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Winter in Rockport| Photo Credit: Robert M Ring Photography
Business After Hours
Wednesday, February 24 | 4:30 PM
Grab a cocktail or beverage of choice and join us after a day of work to network and relax in an informal setting, virtually!
Deadline Approaching! Businesswomen's Committee Accepting Carolyn M. O'Connor Scholarship Applications Until February 28
One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded. The committee welcomes applications from women who are returning to the workforce after an absence or are considering a career change, in an effort to better their life situation.
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Winter Birding Boat Trip
Saturday, March 6 | 8 AM
Our highly-anticipated Winter Birding Boat Trip is officially sold out. To get on our waitlist, visit the event page of our website.
Irish Sweepstakes
Thursday, March 18 | 5 PM
A total of $20,000 will be given away, including a grand prize of $10,000! Tickets are going fast, please contact the Chamber today if you want yours! Tickets are $100 each. 
Cape Ann License Plate Low Number Auction
March 22-29
Watch Last Week's Coffee & Connections Networking Event

If you are curious about our morning networking event, Coffee & Connections, click the link below to watch Cape Ann Chamber member's network, make connections, and give updates on their businesses.

Our 2021 Advertising Opportunities are Closing Soon! Reserve Your Placement Before It's Too Late 

The Cape Ann Guide & DirectoryCape Ann Map and Rockport Maare THE pre-eminent publications for the region and offer incredible promotional opportunities for your business.
Contact for more information.
Say I Love You AND Support Local Businesses When you Purchase a
Cape Ann Gift Check
The Cape Ann Gift Check program encourages our community to shop local and keeps our dollars on Cape Ann. Now, more than ever, it is important to support local businesses.
MyLocalMA Business of the Week - 
Rusty & Ingrid Creative Co.

Located in Rockport and Salem, Rusty & Ingrid Creative Co. specializes in iconic handmade art and design. Their popular vintage-style screen prints depict the landmarks and culture of New England in bold compositions with fresh colors and simple imagery.

Buy A Special Valentine's Day Card Made By Local Colors Cooperative Members To Help Those In Need

This year 100 percent of the proceeds will go to The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry. Your card purchase will help provide food and meals to those in need on Cape Ann.

Village Restaurant Valentine's Day 2021 Pre-Order Specials

Today is the LAST DAY to pre-order your Valentine's Day dinner from the Village Restaurant in Essex. The restaurant is offering three curated options that will melt your taste buds!

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Valentine’s Weekend Romance Package

Spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart at Beauport. Enjoy ocean views, relaxing guest rooms, in-room dining, and more with our Weekend Romance Package.

View Seaport Grille's Valentine's Day Weekend Prixe Fixe Menu

Enjoy their special Valentine's Day Weekend Three Course Dinner for $100 per couple, available Friday, February 12th through Sunday, February 14th. Seaport Grille's regular all day menu will also be available.

Have Something You Love Framed at the Scrapbook in Essex

Offering excellent framing services at a great price! Contact Vincent today for a free quote and finally frame that photo of you and your loved one. Open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5pm.

Sea Meadow Gifts & Gardens is Offering 20% Off Handcrafted Jewelry

Find a wonderful selection of locally crafted jewelry: blown glass beads, wrapped gemstones, fresh water pearls, and sea glass. Fun new styles and colors! Get 20% off any pair of earrings added to a ring, necklace, or pendant purchase from February 11th - 15th. FREE gift wrapping too!

Cape Ann Foodie Tour
Valentine's Day Special
Purchase two tickets for $125 and receive a FREE Lobster Trap wine caddy. Cape Ann Foodie Tours are fun-filled ways to show you all that Cape Ann has to offer. Call (617) 902-8291 to purchase your tickets!
Shop Arts Abound in Magnolia
Arts Abound has a variety of gifts for your Valentine. Surprise your loved one with a gorgeous hand-painted silk shawl, a beautiful scarf, a handcrafted wooden wine holder, local art or photography and so much more!
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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Integrated HR is Hosting a
Stress Management Webinar 
Thursday, February 11 | 12 PM

This webinar is intended to meet the following objectives: Identify signs of stress in yourself and others; Pinpoint complications from long term stress; Discover tools to manage stress, and learn how to be more resilient.

Rockport Music Presents Concert View Virtual Series: Pedja Muzijevic, Piano
Friday, February 12 | 7 PM 
As a recitalist and symphony soloist, pianist Pedja Muzijevic has defined his career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with artists and ensembles.
Hook A Cure Fishing Tournament Presents: Pint for a Pint Blood Drive
Saturday, February 13 | 8:30 AM
Hook A Cure has partnered up with the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center, the Dana-Farber Institute/Brigham and Woman's Hospital Blood Mobile to help save lives.
Dr. Kabria Baumgartner and Dr. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello 
Cape Ann Museum Virtual Lecture Series
African Americans in Essex County
Friday, February 26 | 1 PM
In this virtual discussion with Dr. Kabria Baumgartner and Dr. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, learn about the impetus behind African Americans in Essex County, what they have learned, and their ten recommendations for how local individuals and institutions can celebrate and support African American History in Essex County.
Sawyer Free Library to Host
Race Amity Presentation
Thursday, February 25 | 7 PM

 The Sawyer Free Library will be hosting a Zoom presentation of WGBH's powerful documentary series "American Stories: Race Amity and The Other Tradition."

