From the Director’s Desk
Welcome 2017 and Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you had a relaxing and wonderful holiday season with your family & friends. I enjoyed some much needed quality family time as well. I am truly thankful for another amazing year, both personally and professionally, as it was one of my best years ever! It will be tough to beat, but there is no real competition. I always look for the good and hope to continue the positive energy that we strived for in 2016.
The Chamber closed 2016 on a very positive note. Over one hundred and fifty people enjoyed a spectacular evening for our Annual Christmas Party & Member Appreciation night at the historic Riverside Inn. Our membership grew significantly, our business after hour events continue to be a huge success with us now booking for 2017, our annual events were filled with a waiting list of people to participate or attend and we collaborated with other various organizations to bring you educational seminars throughout the year. We hope to continue this momentum by promoting your business or organization to the best of our ability.
We are busy planning our annual events and are looking for even more ways to add value to your membership investment. Be sure to attend one of the Maximize Your Membership/Member Orientation sessions which are held quarterly to learn about all that the Chamber has to offer, many of these options being FREE with your basic membership. We are also looking for various committee members, so if you would be interested in joining the Ambassador, Golf, Government/Political Advocacy or Marketing groups, please call the Chamber for more details.
If you have not had a one on one meeting with me yet and would like to do so, please contact me. I have many people still to meet and numerous businesses to learn more about. Our Leadership Meadville program has introduced me to many facets of our community. The Class and I have met several community-minded, talented, and generous business owners who have spoken not only about their individual company, but various leadership styles which have been very interesting. If you have someone who may be interested in being a part of the next class or you would like to sponsor a LM7 breakfast or lunch, please let me know as it is a great marketing opportunity to speak with the class.
I know many people make New Year’s resolutions (many of us make that same one each year) to eat healthier, exercise more, join a gym, or something like that. Most of these resolutions don’t last a month. Please make the resolution this year to update the Chamber about your company. We need your primary contact person, your marketing person and anyone else that you would like to be receiving our Chamber newsletter and updated information and want to be promoting you to the fullest.
Whether you have been a Chamber member for years or just recently joined, I thank you for your investment in your company with us and I look forward to seeing you soon at one of our many 2017 events!
"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.