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Business Education and Scholarship
Golf Tournament
Monday, May 24, 2021
Spots are filling up quickly for this year’s Tournament. Don’t miss your opportunity to support this initiative as a sponsor or player at Bass Rocks Golf Course. The net proceeds of this event fund the Chamber’s extensive work with the three Cape Ann schools and Essex Tech and education non-profits. The programming includes: monthly collaboration with all schools and education non-profits, DECA support, intern and mentorships, annual Cape Ann Career & College Fair and several scholarships.
Business After Hours
Wednesday, April 28 | 4:30 PM
Raise a toast to Spring's arrival on Cape Ann with your favorite drink when you join us after a day of work to network and relax in an informal setting, virtually! 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.

Endicott Entrepreneurial Training Seminar Series | The Secret to Memorable and Moving Marketing | May 12
Think about marketing campaigns that stand out in your mind and stand the test of time. All of them have one element in common: they tell a story. With the advent of digital marketing, small businesses can now compete head-to-head with big firms. The trick is to understand how to get to your story…the story that is uniquely yours. Once you do that, and by leveraging the right digital assets, you can make your business stand out and stand strong. 

Interested in sponsoring the Series? Contact for more information.
Cape Ann Transportation Authority Has Launched Their New CATA On-Demand Service

CATA On Demand is an on-demand public transit
pilot project that will substantially expand low-cost and timely service to employees and employers in Gloucester. The pilot project links MBTA Commuter Rail Stations with major employers in Gloucester.

The service uses a customized ride hailing mobile application which allows passengers to request a ride on-demand and then matches passengers heading in the same direction to avoid lengthy detours or inconvenient schedules. The service will initially operate between 7:30 AM and 8 PM Monday through Friday, with a one-way fare of $2.

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is Now Accepting Applications for the Incoming Class of 2022

This unique, hands-on program prepares students for careers as entry-level technicians in the thriving biotechnology and life sciences fields. Young adults with high school diplora (or equivalent), ages 18-26. No science or math experience required.

Free Classes In Advanced Manufacturing at Gloucester High School

Are you or someone you know looking to break into the tech industry? Now is the time to start a rewarding career in advanced manufacturing. Through a partnership between the GE Foundation, North Shore Community College, Gloucester High School and MassHire North Shore Career Center you can earn a National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certificate in CNC milling free of charge.

Seaside Sustainability's Free Marine Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

Boat owners can recycle shrink wrap at City of Gloucester Public Works, 28 Poplar Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. The facility will be open Monday to Thursday from 7:30 AM to 4 PM and from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Fridays. This is a free program open to the general public.

My Local MA Campaign Invites
Business Stories

The state’s My Local MA campaign recently launched a new feature on their website where businesses can share their stories of resilience, customer service and innovation. The Chamber encourages all Cape Ann small businesses to submit their own stories about how they have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Celebrate Older Americans" With the Council on Aging and Rose Baker Senior Center

May is Older Americans Month and once again the Council on Aging and Rose Baker Senior Center will be celebrating older Americans all month with special events and activities. The main event, honoring seniors, will take place on Wednesday, May 26 with a "Celebrate Older Americans" drive through gift bag distribution in the parking lot of the Senior Center. If you would like to provide an item to be included in the gift bags contact Elise Sinagra at 978-325-5815 or

A Line in the Sand
Paintings and Jewelry by Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco & Leslie Heffron
Now - April 30 | 1 - 6 PM
Working on Cape Ann, Ganim-DeFalco and Heffron have drawn their own lines in the sand through keen observation and commitment. The exhibition presents interpretations of the seaside through Heffron’s paintings and Ganim-DeFalco’s Wearable Art. The exhibition will be on display at the Jane Deering Gallery for the month of April.
Manchester Essex Rotary Club Raffle
Now - Saturday, May 1

Help the Manchester Essex Rotary Clun raise money for local food banks like the Open Door in Gloucester, scholarships to area students attending college and technical schools, and projects around the globe by buying a $100 ticket. The first prize is $7,500! Second Price $1,500, third $1,000. And only 300 tickets will be sold, so while your odds of winning are good, your odds of helping the community are excellent.

Spend April Vacation Week With Cassie the Sea Serpent at Cape Ann Museum
Thursday, April 22 - Sunday, April 25

Reserve timed entrance for you and your family to follow the Museum's new family-friendly guide, Cassie the Sea Serpent, through the galleries. Cassie poses questions and activities for students of all ages to engage with the collection. During April Vacation Week, all visitors will receive a free copy of Cassie’s Scavenger Hunt with activities and crayons included.

Upcoming Events at Hammond Castle During April School Vacation Week
April 20 - 22

Hammond Castle will be hosting special events during school vacation week. Join the Castle for their History of Medieval Arms and Armor: The Knight on April 21 and Cape Ann Kids' Free Day on April 22.

Upcoming FREE SCORE Small Business Webinars

April 27 | 6 PM - Website Planning 101: Take Your First Step to Website Success

April 28 | 10 AM - Instagram for Beginners

April 29 | 10 AM - Use YouTube to Grow Your Business

Finding Practical Solutions to End Food Waste Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 28 | 6 - 7 PM

The Sawyer Free Library and Backyard Growers are co-hosting a virtual panel discussion around the topic of food waste. The live virtual presentation is free and open to the public with advance registration through the Sawyer Free Library's website.

Sawyer Free Library Presents:
Big Data in Small Slices
Thursday, April 29 | 6 - 7 PM

Big Data in Small Slices is the first program launching the Sawyer Free Library's Technology on the Horizon series. Join data analysis and visualization expert, author, and journalist Dianne Finch-Claydon to learn about how data visualization can be used to combat climate change, better our world, and even help your career.

