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Monthly Edition - January 3, 2023

Chamber News & Updates

CEO Update

I am pleased to provide my inaugural CEO update to the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

First, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your faith in my ability to continue the mission of the Chamber and its service to the Greater Cape Ann Community. The Chamber is a special organization, and I am proud to serve the needs of our communities.

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Tourism Council Update

The discussion at the December meeting of the Greater Cape Ann Tourism Council confirmed what we’ve known for quite some time: the “off-season” is becoming a more exciting time for visitors to – and residents of – our communities.

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Government Affairs

At our monthly meeting held on Tuesday, December 13, the following guests from North Shore Community College (NSCC) were in attendance: Bill Heineman, President;

Adam Cutler, Dean, Strategic Partnerships; and Yelenna Rondon, Chair, Business Department.

President Heineman provided with the group with a presentation entitled: Preparing the Next Generation of the North Shore Workforce. This presentation featured an analysis of vacant jobs in the Commonwealth and described NSCC’s focus on providing post-secondary education from short term training to Associates Degrees, certificate programs and other creative options. The presentation demonstrated the various ways NSCC is taking a proactive approach to addressing labor shortages in our region. The Chamber will continue to partner with NSCC’s leadership and continue the focus on addressing the labor challenges in our region. 

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Health & Wellness

Long-term Health Goals for the New Year

New Year, New You!

Out with the old, in with the new… it happens about this time every year. As the new year approaches it presents an opportunity for a clean start.

Many reflect back and wonder, What needs adjusting? Others look forward and say, This year will be different!. If you are one of the millions of people who resolve each December 31st to change some aspect of their health over the next twelve months, congratulations, you’re in good company! Read Full Article

Love Greater Cape Ann Podcast

Ken Riehl, CEO Greater Cape Ann Chamber, and Caitlin Pszenny and 2022 Greater Cape Ann Chamber President welcome new Chamber CEO, Steve Buckley, and 2023 President Loran Caputo. They discuss the December Holiday events and what is coming up in January 2023 and the new annual theme of Connecting Commerce & Community. View Podcast

Did You Know?

Did you know that your business/organization gets a FREE listing in our major publication, the Greater Cape Ann Guide & Directory? This high-quality coffee table piece is widely distributed and viewed by tens of thousands of people both locally and throughout New England, including online visitors to three major websites:,, and  

As we work on the upcoming 2023 edition, it is VERY IMPORTANT that your information is correct for this year's Greater Cape Ann Guide & Directory. Please keep an eye out for an email later this week detailing how the information will be displayed. 

To make changes to your listing, please log in to your account by clicking here. Once logged in, you can update your information. If you haven't set up your online account yet, please reach out to


Mark your calendars for Friday, January 27 from 6 to 11 PM to help us celebrate 2023 President Loran Caputo and 2022 President Caitlin Pszenny, plus thank out-going and welcome incoming Board members. It promises to be a great evening of food, fun and dancing at the Beauport Hotel. $100 per person. (We have run into a bit of a printing glitch on the invitations but they should be mailed out today!)

Download Invitation | Registration Now Open

Seeking Sponsors for the Annual Celebration

Promote your business during the Chamber’s most popular event of the year! If you are interested in sponsoring this evening, we have sponsorship opportunities available to businesses who wish to promote themselves to members in the community.

Download the Sponsorship Form now or contact us to learn more


Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

BankGloucester | Johnson O'Connor

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 Becca!

Recent Events

Ken's Retirement Party

It was a packed house at Ken's retirement party on Thursday, December 15 at the Gloucester House. We thank all who joined us to say farewell to Ken, share stories and memories, and wish him the best in the next phase of his life. 

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It was a sold out house for the ALT NYE Party presented by the Development Warriors - collaborative collective of Cape Ann nonprofits.

Thank you to all who attended! Brought to you by: Action, Inc., Backyard Growers, Gloucester 400+, Gloucester Stage, Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Harborlight Homes, Pathways for Children, Town Green 2025, Rockport Art Association, Wellspring House.

Ribbon Cuttings

Don Gorvett Gallery

On Tuesday, December 6,the Chamber had the pleasure of helping the Don Gorvett Gallery celebrate the debut opening of Don Gorvett Studio + Gallery. Woodcuts and Drawings: Rediscovering Cape Ann, 2019 to present with a ribbon cutting.

Amanda Armstrong Group

On Thursday, December 8, the Chamber was pleased to participate in a Ribbon Cutting for the grand opening of the Amanda Armstrong Group / Compass new office in Magnolia.

Business Resources

2023 Winter & Spring Registration Now Open: The NightHawks Adult Education Program at Essex Tech is offering free industry training programs in Auto Collision Repair, Construction, Culinary Arts, Electro-Mechanical Assembly, HVAC, and Welding. These courses include professional skills development and job placement assistance. If you are looking to start a new career then this could be the right path for you. The Career Technical Institute (CTI) initiative is funded through the Baker-Polito administration in collaboration with the MassHire North Shore Career Center. Spaces are limited so apply now at

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!

Member & Community News

Project Elm: Making Cape Ann GREEN again, one tree at a time.

The 2022 plantings are complete—an additional 75 trees are in the ground all over Cape Ann! Thank you planting volunteers, donors and elm tree stewards! And a tremendous thank you to the Rockport Garden Club for their $2,000, 2022 Community Project Grant!

Project Elm is now taking orders for 2023 as we aim for 1000 Elm trees planted in 10 years—only 825 to go! Buy one or two for yourself, gift a tree or trees for someone else, or pay it forward and fund any number of trees to be planted across Cape Ann in 2023.

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GMGI Biotechnology Academy grads now eligible for transfer credits at Northeastern

Graduates of GMGI’s Gloucester Biotechnology Academy who go on to be accepted to Northeastern University in Boston will get a leg up as they seek a degree in biotechnology there, according to a recent press release.

The Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute has announced gradates of its 10-month certificate training program will be eligible to receive up to 11 transfer credits towards a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology program at Northeastern.

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Gloucester Community Belonging Survey


The Gloucester Racial Justice Team is a diverse group of residents dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming city where people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures are free to thrive in an inclusive, equitable community. 


After reflecting on their 2021 survey, they created the Gloucester Community Belonging Survey to learn more about your experience as a member of this community. Your anonymous feedback will help them measure progress and envision new initiatives to fulfill their mission.

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Job Listings

GMGI is searching to fill the position of Development Officer

Pathways for Children has an opening for a Bus Driver and an Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist

Hefring Engineering seeks a Manufacturing Technician

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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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