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Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting
at The Essex Room's NEW Tidewater Tent
Thursday, July 22 | 5 - 7 PM
Live and in-person networking is back! Join us under the beautiful, new Tidewater Tent at The Essex Room for some summer fun and networking with other local business leaders. Hear all about this brand new, wonderful outdoor event space and everything else that is happening at The Essex Room and Woodman's. We will celebrate this new venue addition with a Ribbon Cutting at 6 PM. 
Cape Ann Regional Grant Offers Free Business Workshops
July 27 & August 4 | 8 - 9:30 AM

The Cape Ann Regional Grant Program presents the first in a series of free workshops tailored to meet the needs of Cape Ann’s small businesses. All Cape Ann business owners and their staff are invited to attend Shaping Your Post-Pandemic Business Strategy on Tuesday, July 27 and Agile Small Business Operations on Wednesday, August 4. Both workshops run from 8am-9:30am and will be offered in-person at the Cape Ann Chamber’s conference room, or via zoom. In-person attendance is on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, please visit Cape Ann Regional Grant program webpage or contact Anne Williams, Cape Ann Regional Grant Manager at or call 978-283-1601.

Click here to pre-register for July 27 workshop.
Click here to pre-register for the August 4 workshop.
Cyber Security Virtual Seminar with Slingshot Information Systems Inc.
Tuesday, August 3 | 9 - 10 AM

Join us for a virtual seminar on cyber security with Stan Patey of Slingshot Information Systems Inc.
Registration is Now Open!
Annual Businesswomen's Sunset Sail
Thursday, August 19 | 5 - 8:30 PM

Join us for our Annual Businesswomen's Sunset Sail aboard the Schooner Adventure!
Enjoy a fun evening with area Businesswomen- network, light dinner, and Bring your own Beverage! Thank you to Cape Ann Savings Bank for sponsoring this event.
The Cape Ann Chamber is Hiring a Part-Time Rockport Visitor Booth Manager!

This is a part-time position of 30 hours a week. To learn more about the opportunity, please email Peter at
We Are Saying Goodbye to our Weekly #MyLocalMA Spotlights and are Reintroducing our Member Spotlights

After almost a year of participation in the Massachusetts Travel & Tourism's #MyLocalMA campaign, we are finally transitioning back to our member spotlights, which are available for ALL of our Chamber members in various industries. If you would like to participate in a member spotlight, email to learn more.
Stop by the Chamber and Pick Up the 2021 Editions of Our Premier Publications
Every year the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce publishes three premier publications. The Cape Ann Guide & Directory and the Rockport and Cape Ann Visitor Maps. Our 2021 editions are our best yet! Please stop by the Chamber to pick up more, or we are happy to deliver. It is an essential element of our mission to promote you as our members and to promote our Cape Ann community through these three pieces, and every day at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.  
Funding Approved for Granite Street Crossing Affordable Housing Project in Rockport

When completed, Granite Street Crossing will offer 23 total new units, with 17 units restricted for seniors. All 23 units will be affordable to seniors or families earning less than 60% of AMI, with eight units further restricted for seniors or families earning less than 30% of AMI, and, in some cases, transitioning from homelessness.
This was announced on Thursday, July 15 by the Baker-Polito Administration as part of a larger announcement that 28 affordable housing projects have been awarded to 21 communities.
1623 Studios' COVID Success Story

This past year, 1623 Studios overcame the many obstacles that COVID-19 threw in their way. Watch their story to discover how they navigated through the pandemic and brought town meetings, graduation ceremonies, virtual events and so much more to the community during a time where the stay-at-home advisory was in full effect.
Cape Ann Artisans Announce
Summer Mini-Tour

A select group of Cape Ann Artisans will participate in a special summer Mini-Tour and open their studios to the public for one day, Saturday, August 14. The tour is self-guided, free and open to the public, and includes nine unique locations around Gloucester and Rockport.
#ShopSmall and Celebrate Cape Ann's Independent Retailers for Independent Retailer Month!

For the month of July, we encourage our community to #shopsmall and to pay tribute to our independent retailers. To show your support this month and throughout the year, use the hashtags #indieretail, #shopcapeann, and #capeannstrong when you make a local purchase. And don't forget you can also purchase a Cape Ann Gift Check which is redeemable at over 250 local member businesses!
City of Gloucester Open Space and Recreation Plan Update

The City of Gloucester is updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) and is seeking your input in the Parks and Open Space Community Survey! Your survey answers will help the City identify opportunities for significant, long-term preservation and improvements that provide the greatest benefit to people who live, work and play in Gloucester.
Taste Gloucester Foodie Tour
Tuesdays | 11:30 AM - 2 PM

