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September 19, 2022


Thank You to All who Supported Next Gen's 1st Annual Blackburn Brew Fest!

Stay Tuned for More Photos!

Chamber News & Updates

The 35th Annual Love Greater Cape Ann Auction is Just Two Weeks Away. Don't Miss Out on Your Chance to Sponsor.

Sponsoring Offers Fantastic Promotional Value and Supports our Mission

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.

Sponsor Here Today

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Never have to go without your caffeine fix! Enjoy your morning cup of joe every day for a year without ever having to turn on your coffee pot. That's a lot of java!

Enjoy a 2-hour harbor cruise with DJ courtesy of Cape Ann Whale Watch. 

$25K Game - Win Big $$

The $25K Game tickets are in the house and ready for sale! There are 12 chances to win with a total of $25,000 being given away. Cost is $100 per ticket, with a limit of 500 tickets being sold. 

  Grand Prize: $10,000

  Second Prize: $5,000

  Third Prize: $2,500

  Fourth Prize (6): $1,000

  Fifth Prize (3): $500

In addition, 50/50 Raffle tickets are also available for purchase. A Body Length is $20 and an Arm Length is $10.

All tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office. Download Flyer

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. Take advantage of the 10% Early Bird Discount for ads booked by October 31, 2022. 

Cape Ann Guide and Map Advertising Contracts:

Rockport Visitors Map Advertising Contracts:

The newest edition of Greater Cape Ann Highlights featuring The Ipswich Museum and The Friki Tiki of Gloucester has been released on the ICAM Video on Demand Channel and on YouTube.

If you are interested in having your business featured in an upcoming episode of Greater Cape Ann Highlights, please contact Olivia at

Planning for Christmas in Rockport is Underway

Rockport businesses that wish to be part of the planning committee for this year's Christmas in Rockport, please contact Olivia at for details and to stay informed on dates of upcoming meetings.

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Member & Community News

Do you have news about your company or organization that you want to get out to Chamber members?

If yes, please send to Cindy at


Discover Gloucester 2022 Industry Roundtables continue this week! Zoom option is available for all meetings.

Retail: Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 PM

Restaurants: Wednesday, September 21 at 3:00 PM (Minglewood Harborside)

Arts & Culture: Thursday, September 22 at 10 AM

Sponsorship Opportunities for City Of Gloucester's Halloween Party 

Join the City of Gloucester in creating a memorable Halloween event for kids and parents for years to come!

There will be hayrides, face painting, balloon art, touch a truck with the Police, Fire, Community Impact Unit, storytelling, pizza and popcorn, Open Door Mobile Unit and DJ Leo Francis!

Pumpkin, Scarecrow, Skeleton and Ghost sponsorship levels are available. The festivities will be at Stage Fort Park on Saturday, October 22 from 1 to 4 PM. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the GHS Field House. 

Cape Seafoods Nets Nearly $500K to Grow and Diversify

The predominately family-owned and -operated Cape Seafoods Inc., a major presence on Gloucester’s working waterfront, has received nearly $500,000 in loans from MassDevelopment as its business hires and diversifies. With the funding, MassDevelopment said Cape Seafoods plans to create an additional eight full-time jobs and 10 part-time jobs over the next three years. The company will use the funding to build and equip a new seafood processing room enabling it to process groundfish such as flounder, hake, halibut, and cod. Read More

Essex Fire received Assistance to Firefighter Grant

Essex Fire Chief Ramie Reader is pleased to announce that the Essex Fire Department has been awarded a sum of $207,809.52 as part of the 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant combined with funding approved at 2022 Annual Essex Town Meeting, will be utilized to purchase 27 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). The SCBA is a piece of respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE) that firefighters wear in hazardous/toxic environments at fire and other emergencies scenes. Read More

District Rotary Heroes Celebration Program Book Ads & Sponsorships are Now Available 

Thursday, November 10th will be the annual Rotary Foundation event, renamed this year as “ROBERT C. WOOD MEMORIAL HEROES CELEBRATION” in honor and memory of the late Past District Governor Bob Wood (2018-19).  There will be a program book for the event that will contain the photo and bio for each hero as well as ads from event sponsors and local businesses to help reduce the cost of the event and to support their foundation fund-raising efforts. Sponsorship and program book ad details are now available. 

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week

Shanti is a 7-year-old female cat looking for a home after her owner passed away. She will do best in an adult-only household that give her time and space to adjust. A friend of Shanti's previous owner said, "She is very sociable, loves her companions and attention. She is an indoor cat and loves looking out at the world. She is a cat who has thoughts about time ... like a finite time for cuddling, and an 'I'm not ready to stop playing yet' time. She can scratch but not viciously. I find positive, happy talking and distraction work through this habit of hers. She hasn't had much attention this year while her owner was in decline and while she's being well looked after, she is lonely. We don't know if she ever lived with other cats, dogs, or kids." Contact Cape Ann Animal Aid for information on Shanti and other cats and dogs available for adoption. .

Barbara Lynch, award-winning Boston chef, is opening The Rudder in Gloucester.

One of Boston’s best-known chefs, Barbara Lynch is on the cusp of opening a new restaurant, her first in a dozen years. It’s called The Rudder. Chef Barbara Lynch is opening her first restaurant in more than a decade in The Rudder, a former restaurant and bar that closed three years ago.Nestled among the galleries in the historic artists’ community of Rocky Neck, right on the water, the building is a Gloucester dining landmark.

Read the full story on Boston

Business Resources

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

Grants Available from Massachusetts Cultural Council

Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Individuals offers unrestricted grants to creatives and gig workers to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and set a path for growth. Application deadline is November 1, 2022. Learn more during a live information session on October 6, or view a virtual info session to learn more.

Every Local Cultural Council (LCC) sets its own local priorities and criteria for its LCC Program grants. Learn about each greater Cape Ann LCC by selecting from the following list::

Essex | Gloucester | Ipswich | Manchester-by-the-Sea | Rockport

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 session is November 30 from 12 to 1 PM.

Cape Ann Works: Keep up to date with Cape Ann Works events and announcements 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 openings for a Research Associate - Molecular & Cell Biology, a Research Scientist and a Postdoctoral Scientist.

Three positions are available at Pathways for Children: Headstart Lead Preschool TeacherFamily Services Worker. and Assistant Administrator of office Operations.

Wellspring is seeking a Youth and Young Adult Career Advisor

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50% Off for Chamber Members for the Remainder of 2022

Cape Ann Cruises and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce are excited to offer Cape Ann Chamber members a deep discount of 50% for the rest of the 2022 season for private charters (2 hour minimum) for groups up to 46 passengers aboard the storied vessel, WEKACK. 

WEJACK has deep local roots as one of the early bluefin tuna charter boats in the area and is a USCG inspected vessel, and now licensed for food and bar service for your event needs. This discount is a great opportunity to book employee & customer appreciation cruises, as well as experience a special event space on the water for all occasions to celebrate the beautiful place where we live, work and play. 

Catering and full bar available (food and beverage costs are billed separately). Includes: Event/wedding coordinator, bartender/server, and the captain can officiate weddings onboard if you’re madly in love and happen to need a wedding venue. 

Please use the promo code at checkout: capeannchamber50. This discount will not be available next year, so book it and reserve your dates in 2022.

Colder Months are Quickly Approaching!

Here are 3 Ways to Prevent Window Drafts & Save Money

  1. Make sure they  have the lowest Air Filtration rating.
  2. Check window locks are tightly closed.
  3. Quality weather-stripping prevents air leaks by 20%. 

Up to 20% off window installation or 60 month no interest financing.

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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