Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Making a Difference
Our Members. Our Community. Our Region.
100th Annual Celebration
Thank you to all who attended the Annual Celebration on March 10, commemorating the Chamber's 100-year anniversary. It was great to see so many people embrace the spirit of The Roraring Twenties. Thanks to Jurek Schreiner of Look of Joy Photography, we have an awesome album of photos to share with you.
23rd Annual Irish Sweepstakes

$10,000: Vicki Hyde
$2,500: Dennis Silva & Dan Cavalla
$1,000: Jason Moses, Rick Wadsworth, Beverly Low, Maribeth Linskey, and Mary Foote-Hill
$500: Jamie Kelley, Kurt Gross, Jennifer Rollins, Amy Lage, and Connor McCarthy
50/50 Raffle: ($1,940): Jim Brown ($970 split)
Lucky Loser: ($100): Crow’s Nest Girls

Thank you to all who supported this fundraising endeavor by purchasing a ticket! And special thanks to emcees Caitlin Pszenny and Kory Curcuru, our own "Vanna White", Loran Caputo, and Andrew Nicastro Nicastro with Streamography for livestreaming the event!

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!
Winter Birding Speaker Series 
Spirit Ducks and Dive-Doppers: Birds in Cape Ann History and Culture
Saturday, April 2 | 9 AM - 12 PM
Join author and professor, John Nelson, in a guided tour and presentation that will explore birding locations around Cape Ann and some of the Cape's distinctive birds as they appear in the works of writers and artists like Captain John Smith, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, T.S. Eliot, and Ann Sexton.

9:00 am: Guided Gloucester Harbor Tour (Self transportation required). Meet at the end of the State Fish Pier.
11:00 am: Presentation at Blue Shutters Beachside Inn. Food, beverages available
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!
Coffee & Connections
Virtual Networking Event
Thursday, April 7 | 9 - 10 AM

Occurring on the first Thursday of the month at 9am, the Greater Cape Ann Chamber hosts Coffee & Connections, a virtual networking event! We will continue holding these via zoom so that anyone may join us from anywhere. Meet new people, expand your business connections and stay in touch with friends and colleagues.
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 greater Cape Ann high 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.
Compass Brokerage earns #1 Ranking

Congratulations to Compass Brokerage. As of the end of 2021, Compass is now the largest brokerage in the United States in terms of closed sales volume (RealTrends 3/16/22). In less than 10 years, they went from nothing (not existing) to #1.
Happy Humpback Cafe Teams Up with Delivery Shark to Offer Local Delivery

The Happy Humpback Cafe is happy to announce that starting last week they have teamed up with local small business Delivery Shark to be able to offer delivery. Sharks and Whales can work together! Now you can enjoy any of your Happy Humpback favorites anywhere in Gloucester, Rockport, and Manchester! Order online or call 978-704-8090!
Teach to Reach Grant Application

Gloucester Police Department's Community Impact Unit is proud to partner with Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospital and The Yearley Foundation to offer Teach to Reach. Teach to Reach is a community opportunity for receiving the Massachusetts CARC approved Recovery Coach Academy Part 1 and 2 through the Gloucester Community Impact Unit. Trainees will receive the full 60-hour educational requirement in order to work as a recovery coach.
The Last Resort - CLOSING SALE
Visit before April 25th.
Open Thurs-Sun 11am-5pm

"It is very bittersweet to write this, but after 18 wonderful years of fulfilling my dream of owning a little boutique in this beautiful corner of the world we call Rockport, it is time to hang up my hat and enjoy the summer days with my family. THANK YOU to everyone who has come back year after year and shopped in our store. It has been a big part of my and my family’s life, with a lot of great memories. We will miss you all but hope you are able to stop in over the next few weeks to say goodbye."
The Chambered Nautilus
Going Out of Business Sale
242 Main St., Gloucester
March 25 | 3 - 7 PM
March 26 & 27 | 9 AM - 1 PM

The Chambered Nautilus is going out of business. Stop by to shop furniture, fixtures, holiday, display items, fixtures, crystals. No reasonable offers shall be refused.
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
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.
Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum
Free Zoom Event: Penelope West Reviews her book "London Letters Home"
Tuesday, March 22 | 7 - 8 PM

The talk will present a glimpse of the four years Gus spent in London apprenticing as a tea taster, preparing to join his cousins’ firm of Augustine Heard & Co. in China - 1861-1865. Gus' letters describe the daily workings of the mid-19th century tea business in London and hint at his coming of age there. I will focus on the ships and tea trade aspects of his time in London.
Runo in the Rock
Cape Ann Museum
7 Peasant St., Gloucester MA
Sunday March 26 | 5:30 - 8 PM

This interactive performance event will have audiences traverse the CAM as they get acquainted with characters from Kalevala and learn how they have grown and adapted alongside the Finns of Cape Ann. Tasked to help solve a mystery, audiences will learn both about the National Epic of Finland and the cultural legacy of the Finnish population on Cape through song, storytelling and participatory culture. This show is designed for audience participation but it is adaptable to comfort level, you can observe if you choose.
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!
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
Amazing Race
Project Adventure
719 Cabot Road, Beverly
April 30 | 8 AM to 3:30 PM

In an effort to bridge relationships between youth and law enforcement, Project Adventure is excited to present its first annual Amazing Race -
a teambuilding competition designed to take law enforcement and youth teams through a sequence of low and high challenge course activities. Members of the various Greater Cape Ann police departments are participating. Children and teens from Grade 6 to 12 are invited to participate.

Sponsorships also are available.
Cape Ann Ongoing Events

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
Grow with Google: Google Ads
Free Online Event
Thursday, March 24 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Get Started with the Most Effective Advertising Tool for Local Businesses: Google Ads Learn how to use Google Ads to drive more revenue for your business. Whether you are considering Google Ads for your marketing or are currently managing an account, this is a can’t miss session. Google Ads is a powerful, measurable advertising tool that should be in nearly every local business’ marketing plan. See how to use it with less risk and more success. • Learn how Google ranks ads • Learn whether you are a candidate for the new automation in Google Ads • Learn how to reap the rewards of a properly structured Ads account
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.
Discover Gloucester Seeks an Executive Director
Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is seeking an experienced Director of Events
Line Cooks Wanted at Happy Humpback Cafe
Position Available at Works by Jesse DeBenedictis" Administrative Asst.
Lumberyard Associate needed in Rockport
Marine Retail Store and Parts Manager needed at Cape Ann Marine Sales & Service
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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