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May 16, 2023

Chamber News & Updates

Financial Planning Seminar – Is your business benefitting its most important customer? ...You!

Tuesday, May 23 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Presented by John T. Brennan, J.D., CFP(r)

Join us for a free Financial Planning Seminar, presented by John T. Brennan, J.D., CFP(r) of Cape Ann Savings Trust & Financial Services in partnership with the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

From a side hustle to a big business, see what you can do to make sure your business is benefitting its most important customer... YOU! In this fast-paced seminar, confirm that your business serves you and your financial needs in the long run. Register Today

Route 128 Visitor Kiosk Rack Cards

Only a Few Spaces are Left

Don't Miss Out on Promoting Your Business

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is taking reservations for our Visitor Kiosk at the Route 128 Service Plaza in North Beverly. This highly visited information site services tens of thousands of visitors travelling onto Cape Ann each year. Our rack card positions are available at the same price as last year and will be honored on a first-come, first-serve paid basis. 

Download Reservation Form

Join the Greater Cape Ann Chamber's Health & Wellness Committee for the 2nd Annual WellFest: A Greater Cape Ann Community Wellness Fair. This year, we are moving to Harvey Park in Rockport! This event will showcase the Cape Ann region's broad range of health and wellness services. 

This event will provide something for people of all ages! Food & Nutrition, Movement, Balance & Exercise, Hearing & Vision, Health in Mind, Body & Spirit, Youth Development & Lifelong Learning, and Senior Readiness.

Download Flyer with List of Vendors

In light of all the fun activities and events going on in Rockport on May, 20, the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has created a special promotion called Spring in Rockport. We encourage businesses to participate by offering special discounts, menu items, or anything you'd like! Please also help us spread the word and promote the day!

Visit to see a the full schedule of events.

For questions, please email

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

Available State Bids

Records Management, Storage, Archiving, & Moving Services

State Bid for Landscaping Products

Maintenance Repair and Operations state bid

Manchester Essex Middle School students part of ADL’s annual Youth Congress

Students from Manchester Essex Regional Middle School recently participated in the Anti-Defamation League’s 27th annual Youth Congress in Boston. The ADL’s Youth Congress is a one-day event that brings together more than 1,400 middle and high school students, teachers and community leaders from more than 65 schools across New England. The theme of this year’s conference was “Courageous Conversations,” a message that aimed to provide participants with an opportunity to discuss issues of bias, prejudice and discrimination. During the event, students heard guest speakers give presentations on diversity, equity and inclusion and about the importance of speaking up, taking action and engaging in conversations against hate. Students also participated in anti-bias activities, where groups worked together to facilitate conversations with each other. Read More

Rockport: Rotary gives $7,000 drone to Fire Department

The Rotary Club of Rockport has gifted the Town of Rockport a drone to be used for public safety. The drone idea was originally presented to the Rotary board in September by Co-President Janelle Favaloro and Secretary Kecia German. At that time, the Fire Department was battling the forest fires in Woodland Acres in the Pigeon Cove section of town. The DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise Thermal drone was purchased at a cost of $7,000 and was funded by a Rotary International District Grant which was approved last November. Read More

CVTE students receive new work boots thanks to BRUNT Workwear

Career Vocational Technical Education students at Gloucester High School will be able to step out in style and be safe in shop thanks to new work boots they received during a Thursday morning assembly in the auditorium from BRUNT Workwear of North Reading. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the school’s four career programs — Auto Tech, Advanced Manufacturing/Machine Tech, Electrical Tech and Carpentry Tech — where called up by shop to receive their free boots. Seniors who plan to go into the trades also received a pair. The company donated 108 pairs to students in the trades with a cash value of approximately $16,000, according to Michael Gaffney, the schools’ community engagement and communications coordinator. The assembly was held on the same day as a Career and Technical Education Showcase. Read More

The Institution for Savings Donates 56 American Flags

The Institution for Savings, County Road and Hamilton offices, have donated 56 American flags to decorate Central, Market, and South Main streets for Memorial Day and Independence Day.

This donation replaces flags that were well past their useful life and will improve the appearance of the downtown during the summer months. The Veterans organizations of Ipswich, American Legion Post 80, AMVETS Post 201, PLAV Post 92, and VFW Post 1093, accepted the flags on behalf of the town.

Representing the Institution for Savings are: Mary Foote-Hill, Tyler Davis, Kathy Ferreira, Deb Brockelbank and Sue Reynolds.

North Shore Small Business Diversity Directory

The North Shore Alliance for Economic Development (Alliance) has launched the North Shore Small Business Diversity Directory (Diversity Directory) in an effort to improve equity and diversity in both the public and private sectors. Housed on the Alliance website, it is both an online and printable Directory that will help businesses market their services and products. The Diversity Directory information will also assist private businesses and municipalities to pro-actively increase equity in their procurement opportunities.  


Businesses who believe they qualify and would like to register in the North Shore Diversity Directory are invited to complete the registration form.  

Northshore Magazine Launches Hospitality Job Listing Tool to Connect Businesses and Job-seekers

As the warm weather emerges and business picks up in many popular destinations around the North Shore, restaurants and hospitality businesses continue to have a difficult time hiring enough staff. To help this essential segment of our economy and culture address this issue, Northshore magazine has launched a hospitality jobs listing page to connect hospitality workers with open positions throughout the region. Learn More

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week


Pretty Rickette is a little lady around 12 years old who’s looking for her furever home. Her days here at the shelter consist of naps, playing with toy mice, using a scratching board, talking for attention, getting pats and scratches, and asking again for more attention! She’s super friendly and warms up to just about anyone. She would prefer to go into a less busy household without other pets. If you think Pretty Rickette would make a good addition to your family, stop by 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.

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Continuing Hot Deals

Cape Ann YMCA: Reduced rate for Chamber members

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! 

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Job Listings

Wellspring is hiring a full-time accountant

Cape Ann Law has an opening for an Administrative Assistant/Office Manger

Cape Ann's Marina is seeking a Marine Retail Store & Parts Manager and a Marine Outboard Technician/Mechanic plus other opportunies.

The Trustees of Reservation - Crane Estate

Seasonal Museum Interpreter

Guest Services Associate

CraneOutdoors Paddle Guide

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