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Get Your Low Number Cape Ann License Plate at the Cape Ann Community Foundations Online Auction!
Bidding Now Open Through March 29

Did you know that the Cape Ann Community Foundation supports our local non-profits and schools? Over the past four years, they have given over $50,000 away in grants through the sale of Cape Ann License Plates and generous donations. This year’s Low Number Cape Ann License Plate Auction has officially opened,
don’t miss out on your opportunity to win a plate numbered 2-100. Already have one? 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
Mix your favorite drink or pour yourself a refreshing seltzer and join us as we network and relax in an informal setting, virtually. This after-hours event is a fun way to catch up with business colleagues and expand your connections. This month's host business is ABC Home Healthcare Professionals

Only a Few Days Remain to Apply for the Carolyn M. O'Connor Scholarship

In May, a $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a woman who is returning to the workforce or is considering a career change. The scholarship will help the recipient reach her dreams of continuing her education and professional goals. Applications are due March 31.
Coffee & Connections
Thursday, April 1 | 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 Next Gen Young Professionals Group
Next Gen Virtual MeetUp
Monday, April 5 | 6 - 7 PM

Cape Ann Young Professionals are invited to join the Next Gen Committee as they check in, catch up, and connect with young professionals from all industries!

The Basics of Investing Seminar
Tuesday, April 6 | 9 - 10 AM

Are you your own worst enemy when it comes to investing? Many of the instincts which serve us well in most endeavors are counterproductive in investing. It can be easy to be a successful long-term investor, learn the basics for success from the founder of Cape Ann Capital, Dave Umstead, PhD, CFA.  

Submit Your Reopening Information and Bring Your Updated Brochures to the Chamber's Visitor Center

With Spring in full swing, Cape Ann is beginning to welcome more and more visitors. Please email to submit your business's reopening information. Please also ensure that your information on our visitor websites, and is up to date. To make changes, please log into your CACC account. If you have rack cards and promotional materials, please stop by our Visitor Center and drop them off.
SeniorCare Celebrates Meals on Wheels With Their Annual March for Meals Awareness Campaign

In the words of Representative Brad Hill, "March for Meals is an annual month-long event designed to generate public awareness about senior hunger and isolation and to celebrate the invaluable services provided by senior nutrition programs." Watch the video to see our local legislators and SeniorCare pay tribute to the program, and its amazing volunteers.

Voting is Now Open for 1623 Studios' Cape Ann March Madness Bracket

1623 Studios is doing a Cape Ann take on March Madness brackets! Vote for your favorite local location all next week right on 1623 Studio's Facebook and Instagram stories or on Twitter. The winning spot will be featured for multiple nights at the studios’ Public Art Projection located at 11 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. 

Maritime Gloucester Presents:
"A Shipwright Documented"
Tuesday, March 23 | 7 PM

A Shipwright Documented: Screening and Panel Discussion of the Mass Cultural Council 2020 Film "Harold A. Burnham: Master Shipwright" is part of Maritime Gloucester's Winter Lecture Series. The short film touches on shipbuilding in Essex, the Burnham family, learning from old-time boat builders, and more.

Join Project Adventure for Their 2021
SEL Symposium March 23 - 27

Please join Project Adventure for their 3rd annual SEL Symposium on March 23-27. This virtual event will provide workshops, keynote & playnote sessions, Friday family movie night, self-care Saturday, and more. Project Adventure looks forward to sharing their insights about adventure in the virtual space, as well as inviting leaders in the field to share their perspectives and experience.

Backyard Growers Virtual Fundraiser:
Cook-Along with Ken Duckworth
Thursday, March 25 | 6 - 7:30 PM

Join Backyard Growers for a LIVE virtual cook-along and fundraiser with renowned local chef and restaurateur, Ken Duckworth. In this interactive cooking class, Ken will demonstrate how to prepare fish cakes with remoulade sauce inspired by Gloucester’s seafood traditions and the freshest ingredients.

Economic Development Funding Information Session With Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Thursday, April 1 | 2 - 3 PM

Looking to fund economic recovery and development efforts in your area?

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers multiple funding opportunities to help local governments, nonprofits, and other organizations serve economically distressed areas.

