insurance company, serving South Coast residents for three generations. Under her leadership, Sylvia & Co. has been recognized as one of the top 100 women-led businesses in the state and as one of the top 30 insurance agencies of its size in the country. The company has been certified as a Woman Owned Business Enterprise with the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance, has received the prestigious “Five Star Agency” designation by the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents, reflecting its commitment to consistently provide superior knowledge, service and value to each client.