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February 21, 2023

Chamber News & Updates

Economic Outlook Breakfast Forum

with Guest Speaker Kim Driscoll, Lieutenant Governor

Wednesday, March 8 | 7:30 - 9 AM

Cruiseport Gloucester (Lower Level)

$45 Members | $55 Non-members

Please join us for breakfast at Cruiseport Gloucester and listen to a presentation on the Economic Outlook of the region by Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll, followed by a brief Q & A session. 

Limited to 90 attendees. 

Cost is $45 for members and 

$55 for non-members. 

Pre-registration is required. 

Sponsorships are also available!

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Applied Materials

Get Your 2023 Irish Sweepstakes Tickets

Are you ready to test your luck this Saint Patrick's Day? The 24th Annual Irish Sweepstakes party & drawing will be at the Elks at Bass Rocks to on Thursday, March 16! Several "pots of gold" will be given out! A total of $20,000 with the largest prize being $10,000! 

Grand Prize: $10,000 

Second Prize: $2,500

Third Prizes (5): $1,000

Fourth Prizes (5): $500

Tickets are $100 each. Only 400 total tickets tickets will be sold - increasing your odds of winning! Tickets will be distributed to the Board members to sell, or visit or call the Chamber or Purchase Tickets Online

Post to Job Board for Greater Cape Ann Career & Educational Advancement Fair for Greater Cape Ann High School Seniors

If you would also like to post a job, internship, co-op or other opportunity at the Career & Educational Advancement Fair scheduled for Thursday, March 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, please fill out this form at You do not need to attend in person to post an opportunity. The audience is high-school aged, so only opportunities accessible to this group should be posted.  

Episode #5 of Greater Cape Ann Highlights is Now Online

In the fifth edition, host Olivia Perez-O'Dess visits with Melissa Tarr of Design of Mine and Cara Hutchins of Communications, Ink.

View Episode Now

Weekday 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 winter 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 Bernie!

Business Resources

Free Webinar: Health Connector for Business: Affordable, Flexible Health Insurance 

Wednesday, March 1 | 12 - 1 PM 

The Massachusetts Health Connector is hosting a free, public webinar. This Webinar is in preparation for the April 1 st deadline for groups looking for new or renewing health coverage. We will be covering options for all types of small businesses (1-50 employees). 

Register Now

SBA & IRS Presents: Tax Season Awareness for Small Businesses on February 28

Join IRS Stakeholder Liaison along with the Small Business Administration's Massachusetts District Office for this filing season presentation and discussion.

Learn More & Register for Session

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

True North Ale to offer Mill River Wines

Although the idea might seem outrageous to a brewer, not everyone likes beer.

That’s been a problem for True North Ales when it tries to book large groups in its meeting space. “We decided if we were really going to have an events business … we really needed to start selling wine,” said Gary Rogers, who co-founded True North Ales with his son, Jake. Read Full Article

Skate by the Sea

Dates have been announced: March 3 - 5 & 10 - 12 

Skate by the Sea is a fun new event sponsored by the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea thanks to a special grant awarded by the state. All are invited to come skate on our new synthetic ice rink that will be located in Masconomo Park from March 3-12 (hours vary). Learn More

Election & Voter Deadlines in Rockport

March 21 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for candidates wishing to appear on the election ballot to file nomination papers with at least the required 37 signatures of registered Rockport voters. The papers must be presented to the Board of Registrars for certification of the collected signatures.

March 22 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for residents to register to vote at Town Meeting on April 1.

Learn More

Gloucester 400+ initiative combines history, environmental stewardship, experiential education and community engagement

As part of Gloucester’s quadricentennial, Peter Lawrence of Biomimicry New England, Elsje Zwart of Gloucester 400+ and Nathan Ives of Project Elm are partnering to plant 400 native trees and to identify the oldest 400 trees in Gloucester.

The 400 Tree Project wants to hear soon from people with locations for planting, because new trees must be ordered in a few weeks. The project hopes to plant at least 200 trees this spring as part of its effort to put 400 new native trees in the ground over the next two years.

Anyone who would like a free elm tree can go to For free oaks or other trees, email with your name and address.

Gloucester Bridge Reconstruction Project of the US Route 127 over Blynman Canal Bridge.

Live Virtual Public Information Meeting - Thursday, February 23 | 6:30 - 8 PM

The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public with the opportunity to

become fully acquainted with the proposed bridge reconstruction project, Western Avenue (US

Route 127) over Blynman Canal in Gloucester. All views and comments submitted in response to

the meeting will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

Register for Meeting

Woodman's announces that KIDS UNDER 12 EAT FREE, Monday – Friday, during School Vacation Week, February 20-24.

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

Eligibility Forms for the 2023 Round of CPA Funding are Now Available

These funds are available for Open Space and Outdoor Recreation, Historic Preservation, and Community Housing

The City of Gloucester is now accepting applications for the 2023 Community Preservation Act (CPA) round of funding. Eligibility forms must be submitted by March 7, with full applications due May 2. Eligibility forms and more information can be found online at the City’s website.

Read Full Press Release

Lottery Applications Now Available for Harborlight Homes at 5 Granite Street Crossing, Rockport

Application Deadline March 1

The Granite Street Crossing property will be an intergenerational property of 23 units total - with 17 senior studios and 6 family townhomes, all deeply affordable. A housing lottery for the property will take place on April 3, with the application deadline of March 1, 2023. The property is slated for a late summer 2023 move-in. Please share these details with those who are in need of affordable housing. 

Learn More & Download Lottery Application

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week


Max, a 1-year-old retriever-greyhound mix, is part of Cape Ann Animal’s foster-to-adopt program. He loves his stuffies and will throw them around the play yard then get zoomies to show his appreciation. With his long legs, there is no doubt that he will be able to keep up with you on hikes and by the end of the day he is happy to curl up with a comfy blanket and get cuddles! Max hasn’t had a lot of experience with other dogs so he is hoping someone has the time and patience to continue his socialization. If you give him the chance he is sure to give you all his love in return! If you are interested in fostering, please visit or visit Max at Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester.

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Job Listings

Facilities & Security Coordinator needed at Cape Ann Savings Bank

Madam Had'em seeks Social Media Intern or Part-Time Job

Material Handlers and Engineering Technician - Intermediate needed at Applied Materials

Pathways for Children has an opening for a School Age Team Lead

Action Inc. is Seeking an Accountant

Hiring Caregivers Immediately for N Guardian Angels Newest Location in Gloucester!

GMGI seeks a Communications & Development Summer Intern

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