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January 9, 2023

Chamber News & Updates

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Promote Your Business by Sponsoring 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 Michelle to learn more!


Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

BankGloucester Johnson O'Connor

First Business After Hours of 2023

Join us at Minglewood Harborside on Thursday, January 19 from 5 to 7 PM to kick off the New Year of Business After Hours. The event will also feature a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the recently redesigned space available for large groups and events.

Please Register to Attend

Last Call for 2023 Greater Cape Ann Guide & Directory Advertising

Get noticed in 2023! We are almost ready to close out our advertising for the 2023 Greater Cape Ann Guide & Directory. Don't miss out on your chance to be included in this beautiful full color guide distributed throughout greater Cape Ann, the North Shore and Boston.

Learn More and Download Media Kit and Ad Contracts

Winter Lights Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Winter Lights on Cape Ann presented by Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Discover Gloucester.

Essex: The Farm Bar & Grille

Gloucester: Prince Insurance Agency

Ipswich: Fox Creek Tavern

Manchester-by-the-Sea: Nor'east Cleaners

Rockport: RKPT WKNDR

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 Michelle at [email protected] to discuss working together.

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!

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.

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:

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

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

Member & Community News

GMGI Scientist is Keynote Speaker for Gloucester 400+ Launch

Scientist and innovator David Walt, a founder of the nonprofit Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, will be the keynote speaker at the launch event to celebrate Gloucester 400+ this Sunday, Jan. 15.

The “Gloucester 400+ Overture To 2023” includes honoring Cape Ann’s first indigenous residents, celebrating its diversity, celebrating local talent, and highlighting initiatives to expand the city’s maritime legacy into the future. Read More

Ipswich-Rowley Rotary to Hold January Food Drive


The Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club will be holding its annual food drive to benefit the Ipswich Community Food Pantry, a program of the Open Door, during the month of January. Needed food items include canned tuna and chicken, hearty soups and stews, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and pasta sauce, cereal, rice, peanut butter, 100% juice and juice boxes, healthy snacks, cake, and muffin and pancake mix (no glass, please). Read More for Drop Off Locations

Oak to Ember Opens on Rogers Street


Oak to Ember has been in the works at the location of the defunct Cape Ann Brewing Company at 9 Rogers St. for two years. It opened to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 4, after a soft opening earlier last week.

The 120-seat restaurant features a large, curved 24-seat bar in the middle, and views of fishing vessels in Harbor Cove and lobster traps stacked along the HarborWalk. In the summer, the plan is to have 60 additional seats outside. Read More

Woodman's of Essex Temporarily Closed in January for Renovations


Pointing to a need to make major repairs at the renowned Woodman’s of Essex, the restaurant has announced it will temporarily close until February 3. Steve Woodman said while the restaurant will be closed for most of January, the actual re-opening date may change, depending on how the project proceeds. He suggested patrons check their website and Facebook page for updates.


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Lottery Applications Now Available for Harborlight Homes at 5 Granite Street Crossing, Rockport

The Granite Street Crossing property will be an intergenerational property of 23 units total - with 17 senior studios and 6 family townhomes, all deeply affordable. A housing lottery for the property will take place on April 3, with the application deadline of March 1, 2023. The property is slated for a late summer 2023 move-in. Please share these details with those who are in need of affordable housing. 

Learn More & Download Lottery Application

Manchester-by-the-Sea - Buy Your Rain Barrel Today


The MBTS Department of Public Works is pleased to announce a partnership with the Great American Rain Barrel Company to offer residents the opportunity to help conserve water and purchase a rain barrel for their watering needs this spring. Learn More

Model ship builder, Erik Ronnberg Jr., retires from Cape Ann Museum


A ship model maker with a lifetime of achievement, Erik Ronnberg Jr. has retired after serving nine years as maritime curator at Gloucester’s Cape Ann Museum. A highly regarded model maker at a national level, Ronnberg followed in the path of his father, Erik Ronnberg Sr., an internationally known model builder. His father was an officer in the Swedish merchant marine and first mate on a square-rigged vessel, which sailed in the “Grain Races” to Australia and delivered cargo to Boston Harbor. Read More

Project Pop-Up: Detali gets extended


A Ukrainian-owned pop-up upcycled fashion shop on Main Street that was part of the second season of Project: Pop-Up Gloucester has been extended into the spring of 2023 where it plans to provide space to other Ukrainian artists, Mayor Greg Verga and city partners announced recently. According to the city, the extension highlights the success of Project: Pop-Up Gloucester, which allows entrepreneurs to test their business models in the seaport without having to commit to signing a lease or buying property. Read 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

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week


Serena is 9-month-old spayed Labrador retriever mix. When she was just weeks old she was tossed out of a moving vehicle in Puerto Rico. A rescuer took her in and nursed her back to health. She will be medium sized. She was fostered with other puppies, adult dogs, and cats. She would do best in a quiet home with another confident dogs to show her the ropes and also a home that has no small children. She is part of Cape Ann Animal Aid’s foster-to-adopt program. Visit for more information about McDonald and all the other animals waiting for homes 

Welcome New Members

Below is a list of new members since July (after the new member drive).

From this point on, we will provide a list of new members every month in Soundings Business Monthly,

Alpha Isle Services, LLC

Angelica Seafoods Premium Seafoods

Beverly Anesthesia Associates

Black Earth Compost

Brancaleone Engineering, LLC

Brian Wall, CPA

Cape Ann Community Cinema

Cape Ann Cruises LLC

Cedar Hill Farm B & B

Churchill Properties - Ray Gosselin

Coldwell Banker - Michelle Mineo

Cross Country Mortgage - James Wallimann

Deb Johnson Art 

Deborah Purcell - Coldwell Banker

Devlin Energy

Dream House Gallery & Boutique

Essex Bay Dental

Essex County Trail Association

Fleur Cuisine Harborside

Gathr Work

Gibson Sotheby's International Realty

Gibson Sotheby's - Bob & Sue McDermott

Guardian Angel Senior Services

Halibut Point State Park

Hole In The Wall Care, LLC

Ipswich Partnership

Isabel Pett Consulting

Manchester Athletic Club

Mango Realty Inc.

Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich

Noble Pathways Acupuncture

Robin Hill Training LLC

Rockport Seaventure

Saulnier Floors, Inc.

Seaman Design Group, LLC

Spade Graphic Design 



Job Listings

Hefring Engineering is looking for a Manufacturing Technician 

GMGI seeks Development Officer

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

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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! 

*Contact Sam at [email protected] if you need assistance 

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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 [email protected]

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