GET INVOLVED – ENGAGE
Make a Difference in Cape Ann
Getting involved with programs you care about connects you to the information and people that will enhance the value of your membership. The Cape Ann Chamber offers current members a range of opportunities to share their expertise and enthusiasm with the community. Build your business relationships as we work together to help our community prosper.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors is comprised of no more than 29 members of the organization and is the governing body of the organization that works to set policy, approve the annual budget, etc. This group is by invitation and each member serves a three year term.
The Finance Committee is responsible for working to study the financial condition of the Chamber. This Committee shall, at the December Board of Directors meeting, submit the proposed budget for the next fiscal year to the Directors for consideration, recommending such sums as it deems necessary. As and when approved by the Board of Directors, the proposed budget shall be the budget of the corporation. The Finance Committee shall check the operations of the various departments on a quarterly basis to satisfy itself that they are operation within the limitations of the budget and shall, from time to time, make such readjustments in the budget as it deems necessary and advisable. The Committee shall also have the responsibility for the institution’s internal controls and auditing procedures that the Committee deems appropriate. The committee is comprised of current board members and past presidents and by invitation only.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Meets generally once a month .
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council mission is to ensure that local, state and federal government policies are conducive to a strong and healthy business climate for Cape Ann, and that community decisions consistently support quality economic growth. The Council is a dynamic volunteer committee consisting of members drawn from diverse business backgrounds. As such, the council serves as a collective voice for the Cape Ann Business community with regard to governmental policies and affairs affecting our member businesses.
The Council shall advocate for and represent the views of the Cape Ann business community to local, state and federal agencies and elected officials, as well as any other necessary parties. This shall be accomplished by engaging with such officials in meaningful policy discussions on members’ behalf, and by fostering good overall communications and positive relations.
The Council shall also from time to time sponsor public forums for candidate debates and for discussion of public policy-related issues affecting the Cape Ann Business community. In keeping with Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce policy and practice, the Council will not take or recommend positions on individual projects, but instead will review and make recommendations on legislative and public policy matters, such as zoning, regulations, and public transportation and infrastructure projects and concerns affecting our membership base as a whole.
Analyze policy issues at the all levels of government and develop recommendations to the Chamber Board of Directors on positions that represent the priorities of the Cape Ann communities. Council members organize along interests based on level of government and issue area.
The mission of the Chamber’s Tourism Council is to help shape and guide the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s role in promoting Cape Ann as a premier visitor destination.
The Tourism Council will help craft and articulate a strategy for effectively promoting and marketing Cape Ann as a whole, while highlighting the diversity and unique attractions and attributes of each Cape Ann community. The Tourism Council will also help define and prioritize the Chamber’s annual tourism-related programming and activities.
The Auction Committee works to plan the Chamber’s Annual Auction. This event is the Chamber’s signature fundraising event of the year. The committee meets monthly working to secure donations of products and services that are auctioned off each year in July at the event.
CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA COMMITTEE
CHRISTMAS IN ROCKPORT COMMITTEE
ESSEX CLAMFEST COMMITTEE
The Clamfest Committee works to produce the event each October in Essex. The event consists of various vendors, non-profits and food vendors who showcase their products and services at this family friendly event in Shepard Memorial Park. In addition to the vendors, each year a group of restaurants participate in the annual clam chowder competition.
FESTIVAL BY THE SEA COMMITTEE
SMALL BUSINESS WEEK COMMITTEE
The Small Business Week Committee is comprised of past winners of the Chamber’s Small Business recognition from all four communities. Past winners come together to nominate and select the winners for the annual small business week hosted by the Chamber. Each year a winner is selected for each community the Chamber serves.
The Ambassador Committee serves as the welcome arm of the Chamber, to welcome new members and promote member involvement. Meeting monthly from January to December along with personal visits to new members on a monthly basis; applications accepted on a rolling basis.