From the Director’s Desk
What a month April was!! Over three hundred members celebrated our annual Diamond Awards at the Pampered Palate, recognizing and congratulating our Awards Recipients. We even had to add a couple new categories this year because we had so many businesses and organizations nominated for doing great things. We added a mid-size business of the year to go along with the small and large businesses of the year. We also recognized a male and female emerging leader. We also celebrated with Charlie Anderson, this year’s Raymond P. Shafer award recipient. The Davies family recognized an Allegheny College student for their outstanding community Service. I truly want to congratulate all of the nominees, as well as our winners. Each category was filled with very community minded, focused, and deserving individuals or businesses.
I am very proud to say that our Chamber is growing each month, with the last few months being very busy with new members. I thank you for helping to promote the Chamber. I also thank our Ambassador committee that helps with reaching out to potential members. My work is not done in this department, so if you know of anyone that is currently not a Chamber member, please let me know so that I can talk with them and hopefully change that.
Event and seminar planning is in full swing (no golf pun intended). I hope to see the Meadville Country Club filled at our next seminar on May 3rd! We are collaborating with the NTMA, to bring valuable information to all our members. This is one event that people have been talking about for months and is a very hot topic in every professional world, whether you have three, thirty, or three hundred employees. Generational Diversity in the Workplace is our featured topic of discussion. Kevin Smith of Vie Associates will be our facilitator, along with business and industry leaders from various generations serving as a panel to answer some questions. It will be eye opening and enlightening to hear the different views and opinions from the panel. We want to educate and inform our members on learning to better understand one another, not say that any one generation is right or another is wrong. Everyone deals with people of varying generations, whether they are fellow employees, clients, potential customers, or future employees. Be sure to RSVP today.
Our many committees are planning a fun-filled summer for you! Be sure to mark your calendars from the Save the Dates section in this newsletter. Our Women’s Golf Committee is almost ready for our Caddy Auction on June 14th at the ICC, with the Outing on the 15th at Whispering Pines. Be sure to register your team, sign up to be auctioned off as a caddy, donate an item for our Auction, or sponsor in some way. Whether you are part of the Golf Outing or not, join us at the Italian Civic Club on June 14th! Enjoy great food, a cash car, participate in the Basket Auction, and see who bids on whom and who earns the highest bid!
We are currently taking applications for Leadership Meadville 7. If you or someone you know from your business is interested in being a part of this valuable Leadership Program, feel free to call or stop in the office for more details.
I know that summer is upon us and everyone is busy. I wouldn’t ever ask you to attend all of our Chamber events, but I do ask that you choose a few important ones to attend or send representation from your company.
I wish the Mothers reading this a very special Mother’s Day. If you are blessed to have your mother in your life, I ask you to be sure to tell her what she means to you! On this Memorial Day, remember those who have gone before us ensuring our freedoms. Enjoy a safe, and relaxing Memorial Day weekend.
"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.