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March 28, 2023

Chamber News & Updates

4 Steps to Improve Your Brand This Year

Thursday, March 30 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Greater Cape Ann Chamber Conference Room

Join us for a Free Seminar, 4 Steps to Improve Your Brand This Year, presented by Lauren Georgiades of GL Design Co. This presentation is designed to explain the steps it takes to solidify a company's branding so that it takes on its own life and communicates clearly and consistently to it's desired audience by building brand equity and image.

Learn More & Register Today

2023 Cape Ann License Plate Low Number Auction

April 10 - April 16

Supporting a Stronger Cape Ann

The Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF) is hosting it's annual low number Cape Ann License Plate Online Auction from April 10th - April 16th 2023. We don't want you to miss out on the fun!

Register today to preview available plate numbers and for your chance to bid!

Learn more about CACF

Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Alliance

Inaugural Meeting Announcement

Tuesday, May 23 | 5 - 6:30 PM

Gloucester Stage Company

We are pleased to announce the first official gathering of the newly conceived Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Alliance. 

We invite artists, arts and culture leaders, creative businesses, gig workers, and non-arts business leaders who want to connect with the Cape Ann creative community. We define “culture” broadly to include maritime heritage, which has always had close alignments with the arts on Cape Ann.

Download Flyer | Learn More & RSVP to Attend

Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities

Swing into Spring

Monday, May 8 | 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Ipswich Country Club

Please Join the Businesswomen of Cape Ann for the First Annual Swing into Spring Golf Event at the Ipswich Country Club. Start your morning with some general instruction and breakout sessions with the Country Club's Golf Pros. After a short break for lunch & networking, we will take to the carts and play 9 holes of "Best Ball". A Continental breakfast and a box lunch are included with the fees.

$149 for members 

$165 for non-members

Register | Sponsorship Opportunities

2nd Annual WellFest

Saturday, May 20 | 11 AM - 2 PM

Harvey Park, Rockport MA

Vendor Application Deadline is March 31

WellFest is an event that will promote the broad range of health and wellness services that are right here on greater Cape Ann. This unique event was a big success in 2022 and we’re excited to continue this community experience in a new venue, the beautiful coastal community of Rockport. Due to limited capacity at Harvey Park, there will be a juried vendor selection process this year. 

Download Vendor Application

Download Sponsorship Information

34th Annual Education & Scholarship Golf Tournament

Call for Sponsors

The net proceeds of this event fund the Chamber’s extensive work with the three Cape Ann schools and Essex Tech and education non-profits. The programming includes: monthly collaboration with all schools and education non-profits, DECA support, intern and mentorships, annual Cape Ann Career & Collage Fair and several scholarships.  


Your sponsorship will provide your organization exposure to over 100 area business owners, senior business leaders, and elected officials.


Learn More About Sponsorships

Volunteers needed at Gloucester Chamber Visitor Center

Do you or someone you know have a few spare hours to fill by giving back to the Greater Cape Ann community? If so, the Chamber is seeking volunteers to help out on weekdays during the spring and summer months. Meet visitors, from around the world, help answer phones, assist with office tasks, and have a fun time with a great team. To learn more, please email Cherl.

Business Resources

Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) awards up to $25,000 to various organizations to fund workplace safety training. Eligible employers within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts covered by the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law (MGL CH. 152) may qualify for funding.

The Workforce Training Fund Express Program is designed to help businesses respond quickly to change and keep employees engaged. With bite-size grants for just-in-time training and no waiting periods between grants, Express is our fastest path to funding, enhanced with an even more flexible directory of training options and 6 quick steps to success:

Cape Ann Works: Keep up to date with Cape Ann Works events and announcements on the Chamber website and post jobs or search candidates at

Please check the Business Resources Category in Chamber Blog for Business Resources available to the Cape Ann region! 

Member & Community News

Essex Placemaking Plan Open House + Survey

Wednesday, March 29 | 4 - 7 PM

Essex Town Hall, 3rd Floor Auditorium

The Town of Essex wants to hear your thoughts on creating a new park, streetscape improvements, and wayfinding at the Placemaking Open House. This is a drop-in session, so swing by for 5 minutes or stay and chat for a bit. If you can’t join in person, please click here to take the survey online. 

Enter the 2023 Digital Equity Challenge

Application Deadline March 31

Live Event Finals - April 26

The iHub is working with Essex County Community Foundation to host their second Digital Equity Challenge event. The challenge is open to businesses, organizations and students (high school and college) in Essex County who have projects and ideas to elevate digital equity. 

They are seeking projects, solutions, business models and new ventures (for profit or non-profit) that address one or more of the following key areas: 

  • Addressing Racial Inequities in Digital Access 
  • Increasing Access to Devices 
  • Promoting and Growing Digital Literacy

Learn More |  Download Flyer

Wellspring is Searching for Exceptional Candidates to Join their Board of Directors! 

