From the Director’s Desk
October is Local Chamber Month and I am extremely proud to be your local Chamber leader. I will begin my 13th year in the Chamber profession in 2021, which does not seem possible. I continue to learn something new each year and continue to love what I do. I strive to be thinking of the Chamber’s future, not just what happens in the moment. Many of you may not know that we are one of the oldest Chambers in the country and continue to grow each month. We have members from not only Meadville and Crawford County but from many surrounding communities, as businesses want clients and customers from everywhere and your company name to be known all over. We are an active Chamber with a well-known leadership program in its 11th year, we have many community & business leaders that facilitate educational programs for us, we hold monthly networking opportunities that feature our member companies, we feature sold out signature events throughout the year, we hold round table discussion groups monthly for our local human resource & women business representatives to attend for free, among other things. I am also extremely proud to sit on the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals.
This has been a trying year for all of us, but we will persevere. I would normally be headed to our state Chamber conference, where I am chairing the event this year. Unfortunately, like so many other events, I will be doing so from my Chamber desk virtually. We are proud to be presenting a wealth of valuable information and feature a variety of speakers from across the country to our state Chamber Directors. We will be networking via zoom, like many of you continue to do. We have all learned to adapt this year and will likely continue to follow some of these practices and adaptations for our workplaces.
This final quarter of 2020 is going to be an extremely busy one for us with our regular scheduled events. We are always thrilled to do ribbon cuttings and we have 2 this month! Our good friends at Team Lake Road Auto Sales had a devastating fire months ago, but that did not slow them down. The new buildings are ready, and we be at their place on Tuesday, October 6th! The Open House is from 11:30-1, with the official Ribbon Cutting at 12:30. One week later, join us at New Beginnings Church of God, where they had literally outgrown their space! We will be holding the ribbon cutting on their new building on Tuesday, October 13th at 5:30, with an Open House from 4:30-6pm. At the end of the month is the Chamber’s main fundraiser of the year. Please be sure to attend the Member Services Auction at The Movies at Meadville on Wednesday, October 28th from 5-7:30. In November, we will kick off the month and holiday shopping season with our Women In Business Expo on November 4th , where we will feature several incredible local women business leaders informing us of local updates in our community, highlight many women owned/managed or businesses geared towards women and enjoy a wonderful evening at our Country Club of Meadville. To round out the year we will celebrate our members and the holiday with our Annual Christmas Party & Member Appreciation Night on December 9th. This evening we announce our newest Board members, thanks those Board members leaving the Board for their years of service, draw one lucky member’s business card for a FREE year’s membership in 2021! And look forward to the holiday season and kicking off 2021 with our Gala one month later on January 9th!
If we have not ever met or had a conversation recently, please contact me and I would love to have that one on one conversation with you about your company. I thank you for your support of our Chamber, whether you are a member who has been a member for years and believes in what we stand for and do and I may not see you at many events or programs, or you are one that I see you often. Either way, I could not do what I do without ALL of our members, and I sincerely thank you, especially during these difficult times, for supporting your local Chamber and allowing us to support and promote our local members and community for many years to come.
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.