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Massachusetts Lifting All Remaining
COVID-19 Restrictions May 29

Governor Baker announced yesterday that effective Saturday, May 29, all remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted, and the state of emergency will end on June 15. The state’s current face-covering order will also be rescinded on May 29, to be replaced by a new face-covering advisory consistent with the latest Centers for Disease Control guidance. Read the full press release and related information here
Cape Ann Community Foundation Grant Deadline June 1

The June 1 deadline for local non-profit organizations and schools to apply for grants from the Cape Ann Community Foundation is now just three weeks away. Grant guidelines and application forms are now available online at For further information call the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at (978) 283-1601 or email Peter Webber at 
Business Education and Scholarship
Golf Tournament
Monday, May 24, 2021
We’re counting down the days until we see our golfers on the green. Interested in playing? We’ve had two foursomes become available! There is also still an opportunity to promote your business while supporting the initiative. We’re still selling sponsorship opportunities for tee and green signs for $275. Contact Sara at the Chamber today:
Business After Hours
Wednesday, May 26 | 4:30 PM
Join us virtually next week. You will have the opportunity to connect with fellow members in the community to form new connections, strengthen relationships, and expand your business while supporting fellow members in the Cape Ann community.
This month’s host is the Seafarer Inn
Endicott Entrepreneurial Training Series: Design Your Work Life by Katie Kilty
Wednesday, June 9| 9 - 10 AM
Design thinking can transform our present job and our experience of work by utilizing the designer mindsets of curiosity, reframing, radical collaboration, innovation and forward movement. With competition fierce for top talent, being mindful of how the past year has changed the workplace forever can help firms establish that competitive edge. For employees, learning the language of design thinking can help you visualize and then articulate a positive 
Annual Dinner Celebration
Friday, June 18 | 6 - 11 PM
We’ll be safely gathering at the beautiful seaside location of Maritime Gloucester for great food, lively music, and even better company. Join us as we celebrate our 2021 Board President, Susan Gould Coviello of the North Shore Health Project and honor outgoing President, Tony Sapienza of Blue Shutters Beachside Inn. Place your name on our waitlist to reserve a ticket today! 
Cape Ann Welcomes Passengers from The American Cruise Lines Constitution

The cruise ship returned to Cape Ann on Monday, May 17 and will depart on May 19. We are happy to welcome more visitors to our shores and are looking forward to a busy, safe, and terrific 2021 season.
Learn a Trade and Elevate Your Career with Action Inc.'s Trades
Gateway Program

Action Inc.'s new Trades Gateway Program is designed to connect people to FREE trainings in the trades like plumbing, construction, welding and more! The program also offers career services to help obtain a job once trained. These exciting new training opportunities are free for eligible residents of Cape Ann.
North Shore Arts Association is Now Open!

NSAA is opening to the public on May 15th and cannot wait to welcome everyone back to their galleries! On view will be an exciting collection of works by the amazingly talented artists of the North Shore Arts Association.
The Chairish Small Business Award is Accepting Applications for Design-Related Businesses of Diverse Backgrounds

Chairish, an online vintage furniture, art and home accessories store is offering an award to support small business owners from diverse backgrounds whose businesses are in a design-related field. Chairish will grant one $2,500 award to one deserving business.
Redefining Heritage:
Garbage to Gardens with
Backyard Growers
Wednesday, May 19 | 5 - 6:30 PM

Hosted by Essex National Heritage Area, join three Essex County agriculture experts to learn about the history of sustainable growing and the future of healthy soils.
The Open Door's Empty Bowl
Dinner To Go
Saturday, May 22 | 4 - 6 PM

Join The Open Door to mark the 20th Anniversary of this beloved community event. Empty Bowl TO GO is by appointment only with a drive-thru experience at The Open Door in Gloucester.
Wellness Wednesday: Plant-Based Community Cooking Class
With Common Crow
Wednesday, May 26 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Common Crow will be hosting a virtual cooking class with friend and collaborator Becca Gutstadt of Good Stuff Nutrition! Learn how to make light & crispy, baked falafel with a creamy tahini sauce and cucumber, tomato salad - a tasty make-ahead meal that is perfect for beach days or on-the-go!
Rockport Music Concert View:
Castle of Our Skins
Thursday, May 27 | 7 - 8 PM

Celebrate Black artistry through music and learn about important stories and figures in Black history in a special collaboration between Castle of Our Skins, Winsor Music, and Project STEP. The program also features the underrepresented British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and his clarinet quintet.
Backyard Growers May Seedling
Online Sale
Now - Friday, May 21

The May seedling sale features fruiting crops and herbs that should be planted outdoors in warmer weather, such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant, organically grown at Cedar Rock Gardens in West Gloucester. The Online Shop opened to the general public for the purchase of seedlings and other growing supplies on Friday, May 14, with curbside pick-up on Friday, May 21 only.
Images as Objects of the Imaginary
Antony Ohman Exhibit
Now - May 30 at Jane Deering Gallery

Images As Objects of the Imaginary presents a series of photographs by the artist Antony Ohman. The works observe, abstract and inquire into environments seemingly familiar to us and ask if there might be another further uninhabited world within them. Gallery hours are Friday 6-8 PM, Saturday & Sunday 11 AM-5 PM.
The Savvy Caregiver 6-Week Free Workshop With SeniorCare Inc.
Thursdays, May 20-June 24|10 AM-Noon

The Savvy Caregiver Training is a free six-week program for family and friends who are active caregivers, caring for those living with Alzheimer's or related dementias. Become an expert in caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementias.
Posting an event on our community calendar is a great way to gain exposure and promote your business's upcoming events. Take advantage of this FREE member benefit and post yours today by logging into your account!

