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Brace Cove in January, Gloucester| Photo Credit: Pat Morss
Business After Hours
Wednesday, January 27 | 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!

How to Weather the Perfect Storm: COVID, the Vaccine and PFML
Free Virtual Seminar
Thursday, January 28 | 9 AM 

Hear from Laurie LaBrie, President at Integrated Human Resources, Inc. on what all businesses and professionals need to know on these important topics as we enter the new year.

Coffee & Connections
Thursday, February 4 | 9 AM
We invite you to join us on Thursday, February 4 at our new and permanent time via Zoom, 9 AM. Our monthly networking event is a fantastic opportunity to expand your business connections, and stay in touch with friends and colleagues. 

Featured Chamber Art Exhibit: Rockport Art Association & Museum
Rockport Art Association & Museum Art Exhibition at the Chamber

Recognizing that the Cape Ann community seeks out fine art no matter the time of year, the RAA&M is experimenting with having exhibitions in the winter months through a new partnership with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. 
RAA&M will be displaying paintings by some of Cape Ann's most celebrated and collectible deceased artists, including Aldro Hibbard, Mildred C. Jones and Kitty Parsons Recchia, for the public to both view and purchase. 

Hollywood Actress Lindsay Crouse, Keynote Speaker of the 2019 Businesswomen's Fall Luncheon
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.

2021 Advertising Opportunities are Selling Out Fast! 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. Contact for more information.

March 18 | Irish Sweepstakes

A total of $20,000 will be given away, including a grand prize of $10,000! Tickets on sale at the Chamber starting today. $100 each.

March 22-29 | Cape Ann License Plate Low Number Auction

Virtual Auction
Stay at Home Advisory and Early Closure Order Lifted

Effective Monday, January 25, the state’s Stay at Home Advisory for the hours of 10pm to 5am was lifted. The Mandatory Early Closure of Businesses Executive Order has also been lifted, enabling restaurants, arcades and many other businesses and activities to operate past 9:30pm. Liquor stores and other retail establishments that sell alcohol may sell alcohol past 9:30pm and adult use cannabis retailers may also sell cannabis after 9:30pm. Gatherings are now also allowed to go beyond 9:30pm, but the 25% capacity and gathering limits will remain in place until Monday, February 8. Please note – Phase 3, Step 2 businesses must remain fully closed. For more details please click here
State Accelerates Phase One
Vaccine Access 

On January 21, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that all residents in Phase One of the state vaccine distribution plan are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, effective immediately. Massachusetts residents now eligible include all health care workers and first responders, as well as all nursing home and congregate care residents and staff. For more details, please click here. View the latest Massachusetts vaccine update here. View the January 21 weekly vaccination report here
PPP Loan Applications Now Being Accepted by all SBA Lenders

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is now open for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. For detailed information please click here
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 Announced

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
Grants for Artists ~ Deadline February 2

Mass Cultural Council’s COVID-19 Relief Fund will award grants of $1,500 through a randomized process to individuals who have lost income derived from their work as individual artists and independent teaching artists/humanists/scientists as a direct result of COVID-19 related cancellations and closures in Massachusetts.​ The application deadline is February 2. For more information and to apply please click here
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 (January 21) 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
Two Beloved Gloucester Restaurants Announce Their Closings

Earlier last week Sherry's Corner Cafe in Magnolia and Cape Ann Brewing Co. on Rogers Street announced they are closing their doors for good. Both restaurants have been pillars in the community and the Chamber would like to take this opportunity to thank both businesses for their years of business, support, and dedication to the Cape Ann Community.
New Program Announced to Provide Subsidized Internet Access to Eligible Massachusetts Residents

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“MBI”) has launched a program to provide subsidized internet access to eligible Massachusetts residents through June 30, 2021. You may be eligible for subsidized internet service. Get more information:

For Areas Served by Comcast
For Areas Served by Spectrum

Jane Deering Owner of Jane Deering Gallery is Featured on Cape Ann ARTWaves

In this interview, Jane discusses her mission for the Jane Deering Gallery located at 19 Pleasant Street in Gloucester and shares images from some of her most notable exhibition.

Action Inc. Offering FREE Individualized Career Coaching Sessions

Learn how to stand out in a competitive job market with FREE individualized career coaching sessions. Whether you’re new to job searching or are looking to transition your career after Covid-related layoffs, Action Inc.’s Career Services will be catered to your unique needs

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 

Cape Ann Artisans Announces
2021 Open Studios Schedule With
Returning and New Artists

The Cape Ann Artisans are pleased to announce the 38th Annual Spring and Fall Open Studios, plus a special summer Mini-Tour in 2021 based on the response of the community in the summer of 2020.

Manchester Historical Museum's Latest Research on Historical Homes

MHM has been partnering with historian Robert Booth to offer extensive research reports on historic homes in Manchester. Click the link below to read the article from the Manchester Cricket with highlights from the report done on a lovely Victorian house. 

The MassTech Collaborative is Accepting Applications for Their New Accelerator Challenge: Connect Tech Innovations

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.

Essex Heritage Announces 2021 Partnership Grant Program

Twelve grants are available to local organizations stewarding heritage in the region. The application deadline is February 19.

Affordable Housing Lottery for the New Halyard Apartments at Gloucester Crossing

The lottery for eligible households will be held on February 25, 2021, at 6 pm.

Cape Ann Museum Presents:
"Building an Exhibition in a Pandemic"
Friday, January 29 | 3 PM

CAM's new monthly Virtual Lecture Series kicks off in January with "Building an Exhibition in a Pandemic" featuring CAM Librarian/Archivist Trenton Carls and CAM Curatorial Assistant Leon Doucette.

Rockport Music Presents Concert View Virutal Series: Dover Quartet
Friday, January 29 | 7 PM

The Dover Quartet performs the tremendous Shostakovich Quartet No. 8 and the moving Brahms Quartet in C minor, Op. 51.

Support Local Businesses and 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 - 

With two locations, one in Manchester-by-the-Sea and the other in Marblehead, M A H R I owner Aimee Bode Goven Konevich offers jewelry, apparel and home accents. The environment of the store is warm and welcoming, accessible to everyone with every price point covered.

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.

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.

Charles Construction Company Offering Complimentary On-Site Design and Architectural Project Consultation

Charles Construction Company is an award-winning construction company that specializes in new construction, remodeling, and general contracting for commercial clients. Call them today!

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!

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Gloucester Public School is Looking to Fill Multiple Positions

Help Cape Ann Seniors by Becoming an ABC Shopper for ABC Home Healthcare Professionals

Call Christine (781)914-3273 to learn 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.
Cape Ann Youth Friendly Jobs & Internships

Click here to view available opportunities
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