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August 15, 2022


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Chamber News & Updates

National Non-Profit Day

In honor of National Non-Profit Day on August 17, we would like to give a shout out to all our Non-Profit members, who make up over 10% of our current membership. Your dedication to supporting our communities is appreciated and recognized by many.

Click here to view a list of our current non-profit members. (If we missed your business, please let us know.)

Blackburn Brewfest Sponsorship - A Super Way to Promote Your Business

Time is running out to get your company name included on the promotional banners getting ready for production. Deadline to sign up is end of day on Wednesday, August 17. 

Presented by NEXT GEN Cape Ann Young Professionals and the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Blackburn Brewfest celebrates the Chamber's 100th Anniversary year and benefits the Cape Ann Community Foundation. 

Sponsoring the Blackburn Brewfest is a terrific way to get your company name in front of over 1000 anticipated attendees at the event, plus wide exposure on marketing materials leading up to the event. Marketing materials will be distributed by at least 27 breweries who are scheduled to participate. A variety of sponsorship levels are available. 

Interested in Sponsoring? Download sponsorship form or contact Olivia at or 978-283-1601. 

Your Business can be Featured in the Greater Cape Ann Highlights Video Series

We recently finished filming the 2nd episode of Greater Cape Ann Highlights and final edits are being made. We are now on to producing the third episode. If you haven't seen the first episode, watch it now. Like what you see? Email Olivia to express interest in being featured in a future episode. This opportunity to promote your business is open to all GCACC members and is at no cost to you.

Love Greater Cape Ann 35th Annual Fundraising Auction

Add Your Company to the List of Sponsors

Each year, the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce hosts a fundraising auction to provide for the fundamental tenet of our mission - the prosperity of Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. This year's auction is scheduled for September 29 at Cruiseport Gloucester, and we would love to add your name to our sponsor list.

As the most historic and still largest Auction in the region, this fundraiser will reach and engage a wide array of businesses and households. As such it provides a unique opportunity for your organization to have fantastic exposure with community leaders, public officials, local businesses, area residents, and visitors who travel to Cape Ann.

When you choose to sponsor, you are actively helping the Greater Cape Ann communities by defraying the costs associated with delivering this stellar auction event, so that proceeds can go towards grant programs, scholarships, and business promotion.

Choose to Sponsor!

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Generous Gardeners - Sponsor a Dahlia

Sponsor a Dahlia Now

Donate to Generous Gardeners for a Plant Tag on Stacey Boulevard

Generous Gardeners appreciates any donation amount to support their mission. They offer two-season Dahlia plant tag recognition for donations in increments of $100. For example, a donation of $300 is eligible for 3 tags for two seasons. Please contact for specific information or to request our tour sponsorship package.

Local Colors - Artists' Cooperative: Featured Artists

From sailboats to schooners, if you love boats then Local Colors has artwork for you. Their August Featured Artists capture the beauty of boats and the sea that make our area so special. All the artists are local. Look for their works in the window, on their Featured Wall, and in their gallery, where you'll also find new pieces by many of their artists.

Melissa Cox - Featured Wall Artist

Melissa has been taking pictures since high school and loves being out on the water taking photos of ships, whales and sunsets. For her, it's all about a feeling, a reaction to the image. The texture of a picture is an important part of her work and she likes to ‘feel’ a picture.

Skip Montello - Featured Alcove Artists

Skip's passion for photography developed during his career at the Polaroid Corporation, where he spent more than 30 years as a photographic scientist, engineer and technology leader. He has a deep love for the area in which he lives and is constantly inspired by the ocean.

Adeline Cabot - Featured Alcove Artist

Adeline's watercolor paintings feature sailboats and the tranquil beauty of the coast. Her pen-and-watercolor illustrations explore a more playful side of nature, capturing animal characters drawn from her backyard, along with the beauty of clouds and the glare of sunlight on water. 

Application for Firefighters Exam 

Individuals who are interested in pursuing a career with Massachusetts Fire Departments may apply now for the 2022 Municipal Firefighter written examination. The exam is meant to establish an eligible list from which to fill firefighter vacancies in civil service cities and towns in Massachusetts. The exam is scheduled to begin on Oct. 24, with an application deadline of Aug. 30. A late fee will be assessed to those who file applications after deadline.

To apply, visit You must be 19 years of age on or before Oct. 24, to apply. 

Cape Ann Animal Aid - Pet of the Week

Weasel here! I am 8 years young and have a beautiful black and white coat and the greenest eyes you ever did see! I would love a quiet home with someone who is looking for a friend and family member! I don’t have much on my wish list, but I sure do like a cozy bed. If you think I’d make a good addition to your family, stop by and visit me at Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester.

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Fishbox Derby

Hay Bale Advertising Opportunity

On Sunday, September 18th, dozens of kids between the ages of 8 and 14 will race cars they built with their families in the Fish Box Derby, a Gloucester tradition that traces its roots to the 1950s. This event was established by a non-profit organization, Fish Box Derby, Inc., whose purpose is to provide the local youth with the opportunity to build and strengthen family relations. This annual event, run by the Gloucester AMVETS and American Legion since 2018, would not be possible without our volunteers and the generous support from our local community businesses.  

The Hay Bale Advertising opportunity offers the promotion of your business on hay bales that line the racecourse. If you are interested in helping the youth of the community, please download and fill out the form.

Cornerstone Creative Offers Free Afterschool Youth Mentorship Woodworking Program

The Cornerstone Creative is actively enrolling for their FREE, 4-month long afterschool youth mentorship woodworking program starting September 6. They offer both co-ed classes as well as girls only classes.

Download Flyer | Fill Out Application

Cynthia Curtis Pottery - Fall Pottery Classes

Cynthia Curtis Pottery iow accepting registrations for the next 8-week session, running from August 29 – October 21. Learn to use the pottery wheel, hand building techniques (pinch pots, slab pieces and coil pots), and glazing. Classes are small (8 students) with a focus on individualized attention. One wheel per student is guaranteed. Beginners welcome!

Visit Website to Learn More | Download Flyer

Business Resources

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

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.

Health Connector for Business Webinar: Affordable, Flexible Health Coverage - next sessions are September 7 and November 30 from 12 - 1 PM.

Women's Business Summit (SCORE): A full day conference exclusively for women entrepreneurs You’re invited to join SCORE Women on Wednesday September 14, at the historic Willowdale Estate for a day filled with stimulating interaction with like-minded women entrepreneurs.

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:

Job Opportinies

GMGI has an opening for a Research Associate - Molecular & Cell Biology and a Research Scientist. They also have Volunteer position to help maintain their aquarium room available.

Two positions are available at Pathwayds for Children: Family Services Worker and Bus Driver

Allen's Pharmacy is seeking full-time or part-time General Help.

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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! 

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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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