|On Wednesday, the City of Gloucester and the Cape Ann Veterans’ Services hosted the Gloucester Businesses are Veteran Friendly Event at the Gloucester House Restaurant. The event recognized businesses that hire Veterans and Veteran-owned businesses. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken thank the honorees and also kicked-off the Gloucester is Veteran Friendly Business Initiative that provides businesses with Veterans Friendly Stickers for hiring Veterans. The MA Secretary of Veterans Services Francisco Urena thanked the honorees, the Mayor and Adam Curcuru of Cape Ann Veterans’ Services for their work with Veterans.
The following were recognized by the City of Gloucester, Governor Baker and the Massachusetts State Senate:
· The Gloucester House’s Michael Linquata, a WWII Veterans was recognized for his decades of hiring veterans, mentoring and community involvement.
· Applied Materials was recognized for hiring 120 full-time veterans and for raising funds for the City’s welcome packages for Veterans and for creating a Veterans Resource Group for social and community opportunities.
· Abiomed was recognized for their generous contribution to rehab the Veterans’ Services Building. This was accomplished with a Veterans Construction Team which helped 30 Veterans to gain skills and experience for future employment. They were also thanked for providing school children the with book entitled Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood which teaches about the brave service men and women who serve this country and our communities.
In addition to the recognition, attendees were informed about incentives to and other benefits of hiring Veterans. Representatives from the MA Office of Business Development, MA Career Centers, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Center at Salem State University and the Alliance shared information about their resources.