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October 11, 2022


Kids Paint Plein Air at Art Haven on Saturday, October 8

Tribute to Ray Morley

Late last week we learned of the sudden passing of Ray Morley, a dedicated and beloved Ipswich business leader and champion, and longtime owner of the Ipswich Inn. Ray’s death came just a week following his characteristically “from the hip” and heartfelt testimonial at the annual Chamber auction, extolling the benefits of the merger of the Ipswich and Cape Ann Chambers for which he had so strongly advocated. Ray, a former Ipswich Select Board member, was for many years the President of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, and this year he was continuing his service to his adopted community as President of the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club. 

We got to know Ray very well over the course of the past two years, as leaders in both organizations worked collaboratively to bring the merger to fruition and make a smooth and positive transition to a Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce that now includes and embraces the Ipswich community. Ray opened up his Inn and – more importantly – his heart to help make this all possible and we are forever thankful for his generosity. He and his gracious team at the Inn hosted countless planning meetings and community events, always making us feel welcome and appreciated.

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the merger, it is with a mixture of great sadness and deep gratitude that we also mark the passing of our good friend Ray Morley - sadness at the loss of this truly remarkable person and gratitude for his warm and generous friendship and his lifetime of service to Ipswich and the wider Cape Ann community.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, our Chamber team and the entire Chamber membership, we extend our sincere condolences to Ray’s wife Margaret and their family. To learn more about Ray Morley’s life please see his obituary here.

Chamber News & Updates

The third edition of Greater Cape Ann Highlights featuring Betsy Frost of Betsy Frost Design in Ipswich and Camille Murphy of Coldwell Banker in Beverly 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

$25K Game - Win Big $$

Time is running out to get your ticket for the $25K Game! 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:

Call for Sponsors for 


2022 Christmas by the Sea weekend is scheduled for December 1 - 4 (Thursday - Sunday). We are now accepting sponsorships to help decorate and provide weekend festivities. Please download and fill in the PDF form and return to Michelle Pepin.

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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

2022 Summer Season in Review RSVP & Survey

If you didn't make it to one of the Discover Gloucester Summer Season Wrap-Up Roundtable Discussions, please provide your input using this survey. Any information shared in this form will be compiled to identify trends for the 2022 summer season as part of the Summer in Review presentation. Individual names and businesses will not be included in the presentation.  

The Summer in Review Event is scheduled for October 27 at 5:30pm at Gloucester Stage Company. You can RSVP to attend the event at the bottom of this form

TownGreen Launches First Climate Impact Public Education Series Workshop/Webinar Will Focus on the Good Harbor Beach Ecosystem

TownGreen, the Cape Ann climate-based non-profit, is launching the first of a three-part workshop/webinar series focusing on the Good Harbor Beach ecosystem: Protecting and Preserving the Good Harbor Beach Ecosystem for Current and Future Generations. The Good Harbor Beach ecosystem includes Good Harbor Beach, Salt Island, the marsh, and the surrounding connected ecosystem.

Read Press Release to Learn More

A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance is an evidence based program that educates and supports aging adults around falling, and the fear of falling, with emphasis on group discussion and practical strategies to reduce fall factors. Topics such as viewing falls as controllable, setting realistic goals for increasing physical activity and modifying our environments set the stage for creating a personal plan to address mitigating fall risk. Held Mondays through Nov. 21 at the Hamilton Senior Center. For information and to register, contact Linda Baker at 978-281-1750 or Learn More

Presenters being Sought for Career Day at Rockport High School on November 7, 2022

On Monday, November 7, Rockport High School DECA will be bringing back career day for the high school after a two year hiatus. We are looking for volunteer presenters who would be willing to come into school and share their career with students. Last time we did career day we had over 40 presenters from all types of careers and backgrounds. Students enjoyed hearing about the various careers and were grateful for the experience they had that day. 

Would you or anyone you know be interested in doing a career day presentation for student small groups? The time commitment would be November 7 between 8AM-10:30AM. 

If you are interested, please use this sign up link and enter the required information. Mr. Larsen, DECA advisor, will reach out to you after receiving your information. Career day doesn't happen without adult volunteers. We hope you can be one of them.

Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week

Meet Snarles Barkley, a 6 month-old Labrador retriever mix full of enthusiasm for every day. Barkley loves people and is always curious. He is ready to play and has some doggy friends and would love your help making more. Barkley wouldn’t mind going into a home with another dog as long as they can keep up with his confident play style and puppy behavior. This guy is very food motivated and has learned “sit” very quickly — he is still learning not to jump up for attention so he would do best in a home with no small kids to knock over. He will need guidance while he finalizes all of his “good dog” manners! Does he sound like the right guy for you? Barkley is available is a foster-to-adopt candidate.. Visit for more information on Target and other dogs and cats available for adoption.

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. 

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

Thursday, November 10 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. 

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

Discover Gloucester is hiring a Digital Marketing Coordinator

Inbound Helpline Counselor sought by Needy Meds

Home Health Aides being hired immediately by Guardian Angel Senior Services.

GMGI has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scientist.

Two positions are available at Pathways for Children: Teacher Floater Head Start and Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist

Shop Our Members

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, WEJACK. 

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.

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! 

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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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