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March 21, 2023

Chamber News & Updates

Business After (Banking) Hours 

Wednesday, March 22 | 5 - 7 PM

Brookline Bank, Ipswich

Join us as we gather and network for our monthly Business After Hours series. This month our generous host is Brookline Bank of Ipswich. Join us for a fun evening of networking and light appetizers in Brookline Bank's Spacious Lobby area. Door prize raffle and cash bar.

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4 Steps to Improve Your Brand This Year

Thursday, March 30 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Greater Cape Ann Chamber Conference Room

Join us for a Free Seminar, 4 Steps to Improve Your Brand This Year, presented by Lauren Georgiades of GL Design Co. This presentation is designed to explain the steps it takes to solidify a company's branding so that it takes on its own life and communicates clearly and consistently to it's desired audience by building brand equity and image.

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2023 Cape Ann License Plate Low Number Auction

April 10 - April 16

Supporting a Stronger Cape Ann

The Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF) is hosting it's annual low number Cape Ann License Plate Online Auction from April 10th - April 16th 2023. We don't want you to miss out on the fun!

Register today to preview available plate numbers and for your chance to bid!

Learn more about CACF

Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities

Swing into Spring

Monday, May 8 | 9 AM - 3 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

Register | Sponsorship Opportunities

2nd Annual WellFest

Saturday, May 20 | 11 AM - 2 PM

Harvey Park, Rockport MA

Vendor Application Deadline is March 31

WellFest is an event that will promote the broad range of health and wellness services that are right here on greater Cape Ann. This unique event was a big success in 2022 and we’re excited to continue this community experience in a new venue, the beautiful coastal community of Rockport. Due to limited capacity at Harvey Park, there will be a juried vendor selection process this year. 

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34th Annual Education & Scholarship Golf Tournament

Call for Sponsors

The net proceeds of this event fund the Chamber’s extensive work with the three 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.


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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 Bernie!

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

Fish for the Future: How Genomics Can Support Sustainable Fisheries

Wednesday, March 22 | 6 - 7 PM

Gloucester City Hall's Kyrouz Auditorium 9

You are invited to join Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute for a live, in-person talk from GMGI Fisheries Scientist Tim O’Donnell. Hear from Tim on how he and his team are utilizing state-of-the-art genomic technology to support sustainable fisheries for the future. All are welcome. The event is free of charge and registration is required. Click to learn more and register!

3A Task Force

Public Forum #1

Wednesday, March 22 | 6:30 PM

Town Hall Room A

The State has created Section 3A of the Zoning Act, which states that Ipswich, along with 174 other communities in eastern Massachusetts with access to MBTA service, shall create a district or districts where multi-family housing is allowed as of right. Over the next year, the Town, supported by volunteers in the 3A Task Force, will be leading a planning process with extensive community engagement to determine the location and details of Ipswich's district(s). The result will be a zoning amendment presented to Town Meeting in Spring 2024.

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Enter the 2023 Digital Equity Challenge

Application Deadline March 31

Live Event Finals - April 26

The iHub is working with Essex County Community Foundation to host their second Digital Equity Challenge event. The challenge is open to businesses, organizations and students (high school and college) in Essex County who have projects and ideas to elevate digital equity. 

They are seeking projects, solutions, business models and new ventures (for profit or non-profit) that address one or more of the following key areas: 

  • Addressing Racial Inequities in Digital Access 
  • Increasing Access to Devices 
  • Promoting and Growing Digital Literacy

Learn More |  Download Flyer

Wellspring is Searching for Exceptional Candidates to Join their Board of Directors! 

Help drive the mission and vision of Wellspring House, while expanding your professional network and honing your leadership skills! Wellspring is currently accepting applications for positions on our Board of Directors.

Wellspring House is guided by the vision of a just society where every member of our community

thrives. Our mission is to inspire families and adults on the North Shore to achieve employment and financial security through stable housing, education, job training and career readiness.

Download Application

Manchester-by-the-Sea Annual Town Meeting

Monday, April 3 | 6:30 PM

Memorial Elementary School

At this year’s Annual Town Meeting, scheduled for Monday, April 3, 6:30PM, at the Memorial Elementary School, nine of the twenty articles are proposing changes to accept a new local option provided by state law, adopt or change a general bylaw or amend our zoning regulations.

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Woodman's Gives Back

Wednesday, April 5 | 11:30 AM - 9 PM

CK Pearl Restaurant

Join Woodman's of Essex as they bring back their annual fundraiser, for the first time since 2019. Join them at C.K. Pearl's for lunch and / or dinner, between 11:30 am -9:00 pm and at least 10% of the proceeds will be generously donated to the L. Dexter Woodman Family Foundation.

Featuring musician Chris Fritz-Grice from 5:00-8:00

Call to book your reservation at 978-890-7378.

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Town of Essex Special Town Meeting

Monday, April 10 | 7:30 PM

Essex Elementary School

Like 30 Apple St, which the town purchased at the 2022 Fall Town Meeting, the Town of Essex also now has first right of refusal on the purchase of 31 Apple St. Because we have a limited scope of time to consider the purchase, there will be a Special Town Meeting held to vote on this potential purchase on Monday, April 10 at 7:30pm in the Cafetorium at Essex Elementary School, 12 Story St.

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Pathways for Children & Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Partnering with Pathways for Children, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is providing one free, specially-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality book each month to children from birth to age five who live in Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Manchester, Peabody, Rockport, or Salem.

These books are personalized with your child's name and mailed directly to your home, creating an exciting gifting experience.

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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.

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week


Peanut, 5, is still looking for her forever home. A well-behaved cat who consistently uses her litter pan for urination, she prefers to do her bowel movements outside of the pan. With a bit of guidance and patience from her new family, perhaps she can learn to use the litter pan consistently. Despite her shyness, Peanut loves to snuggle up near her humans while they read or watch TV. With a little patience and understanding, she is sure to thrive in her new home and bring joy to everyone she meets. Please visit this section of our website if you are interested in adopting:

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

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Job Listings

The Emerson Inn is hiring the following:

Boutique Hotel Supervisor / Concierge

Concierge / Administrative Asst / Marketing

Head Bartender | Lead Housekeeper

Servers / Bartenders / Restaurant

Sous Chef 2 / Culinary Intern

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

Facilities & Security Coordinator needed at Cape Ann Savings Bank

Receptionist needed at Gloucester Housing Authority

Pathways for Children has an opening for a School Age Care Team Lead and a Bus Driver

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

GMGI seeks a Communications & Development Summer Intern

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is seeking a Chief Operations Officer

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

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