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November 14, 2022

A Letter from Caitlin Pszenny

2022 Board President

We are thrilled to announce Stephen Buckley as incoming CEO of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce 

The Board and I are very excited to announce that Gloucester resident and Boston area business executive Stephen Buckley will succeed Ken Riehl as the organization’s chief executive officer. 

Steve was selected following a four-month search that attracted more than 50 candidates from across the U.S. The search committee presented its recommendation to the Chamber’s Board of Directors last month, and his appointment was approved by a unanimous vote.

Steve impressed the Chamber’s leadership with his passion for Cape Ann, his extensive business management experience, and his track record of community involvement. We reviewed a number of extraordinary candidates for his position, and he emerged as the clear choice to advance the Chamber’s mission to support our businesses and the entire Cape Ann community.

Learn More about Steve and the Upcoming Transition

Chamber News & Updates

Thank you to all who donated items or bid on items during the Love Greater Cape Ann Online Auction over the past week!

The support of both the bidders and donors is very much appreciated and will help us build for this special place where we live, work, and play!

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Discover Gloucester are excited to be collaborating on the 3rd Annual Winter Lights on Cape Ann this holiday season! Please click here complete the form to sign up to be included in the printed brochure and online map. 


Participation is free and is open to businesses in Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Gloucester and Ipswich. We ask that you have holiday lights and decor of your choice up and visible to passersby starting November 26 to kick off Small Business Saturday, through January 1 (and beyond if you so choose). New this year, optional decorating contest. Learn More

Seeking Businesses to Participate in Seminars

Do you have some great information or ideas to share with other Greater Cape Ann businesses? Maybe you are a digital marketing whiz or can offer advice on financial planning? Whatever your skill, if you are interested in exploring an opportunity to create a free informational seminar, please contact Ken at to discuss working together..

2023 Publications Advertising Opportunities 

Where does the time go? It is hard to believe, but it is already that time of year when we start planning for next season's Greater Cape Ann Guide and Directory, plus the Greater Cape Ann and Rockport Visitor Maps.

Learn More and Download Media Kit and Ad Contracts

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 Becca!

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Business Resources

First Ever Virtual New England Job Fair

November 15: Employer Industries will be Healthcare, Education, Hospitality and other industries

November 16: Employer Industries will be Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction,transportation/Warehousing and other industries

Small Business Saturday

is November 26

Download the Small Business Saturday Toolkit Today

The Small Business Saturday is a great resource for your business to promote itself for Small Business Saturday. It provides a variety of free social and printed marketing materials for you to use.

Also, remember to list your business on the Shop Small Map.

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.

Health Connector for Business Webinar: Affordable, Flexible Health Coverage - next session is November 30 from 12 - 1 PM.

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

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:

Please check the Business Resources Category in Chamber Blog for Business Resources available to the Cape Ann region! 

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Member & Community News


Monday, November 21, 2022 | 9 AM - 12 PM

Lahey Gloucester Urgent Care 

305 Gloucester Crossing Rd, Gloucester  

Parade of Trees - A New Gloucester Holiday Tradition

Gloucester Fishtown Horribles Parade organization looking for local businesses, community groups, families, and individuals who are interested in spreading

the holiday joy while raising money for a great cause.

You can participate one of two ways: 1) Design / Decorate a tree and donate it to be part of the raffle or 2) Purchase raffle tickets to try and win your favorite tree.

Deadline to sign up for a tree donation is Monday, Nov. 28.

Event date is December 2 - 4 at the First Baptist Church.

Download Flyer

EMail with questions

Holy Cow Ice Cream Flavor "Ritzy AF" Named Best in the US

Congratulations to Holy Cow Ice Cream who won the 2022 North American Ice Cream Association’s NATIONAL FLAVOR OF THE YEAR!

Last week, Holy Cow took their ice cream to Fort Worth, TX to compete on the main stage at the 89th Annual NAICA Convention where they took home the top prize and many other awards! Ritzy AF won the highly coveted award of “Flavor of the Year” and the Northeast region’s “Flavor of the Year”! This quite literally means we have the BEST ice cream flavor in the country.

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Sawyer Free Library Annual Meeting

The public is invited to the library at 2 Dale Ave. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. for the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Corporation's 2022 Annual Meeting. The meeting is open to the public, but only corporators can vote.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with welcoming remarks by Mern Sibley, president of the library's Board of Trustees.

The public is invited to attend and hear a presentation by Matt Oudens, of Oudens Ellos Architecture, detailing updates to the 2025 Sawyer Free Library Capital Project.

Learn More

Manchester Essex Regional Wins $10K Supportive Schools Grant

The Manchester Essex Regional School District has received a $10,000 grant to help it develop and implement a safe and supportive school action plan that addresses the social, emotional, and health needs of all it students. he plan will focus on what the state says are six areas of safe and supportive schools: leadership and culture, family engagement, professional learning opportunities, access to resources and services, teaching and learning that fosters safe and supportive environments, and updating policies and procedures.

Enviro Scholarships


The Henry David Thoreau Foundation awards collegiate scholarships of up to $26,000 to eight to ten students graduating from public or private high schools in Massachusetts. As Henry David Thoreau Scholars, these select high school seniors may enroll in any college and university in the world while they major or minor in an environmentally related field. Deadline to apply is February 1, 2023. Learn More

GHS Career Speaker Series 22/23


Gloucester High School is seeking speakers to talk about career pathways. Our goal is to help students connect classes of interest, skills and subjects to career pathways. If you or someone you know/work with is interested, please complete the CAREER SPEAKER SERIES FORM. Also, please see details on the CORI form process as this would need to be submitted before your speaking engagement is confirmed

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Open Door Seeking Donations for Holiday Basket Program


The Open Door is seeking donations for its annual Holiday Basket program. A gift of $35 helps feed local people through the holidays and beyond. A Holiday Basket provides families with all the fixings to make a holiday meal at home and make new memories. To donate, visit Those needing help setting a holiday table should contact: Questions? Call 978-283-6776.

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week

Willow is being fostered, but is looking for her fur-ever home. Willow's foster mom writes: "Willow is a 7-year-old petite little lady and a purring machine. ... She has a hint of kitten energy and is very friendly. Sleek and nimble, her shyness evaporates almost immediately, though she'll retreat to a cozy nook when she needs a break. She'll curl up next to you or crawl all over you to find a comfy spot. She has lived with cats and (years ago) a small dog ... so she would likely do well with other pets. In addition to enjoying a good laser light chase, she likes playing with boxes, catnip, and interacting with people." Please visit the following section of Cape Ann Animal Aid's website if you are interested in adopting Willow:

Job Listings

Slingshot is seeking an IT Help Desk Technician experienced in customer service.

Hiring Home Health Aides Immediately for North Shore Area!

Pathways for Children has four openings:

Teacher Floater Head Start

Teacher Assistant Head Start

Early Childhood Behavioral Specialist

School Age Care After -School Assistant Team Leaders

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Continuing Hot Deals

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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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 Ken Riehl at

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