From the Director’s Desk
April is upon us and what a month we have planned for you and the community. This entire month of April be sure to take advantage of our Chili Chowder & Soup Crawl and support as many of the 16 participating local restaurants to sample their favorite recipes! Dine in or take out. Fill your punch card by going to all the participating restaurants & drop it off at the Chamber office for the chance to win prizes! Also, get your tickets for the Virtual Basket Raffle for only $10! There will be over 50 gift baskets and your $10 enters your name into the drawing for each one! This event continues to benefit our Leadership Meadville program while also supporting many of our local restaurants at the same time. We are also thrilled to be holding ribbon cutting and grand opening celebrations this month and next too! Join us on April 20th for our ribbon cutting at Eddie’s Footlongs for their new gift shop!
Join us at our first Business After Hours held in months on April 28th at Glenn Peterson Floors & Furniture & Gift Shop! Help Randy & Becky Arbuckle celebrate 10 years this month of this being their business, with delicious food from Hunter’s Inn, cocktails, door prizes, celebration gifts & more!
Saturday May 1st, you won’t want to miss the day of festivities that Indigo Boutique & Botanica, LLC has planned for their ribbon cutting & grand opening, filled with live music from 10am-3pm, food, door prizes, specials & more! And we have rescheduled our Annual Diamond Awards to Thursday, May 20th where we will recognize many deserving companies, individuals and non-profit organizations that go above and beyond in our local communities. This year we will be recognizing the distinguished Raymond P. Shafer Award winner as well, in collaboration with the Shafer Law Firm and Allegheny College. Thanks so much for the many deserving nominations in all categories. Be sure to watch the Awards to see all the nominees as we announce our winners! Congratulations to all who have been nominated, it truly was an honor to learn so many humbling facts about what our local community members have been doing, especially this last year during the pandemic.
We are also busy planning summer and fall events as well. Our Women’s Golf outing will be Monday, July 12th at Riverside Golf Course, to help celebrate with the new owners! Christmas in July is at the Iroquois Club on Wednesday, July 21st for an evening of delicious food, cocktails, networking, and see what sweet masterpiece Sarah at Confections of a Cake Lover will make for us this year! She seems to outdo herself each year for our Christmas centerpiece! Arrive via boat if you prefer, wear your crazy Christmas shirt & flip flops!
Fall brings more signature events such as Thunder in the City, or however we choose to hold the event this year as we have a few new options. Wednesday, September 1st is our Fall Golf Outing at Mt. Hope Golf Course and Saturday, September 11th we hope to hold our Wine, Brew & Spirits Walk in downtown. Be sure to watch your upcoming newsletters and email blasts for all upcoming events and programs. Please ensure that you update the Chamber on all changes at your company and be taking advantage of all the member benefits that you can. If you have any questions at all, please fee free to contact the Chamber at 814.337.8030 or stop in any time.
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.