Immigrant Entrepreneurs on the Cape

Immigrant entrepreneurs are making their mark across Massachusetts, and Cape Cod is no exception. As this year’s nominees for show, the Cape is benefiting from the entrepreneurial spark of its immigrant residents.

Jitka BorowickJitka Borowick
Cleangreen, Inc., Barnstable
from Czech Republic
Category: Neighborhood Business

Jitka Borowick came to the U.S. in 2003 from the Czech Republic to further her education. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she decided to pursue her dream of starting her own business and doing something positive for the environment. In 2008, she opened Cleangreen, a natural cleaning company, out of her home. Today, Cleangreen is a Cape and Islands Green Verified business with an office in Barnstable, four cars and a crew of 19 people covering residential and commercial clients throughout Cape Cod.

Through Cleangreen, Borowick donates funds and in-kind services to many local organizations, including the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance, Cape Cod Charitable Fundraisers, Calmer Choice, John. F. Kennedy Museum, Cape and Island United Way, Flower Angels USA, and Hyannis Rotary Club. She was awarded “40 Under 40” from Cape & Plymouth Business, recognized as one of 10 Inspiring Women by Cape Cod Magazine and awarded Business Woman of the Year in 2015 from Cape & Plymouth Business.


Harley Silva

Harley croppedCape Cod Marble & Granite, Inc., Hyannis
from Brazil
Category: Neighborhood Business

Harley Silva started Cape Cod Marble & Granite, Inc. in 2005 by himself in a small, rented room. Little by little he grew the company into the largest fabricator on the Cape. Cape Cod Marble & Granite serves not only the Cape but the Islands and eastern Massachusetts as well. Silva also invests in the community. He is a member of the CCYP Mentors Program and Giving Circle, participates in the Hyannis Rotary through the Home & Garden Show, belongs to the Home Builders & Remodeling Association of Cape Cod, as well as the Massachusetts Masons Fraternal Lodge A.F. & A.M. He also supports the Barnstable Police Patrolmen’s Union and the Massachusetts Environmental and Nantucket High School fundraisers.