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Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Members,

As the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce reflects on what we are most thankful for, it goes without a second of hesitation. We are thankful for you, our amazing members. Without your support we would not be able to continue our mission of promoting our members and the region, enhancing our community's quality of life, and growing Cape Ann's economy. Thank you, sincerely, for your membership, your support, and your dedication to our community. We wish you and your family a very safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Warmest Regards,

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

With just a few days remaining, join us in our Annual Love Cape Ann Fundraising Auction that ends Saturday, November 28 at 7pm. With over 140 packages to choose from, there’s something for everyone this holiday season. Stock your bar with a “boatload of booze” or purchase a new snowblower this winter with a gift card to Maestranzi Brothers. We are also inviting you to join us LIVE this Saturday for our Auction Celebration. We will be announcing some BIG winners of the night and you will even hear from local business leaders in the community. You also will not want to miss the chance to win one of our three great raffle items! A donation to the Chamber's mission, $25 or more, automatically enters you into the drawing. Remember to shop small this holiday season, shop on Cape Ann.
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Coffee & Connections
Thursday, December 3, 10 AM

We hope to see you in December at our new time, 10 AM. Our monthly networking event is a fantastic opportunity to get connected with other members.

FDA Advisory Committee to Meet December 10 on Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on December 10 to discuss the request for emergency use authorization (EUA) of a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, Inc. in partnership with BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH. Read the FDA’s November 20 press release here.
CDC Offers Updated Guidance for Thanksgiving

For the most up-to-date guidance from the Centers for Disease Prevention please click here
Guidance for PPP Loan Forgiveness

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has compiled several resources to help businesses navigate the PPP loan forgiveness process, including links to FAQs from the SBA, and an online tutorial.  To see all this and more from the U.S. Chamber, please click here.
SBA Still Accepting EIDL Loan Applications

The SBA reminds us that small businesses, nonprofit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can still apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For more information and to apply, please click here.
Massachusetts Updates List of COVID-19 Lower Risk States 

Maine and New Hampshire were the most recent states to be removed from the list of lower-risk states. The only remaining lower-risk states for purposes of the Massachusetts Travel Order are Hawaii and Vermont. 
State’s Daily Dashboard

To view the most recent daily dashboard please click here: Dashboard for November 23.
Information Resources

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

To view the most recent (November 5) 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.

For the most recent Legislative and COVID-19 update from the office of State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante please click here.
The BEST Way to Support Local Businesses is by Purchasing
A Cape Ann Gift Certificate This Holiday Season
Cape Ann Gift Certificates are the perfect gift to give this holiday season and are THE BEST way to support local business, as they can only be redeemed at more than 200 participating local businesses. We sell more than $70,000 GCs a year, and have put over $1,000,000 back into the local economy over the life of the program. These can be purchased at the Chamber Office, both Shaw's locations, and Tuck's Candy & Gifts in Rockport. 

MyLocalMA Business of the Week -
Arts Abound

Arts Abound celebrates creativity with local artists. The gallery features a variety of beautiful and unique artwork from local artists as well as carefully handcrafted gifts, such as pottery, hand-painted scarves, hand-carved wooden cutting boards with bread knives, greeting cards, a variety of jewelry, local photography and more. A Glosta embroidered hat designed by owner, Sue Wheeler, is available for purchase in our 33rd Annual Love Cape Ann Fundraising Auction.

*Submit your #mylocalma photos to

Shop Small This Weekend:
November 28 is Small Business Saturday

In 2010, American Express created Small Business Saturday to encourage people to shop small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. As a business organization, we are proud to support this movement and are thankful to be a Small Business Saturday neighborhood champion again this year.

To view the American Express map of participating businesses, click here.

Small Business Saturday Merchandise Available at the Chamber
Members are welcome to stop by to pick up tent cards, stickers, flyers, and other Small Business Saturday merchandise. We have a limited supply available so stop by today before they are gone!
Shop Backyard Growers This Holiday Season! Open Through December 22

Backyard Growers’ holiday pop-up shop is now open. The online shop is chock full of unique garden- and nature-themed gifts that will bring festive fun to family and friends all year round. Proceeds support Backyard Growers’ school, backyard, and community garden programs. All items come “ready-to-give” in a craft paper gift bag and are available for curbside pick-up only at 3 Duncan Street.

