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Monthly Edition - March 7, 2023

March is Women's History Month

Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate and recognize the amazing contributions of women throughout history. In addition, International Women’s Day (March 8) will be centered on the theme of #EmbraceEquity. Learn more about Women's History Month.

Chamber News & Updates

CEO & President's Update

February has been a very productive month at the Chamber. Our Board of Directors and Chamber Team continue to focus on our priorities for 2023 including “Connecting Commerce and Community”. We continue to focus on improving cross promotion of services and events amongst Chamber members, increasing our visibility as a place to live, work, visit and play, enhance cultural initiatives and to continue to grow our economy in a responsible and thoughtful way.

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Tourism Council Update

While Cape Ann’s tourism community is enjoying one of its busiest winters ever, in our February 17 meeting of the Chamber’s Tourism Council, we looked beyond this season and discussed opportunities throughout 2023. 

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Government Affairs

Our Government Affairs Council had their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 14. The Chamber’s Director of Community Relations, Olivia Perez-O’Dess, began the meeting by giving her community relations update for the late January, early February time period.

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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!

Economic Outlook Breakfast Forum

with Guest Speaker Kim Driscoll,

Lieutenant Governor

Wednesday, March 8 | 7:30 - 9 AM

Cruiseport Gloucester (Lower Level)

$45 Members | $55 Non-members

Please join us for breakfast at Cruiseport Gloucester and listen to a presentation on the Economic Outlook of the region by Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll, followed by a brief Q & A session. 

Only a few seats left!

Buy your ticket today so you don't miss out. 

Cost is $45 for members and 

$55 for non-members. 

Pre-registration is required.

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Applied Materials

2023 Irish Sweepstakes

Thursday, March 16 | 5 - 7 PM

Gloucester Elks at Bass Rocks

Ticket availability is dwindling. Don't miss out on your chance to win big! Tickets are $100 each. Only 400 total tickets tickets will be sold - increasing your odds of winning! Please visit or call the Chamber to buy a ticket or Purchase Tickets Online.

he 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! 

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor

Return of the Greater Cape Ann Career & Educational Advancement Fair

The Chamber is happy to announce that after a three-year hiatus, the Greater Cape Ann Career & Educational Advancement Fair is back! The Career Fair is scheduled for Thursday, March 9, 2023, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Gloucester High School Field House. Learn More

Save the Date

2nd Annual WellFest

Saturday, May 20 | 11 AM - 2 PM

Harvey Park, Rockport MA

WellFest is an event that will promote the broad range of health and wellness services that are right here on greater Cape Ann. This unique event was a big success in 2022 and we’re excited to continue this community experience in a new venue, the beautiful coastal community of Rockport. Due to limited capacity at Harvey Park, there will be a juried vendor selection process this year.  Vendor Application deadline is Friday, March 31.

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Cape Ann Community Foundation's Annual Low Number License Plate Auction on April 10 - 16

Join us for the Cape Ann Community Foundation's annual low number Cape Ann License Plate Online Auction. Don't want you to miss out on the fun! Stay Tuned Online Auction Details

Recent Events

Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting at Woodman's of Essex

We had the pleasure and honor of helping Woodman's of Essex celebrate their reopening after recent renovations on Wednesday, February 15.

Member & Community News

Rockport Farmer's Market Challenge Match Update

It's the start of Week 3 and thanks to so many of you, Rockport Framer's Market has raised $3,230 (65%) towards our $5,000 challenge match. With your continued help, they are confident we will get there before our target date of March 20. No amount is too small. Please consider making a donation today.

Regional Business Briefing Survey

On Friday, February 24th, 16 business organizations met with Congressman Seth Moulton to brief him on the challenges that businesses are facing in the region. As a follow-up to that discussion, we are seeking additional information directly from businesses and other organizations that will be helpful to policymakers, including Congressman Moulton, that impact businesses.

Survey responses should be received by March 24th to be be included.

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!

Job Listings

Caregivers being Hired by Guardian Angels for Gloucester Location

Cape Ann Savings Bank is searching for a Facilities & Services Coordinator

GMGI is looking for a Communications & Development Summer Intern

School Bus Driver needed at Pathways for Children

Gloucester Housing Authority is looking for a Receptionist

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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 

Soundings Sponsors

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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