2nd Annual WellFest: Saturday, May 20 @ Harvey Park in Rockport

Join the Greater Cape Ann Chamber’s Health & Wellness Committee for the 2nd Annual WellFest: A Greater Cape Ann Community Wellness Fair. This year, we are moving to Harvey Park in Rockport!

This event will showcase the Cape Ann region’s broad range of health and wellness services. This event will provide something for people of all ages!

  • Food & Nutrition
  • Movement, Balance & Exercise
  • Hearing & Vision
  • Health in Mind, Body & Spirit
  • Youth Development & Lifelong Learning 
  • Senior Readiness

Here is the list of attending vendors (* = offering free raffle):

  • 4GBS – For the Grand Bandquet of Sexuality *
  • ABC Home Healthcare Professionals *
  • Action Inc.
  • Addison Gilbert Hospital
  • Arbonne Consultant
  • Backyard Growers *
  • Beauport Hearing Care
  • Bonneville Design
  • Cape Ann Animal Aid
  • Cape Ann Botanicals *
  • Cape Ann Lanes *
  • Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA)
  • Cape Ann YMCA
  • Cometeer
  • Disability Resource Center *
  • Eastern Essex Regional Public Health Coalition
  • Essex County OB/GYN Associates *
  • Gloucester Health Department
  • Manchester Essex Conservation Trust *
  • North Shore Adventures *
  • NorthShore24 Fitness *
  • ONESTOP Harm Reduction Center *
  • Rockport Art Association & Museum *
  • Rockport Council on Aging
  • Rockport Exchange *
  • SeniorCare Inc.
  • Supportive Living Inc.
  • The Open Door
  • Treetop Yoga *

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Swing into Spring: A Learn & Play Golf Event for Women

Join the Businesswomen of greater Cape Ann for the First Annual Swing into Spring Golf Event at the Ipswich Country Club. Start your morning with some general instruction and breakout sessions with the Country Club’s Golf Pros. After a short break for lunch & networking, we will take to the links and play 9 holes of “Best Ball.” A Continental breakfast and a box lunch are included with the fees.

This event is for all levels of players – from first timers to accomplished players. The Pros will be able to help each of us with new skills and techniques. Come for a great day with other women to learn a game that is so important for doing business on the course.

Learn more and register today at bit.ly/2023SwingintoSpring

Cost is $149 for Chamber members \ $169 for non-members.

Do You Feel Lucky?

We still have Irish Sweepstakes raffle tickets available for purchase. Don’t miss out on your chance to win big!

There is a total of $20,000 in cash prizes with the top prize being $10,000!

Get your ticket today at the Greater Cape Ann Chamber office at 24 Harbor Loop, by calling 978-283-1601 or online at https://bit.ly/IrishSweepstakes Winners do not need to be present at the drawing.

Economic Outlook Breakfast with Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll on March 8 at Cruiseport Gloucester

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Economic Outlook Breakfast Forum with Guest Speaker Kim Driscoll, Lieutenant Governor

Wednesday, March 8 | 7:30 – 9 AM

Cruiseport Gloucester (Lower Level)

$45 Members | $55 Non-members

Pre-registration is required. 

Please join the Greater Cape Ann Chamber for a full buffet breakfast at Cruiseport Gloucester and listen to a presentation on the Economic Outlook of the region by Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll, followed by a brief Q & A session. 

The breakfast session is limited to 90 attendees so reserve your spot now. Cost is $45 for Chamber members and $55 for non-members. 

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:
Beauport Financial

Gold Sponsor:
Cape Ann Savings Bank

Supporting Sponsor:
Applied Materials

Economic Outlook Breakfast with Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll on March 8 at Cruiseport Gloucester

Economic Outlook Breakfast Forum with Guest Speaker Kim Driscoll, Lieutenant Governor

Wednesday, March 8 | 7:30 – 9 AM

Cruiseport Gloucester (Lower Level)

$45 Members | $55 Non-members

Pre-registration is required. 

