$25k Game – This Thursday Night!

Join us at the Gloucester House THIS Thursday Night, October 4 from 5-7 PM for the $25k Game! A total of $25,000 is given away including- one Grand Prize of $10,000! The $25,000 game also features a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and much more! Tickets are sold for $100 each and grant you and a guest entrance the night of the event.

There are only FIVE tickets left – buy your tickets at the Chamber office, 33 Commercial Street! Stop by or call us at 978-283-1601.

$25K Game

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Get Your Tickets For The $25K Game!

Tickets are still available for the $25K Game!  This game has the best odds around as a total of $25,000 is given away including one Grand Prize of $10,000! The $25,000 game also features a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and much more! Tickets are sold for $100 each and grant you and a guest entrance the night of the event. You do not have to be there to win.

Call the Chamber at 978-283-1601 or stop by the Chamber office at 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester this week to purchase your tickets. The office is open Monday-Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM. The $25K Game will take place on Thursday, October 4 at The Gloucester House Restaurant from 5-7PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

Over 1,000 Cape Ann License Plates Now on the Road

If you are spotting “Love Cape Ann” license plates more often these days, there is a very good reason – over 1,000 special Cape Ann license plates are now on the road.

Cape Ann License Plate

In just a little over a year since they were first issued, these beautiful  plates featuring four iconic Cape Ann images and a colorful artist’s palette have become a familiar sight here on Cape Ann. They are also becoming great ambassadors for our region as their proud owners travel throughout America.

And now, the Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF) and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to offer a new service that will make it even easier to get your own Cape Ann license plate.

“We will help people complete the online application, either by phone or in person at the Chamber office, and new plates will be mailed right to their home,” explained Barb Sienkiewicz, the Chamber’s office manager and Cape Ann license plate coordinator. “No more trips to the Registry!”

Of course people can also apply online on their own by visiting lovecapeann.com and following the links to get a Cape Ann plate. Anyone with a non-commercial vehicle registered in Massachusetts, including leased vehicles, is eligible.

The CACF – a 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation established by the Chamber to receive and make grants from the proceeds of Cape Ann license plate sales and renewals – has also launched another initiative aimed at increasing sales. Area non-profits and school and youth organizations are being offered a $15 per plate incentive for every new plate they help sell through their organizations.

“We see this as a win-win-win:  a new fundraiser for Cape Ann non-profits, leading to more plates on the road, resulting in more funds for us to give back to the community,” said CACF Board President Ruth Pino.  “We need at least 3,000 Cape Ann plates on the road to ensure funding for future grants; our goal is to get there by 2020.”

Order your own Cape Ann license plate today. Call the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at 978-283-1601 or visit the Chamber office at 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester.

Cape Ann Chamber Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament

Join us for our 29th Annual Cape Ann Chamber Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament at Bass Rocks Golf Club. This is our biggest fundraiser for our four annual scholarships that are given out to Cape Ann high school students.
CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Chamber Golf Tournament

Fee includes cart, greens fee, clubhouse facilities, fun snacks throughout the course, ticket to the awards dinner and a special giveaway.

Treat your special clients, employees, family members, friends- heck, treat yourself- to a great day of golfing on Cape Ann’s premier Golf Course by the Sea!
A great way to Network in a fun and relaxing way! REGISTER HERE.

SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
Contact Kerry at Kerry@capeannchamber.com

Cape Ann Community Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity

Cape Ann License PlateThe Board of Directors of the Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF) recently announced that they are inviting proposals for the Foundation’s
second annual round of grants. CACF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable
organization established in 2015 by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce to manage funds and award grants from the proceeds from the Cape Ann License Plate. CACF will make grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 for projects that support the Foundation’s mission to improve the economy and overall quality of life for the residents of Cape Ann in the following areas:

• Regional promotion: projects that support and enhance the quality of life for the Cape Ann region and the communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport; and promote Cape Ann as a desirable place to live, work, recreate and vacation.

• Economic Development: projects that expand employment opportunities and enhance the economic vitality of Cape Ann, including but not limited to projects that facilitate the start-up of new enterprises or the expansion of existing enterprises on Cape Ann.

• Training and Education: projects that support the training and education of the current and future Cape Ann workforce, including entrepreneurial training, to help Cape Ann residents succeed and thrive in the 21st century economy. Eligible applicants include religious, educational, scientific and cultural institutions; poverty relief agencies; and in general any organization that qualifies as a 501(c) (3) charity and is based in or providing services to the Cape Ann community. Local governments and their subdivisions in the
communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport are also eligible to apply for CACF grants.

