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September 12, 2023

Chamber News & Updates

Only 4 Days until the 2nd Annual Blackburn Brew Fest!

We’re excited to welcome back dozens of breweries to Gloucester for this historic occasion. With the potential of bringing 1500 visitors to Gloucester and your businesses on Saturday, September 16, we are looking to the local community to help spread the word!

Help Us Promote the Blackburn Brew Fest through Your Social Media Channels

We have created a 2023 Blackburn Brew Fest Promotional Toolkit to help with promote on social media. This includes images as well as suggested industry-specific posts. Any help you can provide in promoting this event would be greatly appreciated. 

Download Toolkit PDF | Download Flyer | Download Images

Presented by the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and NEXT GEN Young Professionals benefiting the Cape Ann Community Foundation. Learn More & Buy Tickets

Join us at Riverside Cycle in Manchester-by-the Sea for our September Business After Hours on Wednesday, September 20

Meet with fellow Chamber members and local businesses, while enjoying food, beverages, and learning about what Riverside Cycle has to offer the both the avid and recreational riders. You will also have the chance to take an E-bike for a test ride.

And remember to bring your business card for a door prize raffle!

Register Today | Download Flyer

Businesswomen's Main Street Meet-Up

A Gloucester Women-Owned Business Tour

Thursday, September 21 | 3 - 7 PM


All are invited to put on your power-walking shoes and prepare to explore some of Gloucester's finest Women-Owned businesses, right here on Main (and adjacent) streets! After picking up your Passport and Raffle Tickets at Shore Nutrition, visit the list of participating Women-Owned Businesses, get your Passport stamped and enter raffle drawings at each location. Three additional Grand Prize Drawings will be held at Oliver’s Harbor at 7 PM.


Register and purchase your Passport & Raffle Tickets today for just $25 at (You may also purchase at Shore Nutrition on the day of the event.)

Shops will be open from 3 to 7 PM for all Passport holders, with on-street networking, owners waiting to meet YOU, and a chance to win a raffle prize in every store! For more information please contact Michelle at


All proceeds benefit the Carolyn M. O'Connor Scholarship Fund.

Download Flyer | View List of Participating Business

36th Annual Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction

Thursday, September 28 | 5 - 10 PM

Cruiseport Gloucester

$100 per person - Table of 10 $1000

You are cordially invited to join us at the 36th Annual Love Greater Cape Ann Auction on September 28. We Love Greater Cape Ann and work hard to help support our Community in many ways. Your attendance and generous bidding will help the Chamber build for the future of this special place where we live, work and play. 

Everyone’s favorite auctioneer, Lynne Zink, and her daughter Anna are thrilled to be returning to their favorite place and will be leading us through a fun & exciting night of bidding on Live and Silent Auction Items.

The evening will also include passed hors d'oeuvres, a plated dinner, and a cash bar.

Limited Seating - Get Your Tickets Today

Annual Businesswomen's Fall Luncheon

Thursday, October 12 | 11 AM - 2 PM

$75 Members | $85 Non-members

Join us at the Beauport Hotel for networking, lunch and an incredible group of panelists sharing their stories and empowering women to reinvent themselves to thrive in business. 

The 2023 Fall Luncheon focuses on the "Art of Reinvention" and features the following four panelists:

  • Gal Brenner Natasia: Author of "The Fruit You Never See"
  • Christina Frei: Author of "“The Generosity Practice: 40 Days to Unstoppable”"
  • Melissa Gilbo & Amy Pocsik: Co-founders of the Women's Business League

Read Panelist Bios | Download Flyer

Register Today

$25K Game Tickets Available for Purchase

Get your ticket (or tickets) today for a chance to win big! $25,000 in cash prizes is set to be given away on October 26 with the grand prize of $10K to one lucky winner! It could be you... Only 500 tickets will be sold and there are 12 chances to win!

  • Grand Prize: $10,000 
  • Second Prize: $5,000
  • Third Prize: $2,500
  • Fourth Prize (6): $1,000
  • Fifth Prize (3): $500

Call the Chamber at 978-283-1601, stop by in person or purchase online at

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Member & Community News

Ipswich Special Town Meeting

Monday, October 23 @ 7 PM, Ipswich Middle/High School

Download Draft Warrant

Manchester-by-the-Sea Fire Department is looking for Call Firefighters.

Applications are available at the Fire Station and are due back by September 30th. Learn More

New Bid Available: On-Call Door & Lock Installation & Repairs (Rebid-2) IFB

Learn About State Contracts: Are you interested in conducting business with the state? Click here for a crucial monthly update that lists the contracts and their expiration and renewal dates. This information is published and maintained in the OSD (Operational Services Division) eProcurement platform. For questions, please contact William J. Funk at 857-919-1039 or

Beauport Financial Services Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, September 21 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM

3 Heritage Way, Gloucester

Join the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce as we celebrate the grand re-opening of Beauport Financial Services. Come check out their newly renovated offices and meet their terrific team - ribbon cutting promptly at 5 PM. RSVP to Rosa at 978-283-0748 or email by September 14th. 


