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A September Stroll on Long Beach, Rockport
Congratulations to the 2021 Greater Cape Ann Small Business Persons of the Year! 
2021 Small Business Week
September 20 - October 1 

Manchester-by-the-Sea Small Business Person Of The Year 
Ken Davis, Cape Ann Savings Bank
Manchester Reception
Monday, September 20 | 5-7 PM
American Legion Post 113 | 14 Church Street,
Manchester-by-the-Sea (Please park behind Legion building)

Rockport Small Business Person Of The Year 
Jay Smith, Smith Ace Hardware & Lumber
Rockport Reception
Tuesday, September 21 | 5-7 Pm
Emerson Inn Seaside Resort |1 Cathedral Ave, Rockport

Gloucester Small Business Person Of The Year 
Bob Gillis, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Retired
Gloucester Reception
Wednesday, September 22 | 5 - 7 PM
Lobsta Land Patio | 84 Causeway Street, Gloucester

Essex Small Business Person Of The Year 
Jimmy Roumelotis, Cape Ann Pizza
Essex Reception
Thursday, September 23 | 5 - 7 PM
Woodman's | 119 Main Street, Essex

Ipswich Small Business Person Of The Year
Alex Doyle, Conley's Drug Store
Ipswich Reception
Monday, September 27 | 5 - 7 PM
Ipswich Inn | 2 East Street, Ipswich

2021 Small Business Week Luncheon 
Friday, October 1| 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Castle Manor Inn | 141 Essex Avenue, Gloucester
CLICK HERE to Register
The Cape Ann Regional Grant Team Presents Social Media for Your Business
Thursday, September 23 | 12 - 1 PM

There’s still time to sign up for Thursday’s Social Media Marketing on September 23 with PR & Marketing Consultant Noelle Guerin of Cru of Two PR. We’ll meet at Castle Manor Inn, Gloucester and on zoom. This includes a complimentary lunch. And, check out our free digital learning tools for Cape Ann business owners and their employees at
Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting Cape Ann Museum Green at the Janet & William Ellery James Center
Wednesday, September 29 | 5 - 7 PM

If you haven't yet been to see Cape Ann Museum's 'new' space- now is your opportunity- it is fabulous! Join us as we help the Museum celebrate their new Green and officially welcome them with a Ribbon Cutting (6 PM).

Please note that due to very limited parking at the Green, we will be shuttling people to and from the event from the Pleasant Street campus.
Please plan to park downtown and gather at the courtyard of the museum's downtown campus, 27 Pleasant Street.
WHOLEHearing - A Holistic Approach to Hearing and Brain Wellness Seminar
Tuesday, October 5 | 12 - 1 PM

David Bergeron of Beauport Hearing Care in Magnolia leads this seminar introducing a holistic approach to support hearing wellness and treat hearing loss. We call it WHOLEHearing. Hearing wellness is a lifelong concern that begins with birth. If you enjoy exceptional hearing, WHOLEHearing will help you protect and conserve your hearing. If you are experiencing hearing loss or tinnitus, WHOLEHearing incorporates a broad spectrum of treatment options and lifestyle interventions that support and improve your ability to hear and interpret sound.
$25K Game is Back in Person, at The Elks at Bass Rocks
Wednesday, October 13 | 5 - 7 PM

The highly anticipated $25K Game is back for 2021. Yes, we are giving away $25,000 in cash prices, and there are 12 chances to win with prizes ranging from $10,000 to $500 – these are the best odds on Cape Ann! Swing by the Greater Cape Ann Chamber to purchase your tickets today. 50/50 Raffle tickets are also available for purchase.

