From the Director’s Desk
Happy New Year! Welcome 2020! I hope that you enjoyed a relaxing and quality holiday season with your family & friends. I enjoyed some much-needed quality family time as well but am reenergized and ready to kick off 2020! There are almost forty of us travelling to the Riviera Maya at the end of this month, on the 6th annual Chamber trip! Be sure to watch the Chamber page for fun & beautiful photos!
I am very anxious for one of my now most favorite events of the year, the 3rd Annual Meadville Chamber Gala on Saturday, January 11th at The Country Club of Meadville! Special thanks to Greiner Extrusion for being our Platinum Sponsor of this year’s Gala! This is a semi-formal event where you will receive the red carpet treatment & atmosphere for the evening. We will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, carving stations and a premier dessert showcase (thanks to Confections of a Cake Lover!)! We will also enjoy top shelf bourbon, scotch & wine tastings (compliments of Tye & Meghan Cressman and Rob & Nancy Smith). We will be entertained for the evening by local favorites Justin Gray and 50 Miles to Empty. There are still sponsorship opportunities that include event tickets, please call the Chamber at 814.337.8030 for more information. You won’t want to miss this event! Enjoy a fabulous evening out with good food, cocktails, fun, dancing, local music & more on a cold winter evening in January.
In February we will hold our newest Chamber event and it is a sweet treat for us!! The Chocoholic Frolic is a chocolate competition for our bakers, caterers & restaurants! There will be numerous winners and several categories, as well as the People’s Choice winner! Join us on Saturday, February 22nd at the Italian Civic Club for the “sweetest” event in town! This event benefits the Chamber and our Chamber Foundation’s educational programs. This includes the many amazing programs that Eileen Mullen does within our three local Crawford County Schools, including mock interviews, resume writing workshops, career camp, STEM camp, Autism camp, soft skills training, career exploration for children and more. This will also go towards the future of our Leadership Meadville Program, as we are now midway through Leadership Meadville 10 and preparing for Leadership Meadville 11!
The Chamber wrapped up 2019 on a very positive note. Over one hundred and fifty people enjoyed a nice evening at our Annual Christmas Party at the Hotel Conneaut. Our membership continues to grow each year and has a very active & involved membership. Our business after hour events are booked through 2020 & into 2021. Be sure to attend some of these events to learn more about your peers and local companies. Our lunch & learn series has been well attended and we are holding our first quarterly luncheon on February 5th at the Meadville Country Club. Our signature events were well attended and are planned again for this year, be sure to mark your calendars! 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 the Chamber has to offer, many of these options being FREE with your basic membership.
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 & utilize your membership more. We need your primary contact person, your marketing person and anyone else that you would like to be receiving our Chamber Connections newsletter and updated information. We want to learn more about our members and we want to be promoting you to the fullest!
Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you soon at one of our many upcoming Chamber 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.