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.
From the Director’s Desk
Another month has flown by. I should be saying we just had a fun filled weekend at Thunder in the City, but along with many other local communities we have decided that it is in the best interest to not hold our annual festival this year. We look forward to planning next years event.
We are planning 2 Golf Outings for our members! Our Women’s Outing is this month on the 19th at Whispering Pines Golf Course and our Fall Golf Outing is Wednesday, September 2nd at Mt. Hope Golf Course. Please be sure to register your team if you haven’t already done so! We are always looking for more sponsors, especially Beverage Sponsors which is a great way to get your company name all around the course all day and at the Beverage tent! We also would love to add more team and line prizes as well as some more auction items. If you have anything to donate, please contact the Chamber and we sincerely thank you in advance!
We continue to feature our educational seminars, both in person and virtually so that you have the option to do whatever you feel most comfortable with. If there is a topic that you want covered, please be sure to let us know.
We will continue to hold our Business After Hours, as the next 2 months events are outside. August 6th please join us at Hunter’s Inn! There are numerous tables outside and you can even enjoy a game of corn hole if you wish. In September we will be at The Gildea Group in Vernon Township, to help them celebrate 60 years in business. Although they lost their patriarch of the family & business this year, his legacy lives on in this company in so many ways. Please join us to help the Gildea family celebrate, hear the company story, how it has grown and adapted over the years, how they are beyond proud to be part of the Meadville community and plan to be here for years to come.
We are planning our Member Services Auction on October 7th at The Movies at Meadville. Please attend to get deals for your company. We understand these are trying times for many, so we know this would also be the best time to spend less to get more! Our auction will have deals for everyone. For every budget. If you have anything to donate, we would sincerely appreciate this, and please think outside the box. Anything that any business would want: Advertising. Arts & Entertainment. Golf packages. Catered meals. Radio. Television. Newspaper. Website design. Digital marketing. Promotional products. Office decorating update. Venue space. Staff support & staff stress relief services. Spa treatments. IT services. Landscaping. Event tickets. Feel free to think outside the box and add to this list!
As you can see, we are keeping busy planning for you and are hoping to see you soon. Take care. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Please watch your newsletters for upcoming events and programs. Keep us updated with any changes or updates with your business. Remember, we are here for you!
"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.