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From the Director’s Desk
It is here. The final month of 2020 and then kicking off 2021. Finally. But I do not even know where to begin. Yes, I do! Support your friends and fellow business colleagues this holiday season right into 2021. Shop Local. Support Local. Do your part. Remember those small businesses who have helped your fundraisers, your auctions, your churches, your schools, your non-profits, and every organization in town for all these years. Well, they need our support and help now more than ever! Small Business Saturday may be officially over, but we need to continue that mindset through our holiday season for our communities to survive.
We are continuing to adapt along with many of you, at how we do day to day business. Some meetings will continue to be virtual and some will be able to be in person. Our priority has always been and will continue to be ensuring the safety of our members and anyone attending our events and programs. We want to ensure we are keeping up to date with your business. Our Leadership Meadville program continues to move forward bringing top business and community leaders in front of the group, while the class also learns about the variety of priceless attributes that Crawford County has to offer. We are planning multiple educational seminars for you on a variety of topics. We are confirming our 2021 calendar of events that will be subject to change, obviously, as we have plan a, b and c in place to be prepared.
We were saddened to announce that we are unable to hold our Annual Christmas Party this month, but please do not think we just cancelled it. We are excited to announce that we will be holding our Christmas in July event, with our same sponsorships on Wednesday, July 21st at the Iroquois Club, complete with holiday décor! Wear your favorite red & green beach attire, your flip flops, arrive by boat and there may be a few fun holiday surprises!
We will keep you posted on the Gala for January, as we are still awaiting a final decision. Please be sure to watch our social media page and email blasts for updates.
I want to wish you a very Blessed Christmas with your family and pray for a safe and happy new year for all. I know this holiday season will be different for us all. It still will be special. Simply different. Be sure to tell the ones you love how much you love them. Be thankful for what you have. Do not take things for granted. Support your neighbors and friends’ businesses. Be kind to one another. Be sure to stay safe. Stay healthy. Think of those less fortunate. Help in any way you can. Continue to shop local, not just on Small Business Saturday, but every day. Remember those whose holiday is a sad one this year and say an extra prayer for them, as I know this all too well. I thank those of you who have been there for me through this toughest year of my life and continue to be there for me as I continue to heal, move forward, and make new memories. I truly could not have got through this past year without you. God Bless.
Chamber of Commerce Presents Virtual 2020 Diamond Awards
The Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce recently presented their annual Diamond Awards virtually through a pre-recorded video showcase on the Chamber’s YouTube channel. The awards are normally presented in April as part of the Chamber's Annual Dinner which had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order for the state of Pennsylvania.
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, especially during this pandemic. That is why we always look forward to recognizing these Chamber members who have been doing remarkable things."
This year, due to COVID-19, it was decided that the prestigious Governor Raymond P. Shafer Award for Distinguished Community Service would not be presented, as the committee members from the Chamber, Allegheny College and Shafer Law Firm would prefer to wait until the honor can be presented in person. The Davies family and Allegheny College announced earlier this month that their esteemed Lew and Ellie Davies Award for Outstanding Community Service was bestowed on Sarah Shapley. Shapley is a 2020 Allegheny College graduate and was a Davies Community Service Leader Program intern with the Crawford County Human Services-System of Care and Center for Family Services.
The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the 2020 Diamond Awards. And the winners are:
Emerging Leader - Jason Nesbitt, Center for Family Services
Small Business - Pampered Palate Café & Bistro and Conference Center
Small Non-Profit - Crawford County Historical Society
Large Non-Profit - Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania
New Business of the Year - Earth, Wind, and Wire Studio and Rock Shop
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.