COVID-19 • Preventative measures are necessary to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 Virus and will have an impact on our programming. Specifically, any program with 25 or more participants will need to be postponed until after April 15, 2020.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Impact Survey

These are exceptionally difficult times for businesses experiencing the impact and uncertainty of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We would like to assist our business community by conducting this Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Impact Survey. The impact data that you can provide is valuable to federal, state, and local leaders as they make resource response decisions. We will share this data with them.

Working together, we can help those who are helping us. Please complete this Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey and share the link with other businesses and networks. It will be available to be taken until Wednesday, April 1, 2020.


Estos son tiempos excepcionalmente difíciles para las empresas que experimentan el impacto y la incertidumbre del Coronavirus (COVID-19). Nos gustaría ayudar a nuestra comunidad negociante mediante la realización de esta Encuesta de Impacto Comercial de Coronavirus (COVID-19). Los datos de esta, llegarán a los líderes federales, estatales y locales a medida que tomarán decisiones importantes sobre recursos en su comunidad y negocio. Compartiremos estos datos con ellos.

Tu cooperacion con esta encuesta nos ayudará a proveer mejor recursos. Complete esta encuesta de Coronavirus (COVID-19) y comparta el la encuesta con otras empresas y redes. Estará disponible hasta el miércoles 1ro de Abril del 2020.

Laura Swanson, Directora ejecutiva
The Enterprise Center

Haga clic aquí para completar nuestra encuesta

Local Food

As we become a nation of “foodies” interested in purchasing and consuming locally produced food, it’s fortunate that we live on the North Shore, where both farm-to-table and ocean-to-table businesses are thriving. Local Food is a cluster without a specific industry classification, but one with a wide embrace that ranges from small organic farms to Gloucester’s well-known fishing industry and from local breweries to food manufacturers shipping around the world. And that’s not to mention the hundreds of clam shacks, sub shops, taverns and gourmet restaurants that dot the region.

Local Food is the newest of the North Shore’s defined business clusters, as several current developments illustrate. A workshop on the local food industry drew such a positive response that the Enterprise Center at Salem State University formed a special interest group that now boasts 500+ members.


  • 3500+ businesses, including restaurants
  • 390 restaurant and bars have revenues exceeding $250,000, forming one of biggest groups of Essex County business in that revenue category.
  • Nearly 700 agricultural, fishing, or food manufacturing businesses
  • More than 8,300 employees
  • 20 farmers markets and CSAs in Essex County


  • North Shore Community College is introducing a sustainable food program studies in nutrition, horticulture, environment, culinary art and food science and hospitality.
  • Local college professors have addressed what is a major issue for small food producers: distribution. They developed a free software app that connects producers, distributors and even end purchasers


Enterprise Center Local Food Initiative | Gorton’s of Gloucester (now a subsidiary of Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd.) | Harbor Sweets | Jacqueline’s Famous Gourmet Cookies |Kitchen Local (shared kitchen) | Local farmers markets  |Your favorite restaurant, of course