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This Week's Takeout Today Featured Members: Brothers Brew & Floating Lotus

Get your daily pick me up this week from Brothers Brew in downtown Rockport! This local favorite offers an array of caffeinated drinks, donuts and pastries, sandwiches, soups and more! All freshly made and mouthwatering. Follow them on social media and you might see a “miscalculation day” announcement for free donuts! Stroll down the street onto Bearskin Neck and visit Floating Lotus. This eclectic location has new handmade, fair trade jewelry arrivals and will be open every day this season starting this weekend!
Shop Our Member Special of the Week: Job Description Services by Signature HR Solutions

Updating and formalizing your job descriptions will allow your employees to know what is expected of them and ensure they are properly classified and compensated. Signature HR Solutions will handle this process entirely and keep you compliant! Contact Denise today for more information.
#MyLocalMA Business of the Week -
Craft Sportswear North America

This week’s #MyLocalMA business spotlight is Craft Sportswear. With a genuine heritage in the Swedish elements and endurance-specific sports, Craft Sportswear develops high-quality performance sportswear for world champions and everyday heroes. Their sportswear can be purchased online or you can stop by Riverside Cycle at 23 Elm Street in Manchester to shop select apparel.
Promote Your Participation in the
Cape Ann Gift Check Program
Are you a current participant in our Cape Ann Gift Check Program? If you are, we encourage you to promote that your business accepts our gift checks by sharing the promotional image featured on the left. Simply save the file and add the image to your website or share it on social media. Our program encourages our community to shop locally and spend their dollars on Cape Ann. If you are interested in participating in this program, please email
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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State Lifting All Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions May 29

On Monday, Governor Baker announced that effective Saturday, May 29, all remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted, and the state of emergency will end on June 15. The state’s current face covering order will also be rescinded on May 29, to be replaced by a new face covering advisory consistent with the latest Centers for Disease Control guidance. Read the full press release and related information here
Over 3.2 Million Fully Vaccinated in Mass

According to the May 17 report from the Department of Public Health 3,217,296 people have been fully vaccinated in Massachusetts against COVID-19. Everyone age 12 and above who lives, works or studies in Massachusetts is now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. To learn more and to make an appointment please click here. View the latest Massachusetts vaccine data and updates here. View the May 13 weekly vaccination report here
State’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate
Drops to 1%

The state’s 7-day weighted average positivity rate continued to fall over the past week, reaching 1% on May 15. Other key indicators, including hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID are also continuing to show encouraging downward trends. To view the most recent Massachusetts COVID-19 daily dashboard please click here. For the May 13 weekly public health report please click here
SBA Accepting Applications for Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business. Applications are now being accepted. For more information, including eligibility and how to apply, please click here
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Application Portal is Open

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal is now open. For additional information and to review applicant resources, visit click here
Information Resources

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

To view the most recent (May 13) 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
Carroll K. Steele Insurance Agency, Inc. is Hiring an Insurance Account Manager (Personal Lines)

Leading North Shore insurance agency seeking full time experienced Personal Lines Account Manager. P&C licensed preferred with minimum of at least 1 year experience.
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!
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.
Top Dog of Rockport is Looking for Restaurant Help

Top Dog is paying top dollar for full/part time positions. Experienced or will train, help is needed immediately. Contact (302) 943 8984.
Gloucester Housing Authority is Seeking a Homeownership Coordinator and a Better Life Caseworker
The Gloucester Housing Authority is looking for two highly motivated individuals to provide ongoing support, guidance, and case management. 
Action Inc. is Looking to Hire a Building Performance Specialist and a Heating Specialist

To learn more about these job opportunities, please click the links below.
Cape Ann's Marina Resort, Mile Marker One & Cape Ann Marine Sales & Service are Looking to Hire Multiple Positions
The resort, marina, and restaurant are currently looking to hire various positions including: hotel maintenance associate, server, bartender, kitchen expeditor, front desk associate and more. 
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.
Atlantis Oceanfront Inn Is Looking to Hire a Hotel Maintenance Person

The position will be 2-4 days a week at a seasonal 40 room property located on the beautiful Back Shore.
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.
Atlantic Vacation Homes Has Many Opportunities Available
Atlantic Vacation Homes is seeking a full-time office coordinator, seasonal maintenance technicians, and seasonal property inspectors. Click the link below to learn more about these job opportunities.
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