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Monthly Edition - May 2, 2023

Good Harbor Beach featured on North Shore Magazine's May 2023 Cover

Chamber News & Updates

CEO & President's Update

Spring is in bloom on Greater Cape Ann! We are excited to welcome our seasonal guests and enjoy the beauty Mother Nature delivers each Spring to our splendid region.

Our Board of Directors and Chamber Team continue to focus on our 2023 priorities including “Connecting Commerce and Community”. Regarding this new initiative, we are working to improve cross promotion of services and events, to enhance cultural initiatives, and to increase our visibility as a place to live, work, visit and play while growing our economy in a responsible and thoughtful way.

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Tourism Council Update

Tourism Council: Spotlighting May 11 Spring Mixer and Exciting Times Ahead in 2023

Each year, the Spring Tourism Mixer helps usher in the busiest seasons for our visitor-based economy, and that will be the case when we gather on May 11 in Ipswich. The spectacular Crane Estate will be setting for the 2023 Spring Tourism Mixer. “Looking Ahead” is the theme of this year’s Mixer, and the Council will give any member of the Cape Ann’s tourism community an opportunity to share their updates and distribute promotional materials. There will also be plenty of time for networking and tours of the Great House.

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Register for Spring Mixer on May 11

Health & Wellness Committee

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Gary Rogers, MD, Beverly Hospital

Melanie Choi, PA, Addison Gilbert Hospital

Summer is fast approaching and with it comes more time spent in the sun. A reminder that although the sun has its benefits too much exposure comes with risk. One in five individuals develop skin cancer every year and in many cases skin cancers go undetected. Three of the most common forms of skin cancers are from overexposure to Ultraviolet Lights (UV). Read More

2023 Publications

Did you know that the Chamber publishes three annual visitor and resident publications that come out in May? That’s right, the 2023 Greater Cape Ann Guide & Directory, Greater Cape Ann Map and Rockport Visitor’s Map & Guide are all complete and due in the middle of May. Please keep an eye out for an announcement from us on when you should come pick them up. Our team works incredibly hard on these pieces and we’re excited to share them with everyone. Stay tuned for updates! 

Route 128 Visitor Kiosk Rack Cards

LimitedSpaces 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

Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Alliance

Inaugural Meeting Announcement

Wednesday, May 3 | 5 - 6:30 PM

Gloucester Stage Company

Tomorrow is the first official gathering of the newly conceived Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Alliance. We have had a very good response and over 85 people have registered to date.

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

Coffee & Connections (Virtual Networking)

Thursday, May 4 | 9 AM

Register Today

This Week's Committee Meetings

Health & Wellness: Wednesday, May 3 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Next Gen: Thursday, May 4 | 6 - 7 PM at Salted Cod Art House

Please email for details.

Weekday Volunteers needed at Gloucester Chamber Office

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 Cherl!

Get into the Spring Spirit

2nd Annual WellFest

Saturday, May 20 | 11 AM - 2 PM

Harvey Park, Rockport MA

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.

Visit the Chamber Calendar for a complete list of participating vendors.

Also, thank you to our sponsors:

Action, Inc., Addison Gilbert Hospital, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Cape Ann YMCA, Beauport Hearing Care, Bonneville Design, and SeniorCare Inc.

Spring in Rockport

Saturday, May 20 | All Day Long

Join us in Rockport to celebrate the start of Spring. From a plant sale to a trail race to the 31st Annual EMS Day to Cape Ann Plein Air Motif No. 1 Paint-out (and more), it is going to be a day full of activities for all ages. In addition, many local shops and restaurants will be offering Rockport-themed specials. Visit to see a full schedule of events.

Spring into Essex: Essex in Bloom

May 19 - 21

The Town of Essex and the Essex business community are welcoming people Downtown to see Essex in Bloom! There will be dining, shop hopping, entertainment, art installations, games, and more. 

Get Involved: Essex would love to have your business involved with activities this weekend. A few ideas from businesses on how they might be involved have been:

  • Tastings: wine, beer, mead, etc.
  • Cooking demos 
  • Store display 

Please fill out this form with information about how your business can be involved. (This information can be updated later on.)

Recent Events

Cape Ann License Plate Auction

The Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF) Low Number License Plate Auction was a big success this past month and exceeded our expectations. Ten low number plates were purchased, including #2! Thank you for your continued support! With our 2023 grant cycle, the CACF will have given over $100,000 back to Cape Ann non-profits and schools since our inception in 2015! An exciting milestone we are eager to celebrate. 

