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January 17, 2023

Chamber News & Updates

The 2023 Irish Sweepstakes Tickets are in the House

Are you ready to test your luck this Saint Patrick's Day? The 24th Annual Irish Sweepstakes party & drawing will be at the Elks at Bass Rocks to on Thursday, March 16! Several "pots of gold" will be given out! A total of $20,000 with the largest prize being $10,000! 

Grand Prize: $10,000 

Second Prize: $2,500

Third Prizes (5): $1,000

Fourth Prizes (5): $500

Tickets are $100 each. Only 400 total tickets tickets will be sold - increasing your odds of winning!

Tickets will be distributed to the Board members to sell, or visit or call the Chamber to purchase your ticket today! 

Come groove to the sounds of the 80'swith SAFETY at the Annual Celebration!

Join us on 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. 


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Last Call: Book Your Advertising for 2023 Greater Cape Ann Guide & Directory

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

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

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

The Maritime Science Education Center at Maritime Gloucester opens!

Maritime Gloucester is thrilled to announce the opening weekend of its brand-new Maritime Science Education Center!  

January 27: Ribbon Cutting at 3:30pm followed by VIP and Press Tours

January 28-29: Pre-Booked, Timed Ticketed Tours, Open to the Public 10am-4pm on Saturday; 10am-3pm on Sunday. Purchase your tickets at  

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Rockport Special Town Meeting

Wednesday, January 18 | 5:30 PM

Rockport High School

15 warrant articles are on the agenda for the Special Town Meeting this week in Rockport. Among the 15 proposed warrant articles is a measure to reorganize and renumber the numbering of the zoning bylaws, an update to the Statement of Purpose at the beginning of the bylaws, and updates to the definitions in the bylaws.

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Using the Gloucester 400+ Logo for Approved Merchandising

Retailers wishing to use the Gloucester 400+ logo for merchandising approved items in their own shop must follow the Gloucester400+ standards and purchase said merchandise through Jungle, Inc. in Essex under the Gloucester400+/Jungle, Inc. For more information, please contact Elsje Zwart or Dana Hartley at the Gloucester 400+.

Download Retailer Logo Use Agreement

Ipswich Art Association

Ipswich may soon have a new arts group: the Ipswich Art Association. The association has an exhibit at Zumis’s on Market Street that will be be up through January 29, and organizers plan a meeting to gain members on February 26 at 2 p.m. at the EBSCO Hall on Peatfield Street. Kristina Brendel, an association director, said the the association would be open to all artists, visual and performing.

A piece by Michael Updike in the Ipswich Art Association's inaugural exhibition in Zumi's

Historic Essex Cogswell Haybarn's New Home

The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum (EHSSM) is pleased to announce the historic Essex Cogswell Haybarn has found a new home in Rockport at Woodbury Hill Farm owned by Aaron Tuffley and Betsy Lordan. The EHSSM is partnering with them to pass along the know-how and history of the structure and will help document their project. The EHSSM is gratified that the historic Essex Cogswell Haybarn has found a new home at Woodbury Hill Farm and would like to thank the Museum community for their generous support throughout this important project. Read More

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

American Red Cross Blood Drives

The American Red Cross urges blood donors of all types, especially platelet donors and those with type O blood , and those who have never given before to book a time to give blood or platelets now and help keep the blood supply from dropping.

It is hosting a drive in Gloucester, on Jan. 18 from 2 to 7 p.m., at the Magnolia Library & Community Center, 1 Lexington Ave. Donors can schedule an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are also welcome.

Our Lady of Good Voyage, 142 Prospect St., and the Red Cross are hosting a blood drive in the Parish Hall on Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

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 

Job Listings

Hefring Engineering is looking for a Manufacturing Technician 

GMGI seeks Development Officer

Pathways for Children has an opening for an Teacher Floater Head Start and a Bus Driver

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