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January 23, 2023

Chamber News & Updates

The 101st Annual Celebration is Officially Sold Out

We look forward to a great night!

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! 

Learn about Business Law for Your Small Business at our first seminar of 2023.


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 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

2nd Annual Gloucester's So Salty

Video from Cape Ann Museum

If you were out and about in Gloucester this past weekend, you were sure to run across one of ten ice sculptures adorning the streets.

In addition to the three ice sultures commissioned by CAM, seven additional businesses also took part by sponsoring an ice sculpture: Gloucester Accommodations, 1623 Studios, Williams Beth Studio, Unwind Luxury.Vegan.Beauty, Cape Ann Savings Bank, hrm group, and Cape Ann Olive Oil.

Ipswich Ale Brewery and Essex County Brewing Merge

A new merger between Essex County Brewing Company and Ipswich Ale Company is shaking up business, but not the brews they’ve become known for. The brands are calling the move a “Craft Brewing Alliance” that will combine operations at Ipswich Ale’s brewery and taproom at 2 Brewery Place in Ipswich over the next few months. Learn More

Essex 5-Year Strategic Plan Summited for Consideration

The foundation of the plan is built upon the efforts of the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), which had crystallized content from a

variety of prior Town planning efforts when the original plan was written in 2015. In that sense, this Strategic Plan does not break new

ground but presents instead a revised and updated framework for action in the years to come, in recognition of goals that were already

accomplished via the original plan. View Copy of Plan

Sawyer Free Library After-school STEM Program

A new STEM after-school program being offered by Sawyer Free Library for budding young scientists in the seaport kicks off Friday thanks to a $9,800 federal Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Learn 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

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


Silent Bob here! I am a 1-year-old house-trained tabby boy. I love to get attention from all my friends here! I would love a home with a cozy cat bed and kitty tower. I am considered a special needs adoption because I recently had Entropion surgery and I also have FIV. Many FIV-positive cats live a normal life span but it can lower my immune system and I may need more care.  Visit for more information about McDonald and all the other animals waiting for homes 

Shop Our Members

New Shop Our Members Deal

Atlas Retail Energy is Offering Free Utility Consultation for Electricity & Natural Gas for Member Businesses

With energy costs hitting three-decade highs this winter, many members will have some sticker shock when it comes to their utility bill for January. It is common practice for larger businesses in the region to work directly with an advisor to help them manage costs when it comes to electricity and natural gas. So why shouldn’t small businesses also take advantage of a similar opportunity? The free business consultation is valid through the end of February. Learn More

Continuing Hot Deals

  • Cape Ann YMCA: Reduced rate for Chamber members
  • Vrtical Media: Book a Virtual Tour, get One Hour of Free Post-Production ($100 Value) 

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 if you need assistance 

Job Listings

Hefring Engineering is looking for a Manufacturing Technician 

GMGI seeks Development Officer

Material Handlers needed at Applied Materials

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

Schooner Adventure is seeking a Licensed Captain and Deckhands for the 2023 sailing season.

Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce is seeking a Part-Time Communications & Membership Manager

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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

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