, Gloucester, MA


October 8, 2012

Business Briefs: An 'open mic' tourism night

Fresh ideas take center stage at tourism ‘Open Mic’

Matt Anzivino, general manager of the Rockport Inn & Suites, and chairman of the Chamber’s Tourism Council will host an “Open Mic” tourism evening for colleagues on Monday, Oct. 15 at the Rockport Inn & Suites, 183 Main St., from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The event welcomes any new ideas, literature, materials, visitor stories or feedback you may have, to help the Chamber and its tourism arm shape the 2013 tourism marketing and promotion program. Following a brief opening presentation by the tourism council, the bulk of the meeting time will be devoted to an open forum for questions and answers, and exchange of ideas for the chamber’s program of work.

There will also be time and opportunities for one-on-one conversations and networking; light refreshments, including beer and wine, will be offered compliments of Rockport Inn & Suites.

There is no charge for this event, and it is open to chamber members and future members alike. We encourage you to pass along this invitation and bring along a friend as well. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Please email:, no later than Friday, Oct. 12 to reserve your place.

CABI cooks up ‘incubator kitchen’

Cape Ann Business Incubator (CABI) is convening an exploratory group to look at the feasibility of developing a kitchen incubator on Cape Ann for food and culinary related start-ups and new businesses.

Commercially-licensed and available for rent by the hour with access to food storage, service and preparation areas, the kitchen incubator would also provide supportive services to create viable product, including marketing assistance, small business counseling, food safety certification and culinary arts training and access to capital network.

If you are a small business or start-up with kitchen needs, have experience and expertise in food service operations, or are interested in the local food economy, CABI would be interested in hearing from you. Contact Leslie Sarofeen at 978-281-9450 or or more information.

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