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Snow Covered Trees in Manchester-by-the-Sea | Photo Credit: Charlene Delaney
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2021 Advertising Closes
Friday, February 19

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The Chamber Announces New Initiative to Support Restaurants & Retailers

Over the course of the past year, our tourism and hospitality-based businesses have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. To further support them, we have launched a new initiative, Takeout Today. Each week we will highlight one restaurant and one retailer for the community to rally behind. We are stronger together, let's show local businesses our support and takeout today.

If you would like to participate in the campaign as a featured restaurant, retailer or community sponsor, please contact Sara Bowen at    
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.
Presented by
Winter Birding Boat Trip
Saturday, March 6 | 8 AM
Our highly-anticipated Winter Birding Boat Trip is presented by Swarovski Optik and sponsored by Essex Bird & Pet Supply.

The trip is officially sold out. To get on our waitlist, visit the event page of our website.

Irish Sweepstakes
Thursday, March 18 | 5 PM
Only 5 tickets left, so call or stop by today if you'd like to play! You can also get lucky in our 50/50 Raffle. Visit the event page of our website to learn more about your chance at a pot of gold and don’t forget to join us at 5pm on March 18th for the LIVE drawing!
Cape Ann License Plate Auction
March 22-29

Have you heard? The Cape Ann Community Foundation will be hosting their coveted Low Number Cape Ann License Plate Auction on March 22-29. Don’t miss out on the fun! Already have a plate? You can still make a difference by making a donation on their website, All donations of $25 or more will receive a limited edition “I Love Cape Ann” Koozie!

Takeout Today at Laneside Pub & Brewery at Cape Ann Lanes and Toodeloos! 

Have you visited Laneside Pub & Brewery at Cape Ann Lanes lately? Their pub and alley are open for dining-in and takeout this week Monday-Saturday 11-9pm, and Sunday 11-7:30pm. They have handmade to order pizza with gluten friendly options and their burgers are fresh angus beef! Feeling thirsty? Sample several of their house brewed beers on tap! Continue the family friendly night and stop by Toodeloos! on your way home and pick up a game for family game night! Downtown Gloucester has many local restaurants and retailers to choose from; head out this week to support your favorite local business!
MyLocalMA Business of the Week - 
Katie's Gift Shop

Located in Rockport, Katie's Gift Shop is the perfect location to purchase gifts, souvenirs, games, t-shirts. keepsakes, and so much more!
Currently closed for renovations, you can still shop Katie's Gift Shop. Available for phone orders, mail or curbside. Call 978-546-9018.

Support Local Businesses by Purchasing 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.
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. We are proud to share there are chamber members nominated in almost every category. Good luck!
Voting is open now through May 1.  

The Beauport Hotel Gloucester TranquiliSea Wellness Package

The Beauport Hotel is pleased to share a limited-time offer for combined overnight stays and wellness sessions. Through March 31, 2021, receive 10% off stays plus 10% off sessions including private yoga, reiki or massage therapy, as well as an in-room wellness amenity.

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 Olivia at if you need assistance
Essex Room Open House
Every Wednesday | 4-7 PM

The Essex Room has dates for any celebration and is offering great packages that will work for any guest count. The Essex Room is excited to announce that they will have both indoor and outdoor event venues with their new addition of the Tidewater Tent.

City of Gloucester "Shared Streets" Application Public Engagement Session
Tuesday, February 23 | 5 PM

Please join the City of Gloucester for a presentation and conversation regarding their application for a grant to support downtown physical improvements.

Business Strategies to Boost Revenue Through COVID and Beyond
Wednesday, February 24 | 4 PM

The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce and Peabody Main Streets are pleased to present a free Business Strategy Series 2021 webinar with nationally-known business expert Jon Schallert. You will have the opportunity to hone in on your business plans for 2021. Get the help you need to capture business during 2021!

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."

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.
Manchester Historical Museum
February 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.
Essex County Community Foundation
A Grantmakers in the Arts Workshop
Wednesday, March 3 | 9 AM - 12 PM

ECCF invites you to participate in a virtual nonprofit capitalization workshop hosted by Grantmakers in the Arts focused on focused
on proactively managing your arts & culture organization’s financial health.

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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Submit Your Application Now for Essex Heritage's Grant Program
Twelve grants are available to local organizations stewarding heritage in the region. The application deadline is February 19.
Halyard Apartments Affordable Housing Lottery
The lottery for eligible households will be held on Thursday, February 25 at 6 pm.
Gloucester400’s Organizational Partner Program Launches with Far-reaching Support Throughout Cape Ann

Gloucester400 has unveiled a new program designed to strengthen connections with the community, heighten awareness of the city’s 400th anniversary, and encourage involvement among a broad range of organizations including non-profits, corporations, and local businesses.

News & New at Savour Wine & Cheese

Savour has some exciting news to share! Master Sushi Chef Sang Lee is operating his food business at Savour from prep to pick up. Additionally, their digital wine machine is also fully available for customers to sample and sip 20 wines complimentary with safety requirements for its use in place.

Manchester Public Library and Manchester Historical Museum Offer February Virtual Family Program

For the month of February, the Manchester Historical Museum is offering a new video with curator, John Huss, sharing about some of the toys from their collection.

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.

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.

Mass Cultural Council Economic
Impact Survey

As we approach the one-year anniversary of this pandemic Mass Cultural Council launches a fifth COVID impact survey for cultural organizations. The data MCC collects will be shared broadly throughout Massachusetts and directly inform their continued advocacy efforts for public investment to fund cultural sector recovery needs. The MCC urges all Massachusetts cultural organizations to respond to this survey by March 1, 2021. For more information and to complete the survey please click here
How Employers Can Take Advantage of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for Targeted Groups

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

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 11 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.
Application Deadline is this Friday 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. 
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
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 11) 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
Scott Energy Co., Inc. is Hiring a Front Desk Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

This is a full time position, $19-$21 per hour. Contact Bill Scott to apply.

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
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Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce