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From the Director’s Desk
Fall back has a new meaning these days. Many of us wish we could turn back time. We cannot. We will move forward. We will take one day at a time. We must think positive. We have adapted how we do business and will continue to do so. We are thinking outside the box. We are adapting new ways of reaching our customers, our members, and our clients. We must support one another and shop local as much as possible. Shop local. Eat local. Drink Local. Buy local or Bye local.
Currently, I do not know what our political outcome is, and I pray for the best for our country. I pray that people can get along with one another and agree to disagree on important topics. It saddens me that I have friends and family members that no longer get along due to varying opinions on politics. If this year has taught me nothing, it has taught me that life is short. Tomorrow is not promised. I lost the love of my life in an instant in the first ten days of 2020. We take too much for granted. Live each day to the fullest. Cherish the little things. Be thankful. Surround yourself with positive people. Take one day at a time. Tell those you love how much you love them. Forgive. Miscommunication and misunderstandings occur every day. Take that trip. Eat dessert first occasionally. Take a chance. Do something outside your comfort zone. Be happy. If you are not, then do your absolute best to get happy. I mean in your professional and in your personal life. We have all had extra time for thinking these last several months and I guess I have done a great deal of that.
I am blessed to be happy with a career that I love and enjoy coming to work every day. Many of us are at work much more than we are at home, so we better enjoy where we are and who we spend our time with. If you do not, that would make for miserable days. I have met some of my absolute best friends through this chamber of commerce, locally and regionally. We must support one another now more than ever. Many people that I see on a regular basis are not just business colleagues, these people are friends. They are looking out for one another. They are concerned for their neighbor’s businesses, their well-being & their health. We are all doing what we can to shop local as much as possible, while doing what we can to be safe and stay healthy. We must, as a community.
We at the Chamber want to thank each of you that helped to make our Member Services Auction a huge success in October. It was the most attended and most successful one to date! We know that this event helped many businesses receive many discounts on advertising & marketing packages and employee appreciation packages as well. We are sad to say that we are unable to hold our 2020 Women in Business Expo in person this year, but we will be bringing you a unique version of this event with an update from our dynamic speakers and some of our Platinum Sponsors. Karen and I will be delivering some fabulous meal & gift packages to our sponsors too!
We will continue to support and promote our members and community. We are here for you. Please let us know if we can do anything for you. Please contact me if you would like to set up a one on one in person or Zoom meeting. We are organizing and seeing what we can do more efficiently and effectively like many of you are. We are planning 2021 with events, seminars and programs with plan A and plan B in place. We hope to see you soon, whether in person, via Zoom or however we must! Take care. Stay healthy. I wish you a Blessed Thanksgiving.
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.