From the Director’s Desk
Happy February! Your Chamber staff is back at it after a well-deserved holiday break with our families. We were refreshed and ready for January! Thanks to those of you that helped make our kick-off event of the year, our Chamber Gala, a success! Thanks to all our sponsors, our volunteers, attendees, and the staff at the Country Club. Over one hundred people enjoyed a lovely evening with delicious food, great music, scrumptious desserts, and time with friends & business colleagues.
We had a very busy end of January with our first Businesswomen’s meeting at The Oaks with Susie Delo of You Matter as our speaker and instructor. We heard from Susie once again in a different format for our Human Resources roundtable meeting. We kicked off our monthly After Hours at the new Allegheny College Lab for Innovation and Creativity. We helped the Vernon YMCA celebrate their new location in the Griffin Motors Plaza and all these events happened in that last week of January! That same week about forty-five folks embarked on the 10th Annual Chamber trip! Be sure to check out the photos of their adventure in the next newsletter.
We are now ready for our sweetest event of the year, the Chocoholic Frolic on Saturday, February 17th at the Italian Civic Club. This is not only a friendly competition among our local caterers, bakeries, and restaurants to see who has the best sweet treats, but more importantly this event benefits our educational programs. The proceeds benefit our Leadership Meadville program and our Chamber Foundation, primarily the Crawford County K-12 Career Education Alliance. There are numerous sponsorship opportunities that include not only event tickets, but for the VIP Sponsor hour which includes some special chocolate cocktail samples and more. A special thank you to our great friends at Roberts Jewelers and Memory Lane Jewelers for their jewelry donations for our exquisite Jewelry Raffle! Two lucky winners will be walking away with jewelry items that have a combined value of almost $5000.00! Stop in the Chamber office, get your tickets online or at any of our upcoming events. Please check out event and raffle information in this newsletter.
Our Leadership Meadville class is busy preparing for the Annual Chili, Chowder & Soup Cook-Off on Thursday, March 21st at the Italian Civic Club. This is the “hottest” ticket in town and is a family friendly & fun evening supporting a great cause. Our Leadership Meadville class runs this event as part of their class curriculum. This is also a friendly competition among local eateries to see who has the best chili, chowder and/or soup and all participants want that coveted People’s Choice Award! There are many sponsorship opportunities for this event as well that include event tickets! Or be sure to get tickets for yourself, family, friends, coworkers, employees or whoever! The LM class also does a tremendous job with the Raffle Baskets too, so numerous people will be walking away with great local gift baskets!
Our Chamber continues to grow each month, thanks to our members. Please be sure to register for one of our upcoming Member Orientations or schedule a one-on-one meeting with me, to ensure that we can promote your company in the best way possible and provide you with all the member benefits that you may not be aware of. We need to ensure we have all your current company contacts and information.
I hope to see you soon. In the meantime, be sure to follow our social media page, keep updated via our emails and please RSVP to any events you wish to attend. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas you wish to discuss, please contact me at any time.
2023 WOMEN IN BUSINESS EXPO
MEADVILLE MASTER THE MIC
Chamber of Commerce Presents 2023 Annual Dinner & Diamond Awards
The Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual Annual Dinner and Diamond Awards at Saegertown's Pampered Palate Catering and Conference Center.
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. That is why we always look forward to recognizing these Chamber members who have been doing remarkable things."
One of the biggest highlights of the evening is the recognition of the prestigious Governor Raymond P. Shafer Award for Distinguished Community Service, presented by the Chamber, Allegheny College and Shafer Law Firm. Jan Van Tuil was honored as this year's recipient based on her decades-long volunteer service in Meadville. Among her contributions, Van Tuil served on the Crawford Central School Board for decades, now serves on the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Meadville, as well as on Greendale Cemetery's Board. She also served the First Christian Church for more than 40 years.
The esteemed Lew and Ellie Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service was bestowed on Kaitlyn Royal, an Allegheny College junior. Royal's work with "4th Graders as Scientists", a cooperative program of Partners in Education and the Crawford Central School District. She is also an active volunteer with His Work, His Way and the First Baptist Church of Linesville and participates in various French Creek Valley Conservancy volunteer projects. On campus, Kaitlyn works as an educator with Creek Connections, an environmental education program. Honorable mention recognition was presented to Autumn Peterson, a senior who was nominated for her service with Juniper Village of Meadville, where she prepares and leads activities for residents. She has also served two years with the Meadville Area Free Clinic and participated in the Health Coach program with the Meadville Medical Center.
The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the 2023 Diamond Awards. And the winners are:
Emerging Leader, Male - Evan Kardosh, City of Meadville
Emerging Leader, Female - Sarah Miller, Women's Services, Inc.
New Business - Cup n' Spoon
Small Business - Chateau Christine
Mid-Sized Business - Hunter's Inn
Small Non-Profit - St. James Haven
Large Non-Profit - Vallonia Industries
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.