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November 7, 2022

Chamber News & Updates

Bernie Romanowski Joins Chamber in New Position of Chief Operating Officer

Dear Greater Cape Ann Chamber Members, Community Leaders and Friends,

We are very pleased to welcome Bernie Romanowski to our Chamber team starting today in the new role of Chief Operating Officer.

Reporting to the CEO, Bernie will be responsible for leading our team and improving the Chamber’s operational excellence in the performance of our mission to serve you and the greater Cape Ann community. 

Bernie is an enthusiastic professional with many years of experience working with at-risk families in government and nonprofit settings. His most recent experience was as Chief Programs Officer at Pathways for Children in Gloucester. During his nine years at Pathways, he has interacted with the Chamber and many local businesses and non-profits. Bernie has significant experience in operational leadership, grant development, and board and community engagement including strategic planning. 

Bernie lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea with his wife Tamar and their two young daughters. They are outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy kayaking, hiking, cycling and more. Bernie competes in regional kayak races and has completed the Blackburn challenge multiple times.

Please join us in welcoming Bernie - stop by, call or reach out to him via email at

Ken Riehl

Ballot Question #1 - Survey Results

The Chamber recently sent out a survey to members regarding Tuesday's Ballot Question #1. Of the 75 survey respondents, 41% are in favor and 58% are opposed.

Where Do I Go to Vote in Person?

Today is the Deadline to Sign Up!

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

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! 

Special New Member Advertising Section

Member & Community News


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

Lahey Gloucester Urgent Care 

305 Gloucester Crossing Rd, Gloucester  

North Shore REALTORS® Fund Wellspring Holiday Donation Drive


More than 1,400 members of North Shore REALTORS® (NSR) association recently came together to fund a holiday Donation Drive to benefit families enrolled in Wellspring education programs and services. NSR President-elect Eileen Duff stopped by the main house last week to present the cards and donations to Wellspring President and ED Melissa Dimond and kick-start the holiday season. 

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Floats, Marchers, School Groups and Musical Entertainment Sought for Gloucester Holiday Parade


Gloucester’s Holiday Parade is on once again after a 2-year Covid hiatus. The parade will kick off on Sunday, November 27th, at 3:00 pm from the State Fish Pier. The parade route travels down Parker Street to Main Street, and then down Western Avenue to the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Kent Circle.  

Organizers are looking for floats, groups of enthusiastic marchers, school groups and musical entertainment. The only requirement is that the entry have a holiday theme. Entrants will be eligible to win a first, second or third place trophy. Mayor Greg Verga will lead the judge’s float this year.  

This year’s Grand Marshals are going to be the 60 members of the Gloucester Rotary Club, who will be celebrating 100 years of service to our Gloucester community.

The parade will end up at Kent Circle for the Gloucester Tree Lighting Ceremony which will take place at dusk. Following that, Santa will be available in his sleigh for picture taking.

Please contact Joe Ciolino at the Weathervane at 978-281-1227 to register for the parade.  

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

Cape Ann Community Cinema - In the Fundraising Homestretch


With only 10% left to reach their fundraising goal, Cape Ann Cinema is reaching out for donations. Check out our final budget and see if there's an expense you can contribute toward. With your help, they can in short order get back to the award-winning business that they've been famous for since 2007 – bringing the best in independent, foreign, and repertory film programming to Cape Ann and North Shore audiences. Learn More & Donate Now

1623 Studios is Looking to Expand Its Board

1623 Studios, which provides community public access cable TV programming to Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex, is looking to expand its board. Prospective members need to have demonstrated successful experience working collaboratively in groups and independently; communication and creative thinking skills; and interests in visual media and the Cape Ann community. For more information, email Paul Jermain.

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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.

How the Mass Climate Bill Affects Cape Ann

Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 7 PM

Rose Baker Senior Center, Gloucester: All ages welcome

Free event & open to the public


Many of you lobbied long and hard for the Mass Climate Bill, and Senator Tarr was on its reconciliation committee. This $250 million bill includes a variety of state policies and financial incentives that unfold over the next few years in four areas: buildings, transportation, present utilities, and sources of renewable energy. Senator Tarr will speak to residents about the climate bill on Thursday, November 10 at 7pm in an all ages event at the Rose Baker Senior Center, Gloucester.  


Senator Tarr will help us navigate how and when this bill affects us as individuals, municipalities, and as a region, working together to co-create a more sustainable future. He welcomes your questions and comments. Local climate groups will be available before and after so that you can engage in this exciting work.

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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