Thursday, July 14, 2022
Making a Difference
Our Members. Our Community. Our Region.
This is the New Business Edition of Soundings which will be sent every Thursday.
Soundings EVENTS will be sent on Tuesday.
Chamber Float Wins First Place in Gloucester Fishtown Horribles Parade and Rockport Parade

The Chamber had quite the 4th of July weekend, participating in 3 parades in 2 days. It was great to see all the people lining the parade routes and celebrating Independence Day. The weather was super and the atmosphere was even better. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped man the floats and carry the banners. Added thanks to the team who helped build the floats, provided space or equipment, and to Beauport Hospitality for the loan of the "Advertising Car!"
Free Business Counseling

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Cape Ann branch of SCORE to provide free business counseling to local businesses. The Cape Ann Branch of SCORE has weekly use of the Chamber meeting room from 9 AM -12 noon on Tuesdays beginning July 12. No appointments are necessary - walk-ins are welcome. Learn more about this service.
Cape Ann Community Foundation Announces Grant Awards

Marking their sixth annual funding cycle, the Board of Directors of the Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF) today announced that they have awarded grants to ten Cape Ann area non-profit and community organizations. Congratulations to: Art for Equity, Cape Ann Art Haven, Kops n Kids, Magnolia Library & Community Center, Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library, Maritime Gloucester, Rockport Illumination Weekend, Senior Care, Inc., Together Gloucester, Inc., and Town of Essex, Council on Aging.
Call for Photos for 2023 Publications

It is never too soon to start thinking about next year. As summer time is the prime time for taking photos on Cape Ann, please consider sharing unique and beautiful photos with us that can be used in our various publications and websites. Both scenic and event photos are appreciated. Please email photos to, or join Greater Cape Ann Chamber - Photo Upload Facebook Group to upload photos.
Institution for Savings donates $1M to Sawyer Free Library

Newburyport-based Institution for Savings has made a charitable donation of $1 million to Sawyer Free 2025, the philanthropic capital campaign for the renovation, modernization and expansion of Sawyer Free Library on Dale Avenue. The Institution for Savings’ donation represents the largest single corporate gift to the Sawyer Free 2025 campaign to date. Read The Daily News Article
Musicians Wanted

Area musicians are invited to play in an exciting band concert on Oct. 22, as part of the Cape Ann Festival Band Concert featuring the Cape Ann and Ipswich community bands and the Rockport Legion Band. Rehearsals begin Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the band room of Ipswich High School, and continue on Oct. 13, 20 and 21, all at 7 p.m. The concert is slated for Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Musicians may contact David Benjamin at 978-281-2286 or to register for the free program
Manchester Public Library Offers Museum Timed Ticket Passes to Patrons

To reserve library passes to the Cape Ann Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Museum of Science, Peabody Essex Museum and Zoo New England., Manchester Public Library patrons may visit and click on Museum Passes to begin the reservation process. 
Wellspring announces new partnership with Three Sisters Garden Project

​Three Sisters are providing healthy, locally grown produce to families working Wellspring's Homelessness Prevention Program. This partnership is helping families to reduce their monthly food costs while enjoying delicious vegetables and fruit. This program will even continue into the colder months, when families will receive freezer-ready soup made at the farm using their fresh ingredients!
Ipswich Rowley Rotary Welcomes New President, Ray Morley & Dontaes to Ipswich Family YMCA

Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club donated $5,000 to Ipswich Family YMCA’s Gerry B Camp Scholarship Fund at it’s July 13 meeting at Camp Cedar Mill. The meeting was also one of the first for recently inducted 2022-2023 Club President, Ray Morley, owner of the Ipswich Inn. At left, Clint Dalton (former President) and Ray Morley present check to Chris Bevilacqua of Ipswich Family YMCA.
Folly Cove Intensive Fellowship Program held its first of two business roundtables on July 13.

Sponsored by the Chamber, the business roundtable featured an all-woman panel of small business owners representing Cape Ann Lanes / Laneside Pub & Brewery, MAGMA, Common Crow, Juice Plus and Middlesex Recovery. The roundtable provided a small group of fellows the opportunity to hear advice, stories of hardship and success, and how to overcome certain obstacles. To learn more about the Folly Cove Intensive Fellowship Program, click here.
Discover Gloucester's Plan Your Visit Tool: A Hassle-Free Way to Plan Your Perfect Trip to Gloucester

Planning the perfect day in Gloucester, MA just got much easier! Discover Gloucester is excited to unveil the digital Gloucester Plan Your Visit Tool: an interactive way to map out everything you don’t want to miss in the Gloucester area.
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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
Please check the Business Resources Category in Chamber Blog for Business Resources available to the Cape Ann region!
Work for Backyard Growers as a Program Coordinator
Humpback Cafe is hiring Cooks
Public Housing Manager sought by Gloucester Housing Authority
Hefring Engineering is seeking a part-time Office Administrator
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
Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce