Weekly Update

Jan 23, 2012 by

Weekly Update


Volume: 8 Issue: #43

Thursday January 19th 2012

New Food Network Program Looking for Food Entrepreneurs  

Rock Shrimp Productions (Bobby Flay’s Production Company) is working on a new series and looking to cast people who are in the process of opening up a restaurant, bakery, sandwich shop or any similar type of food business (must be a storefront with walk in customers). Food Network specifically wants people who have left their previous career to start a new restaurant (or similar business).

They are looking for start-ups opening in Massachusetts. Below are the requirements.

  • Must have little-to-no prior professional culinary experience.
  • Must be planning to open a brick-and-mortar space where there will be walk-in customers (restaurant, bakery, sandwich shop, etc.). CAN NOT BE OPEN ALREADY.
  • Must be aiming to open this year.

Those chosen will receive culinary & business coaching from Bobby Flay (a chef, restaurateur, and fixture on the Food Network) as well as invaluable national publicity.

Those interested that fit the guidelines, please send an email to Heather Briggs with an outline of your timeline, budget, menu, team, and especially what’s at stake for you in this endeavor (why you are doing it and what risks, financial as well as personal, you are taking). They are highly interested in the “human-interest” angle of your story.

There is no deadline.

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Greetings!In the week ending January 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 352,000, a decrease of 50,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 402,000. The 4-week moving average was 379,000, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 382,500._________________________________________

Did you know…

Did you know that Career Opportunities offers a series of Industry specific Information Sessions that are Free to the public? On February 1st, they will host one on the Banking Industry and on April 5th, one on the Healthcare Industry.


Save the Date: Supplier Diversity Office Pre-Certification Meeting 

On Wednesday, April 11, 2012 the Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board is hosting a Supplier Diversity Office Pre-Certification meeting for small minority and women owned businesses on the Cape and Islands. The certification process, originally called SOMWBA, was developed to promote supplier diversity in public contracting and serves as a marketing tool for state and federal contracts. It is also used by local businesses and organizations who want to support local minority and women owned businesses.

Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) promotes the participation of certified businesses in public and private purchasing and contracting programs.  SDO also assists with new legislative and policy proposals that facilitate the involvement of minorities and women in the mainstream of the economy.

SDO provides a resource and referral service for certified firms with information about federal, state, municipal and private sector procurement opportunities, bidding and contracting, financial resources, business assistance agencies and organizations, business membership and networking organizations. The agency also posts directories of its certified firms.

  The meeting is being held at 10:00 am at Career Opportunities, 372 North Street, Hyannis. For more information please contact ABWA member, Joan McDonald at joan@ciwib.org.


Volunteers Needed

Each year the Barnstable County Council on Children Youth and Families’ Effective Education Committee holds a Youth Summit for area high school students. This year we will be holding the summit at Cape Cod Community College and our theme is: Opportunities for Youth, Youth for Opportunities-we will be focusing on career exploration and the career opportunities that can be found on Cape Cod from retail, hospitality, construction trades, health care, the arts, human services, technology, non profits, etc.

We are looking for workshop leaders or workshop teams to lead interactive workshops on a variety of topics related to your careers. The workshop might focus on how you came to be a/an__________; what skills you need to do your work;  offer a simulation of the types of tasks you perform, etc.

Each workshop will be about one hour to one hour ten minutes long and we are asking for businesses or individuals to offer one workshop. The summit typically has about 200 + high school students in attendance, so a workshop could have from 10 to 20 participants.

If you are interested, please contact Joan McDonald at joan@ciwib.org

or call 508-775-5900


Upcoming WIB Meetings

WIB Board of Directors Meeting: Tuesday January 24th 8:00am Career Opportunities

YC Executive Committee Meeting: Tuesday January 31st 9:00am WIB Office

WIB Executive Committee Meeting: Thursday February 9th 8:00am WIB Office

Youth Council Meeting: Tuesday February 14th 11:30am Career Opportunities

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