Please join the Greater Cape Ann Chamber for a full buffet breakfast at Cruiseport Gloucester and listen to a presentation on the Economic Outlook of the region by Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll, followed by a brief Q & A session. 

The breakfast session is limited to 90 attendees so reserve your spot now. Cost is $45 for Chamber members and $55 for non-members. 

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:
Beauport Financial

Gold Sponsor:
Cape Ann Savings Bank

Supporting Sponsor:
Applied Materials

Inform. Inspire. Spark! A series of Six 5-Minute Lightning Talks presented by Cape Ann Innovators Collaborative on Tuesday, November 29 at 5 PM

REGISTER FOR FREE TODAY!

Inform. Inspire. Spark! is a series of 5-minute talks sharing momentum-building work happening on greater Cape Ann in the areas of community celebrations, investment, arts and culture, decarbonization, coastal resilience, and design. The lightning talks will be followed by short, interactive breakout sessions where you can learn ways to get involved.

TOPICS & SPEAKERS

  • 400+ Years in 12 Months: Isabel Pett, Events Manager, Gloucester 400+
  • The Future of Gloucester’s Downtown: David Fields, Community Development Director, City of Gloucester
  • Supporting Arts Now: Karen Ristuben, Program Director at Essex County Community Foundation’s Creative County Initiative
  • Electrify Greater Cape Ann: Maureen Aylward, Director, TownGreen, Inc.
  • Demonstrating Coastal Resilience: Katie Kahl, UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station
  • Design in Everything: David Minogue, President of Spade Graphic Design

Light appetizers and cash bar will be offered. Registration is required for this FREE event. To register, please visit bit.ly/InformInspireSpark or contact Michelle at michelle@capeannchamber.com.

What is the Cape Ann Innovators Collaborative?
An initiative of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, CAIC is a collaborative of innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, artists, designers, developers and producers dedicated to supporting people from all walks of life in their endeavors to create lasting, innovative change, with the ultimate objective of growing the economy and creating new jobs. The CAIC Forums are designed to Inform and Inspire.

Inform. Inspire. Spark! A series of Six 5-Minute Lightning Talks presented by Cape Ann Innovators Collaborative

Inform. Inspire. Spark! is a series of 5-minute talks sharing momentum-building work happening on greater Cape Ann in the areas of community celebrations, investment, arts and culture, decarbonization, coastal resilience, and design. The lightning talks will be followed by short, interactive breakout sessions where you can learn ways to get involved.

TOPICS & SPEAKERS

  • 400+ Years in 12 Months: Isabel Pett, Events Manager, Gloucester 400+
  • The Future of Gloucester’s Downtown: David Fields, Community Development Director, City of Gloucester
  • Supporting Arts Now: Karen Ristuben, Program Director at Essex County Community Foundation’s Creative County Initiative
  • Electrify Greater Cape Ann: Maureen Aylward, Director, TownGreen, Inc.
  • Demonstrating Coastal Resilience: Katie Kahl, UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station
  • Design in Everything: David Minogue, President of Spade Graphic Design

Light appetizers and cash bar will be offered. Registration is required for this FREE event. To register, please visit bit.ly/InformInspireSpark or contact Michelle at michelle@capeannchamber.com.

What is the Cape Ann Innovators Collaborative?
An initiative of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, CAIC is a collaborative of innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, artists, designers, developers and producers dedicated to supporting people from all walks of life in their endeavors to create lasting, innovative change, with the ultimate objective of growing the economy and creating new jobs. The CAIC Forums are designed to Inform and Inspire.

We are thrilled to announce Stephen Buckley as incoming CEO of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

The Board and I are very excited to announce that Gloucester resident and Boston area business executive Stephen Buckley will succeed Ken Riehl as the organization’s chief executive officer.