RSVP as soon as possible if you wish to attend the drawing in person. Your ticket includes entry to the event for two at the Elks at Bass Rocks. Limited capacity - call us at (978) 283 - 1601 to reserve your seat.
The Businesswomen's Committee Annual Fall Luncheon
Thursday, Oct. 14 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

This year’s Businesswomen’s Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 14, at the Beauport Hotel. Karen Hanson, License Partner, Engel & Völkers by the Sea will be our featured Speaker. Karen will talk about Resiliency- in good times and in tough times. Tickets are $35, tables of 10 are available for $350.
Save the Dates - City of Gloucester Candidate Forums
Tuesday, October 19 | 6 - 8:15 PM
Wednesday, October 20 | 6 - 8:15 PM

Join us for two dates in October for the City of Gloucester Candidate Forums. The events will feature the School Committee, Mayoral, Councilor-at-Large and Ward 2 candidates. Save the dates and look for updates on the venue. The forums are presented by the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Council. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities available for this event, please contact

34th Annual Love Cape Ann
Fundraising Auction
Wednesday, November 10 | 5 - 10 PM
Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

Save the date - The Chamber’s biggest fundraiser! With over 200 attendees, the auction is one of the largest on the North Shore. This is a wonderful way to support the organization and help build a stronger Cape Ann region. With 100 Live and Silent items and many door prizes, you will not want to miss this terrific opportunity to celebrate our region and find those special gifts for you and your loved ones!
2022 Advertising Now Available

We are thrilled to announce that our 2022 advertising opportunities are now available. Take advantage of early bird 10% discounts on our display ads by signing up now to advertise in our publications. You can also increase your web presence by advertising on our three websites, and/or

The current editions of our publications are still being widely distributed and are available for pick-up at our office and visitor center.
The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centers Need Your Brochures

Summer may be winding down but our visitor centers remain busy. A free benefit of membership is the ability to display your business's brochures, menus and rack cards in our visitor centers. We are currently running low on these promotional items after a busy summer. Please bring them by our office at 24 Harbor Loop, Gloucester or contact for pick-up.
In Memoriam ~ Walter “Skip” Sheppard

With heavy hearts our Chamber family mourns the loss of our good friend Walter “Skip” Sheppard III, who recently passed away after a long illness. Skip was the owner of Three Lantern Marine and Fishing in Gloucester and a long-time Chamber member. After a long and successful career in the paper industry, Skip Sheppard found his “true calling” when he purchased and took the helm of Three Lantern. He enjoyed helping his friends and customers at Three Lantern get just the right equipment and gear for their boating and fishing needs, just as he loved taking his own boat out for deep sea fishing in the waters off Cape Ann. We will miss our friend Skip Sheppard, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to Skip’s wife Mary and to their entire family.
Member Spotlight - Savour Wine & Cheese

This week’s feature member is Savour Wine and Cheese. The Savour experience begins with owner Kathleen Morgan’s singular sensory skill paring wines & food. This business was awarded Best of the North Shore, ’19-’20, for “Best Wine Selection” by North Shore magazine readers. They offer complimentary wine tastings, most Saturday afternoons. If you are a wine lover check out Savour Wine & Cheese at 76 Prospect Steet. Gloucester or online at
Gloucester Racial Justice Team Survey Understanding the Experiences of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Gloucester Community Members

The goal of the Gloucester Racial Justice team in issuing this survey is to gather the perspective of our BIPOC Gloucester community members and/or all that love and/or support them. We hope the results will help us to focus our attention on the areas where we can make the most impact. Thank you for your time.
Volunteer Drivers Needed for Meals on Wheels in Ipswich. 

Volunteers work about two hours in the late morning, picking up and delivering meals to older residents. This provides several benefits—the elder receives a nutritious meal (sometimes the main meal of their day), they get a quick visit from a friendly volunteer (sometimes the only person they see that day), and as the volunteer gets to know the elders on their route, the volunteer sometimes notices when the elder’s circumstances and/or status changes and can have SeniorCare check in with the elder to make sure everything is all right.

For more information contact the SeniorCare Nutrition Dept at 978-281-1750, M-F, 9 AM - 4 PM.
Bellissimo Family Restores Historic Magnolia Village Sign

The Bellissimo Family of Hesperus Avenue appreciate how much small businesses drive the economy. In an effort to help direct travelers to the businesses of Magnolia Village, Bill and Jean Bellissimo restored the nostalgic sign that is pictured below with their three boys. This sign stood in this exact location for decades and hopefully will remain for years to come. What a great gesture by a local family showing support for local businesses. With the help of a great team from the City of Gloucester Department of Public Works, the restored sign was put back in place today.
Young Legends Street Hockey Fall Programs Begin in October

