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February 13, 2023

Chamber News & Updates

Valentine's Day is tomorrow! Still haven't gotten a gift for your Valentine? How about a Gift of Cape Ann Love with a Cape Ann Gift Check! Remember to "Love Local" this Valentine's Day by shopping, dining and celebrating in your own community this year.

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

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

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.  

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 

Offered in English & Spanish

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

Register for English Session | Register for Spanish 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

Fundraiser for Essex Fire Victims to be held on Wednesday, March 15 at Jalapeño's in Gloucester

To help raise money to assist the Essex family of 7 who lost their house and all their belongings in a house fire last week, there will be lots of raffles and 10% of the restaurant’s sales will be given to the family.

Skating by the Sea

The finishing touches are being put together on a plan to bring ice skating to Masconomo Park. This new, fun event is coming to Manchester as part of our local efforts to promote a vibrant and successful village business district.  

Read Full Article in Manchester Cricket

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 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

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


Hello, Vincen here. I am in a foster home, weigh about 30 pounds and am low rider, most likely part bassett hound or dachshund mixed with Labrador retriever. I was rescued as a in Puerto Rico and am now 10 months old. My foster mom said would recommend I go to a home that has a (preferably confident) dog already. I do well with other dogs and children, although strangers and loud noises still scare me. I do my business outside like a champ, as long as I am being taken out at least three to four times a day. I’m super sweet and gentle and like to hoard toys. If you feel you might be a good fit, please fill out an online application today so you can see me in my foster home. Visit for more information.

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Job Listings

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

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

Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is seeking a Part-Time Administrative Assistant

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