Category: June 2017 issue

A growing passion: Cape Abilities’ James Barnes focuses on empowerment

By Joy Jordan James Barnes carefully tends to plants at the Cape Abilities Farm in Dennis – and he even more carefully tends to the individuals supported by Cape Abilities’ programs. The mission of Cape Abilities is to serve individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod by educating, counseling, and providing residential, therapeutic, social, and employment supports that empower them to achieve meaningful and valued roles in the community. “Not every person’s meaningful role in the community is going to be the same,” says Barnes. “For some, living independently is the goal, or maybe learning to cook for themselves. A...

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Celebrating the young leaders of today and tomorrow

Now in its eighth 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 2017 40 Under 40 Awards honorees: KARA BOULE, Nauset...

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An entrepreneur well-trained: Christin Marshall launches Camp Wild Child, a summer camp that’s not for kids

By Douglas Karlson Four years ago, exhausted after a hard day’s work as Program Coordinator for Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod, Christin Marshall heard about a startup weekend at Cape Cod Community College. “On a whim, I signed up,” she recalls. It was the first of what would be a long period of startup weekends, mentorship programs and, eventually, an MBA − meticulous preparation to lay the groundwork for an entrepreneurial venture she launched last December: Camp Wild Child, a summer camp experience for grown-ups. While it would be years before she had the idea for Camp Wild Child,...

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Insurance: Using a car seat after an accident

By Sara L Giguere Have you been in an accident before? Chances are, you’ve been in one or witnessed one. Accidents are scary and can cause serious injuries. How about with a small child in a car seat? It’s good to know what to expect, especially in terms of what happens with the child safety seat following an accident. After an accident, you should be checked for injuries, and the car likely will be brought to a tow yard for appraisal. What happens with any children’s car seats that were in the car? Is it ok to continue to...

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The Law at Work: Minimum wage and wait staff gratuities

By Beth O’Neal, Esq. My company owns and operates a large resort on Cape Cod. Our facility includes restaurants that are open to the public and also function rooms that are available for private functions (such as weddings and reunions). Our pay structure is different for our employees who work in the restaurant and those who work at private functions. For employees working at private functions, we charge a fee to the customer, typically between 18 percent and 25 percent, that is called a service fee. Part of this fee is distributed to the wait staff and bartenders; part...

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