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Straitsmouth Island, Rockport | Photo Credit: Abbott Cove Photography
CEO and President Update

Welcome to March! The winter holidays are behind us, and while it’s been cold and snowy, spring is on the way and with it a much anticipated slow thaw. We are still masking up and vaccines are on the rise, giving all of us great hope for a fantastic 2021!

Susan Gould-Coviello Photographed by Erika Brown of the Manchester Cricket
2021 Chamber Board President Susan Gould-Coviello Featured in the Manchester Cricket

In an article titled, "Susan Coviello: Getting It Done At The Chamber" the Manchester Cricket's editorial staff write an informative and compelling article on the Chamber's 2021 Board President and the work she looks forward to accomplishing with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

Love Cape Ann Podcast

Join the Chamber's CEO Ken Riehl, 2021 Board President Susan Gould-Coviello, and Events Director Sara Bowen as they cover the planning done in February to prepare for the Chamber's upcoming calendar of Spring events.

Government Affairs Council Report

At the Council’s most recent meeting on February 9, The council was updated on the Chamber's Economic initiatives, including ongoing participation on Gloucester and Rockport reopening advisory committees, respectively. Many other topics were up for discussion including policy areas the council should prioritize.

Taken during February's Health & Wellness Meeting
Health & Wellness Committee Report

The Health & Wellness Committee met on Wednesday, February 3rd to discuss the many ways our representative business owner and organization members have been supporting their customers and clients during the pandemic. As always, the committee has continued to find ways to bring meaningful assistance to their community.

Businesswomen's Committee Extends Scholarship Deadline

The Businesswomen’s Committee has extended the Carolyn M. O’Connor Scholarship application deadline to March 31. One scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded in early May to a woman who is returning to the workforce or is considering a career change, in an effort to better their life situation.
Did You Know This Fact About Your
Cape Ann Chamber Membership?

There are many savings “perks” included in your Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce membership. As a CACC member, you receive exclusive access to our various member savings programs like 15% off a Cape Ann YMCA membership, access to healthcare programs with expert local area representation and so much more!

Coffee & Connections
Thursday, March 4 | 9 AM
Start the month off right and join us for a morning of coffee and connections! Meet new people, expand your business connections and stay in touch with friends and colleagues.

The beginning of the event will feature an update from our Ambassadors Committee
Winter Birding Boat Trip
Saturday, March 6 | 8 AM

We’re looking forward to embarking on our sold out Winter Birding Boat Trip on March 6, sponsored by Swarovski Optik and Essex Bird and Pet Supply. A special thank you to our sponsors for supporting this highly anticipated trip!

Economic Outlook Forum
Tuesday, March 9 | 8 AM

The Chamber's Economic Outlook Forum has been held annually for over thirty years and we will be continuing this informative session virtually this year. Join us as we hear from Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Mike Kennealy, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Marylou Sudders and Gloucester Community Development Director, Jill Cahill on the state of the Commonwealth and the economic prospects for the coming year.

Irish Sweepstakes Live Drawing
Thursday, March 18 | 5 PM
Only a few tickets remaining, call the Chamber today if you want to play! You can also get lucky in our 50/50 Raffle. Visit the event page of our website to learn more about your chance at a pot of gold and don’t forget to join us at 5 PM on March 18 for the LIVE drawing!
Cape Ann License Plate Auction
March 22-29

Have you heard? The Cape Ann Community Foundation will be hosting their coveted Low Number Cape Ann License Plate Auction on March 22-29. Don’t miss out on the fun! Already have a plate? You can still make a difference by making a donation on their website, All donations of $25 or more will receive a limited edition “I Love Cape Ann” Koozie!