Young Legends Street Hockey is offering two programs starting in October. Their "Learn to Play" is aimed at 4 to 6-year-olds and will teach the basics of street hockey. This will focus on core elements such as stick handling, passing, and shooting. The other offering is Young Legends' Skill Development Program that builds skills for both street and ice hockey. Each program is 5 weeks and occurs Sunday mornings through October.
Cast Your Votes Now for the BONS 2022 Wedding Awards

Each year BONS celebrates (and honors) the North Shore experts who create perfection for clients on their big day—from the best gowns and engagement rings to cakes and venues!
2022 BONS Wedding Readers' Choice voting runs until October 15, with the winners announced in our January/February 2022 issue. Cast you8r votes for your favorite wedding industry businesses!
Cape Ann Artisans Announce Fall Tour

The Cape Ann Artisans will host the 38th Annual Fall Tour for two days, Saturday and Sunday, October 9 & 10th.  This will be the third time that the Artisans have hosted the community and visitors in 2021 and each time the artisans have experienced a strong return to experiencing the arts in person.  The tour is self-guided and includes 14 unique studios and 15 Artisans covering a wide range of media including ceramic arts, painting, jewelry, mixed media, quilting, mosaics, weaving, and more!  For those new to the tour, the two-day period allows plenty of time to visit all or a selection of the studios, but an early start is always recommended to fully enjoy the day and take a break mid-day for lunch.
Generous Gardeners Need Your Votes

Take a moment to watch a stunning video put together by the Generous Gardners for the 2021 America in Bloom. This short video highlights the incredible work done to beautify Gloucester's Stacy Boulevard. For the Outstanding Achievement category, Gloucester is entered for “Flowers,” and in the Special Award Nomination category for “What’s Old Is New Again – Best Adaptive Reuse Project,” Gloucester is entered for the renovation of the Elizabeth Gordon Smith Garden on Stacy Boulevard. Please take a moment to vote for the work done by the Generous Gardeners for their numerous nominated categories.
Cast Your Votes for BankGloucester's Banking for the Community Program

BankGloucester is pleased to announce that voting in our 14th Annual “Banking for the Community” program will begin on September 1 and end on September 30. Over the past thirteen years, through this program, the Bank has awarded $225,000 to dozens of deserving non-profit and community organizations. This year the Bank will award a total of $25,000 to 21 organizations. Community votes will determine how the funds are allocated. Voting will take place via our online and paper ballots and will be available for completion at each branch location.
Circle the Cape 2021, Walking Challenge Walk the Loop
Now Available for Pick-Up or Delivery

Cape Ann Mass in Motion is launching the Walk the Loop, Circle the Cape 2021 Walking Challenge, and encourages community members age 65 and up to participate. The challenge is sponsored by Cape Ann Mass in Motion along with Cape Ann Seniors on the GO and SeniorCare, Inc., as well as the Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex Councils on Aging (COA). The challenge begins Sept. 1 and ends Oct. 31. To sign up, residents must call or make an in-person visit to their local COA. Participants will be provided with a free walking journal to track their progress. The journal includes helpful information about milestone badges, local walking options, safety tips, and walking health benefits. Residents can pick up a walking journal at their local COA, at the Chamber of Commerce, or request to have one sent to them by mail. Residents can access the walking journal online here.
The Ipswich Cultural Council is Looking for Ipswich Artists to Submit Art for the 35th Annual Art Show & Sale

The 35th ICC Annual Art Show registration has begun! We are hoping nothing will change ( re: Delta and Covid ) by the time the week-end arrives. Show date: October 1 - 3. Hard copy registration papers are at Zenobia or Ipswich Photo 38 Essex Road. 978.356.7972 for any questions.
Attention Professional and Recreational Photographers - Gloucester Rotary 2022 Raffle Calendar Submissions

A 12-month Cape Ann photo raffle calendar that will be sold through the Gloucester Rotary Club. This includes photos from Cape Ann that reflect our many seasons, whether social seasons or environmental seasons. It could be a person, a place, or an event or any other subject that reflects Cape Ann seasons. Photographs from Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester will be accepted. A selection committee from the Rotary Club will make the choices. (a photo release must be included for all individuals in image)
SeniorCare’s 49th Anniversary Celebration Goes Virtual! 

