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April 25, 2023

Chamber News & Updates

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

2023 Cape Ann Community Foundation Grant Application Deadline is May 1


Just one week left to get your CACF grant application submitted. 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

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

2023 Spring Tourism Mixer 

"Looking Ahead"

Thursday, May 11 | 5 - 7 PM

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

Attention All Hospitality Businesses: Join us for the annual Greater Cape Ann Spring Tourism Mixer, as we gather at the spectacular Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich to celebrate the 2023 season. It's time to again mingle with your tourism community colleagues and share updates on plans for this coming spring, summer, fall, and winter. 

Download Flyer | Learn More & RSVP Today


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

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.

Sponsor Opportunities

34th Annual Education & Scholarship Golf Tournament

Last 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 100 area business owners, senior business leaders, and elected officials.


Learn More About Tee & Green Sponsorships

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

Cynthia Curtis Pottery

Now Accepting Registrations for the Next 8-week Session

Spring Pottery Classes | May 1 – June 23

Learn to use the pottery wheel, hand building techniques (pinch pots, slab pieces and coil pots), and glazing. Classes are small (8 students) with a focus on individualized attention.

One wheel per student is guaranteed. All levels of experience - beginners always welcome!

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Ocean Alliance Announces First-Ever Successful Drone-Based Tagging of

Endangered Blue and Fin Whales

For the first time ever, Ocean Alliance and their collaborators have successfully deployed suction cup data-tags on blue and fin whales in the Gulf of California using a drone (UAV). This new method of deploying tags is detailed in an April 2023 publication in the journal Royal Society Open Science and could have significant positive implications for whale science and conservation. SnotBot® is Ocean Alliance’s drone that collects the blow or snot from whales by hovering above the whale as the whale exhales. Read Full Press Release

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

Essex Annual Town Meeting

Monday, May 1 | 7:30 PM

Essex Elementary School, 12 Story Street

The Town Meeting Warrant, Finance Committee Report, Overview and Proposals of the Conservation and Zoning bylaw articles as well as other relevant documents can be viewed by visiting the Town of Essex website and clicking on the TOWN MEETING icon on the homepage. Please plan to arrive early for a smooth check-in.

Notice: Essex Causeway Bridge Opening

According to the DOT, the bridge on the Essex Causeway will open on Thursday, April 27.

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


Zony, a Puerto Rican Sato, is still seeking a furever home. She is likely full grown but may gain some pounds. 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.

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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 a School Age Care Team Lead

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

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