Book a Tuesday tour with Cape Ann Foodie Tours! Guests will make their way on foot through downtown Gloucester, sampling food from family-owned establishments. Along the way, your dynamic tour guide will provide the backdrop to this 400-year-old city with great stories and interesting facts about the oldest working seaport in America. Enjoy tales of the arts and artists, the city's fabric and its people, and anecdotes enmeshed with the sea surrounding our remarkable island community.
Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays 
Presents Junior Beef
Tuesday, July 20 | 7:30 - 9 PM

On Tuesday nights during the months of July and August, a different musician or band will show up for music and dancing under the stars on the Riverwalk. The event will begin at 7:30 PM and end at 9 PM. 
Farmers Market Coupon Event for Seniors
Wednesday, July 21 | 10 AM - 11 AM
SeniorCare and the Gloucester Council on Aging will be distributing 2021 SNFMP Farmers Market Coupons to eligible seniors. Receive $25 in coupons to buy fresh produce at the Cape Ann Farmers Market. 
Yoga at Hammond Castle
Wednesdays, Now - July 28 | 8 - 9 AM
Is there a better way to start a summer morning than yoga by a castle on the ocean? Hammond Castle Museum is hosting Tree Top Yoga for a six class series from June 23 to July 28. The cost for the six week series is $120. Space is limited, so be sure to register directly at
Commonwealth to Recognize Jesse DeBenedictis of WORKS by JD
Thursday, July 22 | 3 - 5 PM

Watch Edward Palleschi, Undersecretary of The Department of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulations for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as he presents a certificate of recognition to Jesse DeBenedictis, owner of Works by Jesse DeBenedictis, for years of being an exemplary licensee.
Cape Ann Farmers Market
At Harbor Loop
Thursdays | 3 - 6:30 PM
The Cape Ann Farmers Market will take place on Thursdays until October 14. The Cape Ann Farmers Market provides consumers with fresh, nutrient-rich food produced with environmentally benign methods and delivered with a smaller carbon footprint. Buying from local producers keeps food dollars in the local economy. 
Culture Splash
Thursday Nights in Gloucester
Now - August 26 | 4 - 8 PM
Rocky Neck Cultural District and Harbortown Cultural District are co-hosting Gloucester's Culture Splash featuring art exhibitions, live musical performances, store extended hours, cultural events and more! CATA will be providing free trolley rides allowing folks to hop off and hop on throughout the route at specific locations. Harbor Tours is providing a water shuttle from one cultural district to the other.  
July Movie Nights at Hammond Castle
Thursdays in July | 6 - 10 PM
Come have a unique summer experience with a big screen movie on the oceanside lawn of the Hammond Castle Museum! Bring a picnic dinner, chairs or a blanket, and come early to spend time on the back lawn or stroll around the Castle.  
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House Thursday Evening Tours in July and August

Celebrate Culture Splash in Gloucester with an early evening tour of Beauport. Visit the summer home of Henry Sleeper, one of America’s first professional interior designers. The tours are held at 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm. 
Rockport Music Presents
Aoife O'Donovan at Shalin Liu Performance Center
July 22 & July 23 | 5 & 8 PM

Grammy award-winning songwriter and musician Aoife O'Donovan is one of the most sought-after singers and songwriters of her generation. She has released three critically-acclaimed solo albums, is co-founder of the bands I’m With Her and Crooked Still, is the featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile.
Music on the Meetinghouse Green
With Hye Fusion
Concert to Benefit Maritime Gloucester
Friday, July 23 | 6 PM

For nine Friday nights, The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents a series of 9 free concerts on Meetinghouse Green, to benefit local non-profits. The July 23 concert will feature Hye Fusion, an American-born trio of musicians who perform Middle Eastern music integrated with Western Jazz.
Olde Ipswich Days
July 23, 24 and 25 | 10 AM - 5 PM
Olde Ipswich Days has returned this year to mark its 50th year celebrating the arts and crafts after last year's cancellation due to the pandemic. Olde Ipswich Days is a local artisan craft fair with handmade items that will feature over 50 artisans from up and down the coast of Cape Ann and the North Shore area. The fair will take place at the South Village Green near the Whipple House
Coastal Celebration Virtual Auction Hosted by Seaside Sustainability Inc.
July 23 - July 31
Seaside Sustainability Inc. is hosting a virtual auction at the end of July and they would love our community's support! This past year has been difficult for many businesses and this auction is a great opportunity for self-promotion while simultaneously benefiting an important environmental cause. If you’re interested in donating an item or becoming a sponsor, contact for more details!
Rockport Art Association to Mark 100th Anniversary
Saturday, July 24 | 2PM