Business After Hours
Wednesday, March 24| 4:30 PM
Grab a cocktail or beverage of choice and join us after a day of work to network and relax in an informal setting, virtually!
Business After Hours

We held our second virtual business after hours event on Wednesday, February 24. The featured business was Cape Ann Motor Inn and Innkeeper Loran Caputo gave a terrific overview of her business, background, and commitment to the Cape Ann community. Later, breakout rooms, cocktails, icebreakers, and plenty of networking took place.
Coffee & Connections

The February 4th event opened with an update from the Chamber's Government Affairs Council. Chamber members had the opportunity to learn about this important aspect of our mission. We then heard from our members as they gave updates on their businesses and shared the exciting plans they have in store for the months ahead.

AVH Realty, Inc.
4 Old County Rd. | Gloucester
(978) 282-7747

Cape Ann Cannabis
300 Newburyport Turnpike Unit 1 | Rowley
(978) 948-7070

Elaine Quinn Interiors
(978) 778-8527

Elynn Kröger Gallery
38 Bearskin Neck | Rockport
(978) 500-5047

Lark Fine Foods
8 Scott's Way | Essex
(978) 768-0012

Lyon-Waugh Auto Group
7 Centennial Drive | Peabody
(978) 532-8312

Sea & Cellar, LLC
21 Dock Square #3 | Rockport
(978) 999-5249

The Hamilton Group
900 Cummungs Center Suite 201U | Beverly
(978) 279-9100

The Mill
121 Eastern Avenue | Essex
(978) 890-7139
This Week's Takeout Today Featured Members: The Village Restaurant and The Scrapbook

This week’s Takeout Today brings us to Essex! Serving the community since 1956 is one of the North Shore’s best acclaimed seafood restaurants: The Village Restaurant. While known for their clams, their menu includes an array of traditional New England recipes the whole family will salivate over. While you will need time to work off all that great food, we recommend you visit The Scrapbook, just a few short steps away and it will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time. You’ll find a large collection of affordable fine quality maps and prints between the 16th and 20th centuries for purchase; it’s your chance to own a piece of history!

MyLocalMA Business of the Week -
Sage Floral Studio
Celebrating 20 Years in Business!

Sage Floral Studio is a full-service flower shop located on Main Street in Gloucester. They offer daily deliveries and specialize in weddings and events. For more than 20 years owners Beth Genovese and Gina Russo have worked closely with all the premiere North Shore venues. By using the freshest flowers the local market has to offer, they create beautiful and unique floral arrangements for every occasion!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With
A Cape Ann Gift Check
The Cape Ann Gift Check program encourages our community to shop local and keeps our dollars on Cape Ann. Now, more than ever, it is important to support local businesses.
March is Mystery Discount Month
at Design of Mine

Draw a lucky discount from 30% - 50% off
your Entire Purchase. Great Deals All Month Long!

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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Want to be featured on Add your business, event, or deal by creating a free account to feature your business on the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism visitor website.

1623 Studios Timeline: Cape Ann
The Hermit of Ravenswood Park with Kory Curcuru

For over 30 years, this Gloucester Hermit lived in Ravenswood Park, connecting with nature after tragedy struck. Join Kory Curcuru as he explores the hermit's story in the latest Timeline: Cape Ann for 1623 Studios.

American Legion Post 3 Will Again
be Proudly Delivering Free Easter
Holiday Ham Dinners

Deliveries will be made on Easter Sunday between 11 AM - 1 PM. Recipients MUST BE HOME to receive their meals. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Post will NOT BE ABLE TO serve free dinners at the Legion or Open Door on Easter Sunday. To learn how to volunteer or to place an older, click the link below.

Photo Courtesy of the Emerson Inn's Facebook Page
Kimberly Voltero of Plug-In Cape Ann Tours is the New Owner of the Emerson Inn

The Chamber extends our congratulations to Kimberly Voltero and the Emerson Inn staff as they embark on this new and exciting venture. To learn more, read the recent Gloucester Daily Times article and watch Good Morning Gloucester's GloucesterCast Podcast as they speak with Kimberly on the change in ownership, her exciting new plans, and more.