Help drive the mission and vision of Wellspring House, while expanding your professional network and honing your leadership skills! Wellspring is currently accepting applications for positions on our Board of Directors.

Wellspring House is guided by the vision of a just society where every member of our community thrives. Our mission is to inspire families and adults on the North Shore to achieve employment and financial security through stable housing, education, job training and career readiness. Download Application

Manchester-by-the-Sea Annual Town Meeting

Monday, April 3 | 6:30 PM

Memorial Elementary School

At this year’s Annual Town Meeting, scheduled for Monday, April 3, 6:30PM, at the Memorial Elementary School, nine of the twenty articles are proposing changes to accept a new local option provided by state law, adopt or change a general bylaw or amend our zoning regulations.

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Woodman's Gives Back

Wednesday, April 5 | 11:30 AM - 9 PM

CK Pearl Restaurant

Join Woodman's of Essex as they bring back their annual fundraiser, for the first time since 2019. Join them at C.K. Pearl's for lunch and / or dinner, between 11:30 am -9:00 pm and at least 10% of the proceeds will be generously donated to the L. Dexter Woodman Family Foundation.

Featuring musician Chris Fritz-Grice from 5:00-8:00

Call to book your reservation at 978-890-7378.

Download Flyer

Town of Essex Special Town Meeting

Monday, April 10 | 7:30 PM

Essex Elementary School

Like 30 Apple St, which the town purchased at the 2022 Fall Town Meeting, the Town of Essex also now has first right of refusal on the purchase of 31 Apple St. Because we have a limited scope of time to consider the purchase, there will be a Special Town Meeting held to vote on this potential purchase on Monday, April 10 at 7:30pm in the Cafetorium at Essex Elementary School, 12 Story St. View the warrant

Town of Essex Essex Zoning Bylaw - Second Phase First Public Forum

Wednesday, April 12 | 7 - 8:30 PM

Essex Town Hall

The second phase of study concerning the Essex Zoning Bylaw is well underway and the first public forum of this new phase will occur on April 12, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Please see the event flyer for more information. Download Flyer for More Details

Pathways for Children & Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Partnering with Pathways for Children, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is providing one free, specially-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality book each month to children from birth to age five who live in Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Manchester, Peabody, Rockport, or Salem.

These books are personalized with your child's name and mailed directly to your home, creating an exciting gifting experience.

Download Flyer | Learn More

Support Boats Needed for the Blackburn Challenge

Saturday, July 15, 2023 

Do you have a motor boat in the greater Cape Ann area? Would you like to spend a few hours on the water enjoying the ocean air with a front-row seat to New England’s most iconic open-water human powered race?  The Blackburn Challenge is a 20+ mile open water circumnavigation of Cape Ann using various human powered craft. Each year we have several support boats along the course for the safety of our participants. Each support boat monitors an assigned section of the course for approximately 3 hours and will receive a stipend for fuel. The Cape Ann Rowing Club will provide a safety briefing and orientation to ensure all volunteers are successful and have fun!  

For more information contact us at  | Learn More

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week


Teddy here! I am a sweet silly guy looking for my forever home and family! I absolutely love my dog friends so I am definitely in the market for a home with a pooch., I am my best self and most confident with a doggo friend! I love toys of all sorts and like to play tug and chase! If I sound like a good match for you and your family, please visit

Voting for the BONS 2023 Readers' Choice Awards is open now through May 1, 2023 at midnight.

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Job Listings

The Beauport Hospitality Group has several openings to fill:

Director of Human Resources

Marketing Coordinator

Graphic Designer

Senior Marketing Manager

Assistant General Manager - 1606 Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Restaurant Manager - Seaport Griile

The Clark School is seeking Full & Part Time Pre-School Teachers

The Emerson Inn is hiring the following:

Boutique Hotel Supervisor / Concierge

Concierge / Administrative Asst / Marketing

Head Bartender | Lead Housekeeper

Servers / Bartenders / Restaurant

Sous Chef 2 / Culinary Intern

Seasonal Part Time and Full Time, Various Positions at Hotel and Restaurant

The Trustees of Reservation - Crane Estate

Seasonal Museum Interpreter

Guest Services Associate

Seasonal Retail Associate

CraneOutdoors Paddle Guide

Crane Beach Seasonal Lifeguard

Seasonal Beachfront Supervisor

Facilities & Security Coordinator needed at Cape Ann Savings Bank

Receptionist needed at Gloucester Housing Authority

Pathways for Children has an opening for a School Age Care Team Lead and an Early Childhood Education Teacher Paid Apprenticeship

GMGI seeks a Communications & Development Summer Intern

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is seeking a Chief Operations Officer

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If you are interested in promoting with the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and sponsoring this newsletter, please contact Steve Buckley at

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