From the Director’s Desk
We kicked off the 2018 right with our newest event. The Inaugural Chamber Gala was a huge success! Approximately one hundred and twenty people enjoyed a wonderful evening at the beautifully decorated Country Club of Meadville. Our meal was delicious, the service was superb and the atmosphere was exactly what I had envisioned as the Club outdid themselves. We were entertained for the evening by Justin Gray and 50 Miles to Empty, and some of us even broke out our dancing shoes by the night’s end. The Bourbon, scotch & wine tasting was a nice feature along with samples of our local Voodoo Brewery favorites. Confections of a Cake Lover featured some amazing desserts that are available for your favorite Valentine, so please call Sarah if you need anything (I highly recommend the chocolate covered strawberries)! Be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s Chamber Gala on Saturday, January 12th, 2019! This is the new premier Chamber event you will not want to miss!
February has us thinking of spring, and summer! We are in full swing of event planning for this upcoming year. We hope that 2018 finds you well. We have a busy year planned for our members and look forward to strengthening relationships and working with other businesses to bring you valued seminars and events.
The Leadership Meadville Class is busy helping to plan the 9th Annual Chili, Chowder, Soup Cook-0ff on March 22rd! We will be at the Italian Civic Club, for the “hottest ticket in town” and a wonderful community event that features our local restaurants favorite recipes. There is also a little friendly competition among those businesses to see who can walk away with the top honors in their category or be the Best of the Best. I look forward to this event to see the Leadership class learning as they are planning and executing the event as well as seeing numerous Chamber members and the community come together for a fun evening. There are still sponsorship opportunities available, we always need auction items to be raffled off and tickets will be available soon.
Be sure to mark your calendars for our Annual Diamond Awards. We will again be at the Pampered Palate Catering & Conference Center, on Wednesday, April 25th. This night highlights many deserving members. We will recognize our Emerging Leaders, our Chamber Ambassador of the year, a small, mid-size and large business of the year, a small and large not profit of the year, the Raymond P. Shafer award winner and the Lew and Ellie Davies Award community service award winner. Please nominate anyone you feel is deserving, including your own business. Forms will be available February 1st.
This month also brings a unique &fun annual event, the Chamber trip. This year, 36 of us will be travelling to the Dominican Republic. There are a couple Board members and several other community members enjoying a 7 day all-inclusive trip together. This year has some returning couples, with a fun additional group. At the end of this adventure, this group will help plan next year’s trip, so be sure to look for that news in upcoming newsletters. The trip will again be in January or February to get us somewhere warm mid-winter! We do discuss Crawford County and some business talk, we just do this poolside or at the beach with a cocktail in hand. I hope more of you can join us next year for our 5th Annual trip on a tropical adventure.
We have our 2019 main events calendar planned, so be sure to check your monthly newsletters, emails and try to attend an event if you can. There are numerous sponsorship opportunities for the events which will include event tickets, as well as supporting your local Chamber’s events and programs for the membership and the community.
"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.