Manchester Historical Museum
Books & Tinware Sale
Tuesdays – Fridays 10 AM - 3 PM 
This event will last the entire month of February. Come find some interesting books about many types of antiques and history. MHM will also be adding a few pieces of kitchen tinware during the month.
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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Voting is Now Open for Northshore Magazine's BONS 2021 Readers' Choice Awards

Select your favorite places on the North Shore of Boston to dine, renew, shop, and play.

The Essex Room Announces
Their New Tidewater Tent

Bring the indoors outside and host your celebration under their brand new tent. The Tidewater Tent is the perfect backdrop for any gathering including corporate functions, networking events, weddings, and so much more! Contact Lauren Sweet to learn more and to book your event for 2021! or (860) 552-9689

Arts Abound in Magnolia is Featuring Laurinda Butcher as Artist of the Month

Laurinda Butcher, the owner of Cape Ann Creative and the Facebook Group, Cape Ann Photography, will be featuring her work at Arts Abound from now through the middle of March.

Take the Community-Wide
Survey on Narcan

The City of Gloucester's Youth Development team is hoping to collect data on our community's knowledge of Narcan. Results of the survey will help develop a project centered around the stigma of carrying Narcan to help prevent overdoses in our community.

SCORE's February Lineup of Local Small Business Webinars 

Feb. 10 at 12 PM | So, You Want to Become a Consultant
Feb. 10 at 10 AM | Creating Content for Social Media and Newsletters
Feb. 11 at 5:30 PM | Free Virtual Networking Happy Hour for Women Entrepreneurs

Feb. 12 at 10 AM | Excel Formulas — They Can Do More than Just Math

Application Deadline Approaches for the MassTech Collaborative's New Accelerator Challenge
The Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge is a six-week business accelerator program to identify and grow Massachusetts companies developing innovative solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Application Deadline is Friday, February 19. 
Apply Now! Essex Heritage Grant Program
Twelve grants are available to local organizations stewarding heritage in the region. The application deadline is February 19.
Halyard Apartment's Affordable Housing Lottery is This Month
The lottery for eligible households will be held on February 25, 2021, at 6 pm.
Attention Employers and Community Members: Help Mentor Our Next Generation of Youth and Young Adults - Your Future Employees!

Are you available one hour per week for 6 weeks this summer to mentor a local youth or young adult on Zoom? LEAP for Education’s Summer Internship Program is now recruiting employers and volunteers to be “Career Mentors” who will virtually guide teens and young adults 1-1 on summer projects while teaching invaluable career skills. For more information, please email Program Coordinator JoAnn Leavitt at 

Revised Gathering Limits Now in Effect 

As of Monday, February 8 retail businesses, offices, libraries, museums and health clubs are able to return to 40% capacity. Restaurants will now be limited to 40% of their seated capacity, but as under the 25% capacity rule, employees will not count toward the limit. For further details, including a full list of business categories, please click here  
Massachusetts Vaccination
Program Update

All residents in Phase 1 and all residents age 75 and over are now eligible for vaccination. View the latest Massachusetts vaccine update here. View the February 4 weekly vaccination report here
City of Gloucester Provides Guidance to Residents 75-Years-Old and Older Amid Shortfall of Vaccination Doses

The City of Gloucester wishes to share a list of local and regional vaccination sites with those still seeking an appointment. Please click here to view the list and to receive guidance on the vaccination process.
Equitable PPP Initiative

The Equitable PPP Initiative offers multilingual technical assistance and lender matching for underbanked and historically underserved businesses, including businesses owned by women and people of color, seeking a PPP loan. To learn more about the Equitable PPP Initiative coalition please click here. To inquire about support, volunteer your time or skills, or simply learn more, email
Regional Pilot Project Grant Program Deadline Wednesday

The Regional Pilot Project Grant Program will promote regional recovery from the economic impacts of the 2019 novel coronavirus through partnerships. It is open to municipalities, public entities, or exempt 501(c) organizations. The goal of this pilot program is for municipalities and organizations to work together to create solutions for recovery in their specific economies. The program opened January 22 and will close on February 10. Interested parties should read the RFP and submit an application as outlined on the program page.
State’s Interactive COVID-19 Daily Dashboard

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Daily Dashboard is now available in interactive format. To view the most recent Massachusetts COVID-19 daily dashboard please click here
Information Resources

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

To view the most recent (February 4) weekly COVID-19 Command Center Situation Report from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), please click here

For the latest legislative and COVID-19 update from the office of State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, including comprehensive vaccine information, 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
Beauport Hospitality Group is Hiring
Multiple Positions

1606 Restaurant and Bar, the Beauport Hotel, and the Cruiseport Gloucester are all hiring various positions (restaurant manager, sous chef, event planner, and more).

Sonolite Plastics is Seeking a Part-Time Administrative Assistant
3-4 days per week, $25/hour. Hours are flexible. If interested, please contact Jon at: 

Cazeault Solar & Home is Hiring a Field Installation Coordinator

Cazeault Solar & Home is looking for another key person to assist their team and clients with the best customer experience.

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.
Gloucester Public School is Looking to Fill Multiple Positions

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