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2021 DIAMOND AWARDS
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Diamond Awards when we name Small, Medium & Large Businesses of the Year, New Business of the Year, Emerging Leader, Small & Large Non-Profits of the Year, as well as this year's recipient of the Governor Raymond P. Shafer Award for Distinguished Community Service.
Use the links below to submit your nominations - The deadline is Friday, March 12th.
See the list of previous award winners here. Note - A business can only win a category one time.
Paper copies can be obtained by contacting the Chamber office at 814.337.8030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finalists are selected based on merit of nomination, not on the number of nominations received, and will be announced in the beginning of April.
Winners will be announced during the Chamber's virtual presentation of the Diamond Awards on Tuesday, April 20th, 7:00 pm, on the Chamber's YouTube channel.
From the Director’s Desk
Welcome March! This month is one of my favorite months for many reasons. Personally, it is a month full of birthdays, including both of my daughters, my dad, my nephew and a best friend’s 50th! This means many reasons to celebrate with family & friends this month!
Speaking of celebrations, this month of course also brings us St. Patrick’s Day! When I came to Meadville for this position, I did not know about the Jack Curtin St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I soon realized the importance of this community tradition and how a Chamber employee and soon to be dear friend at this office was at the very core of this event in Meadville. I have since looked forward to celebrating this honorable tradition each year and been lucky enough to be friends with some of the community members who have been crowned the esteemed Grand Leprechaun, raising thousands of funds for our local nonprofits in town. Thanks to all who have participated in this event to help our community and especially to Eileen Mullen, for carrying on this family legacy and community tradition. Whether we can celebrate with this parade or not, people will be thinking of their memories of the event and celebrating somewhere with people we love, I hope. Just please celebrate responsibly and have fun. Cheers!
Professionally we are usually making final preparations for our Annual Chili, Chowder & Soup Cookoff, and this year we have made some adjustments. We are now making those preparations for the Chamber’s Chili, Chowder & Soup CRAWL, so that the community can still enjoy this event and support our many local restaurants and our Leadership Meadville program as usual! We are selling passports to use the entire month of April for a FREE cup of chili, chowder, and soup at participating restaurants. There will also be a virtual basket raffle with over 50 gift baskets! We are currently looking for sponsors to help support this event, which continues to benefit our leadership program. We hope that you will continue to support this event in the same way you have in previous years or in new ways! Tickets will be available soon! Check out the details in this newsletter and call us with any questions.
Be sure to nominate an individual, a business or nonprofit for our Annual Diamond Awards that will be virtual on April 20th. There are so many deserving individuals, companies and organizations that are doing great things in our local communities lately, that especially went above and beyond helping their community and others during this pandemic year. Feel free to nominate your own company, no one knows your own business better.
We are glad to be holding our meetings with the option of in person and Zoom now at the Chamber and off site at member restaurants with enough seating space that we can be abiding by CDC guidelines. We have had numerous people asking when we are going to be holding Business After Hours and other signature events in person. Please know that we are doing all that we can, but also know that our members health and safety always has been and will continue to be our number one priority. Please keep us updated on your business information. Any new contact information, any significant updates or changes we should be aware of, any staffing changes and such. Please watch your weekly email blast on Mondays, our social media, our monthly Chamber Connection newsletter and as always, feel free to contact Karen or I with any questions at all.
We thank you for your continued support of the Chamber. We are here for you. We have a busy year planned for you and look forward to seeing you soon. Be sure to keep us updated and watch for Chamber updates. Take care. Stay safe. Stay healthy and if this past year has taught us anything at all, please do not take things for granted. One day at a time everyone. Think positive. Be kind. Forgive. Tell those you love how very much you love them. Eat dessert first if you want to. Take that trip. Above all else, be happy. We only get one life to live, live it!
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.