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September 12, 2022


Love Greater Cape Ann Auction Items are Available to Preview Now

Chamber News & Updates

Do you love greater Cape Ann? Then Support Our 35th Annual Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction

Each year, the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce hosts its largest fundraiser – this year the 35th Annual Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction. This critical event supports all that we do in our mission of promoting of members, providing leadership and advocacy to grow the regional economy, celebrating our culture, and enhancing the quality of life for the greater Cape Ann region. This year's auction is scheduled for September 29 at Cruiseport Gloucester, and we would love to have you join us and / or sponsor the event.

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

And for it is not too late to donate a fun item to the auction; please see our donation form here.

Preview Live and Silent Auction Items at

$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. 

The 2023/2024 Advertising Contract for the Cape Ann Guide & Directory, Cape Ann Map and is now available for download as a fillable PDF. Take advantage of the 10% Early Bird Discount for ads booked by October 31, 2022.

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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Special New Member Advertising Section

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

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Discover Gloucester 2022 Industry Roundtables begin this week! First up is the Attractions Roundtable on September 13 at 4 PM, followed by the Lodging Roundtable on September 14 at 12 PM.

Pathways for Children

After School Care

Providing year-round services and extended hours keep children ages 5-12 safe and learning while giving working parents flexibility. Download Flyer

Gloucester Rotary 2023 Calendar Photo Requests

Deadline for photo submissions extended to September 19, 2022 

A 12-month Gloucester photo raffle calendar will be sold through the Gloucester Rotary that includes a raffle ticket. A winning number will be chosen each week in 2023. All profits from the calendar sales will go to the Gloucester Rotary’s efforts to raise money to support the many community and international activities in which the group is involved. Click here for calendar theme and photo details.

Cape Ann Museum 

Leave your mark at the special exhibition “Americans Flags” 


Created by artist, designer, and professor in the practice of design at Olin College of Engineering, Tim Ferguson Sauder, “Americans Flags” explores our American identity through the creation of flags built using marks collected from the different people and places that make up our country.

The CAM Teens Council worked with Tim Ferguson Sauder to design the interactive project “What Does America Look Like?” The negative space of the plywood cutout forms the American Flag. Visitors are encouraged to use paint markers to add to the positive spaces on the flag in response to the questions “What does America look like?” and “What does your life in America look like?”

Thank you to Topside Grill for feeding Gloucester for so many years and offering amazing customer service. The Chamber sends the Silva family warm wishes as they begin their next chapter.

News from the Topside Grill Family

"The Silva family opened Schooner’s of Gloucester Restaurant in the Summer of 1988. It transitioned to Topside Grill & Pub in 2007. We are a small family, second generation, run establishment that has been operating at our Rogers Street location for 35 years."

"We are saddened to say that this week will be our last. As many others have experienced within the industry, it has been a challenging uphill between the impacts of COVID, increasing product costs and labor shortages."

"Throughout the years we have had some of the most wonderful customers that we will always remember. 

THANK YOU, you truly made all the hard work worth it!"

"We would also like to give gratitude to our remarkable staff. We acknowledge your commitment, camaraderie and positivity which has kept us focused and moving forward throughout the years. 

We are truly looking ahead to our next family chapter. "

The Topside Silva FAMILY

Cape Ann Animal Aid

Pet of the Week

It’s me, Santiago! I am one of a litter of 11 puppies rescued from the Houston area. I and my siblings weigh about 20 to 30 pounds at 3 months so we will be large to extra large when we are full grown. No one knows for sure what our breed is but the guess is some kind of shepherd and Labrador mix. Please fill out an online application today at and we can set up a time so you can meet us at the shelter. We are super cute so we will probably get adopted quickly, so if you are interested you better act quickly. Visit for more information about me and all the other animals waiting for homes here at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester.

Meals on Wheels

Home-delivered meals might be for you if you are age 60 or older, and unable to prepare a balanced meal because of physical, mental, or emotional limitations, or lack of home assistance from family, friends, or neighbors, to prepare balanced meal. If this sounds like you, and you are unable to participate in the congregate dining program comfortably or safely, Meals on Wheels delivers daily to your door. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program. For more information call SeniorCare Inc. at 978-281-1750 or call toll-free 866-927-1050. Volunteers are also urgently needed for meal delivery.

Provider on the Pier: Free Medical Clinic for Gloucester Fishing Industry Workers

Gloucester fishing industry workers are invited to come to the Provider on the Pier free medical clinic every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harbormaster’s office, 19 Harbor Loop #2. The Massachusetts HEALs Coalition: Fishing Partnership Support Services, North Shore Community Health, Addison Gilbert Hospital/Lahey Health, Middlesex Recovery, and North Shore Health Project/ONESTOP provide walk-in service that offers access to basic medical evaluations, assistance with health insurance enrollment, wound care, and HIV/Hep C and STI testing. Been thinking about going to the doctor’s office? Provider on the Pier is ready to help. You don’t even need an appointment. In fact, walk-ins are encouraged.

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.

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 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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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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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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