The Cape Ann Regional Grant presents:

Workshops tailored to meet the needs of Cape Ann’s small businesses that are free and open to all Cape Ann businesses and their staff.

October 14, 8:30-10AM | Essentials of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution with PR & Marketing Consultant Richard Weissman. Register Here

Workshops will be offered in-person, on zoom, and will be taped for future viewing.

View past presentations at the bottom of this page.

Online Digital Workshops – Available now, but space is limited.

Seats awarded on a first come, first served basis. Register by emailing Virtual Training, experts in helping businesses improve their bottom line

Learn at your own pace with over 10 workshops on leadership, staff training, bottom line change, interviewing & hiring, and much more.

BootCamp Digital Virtual training, the digital and social media training experts

Take advantage of up to three months of free virtual training in social media and digital marketing, search engine optimization, website development, branding, and much more.

Also offering One on One Expert Consultation for those who have taken (or watched) a workshop and now need specific one-on-one assistance.

Coming Back Strong: Accelerating Cape Ann’s Economic Recovery from the Pandemic

Our mission is to help your business recover and thrive. Thanks to a state grant, the communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport, in partnership with the Chamber, are working collaboratively to help Cape Ann’s small businesses make a strong recovery from the pandemic. 

How this program can help your business:

We are offering direct, customized support and/or services to help your business adapt, modernize and thrive as we emerge from the pandemic. The support plan for your business will be tailored to address the priority needs that you identify.

We are developing an online platform where all Cape Ann businesses can actively update their hours of operation, locations & contact information, enhance business listings, add promotions, products & services, and more.

We are producing a comprehensive marketing campaign to promote Cape Ann and our small businesses and highlight Cape Ann’s diverse Main Streets and downtown shopping districts.

What To Expect:

April - May 2021

Business outreach, surveys and webinars, virtual platform trial, marketing requests for proposals and marketing campaign launch.

Jun - July 2021

One on one business support and training, virtual platform expansion, video launch with  paid advertising and robust social media marketing and more.

August - September 2021

Continued one on one business support and training, business success stories and testimonials, continued marketing/public relations campaign and virtual platform promotion

Helpful Links & Resources:

Cape Ann Business Set for Focused, Grant-Funded Support This Summer

Cape Ann Regional Pilot Program Grant Press Announcement, April 27, 2021

Cape Ann Regional Pilot Program Grant Marketing Campaign RFP, Proposal deadline: May 14, 2021.

Steering Committee Members include:

Mechelle Brown, Rockport Director, Community Engagement and Cultural District

Sue Brown, Manchester-by-the-Sea Town Planner

Sal DiStefano, Gloucester Economic Development Director

Donna Roy, Essex Merchants Group

Ken Riehl, CEO, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Peter Webber, Sr. V.P., Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Anne Williams, Cape Ann Comeback Grant Manager, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

View archived presentations:

8/4/2021: Agile Small Business Operations, presented by Rich Weissman.

7/27/2021: Shaping the Post-Pandemic Business Strategy, presented by Rich Weissman.

9/1/21: Visual Merchandising for Your Business, presented by Jenna Aiello, Brand Merchandising Consultant

9/16/21: PR for Your Small Business, presented by Noelle Guerin, Cru of Two PR 

9/23/21: Social Media for Your Small Business, presented by Kory Curcuru of The Bridge Cape Ann 

10/7/2021: Cape Ann Online Business Directory Training with Sophia Zheng of

10/14/2021: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Skills, presented by Rich Weissman

11/3/21: Merchandising from the Outside In for the Holidays & Winter presented by Jenna Aiello