Steve was selected following a four-month search that attracted more than 50 candidates from across the U.S. The search committee presented its recommendation to the Chamber’s Board of Directors last month, and his appointment was approved by a unanimous vote.

Steve impressed the Chamber’s leadership with his passion for Cape Ann, his extensive business management experience, and his track record of community involvement. We reviewed a number of extraordinary candidates for his position, and he emerged as the clear choice to advance the Chamber’s mission to support our businesses and the entire Cape Ann community.

Steve has more than 20 years of business leadership experience, most recently as Executive Director of Winchester Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 121-bed facility with 200 employees. In this role, he oversaw strategic marketing, financial management, community and business partnerships, and relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials. He previously held management positions at health care facilities in Saugus, Stoneham, Haverhill, and Gloucester.  He also brings a personal understanding of small business, having owned and operated a Melrose-based physical therapy practice.

A Cape Ann resident since 1999, Steve has been active with the Gloucester Friends of Seacoast and Gloucester Education Foundation. He also served as a vice president with the Winchester Chamber of Commerce and president-elect of the Winchester Rotary.

“I thank the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce for this opportunity to put my experience to work in an organization that supports  an important part of our community,” said Steve. “I am proud to call Cape Ann home for me and my family, and I am excited to be able to give back to the community as the Chamber’s CEO. I look forward to extending the Chamber’s extraordinary work focused on making greater Cape Ann an amazing place to live, work, and visit.”

Steve’s first official day will be December 5, replacing Ken Riehl, who is retiring in December after nine years as the organization’s CEO. Over the next month, Steve will work alongside Ken and the Chamber staff, Executive Committee and Board while transitioning into the CEO position.

“As we looked ahead to this transition, I was committed to making certain that the Chamber continued to be a strong and active force across the Cape Ann community,” said Ken. “In Stephen, we have found a passionate, skilled, and visionary leader who will build on the foundation we’ve established and ensure an increasingly brighter future for greater Cape Ann.”

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is the fifth largest Chamber in the commonwealth, with more than 1,000 members. In recent years, the Chamber has marked a number of milestones, including the creation of the Cape Ann License Plate and  the Cape Ann Community Foundation, which has granted almost $100,000 back to Cape Ann non-profits and schools; the Chamber’s relocation to new offices on Gloucester’s Harbor Loop; informing and supporting the community through the pandemic; and a merger with the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce,

Ken and I were part of a search committee that included the Chamber’s Executive Committee, as well as past board presidents and longtime Chamber CEO Michael Costello. The search committee was co-chaired by Past Chamber Board President Sal Frontiero and Chamber Treasurer Mike Luster.

Steve’s appointment follows the addition of Bernie Romanowski as Chief Operating Officer, a new position on the Chamber staff. Bernie, who joined the Chamber last month, will report to Steve and be responsible for day-to-day operations. Bernie brings a track record in operations leadership, most recently as Chief Program Officer for Pathways for Children.

Caitlin Pszenny
2022 Board President
Manager, Cape Ann Lanes and Laneside Pub & Brewery

Just 3 Days Remaining to Bid on Auction Items! Great Deals Still Available!

The Online Only portion of our Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction is almost over! Only 3 days remain to bid. Auction will close on Sunday, November 13. View all available items at one.bidpal.net/onlinelovegca22.

There are 92 great items to bid on, ranging from boat charters to travel to gift cards and more. Don’t miss out on your chance to score great deals!

Proceeds will help the Chamber build for this special place where we live, work, and play! Bid now and bid often to show your love for Cape Ann!

Online Love Greater Cape Ann Auction is Now Live!

The Online Only portion of our Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction is now live at one.bidpal.net/onlinelovegca22!

There are 91 great items to bid on, ranging from boat charters to travel to gift cards and more. The auction will run through Sunday, November 13, so register to bid today.

Proceeds will help the Chamber build for this special place where we live, work, and play! Bid now and bid often to show your love for Cape Ann!