SeniorCare is excited to have the opportunity to commemorate 49 years of service on the North Shore and to honor our community heroes. The celebration, which was originally planned as a breakfast buffet, will take place online on the morning of Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 9am. For additional information, tickets and sponsorships, please go to or contact SeniorCare at 978-281-1750.
Fortuny Gowns at Hammond Castle
Now - September 30

Throughout September guests visiting the Hammond Castle Museum may view the two vintage, Mario Fortuny gowns. Dated between 1920 and 1930, the gowns are made in Fortuny’s “Eleonora” Renaissance style and feature hundreds of silk pleats, Venetian glass beads, and handprinted velvet.  Don't miss your chance to see what the avant-garde was wearing nearly 100 years ago!
Trails & Sails: 10 Days of Exploring Heritage in Essex County
Now - September 26 | Essex County

Experience a taste of Essex County's historic, cultural, and natural sites during the 20th annual Trails & Sails event series—10 days of free in-person, DIY, and virtual heritage events. Connect with the spectacular places and stories that define the Essex National Heritage Area.
Rockport Music Presents Chelsea Berry
Friday, September 24 | 8 PM

Chelsea Berry returns to the Shalin Liu Performance Center! A Cape Ann favorite, Chelsea is a singer/songwriter with compelling stage presence, soaring vocals, and down-to-earth banter with a bright spirit. Rescheduled from May 2020, this concert is the official release performance for Berry’s newest album, Monsters & Machines.
Gloucester's Sawyer Free Library Presents
Chess in the Amphitheater
Saturday, September 25 | 11 AM - 1 PM

This fun and educational program is open to players of all levels, ages, and abilities. Weather permitting, those interested are welcome to gather in the Library’s Amphitheater anytime between 11 am and 1 pm to learn and play chess with the last games beginning at 12:45 pm. No reservations or advanced signup is needed.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Farmers Market In the Shipyard
Monday, September 27 | 3 - 6 PM

Swing by the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Monday to check out their farmer's market, in the shipyard. This is a great opportunity to see local produce vendors and take in the illustrious history of Essex shipbuilding. The Shipyard Grille will be open and serving burgers and dogs.
Friends of the Sawyer Library
Annual Art Auction
Online Auction: October 1 - 5

The Annual Art Auction sponsored by the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library is now on display in the Matz Gallery located in the main lobby of the Sawyer Free Library at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester. Come in, enjoy and then bid on the exceptional quality works including paintings, drawings, and mixed media all generously donated by talented artists from throughout the Cape Ann community. The Bidding Book is available through September 30 in the Gallery for silent bids before the online auction which will take place October 1-5 at Proceeds from this event benefit the Sawyer Free Library.
Cape Ann Classic Cars on the Green
Saturday, October 2 | 9 AM - 2 PM

This free event is the third annual classic car show on Meetinghouse Green displaying vintage or significant cars owned by North Shore collectors. Trophies will be awarded to the best cars and proceeds from car registrations ($15) and free-will donations will benefit the $300K tower restoration now underway at the historic 1806 Meetinghouse.

Approximately thirty cars will be arrayed on the Green. Tours of the Meetinghouse interior will be offered. Food and beverages are available. The audience will judge the cars and trophies
awarded to the winners at the conclusion of the show. Note: the rain date is the following Saturday, October 9, 9 AM to 2 PM
5th Annual Cape Ann Plein Air Festival
Featuring 35 Juried Artists from Across the Country
October 3 - 11

Experience the largest outdoor painting competition in New England! Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA) celebrates the region’s unparalleled arts legacy as the birthplace of plein air, and supports its several hundred working artists and cultural organizations. Preeminent artists from around the country will be painting all week, with many demonstrations open to the public, and the gala art sale will be held on Saturday, October 9
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Destination Creation Course
$2,500 Reward in Grant Funding Upon Completion
Mondays, Beginning Oct. 4 | 6:30 - 8 PM

