Category Archives: Cape Ann Chamber Services

Chamber Perks: Member to Member $avings Connection

Members of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce can sign up to offer exclusive discounts to other Chamber Members. Over 45 businesses are already taking advantage and participating!

-This program is a FREE listing available to Chamber Members who wish to increase their visibility and customer outreach on Cape Ann.

-Coupons for participating businesses are listed on the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce website. (member login required)

-Any offer through this program is exclusive to Chamber members and not available to the general public.

-A Participants List is available for download and is updated throughout the year. It is never too late to be included.

For more information on Member to Member $avings Connection call the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at (978) 283-1601

Meet Walter Manninen

As part of the Small Business Development Center’s Northeast Regional Office, Walter Manninen is a wonderful resource to the Chamber and Cape Ann Community members for business advice and support. Affiliated with the Salem State Enterprise Center, Walter is available for assistance with business plans, financials and more. He meets with clients in the Chamber’s conference room every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Call the Chamber for more information and to set up an appointment with Walter. 978.283.1601.

Walter Manninen a resident of Rockport, joined the staff of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center’s Northeast Regional Office in November 2005.

A former entrepreneur, Walter served as president and chief executive officer of CXO Media Inc. which published Chief Information Officer, Chief Security Officer and Chief Marketing Officer magazines for senior managers bridging technology and businesses along with associated professional conferences.

Walter also brings to the SBDC ten years of experience in banking as a treasurer, controller, vice president and loan officer. His outstanding performance was noted in 2004, when he was nominated for an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was later given the IDG Chairman’s Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

In 2005, Walter partnered with the director of the Secret Service and the director of CERT Coordination Center to conduct a comprehensive research study on cyber security.

Walter holds a BS from Salem State College and an MBA from Suffolk University. His interest in art, demonstrated through his philanthropy, has resulted in an endowed chair and a building named in his honor at Endicott College the WALTER J. MANNINEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS. Walter’s art collection has been highlighted in several feature articles both in U.S. News and World Report, along with CFO Magazine.

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