Rockport Art Association & Museum, Located at 12 Main Street in Rockport, will be honoring the 100th anniversary of its founding with a public observance on Saturday, July 24 on their front lawn. This special event will include the depositing of a time capsule, live music by The Jazz Imposters, and the release of Legacy & Future: The Story of RAA&M, their just-published 100th anniversary book. Copies of Legacy & Future will be available for sale, music will fill the air, and merriment will abound! All are invited to come on down and sign a scroll that will be placed inside the time capsule, as well as jot down any well-wishes for those who will be opening the capsule a century from now. The scroll will be available for signing starting at 1PM, and the event itself begins at 2PM.  
Family Field Day and WAGRS Fundraiser
Hosted by Grand Banks
Saturday, July 24 | 10 AM - 2 PM

Join Grand Banks for a family field day this Saturday. There will be games, food, live music, woodworking craft for kids, bouncy house, face painting, and more. T-shirts and raffle tickets will be available for sale to raise money for the Jimmy Fund in their efforts to continue research on Wilm's Tumors. Wilm's tumors only affect children and are a characteristic of WAGRS syndrome.
Folly Cove Fine Art Showcase:
Kevin Mizner
July 24 & 25

Folly Cove Fine Art welcomes Kevin Mizner for a one-man show on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25. Kevin Mizner has been painting Maine and her people for over forty years. Painting full-time at his studio in Pittston, Maine, Mizner works from his own experience, observations, and emotion.
Rockport Farmers Market
Saturdays | 10 AM - 1 PM

The Rockport Farmers Market will take place Saturdays until October 16. The market provides fresh surprises with its roster of vendors offering small-batch, locally-produced food at each week’s outdoor market, taking place in the heart of downtown Rockport. Produce and locally-grown and farm-made products can be purchased on-site. Just stop by, follow their protocols, and buy fresh food directly from farmers and food producers.
Phone Banking Event
with Seaside Sustainability
Monday, July 26 | 10:30 AM

Seaside Sustainability will be hosting a phone banking event to call for action on Bill H.2348c and Bill S.1576, which have been sitting in the Massachusetts House and Senate since March. These bills aim to ban the manufacture and sale of food packaging and firefighter personal protective equipment that contain PFAS chemicals. If interested in attending the phone banking event, please fill out Seaside Sustainability’s sign-up sheet linked below, to receive access to the Phone Banking Guide to learn more about the bills.
Cape Ann Museum: Sunset Sails
on the Schooner Lannon
Wednesday, July 28 | 6 - 8 PM

Art, ocean, and light combine during the Cape Ann Museum’s Sunset Sails on the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon. The program includes a two-hour sail, light refreshments, a chance to watercolor paint, and sea-worthy content about the cultural history of Cape Ann.
Michael Stoffa Retrospective Exhibit at the North Shore Arts Association
Now - July 31
A retrospective of works by Michael Stoffa that will be on display until Saturday, July 31. The exhibition is FREE to the public! The exhibition hours are Wednesday - Saturday 10 AM -5 PM and Sunday Noon - 5PM.  
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Gloucester Housing Authority Maintenance Custodian
Full-Time Position Available

The Maintenance Custodian performs a wide range of cleaning and custodial activities of all interior common areas and office areas and some custodial exterior work at assigned GHA properties in accordance with established cleaning schedules, protocols and work orders.
Join the Savour Wine & Cheese Team and Become a Wine Associate
The perfect summer long opportunity for a student to learn and contribute to an award winning wine, gourmet foods and accessories retail business in Gloucester. This opportunity could extend throughout 2021. 
ABC Home Healthcare Has Immediate Openings for Senior Caregivers
Full and part-time positions available. Offering flexible schedules, excellent pay, medical & dental insurance and more. 
Payne|Bouchier Fine Builders is Seeking Skilled Carpenter

High end residential contractor seeking skilled carpenter for work in Boston and surrounding suburbs. Ability to lead and motivate others. Interact professionally with project manager, colleagues and clients.
Artists Wanted at Local Colors Artists' Cooperative
Exhibit your work in the gallery and enjoy being among artists where you'll find a positive, creative, and collaborative environment.
Mile Marker One & Cape Ann's Marina Resort are Looking to Hire Multiple Positions
The restaurant and resort are currently looking to hire various positions including restaurant host, server, shift lead & manager, hotel maintenance, hotel housekeeping, and more. 
Yella on the Water is Hiring Multiple Positions

Yella is a globally inspired, locally created modern eatery offering elevated Mediterranean cuisine that remains true to the hearty traditions of regional cooking. Apply to work on the water today!
Beauport Hospitality Group is Hiring Multiple Positions
Seaport Grille, the Beauport Hotel, Cruiseport Gloucester, Cruiselines, and 1606 Restaurant & Bar are looking to hire restaurant supervisors, event sales manager and a general maintenance/ engineering assistant, and deckhand.
We would like to extend a big thank you to our supporting sponsors.

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Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce