Applications Available for the Carolyn O’Connor Scholarship

Each year the Cape Ann Chamber’s Businesswomen’s Committee awards the Carolyn O’Connor Scholarship to a woman who is going back to school to better herself/her circumstances.  Someone who perhaps had to stop pursuing her career due to unforeseen or unfortunate circumstances, or who simply has struggle with the means to attend college.

To qualify for the scholarship the applicant must have graduated from High School or earned a GED.

We are looking for women who are seeking education or training, to better their life situation and further their career.

This year the committee has announced that they will be awarding two $1,500 Scholarships (in the past it has been one, $1,250 award).

Applications are now available HERE. The deadline for the applications to be returned to the Chamber is September 1, 2019.

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Breakfast with Governor Baker

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CLICK HERE to reserve your spot.

Governor Charlie Baker has accepted an invitation from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce to be the keynote speaker at a Chamber breakfast on Thursday, June 13. The event will be held at the Gloucester House Restaurant, located at 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester, beginning at 7:30 AM.

Governor Baker was sworn in for a second term as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on January 3, 2019.

Governor Baker has used public private partnerships to spur economic development, reformed the state’s regulatory environment, and delivered critical tax relief by doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Governor Baker has put Massachusetts at the forefront of fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic, doubling spending on prevention, education, treatment, and recovery and signing two major bills that have served as models for other states. In recognition of Governor Baker’s leadership in this area, the North Shore Health Project recently presented to him their 10th Annual Community Health Activist Award.

Confronted with the challenges of rising energy costs and a changing climate, Governor Baker has taken nation-leading steps to diversify the Commonwealth’s energy portfolio, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and secure progress toward greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Governor Baker has spearheaded long overdue reforms at the MBTA that have led to significant improvements to operations and finances, and put the T on track to spend more than $8 billion on infrastructure over the next five years to improve riders’ experience.

Prior to his election, Governor Baker was a highly successful leader of complex business and government organizations, serving as a cabinet secretary to Governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, and leading Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, as CEO, from the brink of bankruptcy to one of the nation’s highest ranked health care providers.

Tickets for the June 13 Chamber of Commerce breakfast with Governor Baker are available at $35 per person. Those wishing to attend may contact the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at 978-283-1601 to reserve seating.  People may also register online by visiting capeannchamber.com.

The Chamber wishes to thank the accounting firm Johnson O’Connor Feron & Carucci LLP and RE/MAX Advantage Real Estate for being Silver Sponsors for this event. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor should email Kerry McKenna at the Chamber at kerry@capeannchamber.com.

Feeling Lucky? Get Your Tickets for the Irish Sweepstakes Today!

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Every March, The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce hosts its Annual Irish Sweepstakes. A total of $20,000 is given away at this fun event – including one Grand Prize of $10,000. The Irish Sweepstakes also features a 50/50 raffle, a traditional Irish dinner and much more!

Tickets are sold for $100 each and grant you and a guest entrance the night of the event. There is a limit of 400 tickets sold – the best odds on Cape Ann!

Tickets for the Irish Sweepstakes go fast and we’ve been known to sell out.
Call us at 978-283-1601 or stop by the Chamber today to get yours.

Can’t make it to the event? No problem! You do not have to be present to win.
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2019 Economic Outlook Breakfast

Please join us this Friday, February 8, 2019 for the Chamber’s annual Economic Outlook Breakfast. This event has been held annually for over thirty years. The primary purpose of the event is to share the keynote speaker’s perspective and insights regarding the economic prospects for the Commonwealth and Cape Ann in the coming year.

This year’s talk will focus on healthcare. Our featured speaker is Phil Cormier, CEO of Addison Gilbert and Beverly Hospitals, who will will address the state of the health care industry nationally, discuss the recent merger of Lahey and Beth Israel Hospitals, and the future of our local hospitals.

REGISTER HERE

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Economic Outlook Breakfast
Friday, February 8, 2019 | 7:30-9 AM
The Elks at Bass Rocks | 101 Atlantic Road, Gloucester
$30
CLICK HERE to register.

2019 QuickBooks Seminar

Join us for a two-part class to learn the online version of QuickBooks!

January 28 & 30, 2019 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Gloucester High School | 32 Leslie O Johnson Road, Gloucester
Chamber Members: $135 | General Admission: $175
REGISTER HERE

This class is a hands on two-part course designed for small business owners and bookkeepers. This course will focus on the online version of QuickBooks.

Desktop users are welcome as well. Some basic knowledge of QuickBooks software or other accounting software is required. While basic beginner skills will be reviewed, the class may be too fast-paced for some beginners.

Class size is limited. Payment is required to hold a reservation.

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Instructor: Mary Lou Balbo is a senior accountant with the CPA firm, Horvitz & Frisch, PC, located at 128 Main Street, Gloucester. Mary Lou has 35+ years of accounting, bookkeeping and tax preparation experience. Horvitz & Frisch, PC, offers computer consulting and bookkeeping training, in addition to accounting and financial services.

Assistant: Marcia Hubbard, Finance Manager of The Open Door. 

Join Us for the 97th Annual Celebration

beauportJoin us for the Cape Ann Chamber’s 97th Annual Celebration, where will say Hello to our new President, Bruce Feldman, of Gove and Feldman Insurance Inc., and say Good-bye to Patricia Slade, retired, Cricket Press.

January 26, 2019 | 6-11 PM
Beauport Hotel Gloucester | 55 Commercial Street, Gloucester
CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets.

The celebration will be held at the beautiful Beauport Hotel. The evening will start off with cocktails and socializing, then on to a very short program, dinner and ending with dancing to live music.

This year’s live music will feature favorite local 80s band: Safety! Join us on the dance floor for Bangles, Bowie, Blondie, Eurythmics, Kulture Klub, Go Go’s, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, The Cure, Stacie Q., Devo, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode… AND MORE OF YOUR FAVORITE HITS!

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Silver Sponsors: Aberdeen Home Care, Inc; Endicott College
Supporting Sponsor: PrintLogic

REGISTER HERE for the Chamber’s Annual Celebration.

The Best Christmas Gift on Cape Ann!

Cape Ann Gift Certificates are the perfect gift for anyone on your list.  They can be used at over 200 local shops, restaurants, service businesses and more! Stop by the Chamber office at 33 Commercial Street today to finish your holiday shopping.  They can also be purchased at Gloucester Shaw’s locations and Tuck’s Candy & Gifts in Rockport.

Gift certificates are available in any denomination over $10. There is a 50 cent charge per gift certificate.  You will receive a list of all participating businesses with each gift certificate purchase.

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Not only do Cape Ann Gift Certificates make perfect gifts… they are also a great way to support our local businesses by keeping it local for the holidays!
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