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Monthly Edition - April 4, 2023

April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a common but complex developmental disability, with 1 in 44 American children born in the United States on the autism spectrum. Although doctors generally agree that the cause for autism spectrum disorder is unknown, there are known risk factors. Research indicates that genetics are involved in the vast majority of cases and children born to older parents are at a higher risk for having autism. Parents who have a child on the spectrum have a 2-18% chance of having a second child who is also affected. Read More

Chamber News & Updates

CEO & President's Update

Our Board of Directors and Chamber Team continue to focus on our priorities for 2023 including “Connecting Commerce and Community”. We continue to focus on improving cross promotion of services and events amongst Chamber members, increasing our visibility as a place to live, work, visit and play, enhance cultural initiatives and to continue to grow our economy in a responsible and thoughtful way.

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Tourism Council Update

Tourism Council Focuses on Future Opportunities…and the May Spring Mixer!

The March meeting of the Greater Cape Ann Tourism Council confirmed what our group has known for quite some time: our region is a wonderful destination for visitors (as well as those of us who make our home here).

Nancy Gardella from the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau was our special guest, and she shared some insights on our region, pointing out that north of Boston is the number three tourism destination in Massachusetts.

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Get Your Job Openings Seen

Did you know you can post job listings to the Greater Cape Ann Chamber’s website, newsletter and socials? With more people than ever before making career changes, don’t miss out on an opportunity to get your listings in front of the masses! Posting your openings to our website doesn’t end there, it also gets included in future Soundings News editions and automatically to our Facebook page. Right now, there’s more than 25 jobs posted to our website – are yours up there too? Please reach out to Sam Bevins for assistance posting your listings to our site. It’s FREE! 

2023 Cape Ann Community Foundation Grant Applications Now Open

CACF is pleased to announce that applications for the 2023 funding cycle are now open.  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

This Week's Committee Meetings

Health & Wellness: Wednesday, April 5, 8:30 AM via Zoom

Next Gen: Thursday, April 6, 6 - 7 PM

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!

Save the Date

Cape Ann Community Foundation's Annual Low Number License Plate Auction | April 10 - 16

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

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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. Due to limited capacity at Harvey Park, there will be a juried vendor selection process this year. Vendor Application deadline has been extended to Friday, April 14.

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Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Alliance

Inaugural Meeting Announcement

Tuesday, May 23 | 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

Recent Events

March was a very busy month at the Chamber.

Visit Our Photo Albums

New Member Reception

March 1

Economic Outlook Breakfast

March 8

Career & Educational Advancement Fair - March 9

Irish Sweepstakes

March 16

Empty Bowl Painting

Business After Hours Brookline Bank - March 22

Businesswomen's Mixer at the Crow's Nest - March 30

Cape Ann Caucus in Gloucester

Division Meetings in All Communities

Member & Community News

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

True North Ale Company Launches Straight Up IPA

Ipswich, MA • March 24, 2023

True North Ale Company announces the launch of Straight Up IPA, adding to its offering of year-round core brands. A strong complement to Northern Haze, our flagship, Straight Up IPA pours crystal clear, fills the room with hops aroma, and drinks tropical with just a hint of piney dankness. Read Full Press Release

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. 

Spring into Essex: Essex in Bloom

May 19 - 21

The Town of Essex and the Essex business community are welcoming people back to Downtown Essex 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.)

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

FORGE Spring Startup Showcase, Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm.

Kick off Spring by joining us for an exciting evening of networking, startup tabletop demonstrations, and a pitch competition with over $10K in non dilutive funding at the FORGE Spring Startup Showcase. This event, hosted by 3DEXPERIENCE Lab at Dassault Systemes, will bring together startup companies, local suppliers, manufacturers, startup ecosystem organizations, and investors.

2023 SBA T.H.R.I.V.E. Program - Learn More and Apply

Deadline Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 11:59 pm

T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined program takes you on a journey of learning to lead yourself and ultimately translates that knowledge into leading others. It will equip you with skills to overcome the constraints of your business' growth and help you to step forward with a new perspective on leading your team to success. Enhance your leadership abilities, acquire MBA-equivalent knowledge, benefit from personalized business guidance, and establish connections with a group of entrepreneurs, consultants, and specialists

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

The Beauport Hospitality Group has several openings to fill:

Director of Human Resources

Marketing Coordinator

Graphic Designer

Senior Marketing Manager

Assistant General Manager - 1606 Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Restaurant Manager - Seaport Griile

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 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

Cape Ann Savings Bank is searching for a Facilities & Services Coordinator

GMGI is looking for a Communications & Development Summer Intern

Ace Hardware Garden Center Associate(s) - Seasonal Part time and Cashiers/Sales Associates - P/T

Cape Ann's Marina is seeking a Marine Outboard Technician/Mechanic

Receptionist needed at Gloucester Housing Authority

Pathways for Children has an opening for a School Age Care Team Lead and an Early Childhood Education Teacher Paid Apprenticeship

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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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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 Ken Riehl at

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