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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.

Learn more about Walter Manninen on www.SalemState.edu

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.