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August 8, 2022


The talented Charlie Weld, Manchester-by-the-Sea resident and Berklee College of Music student, entertained the crowd at Festival by the Sea on Saturday afternoon.

Chamber News & Updates

National Non-Profit Day

National Non-Profit Day will be observed on Wednesday, August 17. National Nonprofit Day is intended to draw attention to the nonprofit organizations that are doing good work in the community. 

This holiday was first created by Sherita J. Herring in 2017 to bring attention to all of the organizations putting in good work as a nonprofit. Why did she choose August 17th to celebrate this holiday? She chose this holiday because that’s when the Tariff Act of 1894 was signed into law. Although this act is widely known for imposing the first federal income taxes on corporations, it also established the tax-exemption for nonprofit organizations.

Learn 9 Ways Businesses can Honor National Non-Profit Day

Did you know that the Chamber has a committee called Cape Ann Development Warriors, a group of fundraising professionals from nonprofits on Cape Ann and beyond? They meet monthly to share ideas, to learn from and support each other, and to promote collaboration among local charities for the greater good. Click to learn more - this would be a great time to join the committee!

Blackburn Brewfest Sponsorship - A Super Way to Promote Your Business

Presented by NEXTGEN 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 20 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 are now on to filming the next 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!

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

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Member & Community News

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.

ZUMI'S #compassionproject

In honor of National Non-profit Day, the ZUMI'S team invites you to join them as they launch their #compassionproject this month, aimed to give a little something extra back to nonprofits that they partner with and support throughout the year. Zumi’s will donate a portion of the proceeds of Iced Coffee sales during the month of August to the following nonprofit organizations:

  • Top Cupboard Food Pantry – Topsfield
  • The Open Door Food Pantry – Ipswich
  • TriTown Council – Topsfield
  • GreenTeam - Ipswich

Cornerstone Creative Offers Fee 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

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

Job Opportinies

GMGI has an opening for a Research Associate - Molecular & Cell Biology

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

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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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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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