Rockport Music Presents Concert View With Abigale Reisman on Violin
Thursday, April 29 | 7 - 8 PM

Join Rockport Music for a beautiful lecture/performance with Abigale Reisman/klezmer violin and Hankus Netsky/piano that honors the rich tradition of the Jewish violin in Eastern Europe.

"Pint for a Pint" Blood Drive
at True North Ale Company
Friday, April 30 - Saturday, May 1

The Scrawney Morgan Foundation is going to be accepting blood donations at True North Ale Company to support cancer research through Dana-Farber/Brigham & Woman's Hospital, a vitally important pillar in the fight for a cure and treatment. Make your appointment to donate blood on Friday, April 30 or Saturday, May 1!

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Wish Your Mom a Happy Mother's Day With the Gift of Cape Ann Love, and a Cape Ann Gift Check!
Say I love you and give back to the local business community by gifting a Cape Ann Gift Check this Mother's Day. Many of Cape Ann's restaurants, retailers, lodging and attractions are also offering amazing specials and discounts! Shop, dine and play local this Mother's Day!

This Week's Takeout Today Featured Members: Lattof Farmhouse Kitchen & Carol Lee’s Cottage

Make your way over to one of Rockport’s quaint local eateries this week with yummy baked goods, and healthy, delicious to go breakfast and lunch options, Lattof Farmhouse Kitchen! Their food is locally sourced when available and always made fresh to order. Spring is always a great time to visit Bearskin Neck too as you’ll beat the crowds! Visit Carol Lee’s Cottage, a cheerful gift shop that is getting ready for spring with bright colors all throughout the shop. Visit 12-5 PM Friday-Tuesday this month.
Shop Our Member Special of the Week:
Treat Mom to a Cruise with Essex River Cruises & Charters

Mother's Day is sooner than you think and what's better than bringing your mom out for a Mother's Day Cruise with Essex River Cruises & Charters! Celebrate their opening weekend and book your trip today!

#MyLocalMA Business of the Week -
Bubble Factory

The Bubble Factory is an independently-run glass studio in Essex, offering classes, custom fabrication, hot shop rentals, and event space. For the Bubble Factory, glass is not only a mode of artistic expression but a method for forging new connections among artists, with ancient roots and cross-cultural relevance. Check out their amazing schedule of classes and book your spot now before they sell out!

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SBA Provides Guidance on Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

This new program, included in the American Rescue Plan Act will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss of up to $10 million per business. Recipients will not be required to repay the funding as long as the money received is used for eligible expenses by no later than March 11, 2023.

To learn more about RRF please click here
EIDL Maximum Loan Amounts Increased

The SBA announced recently that businesses may now apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) covering up to 24 months of working capital, up to a total of $500,000. Loans can cover working capital and normal operating expenses. To learn more about the EIDL increase, PPP deadline extension and other SBA business relief programs, please click here
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
(SVOG) Update

The SBA recently announced that they are “aiming to reopen” the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal “by the end of [this] week.” “We know this funding is urgently needed now and are doing all we can to reopen with the greatest amount of certainty as possible,” the SBA statement continued. For the most current updates, continue to check SBA’s Twitter feed. For detailed information about this SBA grant program for performance centers and other event and entertainment venues, and to register for program updates, please click here
Massachusetts Vaccination Program Expands to All Residents Age 16
and Above

All Massachusetts residents age 16 and above are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. All who live, work or study in Massachusetts may pre-register for an appointment at a mass vaccination location here. View the latest Massachusetts vaccine update here. View the April 15 weekly vaccination report 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. For the April 15 weekly public health report please click here
Information Resources
For comprehensive COVID-19 information please visit the Chamber’s special Coronavirus page

To view the most recent (April 15) 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
Smith Ace Hardware & Lumber is Hiring a Garden Center Associate

Join the ranks of the busy hardware and building materials stores. You'll become part of the team that provides Ace's friendly and helpful customer service. This position requires a good attitude and a smile!

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.

Cummings Properties Seeking a P/T Watchstaff Position at the Cummings Center in Beverly

Are you interested in a part-time position with a financially stable company located on the North Shore? Cummings Properties is seeking a bright, hard-working individual to join our watch staff team at Cummings Center in Beverly.

Hammond Castle Museum is Hiring an Events Manager and Event Security Manager

Two positions are currently available at Hammond Castle. Click here to learn about the Events Manager position and here to learn more about the Security Manager position.
Common Crow Natural Market Is Hiring

Many positions are available, including Produce Team Member, Kitchen Assistant, Cafe Lead Barista, and more!

Visit the Chamber's Job Board or Common Crow's website to learn more
Backyard Growers is seeking a Full-Time Garden Educator

The Garden Education will serve as the lead school program staff person responsible for the implementation and execution of all Backyard Growers’ School Program activities.

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 is Seeking a Full Time Property Manager
Atlantic Vacation Homes is seeking a full-time Property Manager to assist in growing the Property Services division of the company, driving initiatives that contribute to operational excellence and profitability.
Care Dimensions Invites Applications for the September 2021 Hospice Nurse Residency Program
Nursing graduates and experienced nurses interested in hospice and palliative care are invited to apply for the 2021 Hospice Nurse Residency Program, which introduces the vocation of and trains nurses in hospice and palliative care. The deadline to apply is May 3.
Top Dog of Rockport is Hiring a General Manager

The general manager will work to manage the daily operations of the restaurant, will assign responsibility to the team, deal with vendors, approve staff schedules, and more. Offering generous salary and bonus based on experience.

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) is Seeking a Senior Principal Investigator / Associate Director of Research

The ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills, excellent communication skills, experience in managing research programs and staff, and the ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams of collaborators from academia and industry.

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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