This ‘Destination Creation’ (normally $899 for a business to attend) course will take place over six (6) Mondays from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, beginning Oct. 4th. Deanne Healey of Peabody Main Streets and Salem Five Bank is a licensed facilitator of Destination Creation and will instruct the class. There is a little homework for accountability each week, and once the course is successfully completed, the grant funds can be put towards improvement of technical aspects of the business – whether that be starting or enhancing a website, improving/beginning social media ads or strategies to increase your Search Engine Optimization, business card design – and more!
Join SCORE Free Small Business Webinars

Greater Boston SCORE mentors from the local business community conduct a variety of free & low-cost, educational workshops that provide valuable information necessary for establishing and managing a successful business. A few upcoming webinars for small businesses are:
  • Retirement Plan Options for Small Business Owners Tuesday, Sept 21| 12 PM 
  • Selling for Owners and Non-salespeople Wednesday, Sept 22 | 12 PM 
  • Negotiation Skills for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Session 1 Sept 23 | 12 PM 
MassHire Offers Employer Resource Webinars

With supplemental Federal unemployment benefits coming to an end this week, many employees will be returning to the workforce in the coming weeks. MassHire, the state’s primary service agency for job seekers, is also a great resource for employers looking for support with recruiting and training employees. MassHire is now offering weekly Employer Resources Webinars every Thursday at 2 PM through September. To learn more about services that can help you hire new employees – including the state’s WorkShare Program

Employers can take advantage of employment and training resources such as help with recruitment and hiring, job matching with potential hires, workforce training grants, and tax credit programs. To find a Business Service Representative, call your local MassHire Career Center and ask for Business Services.

For a complete list is the state’s Career Centers please click here.
Onsite COVID Vaccinations for Businesses and Employees Available for FREE at Conley's Drug Store - Ipswich
There is no cost to the business and no out of pocket cost to the recipient. Conley's Drug Store can offer either the Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 12+) or the Johnson&Johnson (Age 18+).
The Greater Cape Ann Community Collaborative (GCACC) Offers Regular Vaccination Clinics Throughout the Area

The GCACC serves the 4 Cape Ann communities, including Boxford, Ipswich, Hamilton, Middleton, Topsfield and Wenham. Vaccines are free to all Massachusetts residents age 12 and above. Identification and health insurance is not required. Walk-ins will be accepted while supplies last at each clinic.
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Immediate Openings for Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants & Nursing Students!

ABC Home Healthcare is a local, family-owned home care agency providing services to the Greater Boston, North Shore, Cape Ann and Merrimack Valley communities for over 15 years. Opportunities exist in all communities we serve!
Todd Oil is Hiring for Multiple Positions

Join the team at Todd Oil as they search for motivated individuals for positions such as Oil Burner Technician and CDL Driver. They are willing to train the right candidate. Todd Oil offers a full benefits package, profit sharing, and a 401K plan. Send your resumes to or mail to Todd Oil P.O. Box 238, Rockport MA 01966
Backyard Growers is Hiring for an Accounting & Payroll Specialist, Xero & Gusto

Backyard Growers is a grassroots community-based organization in Gloucester, MA. We are a small but mighty group of committed people who love what they do, and have fun while we work hard. As the Accounting & Payroll Specialist you are primarily responsible for the organization’s bookkeeping and payroll using our existing software platforms, Xero and Gusto. This is a contractor position that reports to the Executive Director.
Grand Banks Building Products is Hiring

Grand Banks Building Products, located in Gloucester, MA is currently hiring a full-time team member for Warehouse Sales & Delivery. They specialize in high-end building product sales including cabinetry, windows, doors, millwork, hardware and more. Grand Banks has been serving our local community for over 30 years and is a family-owned, family-run business who value their employees.
Teaching Assistant and Laboratory Technician Position Available at Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute
GMGI has two positions for a Teaching Assistant and Lab Tech who will play an important role in contributing to our fisheries research programs. The Teaching Assistant & Laboratory Technician will assist the Lead Teacher and Education Director in the day-to-day educational operations of the Academy ensuring that the classroom and teaching laboratory are prepared for students to achieve an effective learning experience on a daily basis.
Artists Wanted at Local Colors Artists' Cooperative
Exhibit your work in the gallery and enjoy being among artists where you'll find a positive, creative, and collaborative environment.
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