HYANNIS – The 9th Annual Back to Business Bash hosted by the Cape Cod Young Professionals, considered one of the largest networking events in the region, attracted around 700 people to Hyannis last night.
Held in the Rectrix Aerodrome hanger at the Barnstable Municipal Airport, attendees indulged in food offerings from at least 12 restaurants and and tasted beer from a new 12-foot beer trailer owned by Cape Cod Beer that was parked inside the hangar.
The bash provides an opportunity for young professionals, and some not so young, to network with business people and community members while enjoying drinks and food from local restaurants and entertainment from local musicians.
“It’s a real celebration of the mission of CCYP, the work that we’re doing, really at the core of trying to connect, engage and advance young professionals here. It’s an outpouring of businesses, of sponsors, of members really showing that everybody believes in the mission we’re behind,” said CCYP Executive Director Anne Van Vleck.
CCYP also partnered with Nauset Marine to raffle off a 2016 Boston Whaler 170 Montauk with a 90hp Mercury 4-stroke and Karavan trailer.
Van Vleck credited the event’s growing popularity to its unique nature and the location inside an airplane hangar.
“We turn this airport hangar into a huge party and celebration. People really count on this event as a time to connect with each other and other businesses. You just can’t miss this event,” she said.
At the conclusion of the Business Bash, Van Vleck said they’ll be moving ahead into the fall with several initiatives, including the second year of their Mentor Exchange and the launch of their Shape the Cape Speaker Series.
She said a dual focus for CCYP will continue to be mentoring young professionals and encouraging civic engagement. The first speaker series forum in October will feature young professionals who currently serve in elected and municipal positions.