Look of Joy Photography/Boston Pro Headshots Offers Killer Business Headshot Deal to the Community

It’s time to look great on your website, social media, in your email signature and in print! Look of Joy Photography/ Boston Pro Headshots will help you make an impression that combines a top professional modern look with a sense of friendliness and approachability, and they'll make it a fun, relaxed experience. Book your slot for only $95 on December 7 at the Magnolia Library in Gloucester.

Nor'east Cleaners Offers Home & Office laundry Service with Free Pickup and Delivery

Besides offering dry cleaning, wet cleaning and laundering shirts, Nor'east Cleaners offers wash, dry, & fold service. This service is offered at their convenient 24/7 drop boxes, stores, and your home or office when you use their free pickup and delivery service.

Cape Ann YMCA Membership Special - No Cost to Join Until February 15

From November 9 to Black Friday, you can join the Cape Ann YMCA cost free until February 15. The first 100 people to take advantage of this fantastic special can choose a piece of athletic apparel. Click here to view the options and contact Helene Feeley for more information: or 978 283-0470 ext 1708.

One-of-a-Kind Rugs and Tapestries Designed by J.S. Hurd Design

Owner Joanne Hurd of J.S. Hurd Design can customize the size, pattern, and colorway to fit both your personal style and home decor. The rugs & tapestries are finely hand-knotted by master weavers in Nepal. These treasures - entirely handmade - are designed to last a lifetime.

Esmeralda Jewelry, Accessories & Gifts in Rockport is Offering Custom Gift Boxes for Businesses

As we approach the Holiday season, many businesses will want to say "Thank You" to their hard working employees. Esmeralda Jewelry offers a variety of gift box options so you can find a gift for everyone. The gift boxes can be customized to whatever products you like, and are available directly in store or online.

Woodman's of Essex
Holiday Gift Card Sale

Our friends at Woodman's of Essex are starting their holiday gift card sale early this year. Now through December 31 get a $20 FREE gift card when you buy $100 in Restaurant Gift Cards.

Support Veteran-Owned Local Businesses

American Legion Post 3 has started a program to identify all veteran-owned businesses and they are asking the citizens of Gloucester to help them. The Cape Ann Chamber strongly supports this endeavor. Legion Post 3 encourages all veteran-owned companies who are not identified to send their business cards to 8 Washington Street, Gloucester. The list will be updated regularly.

The Businesses on Lexington Avenue Are Offering Special Fall Savings

This Fall season don't forget to stop by Lexington Avenue in Magnolia. Participating businesses are offering special discounts on CBD, home decor, gift items, and more! Magnolia is a must see this Fall season. Use the hashtag #meetmeinmagnolia to share your pictures of Lexington Avenue.

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!
Attention Businesses: Help Promote the Cape Ann Kids Holiday Fund

Action Inc., Pathways for Children, & Wellspring House, Inc. are collaborating to make sure that all Cape Ann children enjoy a magical holiday. In lieu of toys collections this year, we hope you might be willing to help fundraise by making a donation and/or promoting the Cape Ann Kids Holiday fund on your website, social media pages, newsletters, or in your business.

Donation to the Fund will allow the organizations to provide gift cards for hundreds of families in need. Scan the QR code below to donate, or click the link below.

Promote Your Business by Adopting the Gloucester Police Department's New Community Resource Dog

To help raise money to pay for Ace, The Gloucester Police Department's new community resource dog, the GPD is offering local businesses the opportunity to “Adopt” Ace for a month. Ace wears a vest that has removable patches attached. On one of those patches the GPD would include your business logo. Please contact Lieutenant Nicastro of the Community Impact Unit at (978) 325-5471 for more information.

The Manchester 375th Committee and the Manchester Historical Museum Announce Special Gift to the Community

In recognition of 2020, Manchester’s 375th anniversary year, “The History of the Meeting Houses of Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts” has just been completed and is a celebratory gift to the community. This 56 page booklet was written by historian and noted local author, Robert Booth.

