Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Making a Difference
Our Members. Our Community. Our Region.
Ebens Creek in Essex | courtesy Ebens Creek Photography / Robyn Lafata
Michael Linquata, 96

With profound admiration for his life and legacy, we sadly mark the recent passing of Michael Linquata at the age of 96. A decorated veteran of World War II and the Battle of the Bulge, Mike Linquata co-founded the Gloucester House Restaurant with his father in 1957. Since then Mike Linquata’s story was intertwined with the history of the Gloucester House, his lifelong hometown of Gloucester and the Chamber.
Free Workshop - Massachusetts Growth Capital: Grants for Your Business
Beauport Hotel
Thursday, March 17 | 8:30 - 10 AM

Join us to learn about the current grants available through Massachusetts Growth Capital, including the Empower Digital Grant Program and the Biz-M-Power Grant Program.

The Cape Ann Regional Grant Team offers workshops tailored to meet the needs of Cape Ann’s small businesses. They are free and open to all Cape Ann businesses and their staff.
23rd Annual Irish Sweepstakes
Thursday, March 17 | 5 - 7 PM
The Mansion at the Hellenic Center
117 County Road, Ipswich

This Thursday, 12 "lucky leprechauns" will win a "pot of gold" ranging from $500 - $10,000!

Anyone who has a ticket and would like to attend the live event must CALL 978-283-1601 TO REGISTER. May the luck of the Irish be with all ticket holders.

Thank you to our sponsors: Anthony & Dodge P.C., SeniorCare Inc., Seashore Comfort Solutions, McWalter Volunteer Insurance Agency
Annual Low Number Cape Ann License Plate Auction
March 21 - 28

Our Cape Ann Community Foundation is hosting its annual Low-Number Cape Ann License Plate Online Auction from March 21 to March 28 2022. Don't miss out on the fun!

Already have a plate? You can make an additional donation! PLUS, All donations of $25 or more will be sent a limited edition “I Love Cape Ann” Koozie!
Business After Hours
Wednesday, April 6 | 5 - 7 PM
143 High Street, Ipswich

The Chamber and BankGloucester Ipswich Branch invite you join them for our Business After Hours Event! Stay for the whole two hours or just stop by for a quick visit.

Business After Hours events are a great way to meet your fellow chamber members and learn about their businesses. Guests are always welcome so please feel free to bring non-chamber members to show them what the Greater Cape Ann Chamber is all about!
Businesswomen's Mixer
Thursday, April 7 | 5 - 7 PM
The Crow's Nest
344 Main Street, Gloucester

Join the women of the Chamber for a fun evening of networking and cocktails at the Crow's Nest in Gloucester!

Organized in 1986, the Businesswomen's group is committed to the growth of greater Cape Ann business and the professional development of the Chamber’s female members.

$20 for non-members | $10 for members
Winter Birding Speaker Series 
Four Seasons of Birding
Saturday, April 30 | 8 AM
Emerson Inn, Rockport
Every season has great birds in Rockport. We will begin the day with a tour a Halibut Point State Park to see what birds are there. It is not unusual to see over two dozen species in an hour's walk.

We will return to the Emerson Inn for a presentation where we will focus on the change of seasons, from the wonderful winter birds on the ocean, to the spring migrants coming to refuel for their trip farther north or to stay and nest.
Save the Date!
The First Annual Wellfest
A Greater Cape Ann Community
Wellness Fair
Sunday, May 15 | 11 AM - 2 PM
Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA

This event will showcase the Cape Ann region's broad range of health and wellness services. From yoga and massage to general health screenings and resources, this event will provide something for people of all ages! The event will also include a Blood Drive with the Red Cross.

Thank you to our sponsors: Addison Gilbert Hospital, Beauport Hearing Care
33rd Cape Ann Chamber Education and Scholarship Golf Tournament
Bass Rocks Golf Club
Monday, May 23 | 1 PM Shotgun
The net proceeds of this event fund the Chamber’s extensive work with the four Cape Ann schools and Essex Tech and education non-profits. The programming includes: monthly collaboration with all schools and education non-profits, DECA support, intern and mentorships, annual Cape Ann Career & Collage Fair and several scholarships.  In addition to the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, the Chamber awards four scholarships named in honor of past leaders: Mike Costello, Sylvester (Red) Deering, Rudy Macchi, and Patricia Roy D’Alelio.
Meet Our New Director of Marketing & Communications, Cindy Rodzen

We are thrilled to announce the newest member of our team, Cindy Rodzen, who just so happens also resides in our newest community…Ipswich. As Marketing and Communications Director, Cindy will lead our member and Chamber / events promotion, social media, newsletters, and website content for all chamber activities. Cindy is your new "point person" for getting your events into our newsletter and promoted on our social media channels. She can be reached by email at cindy@capeannchamber.com. Cindy also is looking to revive the member spotlight series on the Chamber website and welcomes the opportunity to talk to any member who would like to be featured!
Donate to the Art for Equity Book Fund 

For the second year, Art for Equity is raising money to purchase books by POC and queer authors for classrooms across the Gloucester Public School District! We’ve done tons of research and worked with faculty to choose titles - now we need your help to get them to students!
Free Elm Trees

Project Elm will gift 100 disease-resistant trees to Rockport & Gloucester residents to plant on their property this spring.