At this information session, learn about the various grants available, find out how to apply, and hear from past EDA grant recipients about their recent projects. There will be time for Q&A!

Manchester Historical Museum Spring Art Show Open Now Through April 16
Tuesdays - Fridays | 10 AM - 3 PM

Featuring area artists, join Manchester Historical Museum for their Spring Art Show & Sale. The museum will be limiting the number of people in their exhibit hall which may mean a short wait in their lovely courtyard before entering.

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This Week's Takeout Today Featured Members: Women-Owned My Place by the Sea and Sea & Cellar of Rockport 

This week we invite you to visit the charm of downtown Rockport. My Place by the Sea is a picturesque location for this week’s date night, with freshly curated meals offered weekly and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you won’t be disappointed. We also encourage you to visit the selection of carefully selected wines, craft beers, and provisions at Sea & Cellar. You’ll fall in love with Rockport all over again this week! 
#MyLocalMA Business of the Week -
Woman-Owned, Cape Ann Cosmos:
Art, Science & Entertainment Event List

Chris Munkholm, Founder & Editor of Cape Ann Cosmos, launched the newsletter in 2019. The independent publication provides timely information on events, exhibitions, and destinations for: Art, Dance, Film, History, Literature, Music, Revels, Science, and Theater. Coverage includes the museums, galleries, theaters, historical societies, and lesser-known venues. COSMOS is dedicated to keeping readers In the Know and Culturally on the Go. Chris looks forward to the reopening of one of the world's greatest regional cultural destinations and seeing everyone out and about again!

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Shop Our Member Special of the Week: Tiny Planet Computer is Offering a New VHS to Digital Transfer Service

Tiny Planet Computer can take your old VHS tapes and convert them to a DVD or a digital file suitable to play on any computer or device that supports MP4 format.

Support Local Businesses By Purchasing 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. If you would like your business to be added to the list of current participants, please contact
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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Reopening Massachusetts Plan Moves to Final Phase

Effective Monday, March 22, all communities in Massachusetts -with the exception of Boston - moved to Step 1 of Phase IV of the state’s reopening plan. Gathering limits have been increased for event venues and in public settings to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors. To read the Governor’s March 18 announcement please click here
Massachusetts Eases Travel Restrictions

Effective March 22 the Massachusetts travel order has been replaced by a travel advisory with a list of exemptions, including travelers who are fully vaccinated and who do not have symptoms. Full details on the state’s travel advisory are available here
SBA Rolls Out “American Rescue Plan” Business Relief Programs

For a comprehensive catalog of the new law’s COVID-19 business assistance programs being run through the Small Business Administration, please click here
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Portal Opening April 8 

For detailed information about this SBA grant program for performance centers and other event and entertainment venues, and to register for program updates, please click here.
Massachusetts Vaccination
Program Expanding

Starting this week all Massachusetts residents age 60 and over joined the list of those eligible for vaccination. Beginning April 5, those 55 and over or with one certain medical condition will become eligible, and on April 16 all residents 16 and over will be eligible. All who live, work or study in Massachusetts may pre-register for an appointment at a mass vaccination location here
View the latest Massachusetts vaccine update here View the March 18 weekly vaccination report here
State’s Interactive COVID-19
Daily Dashboard

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Daily Dashboard is now available in an interactive format. To view the most recent Massachusetts COVID-19 daily dashboard please click here. For the most recent weekly public health report (March 18) please click here
Information Resources

For comprehensive COVID-19 information please visit the Chamber’s special Coronavirus page

To view the most recent (March 18) weekly COVID-19 Command Center Situation Report from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), 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

To read the most recent Legislative and COVID-19 update from State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, please click here
Beauport Hospitality Group is Hiring Multiple Positions
Cruiseport Gloucester, Seaport Grille, the Beauport Hotel, and 1606 Restaurant & Bar are looking to hire various positions!
Top Dog of Rockport is Hiring a General Manager

The general manager will work to manage the daily operations of the restaurant, will assign responsibility to the team, deal with vendors, approve staff schedules, and more. Offering generous salary and bonus based on experience.

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 Associate Director of Research & Assistant Laboratory Manager

GMGI is currently looking for qualified candidates to fill two positions within their organization. To view the job description, qualifications and responsibilities, click the links below.

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.

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
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