Cape Cod Young Professionals Hosts 12th Annual ‘Back to Business Bash’

BARNSTABLE – Are you a young professional that’s been looking for a job? One event on Cape Cod Thursday night was a great opportunity to connect with a large and diverse regional workforce.

Cape Cod Young Professionals, Inc. (CCYP) hosted its 12th annual Back to Business Bash at the Barnstable Municipal Airport.

Hundreds of people turned out for the three-hour networking event, which featured over 20 local food and beverage vendors and about 30 exhibit booths with games and giveaways. Live music for the night was provided by singer Chantai Joseph, thanks to Bash Live Entertainment Sponsor Seamen’s Bank.

“The Back to Business Bash is our biggest event of the year at CCYP, it’s our flagship event. It’s an event that turns out over 900 people. This year we’ve sold out the event yet again and we’re just really excited to welcome a huge crowd of people for networking and career development opportunities, and just an opportunity to make connections with one another on the Cape,” said CCYP CEO Lauren Barker.

CCYP President Ryan Castle said the yearly event is beneficial for both businesses and the individual attending it.

“We have about two or three big yearly gatherings from CCYP to get together, and this is by far the biggest. It’s the chance to interact, see people you haven’t seen in a month or two, especially after the summer,” Castle explained.

Castle went on to explain that he’s realized that once people understand they can affordably live and work on Cape Cod it makes the difference when it comes to the decision to accept a prospective job opportunity.

“There are tons of job opportunities on the Cape, and what I’m finding is a lot of people want the Cape Cod lifestyle, and they don’t realize they can get it year-round, and when they realize they can get it year-round they come down here and they enjoy it,” Castle said.

“If you want to live on Cape Cod and work on Cape Cod full time, there’s opportunities out here.”

The Bash Bubbly & Wine Pull also returned to the event this year, with proceeds going to support the CCYP’s Career Connect Scholarship, a fund of the Cape Cod Foundation.

The CCYP also added a new interactive job and volunteer board, the Job Center at the Bash, to offer employment and volunteer opportunities to those attending the event.

The Job Center also provided the opportunity for attendees to connect with Cape-based hiring and Human Resource managers at the “Ask an HR Rep Station.” The Cape & Islands United Way in partnership with the Cape & Islands Job Fair 2018 sponsored the Job Center.

Cape Cod Young Professionals, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that works to connect, engage, and advance Cape Cod’s young workforce and future leaders.  

“We want the whole professional community on the Cape, and that’s industry wide. It’s not specific to any one area of work,” Barker said.

By TIM DUNN, News Center

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