Maritime Gloucester Winter Lecture Series "Evolution of the Schooner:
A Story in Half Hull"
Tuesday, March 2 | 7 PM - 9 PM

Join Maritime Gloucester's historian in a discussion on the evolution of the famous Gloucester Fishing Schooner.

North Shore Alliance Policymaker Series Presents a Conversation With
Senate President Karen E. Spilka
Wednesday, March 3 | 8 - 9 AM

The Alliance Policymakers Series hosts speakers that play a critical role in formulating and implementing policies that impact the region’s economic vitality and prospects for job creation and growth.

Essex County Community Foundation
A Grantmakers in the Arts Workshop
Wednesday, March 3 | 9 AM - 12 PM

ECCF invites you to participate in a virtual nonprofit capitalization workshop hosted by Grantmakers in the Arts focused on focused
on proactively managing your arts & culture organization’s financial health.

Rockport Music Presents
Concert View: Maeve Gilchrist, Harp
Friday, March 5 | 7 PM

Celebrated harpist Maeve Gilchrist performs a concert featuring several original works from her latest release Harpweaver, including the title track as well as “The Calm” and “The Storm.”

Cape Ann Museum Presents:
A Guided Tour through the Lane Gallery to the Lane House
Sunday, March 7 | 1 - 2:30 PM

This tour starts in the Cape Ann Museum’s newly reinstalled Fitz Henry Lane Gallery, then continues with a walk down to the Lane House overlooking Gloucester’s working waterfront.

Maritime Gloucester Winter Lecture Series "Of Ships (and Men) Out of Gloucester: Pictures and Stories from Here and There"
Tuesday, March 9 | 7 - 9 PM

Join local historian and photographer Charlie Seavey as he takes us through a presentation of the maritime history of Gloucester and Cape Ann, based largely on photography from various sources, including some public domain.

Backyard Growers Virtual Training: How to Start Seeds Indoors
Thursday, March 11 | 7 - 8 PM

In this workshop, you'll discover the benefits of starting your own seeds indoors, the tools you'll need to be successful, and how to nurture your seedlings from seed to garden (and eventually to plate!). Come with your questions for the interactive Q&A following a demonstration.

Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum Presents: Frame Up to Fit Out - Sylvina W. Beal Restoration
Thursday, March 11 | 7 - 8 PM

Join Katherine Dench, Mass Cultural Council’s granted apprentice to master shipwright Harold Burnham, as she chronicles her experience in taking part in the restoration process of the historic Sylvina W. Beal and wooden boat building from sketch to launch.

Rockport Music Presents:
A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn
Friday, March 12| 7:30 - 9 PM

Brian O’Donovan will be the host and will be introducing the artists, chatting about their lives, reciting some of his favorite poetry, and inviting you to raise your voices in a few special and virtual sing-alongs.

The Kay Ellis Scholarship Fund Presents Irish Folk Singer Seamus Walker
Saturday, March 13 | 7 - 8 PM

Grab your favorite Irish beverage and join the Kay Ellis Scholarship Fund on Facebook Live for an evening of Folk music. The show is FREE!! Donations via Venmo will be accepted throughout the show. All funds raised go to benefit the Kay Ellis Memorial Scholarship

Rocky Neck Now 2021: Part One
Now – March 21

Stop/Look #1 is the 6th annual Rocky Neck Now members show from the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC). Reflecting the lives of RNAC artists over the last year, Stop/Look is online only but it’s so big in spirit it’s actually two shows. Stop/Look #2 launches March 21.