The Gloucester Female Charitable Association is now accepting Grant Proposals for the 2020-2021 Grant Cycle

The Mission of the Gloucester Female Charitable Association is to provide support to those organizations that enhance and support the lives of under-served women and children in the Greater Gloucester area. Grant proposals must support the mission of the Gloucester Female Charitable Association. All completed applications are due by December 11, 2020.

Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals Announce Guidelines for Grant Program that Benefits Non-Profits

This year, Addison Gilbert Hospital and Beverly Hospital are seeking proposals that focus on addressing social determinants of health including access to technology. Through this grant process, up to $100,000 will be awarded to non-profit organizations. The deadline to be considered is December 4, 2020

Take Cape Ann Mass In Motion’s Bike Friendly Community Survey

The goal of this survey is to acquire important feedback on making Cape Ann roads safer for all. Whether you drive, walk, or bike, your participation in this survey will help to better inform community leaders on Active Transportation opportunities.

Arts Abound Launches New E-Commerce Website Just in Time for the Holidays

After several months in the works, Arts Abound is pleased to announce that they now have an e-commerce site. It is now easier than ever to support local artists and your favorite small business.

Support the Robicheau Family, A Local Family in Need

A local family needs our help with the costs of their beloved husband and father, David Robicheau's medical expenses. David has faced medical challenges which have severely impacted him and his young family. Click the link below to learn more about the family and how you can help.

North Shore 104.9 FM Turns on the Christmas Lights Early This Year
North Shore 104.9 FM WBOQ, Gloucester, Boston will play all holiday music from November 2 until the end of 2020 because this year we all need a little Christmas!
Wheelhouse Cowork to Open Their Second Location This Month
The Gloucester Daily Times recently published an article announcing Wheelhouse Cowork's new location. This marks a milestone for the business and its founder, Nate Cahill. The new location will offer ocean views and special amenities. 

Christmas in Gloucester:
Shop Local • Shop Downtown
November 27 - December 17

There are many fun and safe events happening this holiday season, including the ever so popular, Ladies and Men's night. Click the link below to view the extended flyer and schedule of "Christmas in Gloucester" events.

First Annual Winter Lights
November 27 - January 1
Over 175 businesses will be lit up throughout Cape Ann to help us all celebrate the joys of the season. A Drive- Map will be produced, highlighting Rockport, Gloucester, Essex and Manchester's participating businesses and offered to all for an enchanting exhibit. 

Holidays in Rockport
November 27 - January 1
The Holidays in Rockport are looking a little different in 2020. Rockport's creative community has taken a few of our festivals and made them month-long experiences maintaining the traditions and adding some new ones for you and yours to have a safe and wonderful holiday season. 

Rockport Music Presents Concert View Virtual Series: Alexa Tarantino Quartet
December 4

Director of the Rockport Jazz Workshop, Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Alexa’s “lovely, ardent way of improvising,” and “sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered straight-ahead jazz [compositions]” (The New York Times) establish her individual voice which shines through as a dynamic performer and educator.

The performance starts at 7pm and is free to watch. Go to Rockport Music's website , Youtube Channel or Facebook Page at 7pm on Friday 

Christmas-By-The-Sea: A Wonderful Holiday Tradition In Manchester
December 4 - December 13

Manchester-by-the-Sea has many fun and safe Holiday events coming up next month! From a Holiday Open House at Manchester Historical Museum to a Downtown Holiday Scavenger Hunt, there will be plenty of opportunities to safely celebrate the holidays in Manchester.

Essex North Shore Agriculture & Technical School Present Larkin Cottage Virtual Gala
December 14

The gala will benefit the Larkin Memorial Cottage project, currently being rebuilt into a multi-use facility, including a historical museum, service kitchen, office space, an exhibit hall, a learning lab, and function space. *The date of this event has recently changed from December 4 to December 14.

Backyard Growers is Seeking a Full-Time Program Coordinator

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Forklift Operator Position Available at Americold Logistics is Hiring for a Forklift Operator Position

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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