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Lands End at Sunrise in January, Rockport | Photo Credit: Luke Barton
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.

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 Deadline Approaching! Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Promote Your Business in Our Premier Publications
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
PPP Loan Applications Now Being Accepted 

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 through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. For detailed information please click here
Grants for Artists

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 Updates Vaccine Distribution Plan

On January 13, the state distribution plan was updated, adding residents and staff of public and private low income and affordable senior housing in Phase 2, Group 1. For more information visit COVID-19 Vaccinations for Senior Housing Settings. View the latest Massachusetts vaccine update here. View the January 14 weekly vaccination report here
State’s Interactive COVID-19 Daily Dashboard

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Daily Dashboard is now available in a more 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 14) 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, 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
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. 

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

Cape Ann ARTWaves, a Member Program of 1623 Studios, Will Continue Throughout 2021

ARTWaves was launched during the pandemic to help artists tell their stories during a period when galleries, museums, and exhibits opportunities were severely diminished. Watch the video for a brief sampling of 2020 artist interviews and testimonials as well as a preview of things to come in 2021.

Muffy White Organizing & Styling Interviewed by the North Shore Local Moms Network

Just in time for the New Year, when our minds often turn to organizing, cleaning and purging, Muffy White of Muffy White Organizing and Styling shares why it’s important to create organizational systems for your home that work and how she can help.

Essex Heritage Announces 2021 Partnership Grant Program

Twelve grants are available to local organizations stewarding heritage in the region.

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.

William J Funk Procurement Consulting Services Gives an Important Update on OSD's Bid for Lawn and Grounds Services

Massachusetts' Operational Services Division (OSD) has posted a bid for Lawn and Grounds Equipment, Parts, and Services. If there is interest to sell, service, support or RENT Lawn and Grounds Equipment to state, city, town, PD, FD, municipal, educational institutions, and eligible non-profits contact William and he will assist you.

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 

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 - 
Nor'east Cleaners

Nor'east Cleaners offers innovative green cleaning options, exceptional customer service, and a level of attention to detail that is unmatched. Call them today and take advantage of their wash, dry, and fold service!

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.

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!

*Contact Olivia at if you need assistance
Help Cape Ann Seniors by Becoming an ABC Shopper for ABC Home Healthcare Professionals

Call Christine (781)914-3273 to learn more

The City of Gloucester's Community Development Department is Looking to Hire a Staff Planner

The City of Gloucester's Health Department is Seeking an Administrative Assistant
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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Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce