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Business Education Golf Tournament

On 18 May held our 26th Annual Business Education Golf Tournament, a portion of the proceeds from which go to supporting our college sponsorships and other eductional initiatives. With about 100 golfers participating, food on multiple holes, and over 20 items raffled away, a free fantastic afternoon has had by all on a great course and for a wonderful cause!

The scholarship winners will be announced at the Small Business Luncheon, Friday June 5th, at Castle Manor Inn – please feel free to join us it is open to the entire Cape Ann community.

Upcoming Events: Solas

Solas is coming to town Saturday, May 30th!

One of the finest, most respected traditional Celtic bands working today, Solas infuses Irish folk music with an undeniable energy and originality. In its over twenty-year span, the beloved Irish-American ensemble has reinvigorated Celtic music on both sides of the Atlantic, releasing ten acclaimed records and touring the world several times over.
Tickets are still available for the 4pm show! Don’t miss out, tickets are selling fast!

For more information about the band and tickets please visit:

Member Spotlight: Harbor Tours, Inc.

Harbor Tours, Inc. ushers in a new member to the business, a fourth generation of the family’s salty bloodlines: Captain Evan Douglass, great-grandson of the late Fred (“Daunty”) Douglass, a Gloucester mackerel fisherman during the late eighteen hundreds.

Evan’s grandfather was Harbor Tours’ founder Captain Fred Douglass (a fixture on the waters of America’s Oldest Seaport for many decades). The young Douglass has sailed throughout Central and North America and the Caribbean Sea as a crew member on a luxury yacht for the past few years. Prior to graduating from college with a business degree, Evan crewed on one of Gloucester’s whale watch boats for several years. His Dad, Captain Steve, who has been running the company since 1983, welcomes him aboard this 2015 season.

Harbor Tours offers narrated sightseeing trips on their two boats, and also private charters. M/V KING EIDER carries passengers on the Lighthouse Cruise, a 2.5 hour fascinating journey that circles the island, as well as the Gloucester Harbor Tour, a 1.25 hour lovely cruise that tours the entire harbor and features a lobstering demonstration. Harbor Tours also operates the Inner Harbor Water Shuttle. Passengers can hop on and off the M/V LADY JILLIAN at four locations, from St. Peter’s Park to Smith’s Cove in Rocky Neck, and explore Gloucester’s Inner Harbor at their own pace with a $10 all-day ticket. Discounted season’s passes are now available.



A Message from Chamber CEO, Ken Riehl

A quick update on our three mission platforms!

1) Promotion of our members and the region: In addition to our networking and community events, our focus has been on the 2015 publications – the Cape Ann Visitor Guide and Map, Rockport and Essex Maps, and 2015 Membership Directory – almost 300,000 printed pieces in total! We are on schedule to deliver these even earlier this year, well in advance of Memorial Day.

2) Economic Development: We have been busy meeting with the elected officials and businesses (members and non-members alike) from all four communities. We do this by walking the streets and through our community “Division Meetings”. In Gloucester, we meet more regularly with the Mayor and CAO, and monthly with Community & Economic Development. We are always looking for better ways to connect with all our communities, and welcome your feedback. Northeastern Professor and renowned economist Barry Bluestone has been back to both Rockport and Gloucester (the latter visit co-sponsored by the Chamber) to help garner consensus on areas for economic improvement. We also held our first Cape Ann Caucus since 2012, where all local state representatives and local elected, education, and public safety officials met to better collaborate on issues and opportunities affecting all of Cape Ann.

3) Education: We are so excited to announce our first regional Cape Ann Career and College Fair – 20 May at the Gloucester High School Field House. We have over 70 colleges signed up already, and about 50 business leaders representing a dozen major career fields – stay tuned – much more to follow! Cape Ann License Plate: we are just over 1/3 of the way to getting the plates on the road, and are spreading the word with a new Facebook site (facebook.com/CapeAnnLicensePlate); please like us and share. Remember, the proceeds from the plates will go back to the four communities to support Community Development and Education initiatives.