Voting Now Open for BankGloucester's

16th Annual Banking for the Community

BankGloucester will donate a total of $30,000 to 19 community organizations across Cape Ann. They are looking to the community to choose who the recipients will be. Please encourage your friends, neighbors and colleagues to participate. Their goal is to obtain feedback from as many people as possible. The funds will be distributed based on the number of votes. Cast your vote by September 30th, 2023. Support your favorite local organizations by voting at or by visiting any BankGloucester location.

Backyard Growers and City of Gloucester to Launch Farmer’s Market in 2024

September 11, 2023: Backyard Growers, a food equity nonprofit organization, and the City of Gloucester today announced that they are partnering in a mayoral initiative to launch a new farmer’s market in spring 2024. In partnership with the City, the market will be managed and operated by Backyard Growers at Burnham’s Field, a centrally-located public park in downtown Gloucester.

Over the past decade, Burnham’s Field has seen significant revitalization, and is now a locus of community activity, including a playground, walking paths, and athletic fields. The Field is also the site of the Backyard Growers-managed Burnham’s Field Community Garden, where over fifty local households grow their own food in two areas of raised garden beds. 

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Cape Ann Artisans Offer a Robust Itinerary Surrounding Fall Tour

Special 40th Anniversary Events taking place in collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum and Rocky Neck Art Colony 

It’s not your imagination, pink is clearly in the air this year. The Cape Ann Artisans are truly celebrating their 40th Anniversary in style. Besides the annual Spring and Fall Tours, 2023 has included several unique collaborations with Cape Ann Museum and an exciting retrospective exhibit at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, opening soon.

Center stage is the opportunity to visit each studio individually and chat with artists about their work. The Fall Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8th – 10AM to 5PM.  The tour itself includes 17 current members of the Cape Ann Artisans located throughout Gloucester and Rockport. For those that would like to sample the work all in one place, before and after the tour, the Artisans offer select curated work at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck for a special 40th year exhibition.  Read Full Media Advisroy

Ipswich Illumination Announces Schedule for October 6, 7, & 8, 2023

The Town and people of Ipswich, Massachusetts are proud to present Ipswich Illumination 2023, a celebration of beauty & community. Now in its 14th year, Ipswich Illumination features a collection of interactive art installations, live music, poetry, projection, bonfires, and more along the Ipswich River.

The greater Ipswich Illumination Arts and Culture Weekend includes the Ipswich Cultural Council Art Show & Sale and the Language Lives Festival, offering programming from Thursday, October 5 through Monday, October 9.  Read Full Announcement

The Manchester Essex Rotary Club (MERC) is partnering with the Greater Cape Ann Chamber to offer Chamber members a one time savings of $100 off the first year of Rotary Membership. Full Member cost is normally $235, but if you join by Columbus Day (October 9) then your total would be only $135 for the first year.

Please contact Rotary President Tim Collins ( or Membership Chair Mike Loring ( if you would like more information.

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Ipswich Human Rights Commission (IHRC) to Host the First Annual Love Your Neighbor Walk/Run.

The first annual Love Your Neighbors 5K Walk/Run is set for Sunday, October 1 at 11 a.m., The event, which will kick off Global Diversity Awareness Month, will encourage runners, walkers, wheel- chair-users, and others “to come together to celebrate diversity in all its forms.” Hosted by the town of Ipswich and the Ipswich Human Rights Commission (IHRC), the race was spearheaded by IHRC member Carolyn Sweeney. Learn More and Register

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week

Marilla, part of Cape Ann Animal Aid’s Extended Stay Program, is still seeking her forever home. Marilla’s adoption fee is reduced to $200 and includes three months of heartworm/flea/tick prevention along with a consult with the shelter behavior associate to help ensure success with her new family. She is a 5.5-year-old, 70-pound girl with a cuddly nature. Marilla is available to meet by appointment. Submit an application at and an adoption counselor will reach out to discuss Marilla and set up a meeting.

Business Resources

Free Small Business Technical Assistance Workshops from the Enterprise Center

SCORE Women's Business Summit: Join SCORE for an empowering event with like-minded women entrepreneurs focused on finding pathways to successful business outcomes. Women entrepreneurs face various common and distinct challenges whether its boldly pursuing new opportunities or facing difficult situations when dealing with uncomfortable circumstances. The program offers solutions, tips, and tricks to expand your comfort zone, increase confidence, and accelerate your business and personal success. Learn More & Register

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.

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

Job Listings

Beauport Hospitality Group has numerous positions open at Seaport Grille, 1606 restaurant & oyster bar, and Beauport Hotel. Click here to view open positions.

Pathways for Children has several positions open. Click here to see all opportunities,

The Hotel at Cape Ann Marina has positions open at Cape Ann Resort, Cape Ann Marine Sales & Service, and Cape Ann Marina

WellSpring House is hiring for a variety of positions. View available positions here.

Public Housing Manager needed at Gloucester Housing Authority

SeniorCare, Inc. has several openings:

Click here to see all openings.

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