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May 9, 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 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


Boston Children's Hospital Blood Drive

May 12 | 8:30 AM - 4 PM

24 Harbor Loop

To make an appointment, please go to: and use sponsor code: GCACC.

For more information contact: Michelle Mineo, 978-471 9178


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.

Upcoming Free Seminars

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

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

Swing into Spring Event Recap

The 1st Annual Swing into Spring Businesswomen's Golf Event was a Smashing Success

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Over 60 women took the the golf course at Ipswich Country Club (ICC) yesterday to learn, play, and socialize. Players ranged in ability from never have played before to seasoned veterans. In the morning, the women were separated into 4 groups and rotated through chipping, putting, driving and bunker stations with golf professionals from ICC teaching the basics of each skill. After lunch, the women were able to take their newly learned skills onto the golf course and played Scramble format golf.

A long distance putting contest was won by Nicole Carson. Marge Connolly won the Best Dressed Award, Sheila Walsh won the 50/50 raffle ($275.00) and Joanne Vallone won 9 holes of golf at Cape Ann Golf Course.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Businesswomen's Carolyn M. O'Connor Scholarship Fund.

We sincerely thank Ipswich Country Club for creating a wonderful experience for all; it was a day full of smiles, laughter & fun! We can't wait for next year!

We also thank our sponsors: nxtevent, Cameron Prestige Real Estate, Margo J. Maloney - J. Barrett & Company, Engel & Volkers - Brackett Janis Group, and Engel & Volkers - Lane Burnham Team.

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

Upcoming Annual Meeting

Ipswich: Tuesday, May 9 @ 7 PM | Ipswich Middle/High School

View Warrant | View Finance Committee 2023 Report

Upcoming Town Elections

Rockport: Tuesday, May 9

Ipswich: Tuesday, May16

Manchester-By-The-Sea: Tuesday, May 16

Essex: May 8 Election Results

Available State Bids

Records Management, Storage, Archiving, & Moving Services

State Bid for Landscaping Products

Maintenance Repair and Operations state bid

The Drinkable Company Teams with Ocean Breeze Cultivators on Cannabis Beverages

The Drinkable Company, led by veteran beverage entrepreneurs Mark

and John Mahoney, is partnering with family-owned cannabis cultivator Ocean Breeze Cultivators of Gloucester, MA, to produce and distribute a variety of delicious, predictable, and responsible cannabis beverages across Massachusetts. The partnership leverages Ocean Breeze’s expertise in high quality, eco-friendly cannabis cultivation practices with the drinkable company’s more than 30 years of crafting exceptional beverage products. Read Full Press Release

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

Gloucester High named as finalists in state road safety PSA contest

Gloucester High School was among seven Massachusetts high schools chosen as finalists in the “Look Both Ways Road Safety PSA Contest,” sponsored by Fundación MAPFRE and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. High school students statewide were invited to write scripts for a public service announcement aimed at capturing the attention of other teens with important road safety messages. The goal is to promote safer behavior among teens on the roads. The winner will work with Boston creative communications agency CTP to produce the spot, and the school will receive $3,000 for road safety education. The PSA from the winning high school team will be broadcast in May, as students prepare for prom and graduation season. Read More

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week


Jake here! I am a lovely boy about 13 years old looking for my chance at forever. I love quiet affection and fun. If you are looking for an older kitty who is housetrained, I might just be your guy! I would love a quiet home with a cozy kitty bed and a loving family. If you have it in your heart to adopt a guy like me, 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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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

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

GMGI seeks a Communications & Development Summer Intern

Wellspring is hiring a full-time accountant

Beauport Hospitality Group is hiring for all positions.

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

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

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

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