From the Director’s Desk
Welcome 2019 & Happy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed a relaxing and fun holiday season with your family & friends. I enjoyed some much needed quality family time as well, but am reenergized and ready to kick off 2019 with our 2nd Annual Gala at the Country Club this month, our Chamber trip and a new event in February!!
We will hold our 2nd Annual Meadville Chamber Gala on Saturday, January 12th at The Country Club of Meadville! Special thanks to Greiner Extrusion for being our Premier 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 & it is a sweet treat for us!! The Chocoholic Frolic is a chocolate competition for our bakers & restaurants! There will be numerous winners in several categories, as well as the People’s choice winner! Join us on Saturday, February 23rd at the Italian Civic Club for the “sweetest” event in town! This event benefits the Chamber & Chamber Foundation’s educational programs. This includes the many amazing programs that Eileen Mullen does within our three local Crawford County school districts: the 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 preparing for Leadership Meadville 10!
The Chamber wrapped up 2018 on a very positive note. Over one hundred and fifty people enjoyed a nice evening at our Annual Christmas Party at the Iroquois Club. Our membership grew significantly with now over 500 members! Our Business After Hours events are booked through 2019, and into 2020! Be sure to attend some of these events to learn more about your peers and local companies. Our annual events were well attended and we collaborated with other various organizations to bring you educational seminars throughout the year.
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 that 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. 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 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.