Category: June 2018 Issue

2018 40 Under 40 Awards: Celebrating the young leaders of today and tomorrow

Now in its ninth year, Cape & Plymouth Business’ 40 under 40 Awards program continues to recognize the tremendous contributions of young professionals in our region. This program honors distinguished businesspeople under the age of 40 who have made a mark in our region at an extraordinarily young age. These top young business leaders excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership characteristics. The winners have started companies, found success at a young age at established businesses, and made nonprofits stronger. Cape & Plymouth Business is proud to announce the 2018 40 Under 40 Awards honorees: Andrea Aldana, Community Development Partnership Emilie Bajorek, Cape Cod...

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Problem-solving her way to success: Shannon Hoeg navigates entrepreneurship with grace and grit

By Joy Jordan Shannon Hoeg has always had a passion for business, even since she as a young child. She sold lemonade at neighborhood stands, hawked newspapers starting at age 9, and worked in restaurants as a teen. All of those jobs taught her about hard work, service, and, more importantly, how to connect with customers. Those traits served her well years later, when she began interning at her father’s telecommunications company, and a bumpy road that led her to become the successful business owner she is today. “I never used to share the story of JSS Communications until...

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Kohi Coffee: Building a business, one perfect cup at a time

By Deb Boucher Stetson It’s a challenge to be humble and ambitious all at once, but the founders of Kohi Coffee seem to have struck that balance. With Kohi Coffee’s flagship Provincetown location now in its fifth year, owners James DeRosier and Ryan Campbell have launched a new location in Brighton, and are planning a third shop in Boston, set to open in August. They have also recently reopened the café at Spindler’s, a seasonal restaurant at Provincetown’s Waterford Inn, which the couple bought two years ago. Busy as they are, they never forget their main goal in launching...

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Entrepreneurship: Your Business is About YOU

By Ja-Nae Duane Follow your passion. Most entrepreneurs have heard this advice at least once in their lives. Sounds super simple, right? Just find that thing you love more than anything, build a business, and success will follow. There’s just one tiny problem with this advice. It completely ignores the key elements needed to start a business. Today, I want to focus on one of the most important elements: YOU. I understand the temptation to dive immediately into your business. You already know yourself. What difference will it make? First, no two entrepreneurs are the same. Each of us...

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The Law at Work: Update on the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act

By Beth O’Neal, Esq. A new employment law will be going into e­ffect in the very near future, imposing important obligations on employers. The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act The amendments to Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (“MEPA”) take effect on July 1, 2018. On March 1, 2018, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Offi­ce issued its formal Guidance on the MEPA. These amendments represent a significant change in the law, and employers will want to take prompt steps to determine if their pay practices are compliant. Overview of MEPA The amended law will affect virtually all Massachusetts employers (including state and municipal...

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