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Monthly Edition - December 6, 2022

Chamber News & Updates

CEO & President Update

Ken & Caitlin look back over the past year and the celebration of the Chamber's 100 Years Young throughout 2022. This will be Ken and Caitlin's last update as Ken's retires on December 16 and Caitlin ends her term as Board President. Read Full Report

Tourism Council Update

The holiday season brings a festive close to the year for our region’s visitor-based economy, and in the November 18 meeting of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council, we turned our attention not only to the holiday events and activities in the final weeks of 2022, but also to what we experienced over the past 12 months – and plans for 2023. Read Full Report

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 COO, Bernie Romanowski for a review of what happened in November and a synopsis of upcoming Holiday happenings around greater Cape Ann. View December Podcast

Greater Cape Ann Highlights:

A Special Holiday Edition

We recently filmed a special holiday edition of Greater Cape Ann Highlights featuring Tess McColgan of Discover Gloucester & Ken Riehl of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Tess McColghan discusses Discover Gloucester and the Winter Lights initiative throughout greater Cape Ann during the holiday season. Ken Riehl provides an overview of the Chamber holiday events and the Greater Cape Ann Gift Check program. View Episode Now

Did You Know?

Did you know that our free Greater Cape Ann Gift Check program sells over $75,000 worth of gift checks every year? That means $75,000 back to our local businesses! Are you participating in the program? With the holiday season soon upon us, we encourage all our members who are not already participating in the FREE Greater Cape Ann Gift Check Program, to sign up today. This is a great way to encourage our community to shop local and to gain additional exposure for your business. Please contact Sam at to add your name to our list of participants. Learn More about the Gift Check Program

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!

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.

Download Advertising Contracts: 

Cape Ann Guide & Map Fillable PDF

Cape Ann Guide & Map PDF for Printing

Rockport Map and Fillable PDF

Rockport Map and PDF for Printing

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..

Recent Events

Business After Hours at Great Marsh Brewing Co.

On November 16, Business After Hours was hosted by Great Marsh Brewing Co. A large crowd turned out to taste the craft brews and and enjoy the numerous appetizers.

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Peter Webber's Retirement Party

It was a great night at the Emerson Inn on November 17 when many friends and colleagues gathered to thank Peter for his years of service and wish him a happy retirement.

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Inform. Inspire. Spark!

The Cape Ann Innovators Collaborative came back strong with their first event since the pandemic hit. Consisting of a series of five 5-minute lightning talks, the speakers hit on a variety of engaging topics, followed by 10 minute break-out sessions to discuss the topics in greater detail. The 5 presenters were Isabel Pett (Gloucester 400+), David Fields (City of Gloucester), Karen Ristuben (ECCF), Maureen Aylward (TownGreen, Inc) and David Minogue (Spade Graphic Design).

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Businesswomen's Scholarship Presentation

Congratulations to Melissa Miller and Krystina Sawyer, this year's recipients of the Carolyn M. O'Connor Scholarship awards. Each received $3,000 to put towards furthering their education.

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Ribbon Cuttings

M&T Bank, Manchester-by-the-Sea

On Thursday, December 1, the Chamber was pleased to participate in a Ribbon Cutting for M&T Bank in Manchester-by-the-Sea in honor of the bank becoming part of the M&T family.

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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.

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

Gloucester's So Salty


The Cape Ann Museum is looking for partners for the 2nd Annual Gloucester's So Salty, a two-day festival of ice sculpture and salty culture! Join the celebration of the fish city’s recognizably salty character with local cultural institutions and businesses on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. 

The Cape Ann Museum is commissioning 4 sculptures around Pleasant Street and Warren Street, but are hoping other local businesses and organizations will join them in sponsoring and commissioning ice sculptures. Learn more here.


If you're interested in hosting or sponsoring an ice sculpture, please make sure to fill out the sponsor form by Thursday, December 15, 2022.

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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Wellspring Receives Nearly $10,000 Cash Donation from 100 Women Who Care Cape Ann


Wellspring was incredibly grateful to accept a cash gift of nearly $10,000 from 100 Women Who Care Cape Ann to support Wellspring's Homelessness Prevention Fund. The Wellspring Homelessness Prevention Fund is designed to help families stay on track and remain housed through one-time cash grants to help them manage unforeseen expenses, transportation issues, car repairs, or even small rent arrearages. With this donation, Wellspring will be able to assist even more local families who are working hard to avoid potential housing crises and remain in their homes. 100 Women Who Care Cape Ann also organized an amazing winter gear drive of hats, coats and other warm and fuzzy goodies which were happily shared with Action, Inc.! 

Volunteers Needed: Salvation Army Bell Ringers at Market Basket


The Salvation Army Bell Ringers have raised well over $100,000 over the past several years. Two hour shifts are available now through Christmas Eve. Starts at 9 am and last session is at 5 pm. Please help us make this year another success! Please contact Sandra or Gina at the Gloucester House:

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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.

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.

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week


Rex is a handsome husky mix boy about 4 months old, and is available to foster to adopt. He is learning all his good pup skills. Rex is very food motivated and learning quickly! He will be large in size when full grown and is looking for a home with a family who loves walks and adventures. He is also be happy to curl up and lounge. If you are looking for a new best bud consider fostering to adopt Rex. Visit for more information about Rex and all the other animals waiting for homes here at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester.

Shop Local - Shop Greater Cape Ann

John Tarr Store




Mark Adrian Shoes


Betsy Frost Design Studio & Gallery


Googan's Galley


Job Listings

Accounting Clerk needed at The Patio Company

Pathways for Children has an opening for a

School Age Care After -School Assistant Team Leaders

Hiring Home Health Aides Immediately for North Shore Area!

Hefring Engineering seeks a Manufacturing Technician

GMGI is searching to fill the position of Development Officer

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Continuing Hot Deals

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 

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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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