From the Director’s Desk
What a summer we have had, and fall is fast approaching. We have continued to remain busy and just completed our Fall Golf Outing at Mt. Hope Golf Course. We enjoyed getting together, despite the weather. Being able to social distance outside and still have fun was much needed for many. Thanks to all our sponsors, our golfers, the volunteers and all who helped make this day a success.
We are now gearing up for fall and have some fun unique events and programs for you. Please be sure to look through your newsletter for more info and share it with your business colleagues. We are also continuing to update our members and community about your business updates. Be sure to get us any current and updated information about your business to share with members and the community.
Be sure to join us on September 23rd for our Business After Hours and Business Anniversary Celebration at The Gildea Group, as they will be celebrating their 60th Anniversary. We will be outside for social distancing, enjoying a bbq and hearing about the company. Stop by to say hello and congratulate the Gildea family on their anniversary. On Monday, September 28th, our Businesswomen’s roundtable group will be taking a road trip as we are welcomed by one of our members, Jean Martin! We will be guests at the Martin residence to enjoy their new pool area as we have our regular meeting and then a fun evening with friends! Thanks so much to the Martins for having us!
October 28th will be our Members Services Auction. We know that times are difficult for some now, and business is different than our usual. We are holding our auction to help with this for our members. There will be something for every business, of every budget. We want you to get the most bang for your buck, and this event always helps with this. From employee appreciation items, to potential customer items, to company logo materials and more. There will also be an online option this year to make things easier for you. Please think outside the box, and if you have any package that you think would benefit your business colleagues and other members, please let us know. We will be accepting packages until mid-October. We hope to see you at the Movies at Meadville for the event, or feel free to attend from home and bid!
We are looking forward to seeing you soon, whether in person or still on a zoom meeting. We are here for you and are busy planning educational programs and events for this last quarter of 2020 and looking forward to 2021. 2020 has been a unique year. Please remember to take one day at a time, think positive, surround yourself with only positive people and be kind to one another, be patient and support one another as much as possible, especially during this holiday season that is fast approaching.
As always, if you need anything at all or would like to schedule a one on one appointment, please contact me at any time at 814.337.8030 or email me at email@example.com.
Chamber of Commerce Presents Virtual 2020 Diamond Awards
The Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce recently presented their annual Diamond Awards virtually through a pre-recorded video showcase on the Chamber’s YouTube channel. The awards are normally presented in April as part of the Chamber's Annual Dinner which had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order for the state of Pennsylvania.
Christa Lundy, executive director of the Chamber says, "The Chamber is delighted to be honoring these deserving individuals, nonprofit organizations and businesses that are doing so much for our community. There are so many wonderful acts happening, especially during this pandemic. That is why we always look forward to recognizing these Chamber members who have been doing remarkable things."
This year, due to COVID-19, it was decided that the prestigious Governor Raymond P. Shafer Award for Distinguished Community Service would not be presented, as the committee members from the Chamber, Allegheny College and Shafer Law Firm would prefer to wait until the honor can be presented in person. The Davies family and Allegheny College announced earlier this month that their esteemed Lew and Ellie Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service was bestowed on Sarah Shapley. Shapley is a 2020 Allegheny College graduate and was a Davies Community Service Leader Program intern with the Crawford County Human Services-System of Care and Center for Family Services.
The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the 2020 Diamond Awards. And the winners are:
Emerging Leader - Jason Nesbitt, Center for Family Services
Small Business - Pampered Palate Café & Bistro and Conference Center
Small Non-Profit - Crawford County Historical Society
Large Non-Profit - Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania
New Business of the Year - Earth, Wind, and Wire Studio and Rock Shop
The Emerging Leader Award is presented to an individual in the early years of their career who has demonstrated leadership qualities within their businesses and community. The Emerging Leader Award was established to foster young leadership and enhance retention of young professionals in our community. All nominees have demonstrated professional leadership and a commitment to community service.
Both the Small, Mid-Sized and Large Business Awards Small Awards are issued to recognize local businesses that have achieved success and to support initiatives and organizations that enhance the quality of life in the Meadville-Western Crawford County area. All nominated businesses have demonstrated admirable performance, growth, innovation, creativity, and community involvement.
The Small Non-Profit and Large Non-Profit of the Year Awards celebrate local organizations that have achieved success while supporting initiatives and projects that enhance the quality of life in the Meadville-Western Crawford County area.
"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.