Employer Confidence strengthens in February
Massachusetts employer confidence strengthened during February as optimism about long-term economic growth outweighed a volatile month in the financial markets.  The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index rose 0.4 points to 64.5, setting another 17-year high. The BCI has gained 2.4 points during the past 12 months as confidence levels have remained comfortably within the optimistic range .   Read more here.  

New Grant Program Launched to Drive Innovation in the Commonwealth's Maritime Economy
The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, in partnership with the Baker-Polito Administration's  Seaport Economic Council , has opened applications for the "Grand Challenge," a new program aimed at supporting projects which catalyze the development of innovative technologies in support of the marine economy in Massachusetts. The Grand Challenge will support projects that apply technology and business solutions to the marine economy to reach the economic development potential of our ocean and coastal resources.
Speaker Sisterhood comes to Cape Cod
The Speaker Sisterhood provides a community to women who want to discover, awaken and create their voice through the art of public speaking. The #speakuptour2018 is all about teaching women how to speak up with confidence and conviction in a world that's ready to listen. Cape & Plymouth Business is proud to be able to deliver this program to support all our Enterprising Women.

South Shore Chamber to offer BZ Wise business support
The South Shore Chamber  of Commerce with offer the BZ Wise program  to support local businesses. BZ Wise will support your business  with a customized and  confidential  mentorship  program. Put a team of professionals to work for you.  Read more here.
Check out the local speakers at the Digital Marketing Summit! 
At our March 15 event, the engaging panel of speakers will cover topics ranging from influencer marketing to SEO to using free online tools for fundraising. Local speakers will include Devin Donaldson and Sean Fitzpatrick! Get the solutions and real-world strategies you need to take control of digital platforms and make them work successfully for your organization.  Learn more here.
IMPACT Small Business   Accelerator  
for Retail
Cape & Plymouth Business has partnered with The Revolution Factory to bring to the region the first Small Business Accelerator program that is focused on the retail business community. This is a unique opportunity for small business owners to learn the skills they need as well as work with specialized mentors who will help them stabilize their business and scale it to the next level. Three accelerator program packages have been announced and the focus is on the retail industry.  Read more here.

40 Under 40 Awards Just a few weeks left to submit nominations for  40 Under 40 Awards
The Cape & Plymouth Business 40 Under 40 Awards spotlight the region's top young business leaders who excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership. To nominate a deserving young professional for our 2018 40 Under 40 Awards, please use our online form. The nomination period closes April 1, 2018. Thank you for helping us identify the next generation of leaders! Click here to submit nominations!

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