In their first-ever grant cycle last year the Cape Ann Community Foundation received 25 proposals and made awards to three Cape Ann area non-profit organizations: Action, Inc., Backyard Growers and Cape Ann Farmers Market.

“My fellow Board members and I encourage all Cape Ann area non-profits and municipalities with eligible projects to submit proposals for this funding cycle,” said CACF Board President Ruth Pino. “And remember, any Massachusetts resident can buy the Cape Ann License Plate. We need more
Cape Ann plates on the road to ensure funding for worthy initiatives in the future,” Pino added.

Grant guidelines and application forms are now available online at capeanncommunityfoundation.org, and they may also be picked up at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester. The deadline for grant applications is May 1, 2018. For further information call the Chamber at (978) 283-1601 or email Peter Webber at  peter@capeannchamber.com.

If you don’t have one of these amazing plates yet, CLICK HERE to order your plate online in minutes. Your plate will be mailed right to your door! Show your support for Cape Ann. Your plate will help to make Cape Ann an even better place to live, work and play – proceeds directly support our community. Anyone in with a car registered in MA can get one!

2018 Economic Outlook Breakfast

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Economic Outlook Breakfast on Thursday, March 1, at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester. Check-in and breakfast will start at 7:30 AM and the program will begin at 8:00 AM. CLICK HERE to register.

Economic Outlook Breakfast

This year the Chamber welcomes President and CEO of Gorton’s Judson Reis as keynote speaker.  Judson’s timely presentation will offer an overview of Gorton’s current business after nearly 170 years here in Gloucester. He will also offer his insights on the state of the seafood industry domestically and internationally, how the industry has evolved and how Gorton’s is adapting to these changes.  Mr. Reis will also give his perspective and insights on the overall economic outlook for the year ahead.

(Judson Reis, President and CEO of Gorton’s)

Jud Reis joined Gorton’s in 1990 as a Marketing Assistant.  During his 28 year career at Gorton’s he has held a number of progressively more responsible roles within the Marketing activity including assignments in consumer marketing, trade planning, new products, and business development.  In 2004, he was promoted to Vice President of Marketing, where he had overall responsibility for the Gorton’s Brand in the US and BlueWater brand in Canada.  In April of 2009 he was promoted to President and CEO.

The Economic Outlook Breakfast will also feature such regular highlights as the introduction of new Chamber board members, special salutes, and the chance to connect with business colleagues and elected officials.  A light breakfast at the Gloucester House Restaurant is included and the program will conclude by 9:00 AM.  Tickets are $30 and may be purchased online at capeannchamber.com or by calling the Chamber office 978-283-1601.

Join Us On The Winter Birding Boat Trip

The Chamber is doing the Winter Birding Boat Trip again this year!
Weather permitting, we will be going out on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 8:00 AM to Noon. The cost of this wonderful excursion is $75.00. Space is limited, so please sign up early– we did sell out last year and we expect to do so this year as well.

Winter Birding Boat Trip

The Cape Ann Winter Birding Boat Trip is a chance for bird-lovers to come to Gloucester and to brave whatever weather winter brings, in order to look for loons, grebes, sea ducks, alcids and other avian delights of the season along Cape Ann ‘s spectacular shoreline- including puffins- and we hope you will join us! CLICK HERE to register.

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, passed in 1918. The treaty is a seminal piece of legislation that has saved, and continues to save, the life of billions upon billions of North American birds. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Geographic, Audubon, and BirdLife have created a timely alliance, joining forces this year to celebrate birds, while also raising awareness about the current dangers that they face. (Thank you Kim Smith for this reminder).
Come celebrate this most important anniversary with a trip to Stellwagen!

It seems to be shaping up to be another big Snowy Owl year, so we will be looking for these spectacular raptors as well as all the other winter specialties.

This trip has filled up for the past few years, so please register soon to be sure of getting a spot on the boat.

We will again be under the watchful expertise (in both navigating the boat and identifying the many birds and marine life!) of Captain Jay Frontierro on board the Privateer IV, with 7 Seas Whale Watch- Thank you Capt. Jay for this opportunity again this year!

We are honored to have Wayne Petersen, Jim Berry and Robert Buchsbaum along to help us identify our flying friends. Wayne is the Director of Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA) Program, with the Mass Audubon, and Jim and Robert are enthusiasts extraordinaire, and have been helping us with Bird Identification for years!

Last year we had a spectacular trip where along with the many different birds we spotted, we also were delighted to see Whales and Dolphins! We hope for the same this year!

If you have any questions, please contact Kerry at the Chamber 978-283-1601.