Business After Hours Local Colors

What a great turnout out at the April 20 Business After Hours at Local Colors. Thank you to Local Colors Artists' Collective for hosting a fun evening and Minglewood Harborside for providing delicious appetizers. If you haven't been to Local Colors, check out the photo album for a sampling of what you are missing out on. View Photos

Building Inclusive Non-Profit Organizations

Last week the Chamber’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) committee and Rockport Music/Shalin Liu welcomed Cape Ann non-profits to a session on Building Inclusive Non-Profit Organizations. Erina McWilliam-Lopez, Executive Director of the Cape Ann YMCA, gave an insightful presentation on the foundation for inclusion and bias. Jean McCartin, Association Director of Inclusion for the YMCA of the North Shore, gave an overview of the role of Inclusion Specialists at the YMCA and inclusion in the context of the North Shore YMCA. The session ended with a facilitated small group discussion led by Toni Waldron, Educator and Community Justice Organizer. View Slide Deck

Member & Community News

Annual Town Meetings

Essex: The Annual Town Meeting is Continued to Tuesday, May 2

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

View Warrant | View Finance Committee 2023 Report

Upcoming Town Elections

Essex: Monday, May 8

Rockport: Tuesday, May 9

Ipswich: Tuesday, May16

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

ECCF: Essex County Racial Equity Leaders Learning Circle

The Essex County Racial Equity Leaders Learning Circle (EC-RELC for short) is an opportunity for a cohort of about 10 Essex County nonprofits to participate in a shared learning experience designed to support individual and organizational racial equity practice as well as pathways towards more diverse, inclusive, and racially equitable organizations. Over the course of seven months, participating organizations will have the opportunity to go deeper on key racial equity concepts and content and apply this learning real-time through the development and beginning implementation of action plans. Learn More and Apply

Seaside Sustainability Internship Program

During the summer 2023 season, Seaside Sustainability will introduce an in-person initiative as an extension of their Marine Science and Education team. The internship program will be local to the Gloucester, Massachusetts location, so all applicants should be located within 30 minutes of headquarters to be considered, as housing and transportation cannot be provided. The program currently runs for three months from June 1 to September 15, 2023, with an opportunity to extend involvement. We are currently searching for a wonderful group of interns that would come on board with us. Learn More | Apply Online

Volunteer at the Institution for Savings’ Credit for Life Fair on May 23 

The Institution for Savings invites area professionals to volunteer at the 13th Annual Credit for Life Fair at Masconomet Regional High School on Tuesday, May 23 from 9:30am-11:30am. This annual event hosts 1,000 high school juniors from across the North Shore as they play the roles of 25-year-old adults and ‘spend’ their monthly ‘salaries’ on everything they need. Volunteers will staff booths as part of the students’ journey to manage everything from housing, furniture and utilities to lifestyle, transportation, wellness and more. Check out last year’s video to learn more. 

Join Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce CEO Steve Buckley as a volunteer at this fun and interactive event. Make it a teambuilding opportunity and recruit a colleague or group from your business to volunteer. Contact to sign up or learn more. 

Participating high schools: Amesbury, Newburyport, Triton, Pentucket, Ipswich, Hamilton-Wenham, Georgetown, Manchester-Essex, Masconomet, Beverly, Swampscott, Gloucester, and Rockport High Schools. 

Mentors Sought for Fall 2023

Wellspring and Gloucester High School (GHS) are searching for community members and young professionals who are interested in sharing their life, education and career experience as mentors to rising GHS juniors and seniors. As a mentor in the Gloucester Mentor Project, mentors work one-to-one with GHS students to help them plan for post-secondary career and education plans, sharing your valuable tips, best practices and advice along the way.  

Beginning in Fall 2023, students will be paired with mentors, and they'll meet once per week on Zoom/in-person to discuss opportunities and help them set action steps to reach their goals. Anyone who is interested can email Mary Hardwick, Community Liaison, at for more information, or fill out Wellspring's Volunteer Inquiry Form.

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.

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!

Job Listings

Schooner Thomas E. Lannon is hiring a Store Clerk

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

The Beauport Hospitality Group is hiring for all positions.

Wellspring House seeks a Full Time Accountant

The Emerson Inn is hiring the following:

Servers / Bartenders / Restaurant

GMGI is looking for a Communications & Development Summer Intern

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

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

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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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