From the Director’s Desk
As most of you know, the start to my 2020 was my worst nightmare. I lost my beloved husband on January 10th. I sincerely thank those of you who sent flowers, made donations, dropped off food, have been praying for and thinking of me. He was the love of my life and will be missed by many. He was my biggest supporter. I will have many firsts this next year & many sad moments, but I will also have many fond memories and couldn’t get through this without my family and the best friends anyone could ask for. If you were blessed to know him, please smile and think of his infectious smile and amazing laugh.
Special thanks to everyone who sponsored and attended our Chamber Gala. I loved seeing all the photos and it looks like a nice evening was had by all. Thanks for the beautiful memorial tribute to Dale, that means a lot. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s event, Saturday, January 9, 2021.
I must find a new normal, and will continue to do what I love, my career! We have a busy next few months for you with events & educational programs. We will begin with our educational seminar on February 5th, followed by the grand opening at Gordmans on the 18th, our February Business After Hours on the 19th at The Woolen Mill and the sweetest event in town, our Chocoholic Frolic on the 22nd..
The Chocoholic Frolic, which will benefit the educational programs of the Chamber and the Chamber Foundation, is Saturday, February 22nd, at the Italian Civic Club and will feature favorite recipes from local caterers, bakeries and restaurants competing in a decadent chocolate competition! There will be a fantastic basket raffle. In addition, special thanks to Memory Lane Jewelers & Roberts Jewelers who have graciously donated Chocolate Diamond Jewelry valued at just over $3000.00! We will draw the 2 winners for them the night of the event! We are hosting a private Sponsor cocktail reception with special chocolate cocktails & unique specialty sweet items to sample prior to the event. You won’t want to miss this special opportunity!
The Leadership Meadville Class is busy helping to plan the 11h Annual Chili, Chowder and Soup Cookoff on March 19th! We will be at the Italian Civic Club, for the “hottest ticket in town” and a wonderful community event that features our local restaurants’ favorite recipes. There is also a little friendly competition among those businesses to see who can walk away with the top honors in their category or be the Best of the Best. I look forward to this event to see the Leadership class learning as they are planning and executing the event as well as seeing numerous Chamber members and the community come together for a fun evening. There are still sponsorship opportunities available, we always need auction items to be raffled off and tickets will be available soon.
Be sure to mark your calendars for our Annual Diamond Awards. We will again be at the Pampered Palate Catering & Conference Center, on Wednesday, April 22nd. This night highlights many deserving members. We will recognize our Emerging Leaders, our Chamber Ambassador of the year, a small, mid-size and large business of the year, a small and large not profit of the year, the Raymond P. Shafer Award winner and the Lew and Ellie Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service Award winner. Please nominate anyone you feel is deserving, including your own business. Forms will be available February 1st.
Have a wonderful month. If you are blessed to have that special someone in your life, please make sure you give them extra love, not only on Valentine’s Day, but every day. Tell your loved ones you love them. Hug more often. Enjoy the little things in life. Forgive and move on. Life is precious, don’t take it for granted.
"Today’s Chamber is a vital networking source to help develop my business. I can’t imagine being a business owner in Meadville without being an active member of the local Chamber. "
-Dan Crandall, owner of Fine Print Commercial Printers
YOUR CHAMBER, YOUR VOICE
The Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce is the third oldest chamber in the nation and has supported the businesses and communities of Western Crawford County and beyond for over 200 years! We offer several programs, events, and services to help your business and assist in the renaissance of this great region.
The links below will take you to some of these events and services.