FDA Approves Single-Dose Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

On Saturday, February 27 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The EUA for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine was issued to Janssen Biotech Inc., a Johnson & Johnson (J&J) company. According to the company’s statement, “[Johnson & Johnson] has begun shipping its COVID-19 vaccine and expects to deliver enough single-shot vaccines by the end of March to enable the full vaccination of more than 20 million people in the U.S.” To read the complete FDA announcement please click here. To read the J&J statement please click here
Massachusetts Vaccination
Program Update

All residents in Phase 1 and all residents age 65 and over are now eligible for vaccination. View the latest Massachusetts vaccine update here. View the February 25 weekly vaccination report here
Reopening Massachusetts Plan Advances

Massachusetts advanced to Step 2 of Phase III of the state’s reopening plan on Monday, March 1, and will transition to Step 1 of Phase IV on Monday, March 22. In announcing these measures, Governor Baker cited public health metrics that are continuing to show improvement, including drops in average daily COVID cases and hospitalizations and increasing vaccination rates. The following updates took effect on Monday, March 1:
  • Restaurants will no longer have a percent capacity limit and will be permitted to host musical performances; six-foot social distancing, limits of six people per table and 90-minute limits will remain in place
Effective March 22, all communities in Massachusetts will move into Step 1 of Phase IV of the state’s reopening plan. For full details on these and related announcements please click here. For the latest sector-specific reopening information and guidance please click here
SBA Targets Small and Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) Businesses, Nonprofits for Forgivable PPP Loans

On Wednesday, February 24 SBA established a 14-day exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. This will give lenders and community partners more time to work with the smallest businesses to submit their applications, while also ensuring that larger PPP-eligible businesses will still have plenty of time to apply for and receive support before the program expires on March 31, 2021. For more details on these and other SBA economic relief initiatives please click here
Equitable PPP Access Initiative Continues

The Equitable PPP Initiative offers multilingual technical assistance and lender matching for underbanked and historically underserved businesses, including businesses owned by women and people of color, seeking a PPP loan. To learn more about the Equitable PPP Initiative coalition please click here. To inquire about support, volunteer your time or skills, or simply learn more, email
State’s Interactive COVID-19
Daily Dashboard

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Daily Dashboard is now available in interactive format. To view the most recent Massachusetts COVID-19 daily dashboard please click here. For the most recent weekly public health report (February 25) please click here
Information Resources
For comprehensive COVID-19 information please visit the Chamber’s special Coronavirus page.

To view the most recent (February 25) weekly COVID-19 Command Center Situation Report from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), please click here

For the latest legislative and COVID-19 update from the office of State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, please click here

For the latest COVID-19 news and information for Massachusetts, please visit To view the latest nationwide case information published daily by the CDC please click here
Wellspring House is Looking for a Career & Education Advisor

The Career & Education Advisor will work with Youth & Young Adults on Cape Ann, specifically at Gloucester High School.  Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in counseling, education, or related field or equivalent experience required.

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) is Seeking an Assistant Laboratory Manager, Part-time

GMGI is looking for a highly motivated individual for the role of part-time Assistant Laboratory Manager to support the daily operations and overall safety of GMGI’s research facility

Scott Energy Co., Inc. is Hiring a Front Desk Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

This is a full time position, $19-$21 per hour. Contact Bill Scott to apply.

Beauport Hospitality Group is Hiring

Seaport Grille, the Beauport Hotel, and 1606 Restaurant & Bar are looking to hire various positions: line cook, part-time gift shop attendant, and assistant restaurant manager.

Sonolite Plastics is Seeking a Part-Time Administrative Assistant
3-4 days per week, $25/hour. Hours are flexible. If interested, please contact Jon at: 

Cazeault Solar & Home is Hiring a Field Installation Coordinator

Cazeault Solar & Home is looking for another key person to assist their team and clients with the best customer experience.

Local Colors Artists' Cooperative is Looking For Artists
Exhibit your work in the gallery and enjoy being among artists where you'll find a positive, creative, and collaborative environment.
Cape Ann Youth Friendly Jobs & Internships
Click here to view available opportunities 
We would like to extend a big thank you to our supporting sponsors.

If you are interested in promoting with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and sponsoring this newsletter, please contact Ken Riehl at
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce