View as Webpage

April 18, 2023

Chamber News & Updates

Thank you to All who Bid On and Purchased License Plates

The Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF) Low Number License Plate Auction was a big success this past week and exceeded our expectations. Ten low number plates were purchased, including #2. Thank you for your continued support. With our 2023 grant cycle, the CACF will have given over $100,000 back to Cape Ann non-profits and schools since our inception in 2015! An exciting milestone we are eager to celebrate.

2023 Cape Ann Community Foundation Grant Applications Now Open


CACF is pleased to announce that applications for the 2023 funding cycle are now open.  You can access the application and award criteria here. The application deadline is May 1, 2023. 

Application Released for 2023 Business Education Collaborative Scholarships


The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has released the application for our 2023 Business Education Collaborative Scholarships. Through this scholarship program, the Chamber and Woodman’s will be issuing six scholarships for a total of $8000 this spring. The deadline for applications is Friday April 28, 2023.  


New for 2023, we are excited to announce that students attending Ipswich High School are now included in the scholarship program, so please help us spread the word.  


Download Application | Download Scholarship Criteria

Business After Hours at

Local Colors

Thursday, April 20 | 5 - 7 PM

121 Main Street, Gloucester

Want to meet with fellow Chamber members, while enjoying food, beverages, and of course, some amazing art? You’re in luck! 

On April 20, Local Colors is hosting our monthly Business After Hours. They are partnering with Minglewood Harborside, who will provide (delicious) light appetizers.

A door prize will be raffled off (remember to bring your business card!)

Register Today | Download Flyer

Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Alliance

Inaugural Meeting Announcement

Tuesday, May 3 | 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

Free Seminar: Why Language Matters

Wednesday, May 10 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Presented by Miranda Aisling, Cape Ann Museum

The Gloucester400+ Anniversary’s Diversity & Equity Committee will host a community conversation to explore the Gloucester 400+ Anniversary and its mission of promoting cultural, social, ethnic and economic diversity. The committee will share their framework, specifically focusing on language use as we talk about history, our future, and why it matters. 

Register Today

Vendor & Sponsor 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


34th Annual Education & Scholarship Golf Tournament

Call for Tee & Green Sign Sponsors

The net proceeds of this event fund the Chamber’s extensive work with the four greater 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 Tee & Green 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 Division Meeting

Wednesday, April 19 | 8 - 9 AM

Essex Public Safety Building - Main Entrance, Training Room

One Ocean's Annual Earth Day Clean Up

WHEN: Sat April 22nd 10am - 11:30am

WHERE: Good Harbor Beach Footbridge

WHY: To make a difference in our community on Earth Day

Our good friends Cape Ann SUP are also hosting their annual clean up as well, at Pavilion Beach from 10-11am

Young Legends Ball Hockey Launches Premiere Ball Hockey Rink in Gloucester, MA

  • YLBH leads the charge in developing a state-of-the-art ball hockey rink for all individuals, regardless of age
  • Fosters a safe and affordable environment and addresses the unmet need for outdoor ball hockey facilities across the North Shore
  • Official opening ceremony to take place on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 10am ET near Stage Fort Park

Read Press Release

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


Meet Zony, a Puerto Rican Sato who is likely full grown but may gain some pounds once she is in a forever home. An intelligent dog that enjoys a nap, a long walk, and treats, she bond with her human very quickly and loves attention. She is completely house trained and has learned how to be on a leash and a couple of commands. Because I grew up as a street dog, I am working on getting to like other dogs, and would likely do best in a single-dog household (at least at first). If you think I’d make a good addition to your family, stop by and visit me today!

Please visit for more information about me and all the other animals waiting for homes here at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester.

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

Shop Our Members

Continuing Hot Deals

Local Sales, Discounts & Promotions 

Posting a Shop Our Member deal is a great way to gain exposure for your business by highlighting your special promotions. Take advantage of this FREE member benefit and list yours today by logging into your account! 

*Contact Sam at if you need assistance 

Job Listings

Cape Ann's Marina is seeking a Marine Outboard Technician/Mechanic 

GMGI seeks a Communications & Development Summer Intern

The Emerson Inn is hiring the following:

Servers / Bartenders / Restaurant

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

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

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber is seeking a Director of Member Services

Soundings Sponsors

We extend a big thank you to our supporting sponsors.

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

Pivotal Partners

Facebook  Instagram  Web