Size: The trees will grow to be 60' tall & 45' wide
Timing: 6' "whips" will be planted in April by an experienced team
Cost: Trees are gifts (i.e., they're free)
Donations: $50 donations accepted to cover costs or pay it forward.
Limited Supply: First come, first served
Lecture: The House That Booth Built 
Sacred Heart Parish Hall, School St. 
March 16 | 7 PM

Kory Curcuru, producer of 1623 Studios' Timeline: Cape Ann docuseries, discusses The House That Booth Built. The story of the infamous Booths, America's preeminent family of theater in the 19th century, and their ties to Manchester. Refreshments at 6:30!
Members free, guests $10 – RSVP Requested
Live Music by The Erstwhiles at The Antique Table
March 17 | 5 - 9 PM
7 Central St, Manchester

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at The Antique Table in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Entertainment will be provided by Reservations suggested. For reservations, please call (978) 704-9833 or reserve a table online below.
Rockport Music Presents Vincent Peirani & Emile Parisien
Friday, March 18 | 8 PM

Two of France’s most revered young jazz artists, accordionist Vincent Peirani and saxophonist Émile Parisien, join forces for an incredible evening of jazz, chanson and tango. The duo, both award-winning stars in their own right, are touring off the release of their new tango-inspired record Abrazo.
Protection: Abstract Art Exhibit at Hammond Castle Museum
March 19 - 30 | 10 AM - 4 PM

Contemporary artist and Montserrat College of Art Alumni, Sarah Dineen has amassed an army of painted helmets, shields, tubes, and microphone-trees lining the Great Hall of Hammond Castle Museum. Working in multiples to magnify the uncanny human and industrial presence of each form, she uses abstraction to suggest familiarity while leaving open to the viewer the possibilities of their own imagination.
Bach Birthday Day Concert
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation 
March 20 | 4:30 PM

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation will present a live concert to celebrate the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach on Sunday, March 20th, 2022 at 4:30p.m. in the historic Meetinghouse at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The event will be simulcast on the Foundation’s YouTube channel and will be available afterwards for those unable to attend. The event is free and open to the public but a collection will be taken to benefit Ukrainian relief efforts through the International Rescue Committee.
Bach Birthday Day Concert
Manchester Public Library
March 21 | 6:30 PM

Join the Manchester Public Library’s online presentation on learning more about The School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), an entity like none other. Founded by Afghan native Shabana Basij-Rasikh, SOLA operated in Kabul as Afghanistan’s first and only all-girls boarding school, growing from a single class of 6th graders in 2016 to nearly 100 girls in pre-6th through 11th grade in 2021.
Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum Presents: Frame Up to Fit Out 
Tuesday, March 22 | 7 - 8 PM

Join National Heritage Fellow Harold Burnham, and his Apprentice KD Montgomery (Dench) for an update on their progress for the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship. After a hiatus for the summer sailing season, Harold & KD are back working on the rehabilitation of Sylvina W. Beal, the return home of Schooner Isabella, and all manner of shipyard nonsense.
Beauport Hotel Red Carpet Gala
Oscar Night 
Sunday March 27 | 6:30 PM

Dress in your best gala attire for the best Beauport event yet! Let us greet you on the Red Carpet, where you'll enjoy an opening reception, Champagne Lounge, music, private collection film memorabilia, photo opportunities and more. Proceed to the Beauport Grand Ballroom for a decadent four course dinner, emcee host and music entertainment, and an Oscar Night awards viewing on our live screens. Celebrate at our party fit for the Stars, and to help a good cause!
Virtual Career Fair (via Zoom) 
Sunday March 31 | 4:30 PM

Considering a career in Health Care or the Trades? Explore the in-demand fields of Health Care and the Trades and get your questions answered.
  • Learn about free job training opportunities
  • Talk directly with Cape Ann employers and career advisors
  • Launch a career path that leads to good jobs in growing areas
Essex Greenbelt's Art in the Barn
Accepting New Artist Applications
Application Deadline April 3

Art in the Barn is recognized as one of the North Shore’s premier art events, showcasing the work of some of the most talented artists in the region. An annual fundraising event for over 30 years, the show takes place at Greenbelt's headquarters, Cox Reservation in Essex on June 10 & 11.
Mental Health & Wellness Community Event, Gloucester High School
April 5 | 5:30 PM

