From the Director’s Desk
Fall has arrived and we are so ready! What a spectacular first time Wine & Brew Walk we had last month!! Thanks so much to everyone who helped to make this event such a success! Our numerous sponsors, our volunteers, all the participating hosts, the Wineries, Breweries and Distributors that donated, all the participants and the City. We sold out, actually over sold! We had planned on originally having four hundred people attend, but we ended up bringing over five hundred people to downtown Meadville! People were attracted from all over. Our host locations became tasting rooms, and had people in their doors that may have never been to Meadville, let alone their specific store. We have already begun the planning process for next year’s event. We plan to make it bigger and better. There will be numerous sponsorship opportunities available that include event tickets! You definitely won’t want to miss it! 2017 Meadville Chamber Wine & Brew Walk: date announced next month!
October brings two main Chamber events. First is our Annual Advertising & Media Auction on October 12th at the Movies at Meadville. This is the perfect opportunity to get great advertising and media packages at a fraction of the cost while enjoying an entertaining evening. Be sure to register for this event as well, so that we can promote your company and get specific details of any advertising specials that you will be offering to promote your business. Next, we will be featuring our 3rd Annual Women In Business Expo at the Riverside Golf Course on Wednesday, October 19th. Join us for this spectacular event featuring women owned/managed businesses as vendors, enlightening speakers, fabulous food and a nice evening out with girlfriends & business colleagues. All of our vendors donate great prize packages that will be given to lucky winners! Be sure to register your vendor space now or to attend!
We also have planned a luncheon seminar on October 18th at the ICC. Glenn Thompson, of Steptoe & Johnson will be our featured speaker on the new Overtime Rules & Regulations. If you or your company has a “hot topic” that you would like the Chamber to cover, or a specific topic that you think we need to address for our membership, please let us know.
Be sure to mark Saturday, October 29th on your calendar! This marks the 50th Celebration of the Meadville Halloween Parade, the largest nighttime parade in PA! This year’s theme is Nightmare on Chestnut Street, thanks to the event sponsors; the Meadville CAYCC organization! Whether you are a kid at heart and love all parades or not, whether you like Halloween or not, this is an event you will not want to miss! The floats and parade are just an incredible sight to see. Thanks to the numerous businesses that put so much time and effort into making these spectacular floats for thousands to see!
As you can see, we are very busy at the Chamber office, but never too busy for our members. I would love to meet more members for one on one meetings to learn of your businesses. Please be looking for your Chamber survey to complete, so that we can better serve you and promote your company. We need to update some records and get feedback from you in order to give you what you are looking for from your Chamber. Thanks in advance for completing this information and updating our records.
"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.