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From the Director’s Desk
My favorite time of year has arrived, the holidays! The time of Thanksgiving, celebration, family, reflection and resolutions. This is both personally and professionally. I have a lot to be thankful for at home and at work this year. Personally, our first grandchild was born, we bought our forever home, closer to my family, yet still close to work. My dad faced cancer and beat the battle. Our family is healthy. I love my job and continue to meet amazing people every day on this journey of my career, where I have now entered my 10th year as Chamber Director. Professionally, I am proud to say that this work-family exceeded our goals for every event we planned for 2018!! All of our events were well attended. We exceeded our membership goals. We continue to add a signature event each year while ensuring our other events excel. We have numerous educational seminars planned for our members and every month is booked for our Business after hours in 2019!
Please join us at one of our Holiday parties in December! On Wednesday, December 5th, our annual Combined Christmas party at Cross Creek Resort with the Venango, Franklin & Titusville Chambers. Network with several hundred businesspeople, win a prize and enjoy a cocktail & more. You can even be chauffeured, as we provide FREE transportation, thanks to PM BUS.(details inside newsletter). Join us on Wednesday, December 12th for our Chamber Christmas Party & Member Appreciation Celebration at the Iroquois Club from 5-7p.m. Enjoy the display of Christmas Trees around the Lake too! I am looking forward to announcing our new 2019 Board members, the winners of the downtown decorating contest and drawing for the FREE 2019 Chamber membership.
Kick off 2019 at the Chamber’s newest Signature event, the Chamber GALA at the Country Club of Meadville on Saturday, January 12th. This will be a night of red carpet entrances, valet parking, superb food, a premier dessert showcase by Confections of a Cake Lover, Bourbon, Scotch & Wine tastings, Craft beer samplings, fabulous local entertainment with performances by Justin Gray & 50 Miles to Empty. You won’t want to miss this event! There are numerous sponsorship opportunities which include event tickets. Treat your friends, employees or feel free to invite friends! You won’t want to miss this spectacular evening out at the Country Club on a cold snowy evening in mid-winter.
Join us in February for our newest event, the Chocoholic Frolic on Saturday, February 23rd at the Italian Civic Club! There will be a friendly competition of local bakeries, restaurant & caterers for top chocolate sensations in several categories & a special chocolate cocktail reception hour for our sponsors! There will be a very “sweet” auction & more! The proceeds from this event will benefit the Chamber & Chamber Foundations Educational programs. This includes the K-12 programs, the summer camps & the numerous in school programs that Eileen Mullen facilities in all of the Crawford County schools, as well as the Chamber’s Leadership Meadville Program. There is also a “sweet” addition to this event, thanks to MEMORY LANE JEWELERS & ROBERTS JEWELERS! They have each donated spectacular pieces of jewelry that will be raffled off from December 1st until the date of the event! You can purchase tickets at the 2 jewelry stores, at the Chamber office, at our Christmas party or at our Chamber Gala! Memory Lane donated a stunning $1500 ring and Roberts Jewelry donated a gorgeous Levian Chocolate Diamond Pendant necklace! There will be 2 winners! Special thanks to them and good luck to all!
In closing, I wish each of you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with your family and the ones you hold dear. Be thankful for all that you have and think of a way to help anyone less fortunate this season. I hope to see you at upcoming events this holiday season. Thanks for a fabulous year and I look forward to seeing you soon.
"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.