Featuring Kevin Hines: Suicide Survivor, Filmmaker, and Activist.
Parents and Children 14+ cordially invited
5:30 pm: Youth Mental Health Resource Fair
6:30 pm: Kevin Hines Presentation

Sponsored by Gloucester Public Schools and Gloucester Health Department
Cape Ann Ongoing Events

  • Appleton Farms: Check out all events, from Maple Breakfast to Fire Pit Picnics to Hikes for Beer!
  • Rocky Neck Art Show: The Annual members Show - Part 2. Running through April 10
Book a Virtual Tour, get One Hour of Free Post-Production ($100 Value)

Are you a boutique, an art gallery, an event venue or are you just looking to take your business's virtual accessibility to the next level? Virtual Tours aren't just for real estate! As a Greater Cape Ann Chamber member, book a virtual tour with VRtical Media and get an hour of post-production ($100 value) towards your first virtual tour.
Misselwood Events Corporate Outing Special

Sign your contract between March 1 and May 31 and receive special rates on entertainment, photography, and photo booths for your next corporate outing. Misselwood has reached out to two of our vendors and they have agreed to give our clients special rates on a variety of services to enhance your event. PLUS all corporate outings that book a hosted open bar will receive the option to have a featured cocktail for one hour during the event at no additional charge.
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!

*Contact Sam at sam@capeannchamber.com if you need assistance
Russia Sanctions & Export
Controls Update
Wednesday, March 16 | 12 - 1:30 PM

This webinar will discuss the new sanctions and export controls targeting Russia and will also address ongoing implementation of list-based sanctions as they relate to Russia, including rules for compliance. The webinar will also address Russian sectoral sanctions, controls on foreign produced items incorporating U.S. technology, end use and end user restrictions, and more. Finally, the webinar will also provide guidance on screening and due diligence best practices, as well as contingency planning for U.S. firms doing business in Russia.
The Essential Steps In Starting A Business
One-hour interactive workshop webinar
Speaker: Robert Schick
Tuesday, March 22 | 9 AM

Starting a new business? Learn the essential steps in starting a new business, the key elements of a business plan and financial forecasting needed to manage and grow your business.

Please join the Enterprise Center and Robert Schick, SCORE Certified Mentor, Northeast Massachusetts Chapter for this one-hour interactive workshop webinar. The workshop webinar will include a question-and-answer segment.
COVID-19 Business Impact Survey:
Phase 2 *

Small businesses across the Commonwealth have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The North Shore Region has been particularly impacted because small businesses dominate the entire region. In fact, when it comes to the North Shore businesses, at least 84% rely on fewer than 20 employees and 37% have 4 or less employees. This second phase of the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey is needed to continue to provide relevant information to policymakers, businesses, and others who are making decisions that also impact our region. If you own or lead a North Shore business or non-profit, please help our efforts by completing our COVID-19 Business Impact Survey - Phase 2.
Upskilling “Road Shows”

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, MassHire Career Centers and Workforce Boards, and the Commonwealth Corporation are joining forces to present a series of workforce and upskilling “road shows” this spring. These regional events will seek to provide important information on how employers can access state resources, as well as serve as an opportunity for the business community to engage with state workforce officials.
Event details are still in the works. We have been asked to share this information with Chamber members and all employers in the Greater Cape Ann region. If you are interested in attending a session in our region, please fill out this brief form.
Business Planning, the Simpler Way
Wednesday, March 24 | 12 PM

Creating a business plan can seem like a daunting exercise. This is especially true for those running a small business, which can be an all-consuming undertaking. But it helps to have a plan. This workshop will explore a simplified means of business and strategic planning through the use of the Business Model Canvas. Participants will leave with a practical knowledge of the essential business elements/essential activities to increase revenues and manage costs for their particular business.
LEAP for Education’s Summer Internship 

LEAP is now recruiting employers and
community members! Be a “Career Mentor” and virtually advise a youth/young adult summer intern in a six-week project-based remote learning experience.
The Alliance Policy Series presents "A Conversation with  Secretary Mike Kennealy" 
Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA 
Wednesday, April 13 | 8 - 9 AM

Secretary Kennealy, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development . will provide an update of the Housing and Economic Development Priorities of the Baker-Polito Administration. The event of free of charge but registration is required to attend.
Sponsored by the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development.
Gloucester Housing Authority is Hiring for a Life Coach/Caseworker
Schooner Adventure is Hiring for an Executive Director 
Line Cooks Wanted at Happy Humpback Cafe
Marine Retail Store and Parts Manager needed at Cape Ann Marine Sales & Service
Positions Available at Works by Jesse DeBenedictis" Administrative Asst. and Lead Carpenter
Appleton Farms - Trustees is Hiring an Education Manager and a Senior Retail Manager
Assistant Store Manager needed in Rockport
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 ken@capeannchamber.com
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