Marriage and Money: The wedding industry is big business for our region
The decision to get married is a big one - and often, an expensive one. Weddings are big investments and big business for our regional economy.  Nationwide, there were 2.21 million weddings in 2016, with an average cost of $26,720, for a total spend of $59,086,336,800, according to Th­e Wedding Report.  In Barnstable County in 2017, according to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, there were 1,532 weddings, with an average cost per wedding of $34,681 and total industry sales of $53,131,292 .   Read more here.  

Registration now open for CCYP's 3rd Annual 
Shape Your Cape Summit
Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP), a nonprofit organization that works to connect, engage, and advance Cape Cod's young workforce and future leaders, has announced the 3rd Annual Shape Your Cape Summit, presented with generous support from Cape Cod Healthcare. The event will take place on April 5, from 8 AM to 5 PM at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel (350 Quaker Rd, North Falmouth).  Read more here.

South Shore Chamber of Commerce announces creation of EAT South Shore
The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has announced EAT South Shore, a new partnership between the Chamber and a dedicated group of local restaurant owners and chefs with a mission to showcase the South Shore's culinary scene.  EAT South Shore provides a platform to bring awareness of the many outstanding dining establishments in the South Shore region.  Read more here.
Executive Director Beth Wade to step down from CHAMP Homes in June
CHAMP Homes has announced that Beth Wade will step down as its Executive Director on June 30, 2018. CHAMP Homes was established in 1991 and since then has helped over 2,600 individuals on Cape Cod. It currently provides housing to up to 50 residents, aged 18 to 80.  Read more here.

40 Under 40 Awards Nominations open for our 2018 
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!
Small businesses wanted for IMPACT accelerator program
Cape & Plymouth Business has partnered with  The Revolution Factory  to bring to the region the first Small Business Accelerator program. This is a unique 8-week opportunity for small business owners to learn the skills they need as well as work with mentors who will help them scale their business to the next level. We are looking for 15 businesses that want to scale up their operations and learn how to grow! To learn more, contact Bob Viamari or click here. 
Breakout sessions announced for 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. 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.
The Law at Work: 
Navigating new regulations for CORI checks

By Beth O'Neal, Esq.
Q. I have been conducting background checks for applicants by using the CORI system available from the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS). I read that there are new regulations under this law - can you compare the old and new regulations to determine what are the diff­erences and what more I need to do?    Read more here.
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