From the Director’s Desk
April has arrived and now that I have been on our Chamber tropical paradise trip, I am fully recharged and energized for the numerous upcoming events that we have planned for you! This is one of my favorite times of the year! I truly enjoy and look forward to our Annual Diamond Awards celebration each year. We will have a small, medium and large business of the year, an emerging leader of the year, and our small and large non-profit categories. We will also recognize the Raymond P. Shafer Award winner and the Lew and Ellie Davies Community Service award. This year’s Diamond Awards Celebration will be held on Wednesday, April 26th at the Pampered Palate Conference Center. We will feature a cocktail reception from 5-6 p.m., dinner at 6:00 with the program to follow. Be sure to make your reservations now for the Chamber’s biggest night of the year. Help us recognize your fellow business colleagues and celebrate with this year’s award recipients. Congratulations to all nominees in each category!
We are busy as always at the Chamber office. Be sure to keep updated on our numerous upcoming events. I think most months we have an educational seminar, a main event or a Member Orientation planned for you, our members. Be sure to attend one of our monthly business after hours that feature a different business each month, booked for 2017 and some in 2018. This month’s event is on April 11th at the new location of Meadville Fine Arts on Chestnut Street.
New this year from our businesswomen’s roundtable group is our “Sweetness of Aging” seminar series featuring desserts and discussion with the experts. This series will be held monthly on the 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at various locations. Our first Speaker was Tye Cressman of Cressman & Erde, LLC, discussing his book entitled “Communication as the Key to Successful Aging: 10 Conversations that Families Need to Have”. Next in the series will be experts on the topic of “Understanding Dementia from a Physician’s perspective”. This will be held on Tuesday, April 25th.
Ladies, get your golf team together for the Caddy Auction on Tuesday, June 13th at the ICC and the Women’s Golf Outing on the 14th at Country Meadows Golf Course! The Caddy Auction is an event for everyone, whether you are involved in the golf outing or not. Get your basket raffle tickets, see which local businessman goes for top dollar to caddy for which team! This is a fun night of good food, cocktails and entertainment as Lon Wilson auctions our caddies off to the highest bidding team. In addition to the regular fun at this golf outing, we have added some friendly competition! With the event being held on Flag Day, we will give prizes for the most patriotic team, decorated golf cart and caddy of the day!
There is always something happening at your local Chamber and I am proud to say that we continue to grow each month! I sincerely thank you for your continued support of the Chamber whether you have been a long time member or have just recently joined. Our programs and events are not possible without your support.
Happy Spring and I hope to see you soon!
"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.