From the Director’s Desk
WOW! What a start to 2019 - over 150 people enjoyed a fantastic night at the 2nd Annual Chamber Gala at the Country Club of Meadville. Chef Tony did an outstanding job with the food selection. We were entertained for the evening by Justin Gray and 50 Miles to Empty, and many of us broke out our dancing shoes! The bourbon, scotch & wine tasting is a signature feature, thanks to Rob & Nancy Smith and Tye & Megan Cressman. Loren, from our local State Store tells a story of each selection he chooses, which is a nice added bonus to go along with the high quality selection he chooses to highlight at this event! We also enjoyed some signature brews from local favorite, Voodoo Brewery. Confections of a Cake Lover featured some amazing desserts that are available for your favorite Valentine, so please call Sarah if you need anything. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s Gala, as it will be on Saturday, January 11th, 2020.
This February has us planning our newest event, the Chocoholic Frolic, which will benefit the educational programs of the Chamber and the Chamber Foundation. This event is Saturday, February 23rd at the Italian Civic Club and will feature favorite recipes from local caterers, bakeries and restaurants competing in a decadent chocolate competition! There will be a fantastic basket raffle. In addition, special thanks to Memory Lane Jewelry & Boutique and Roberts Jewelers, who have graciously donated chocolate diamond jewelry valued at over $2250.00. We will draw the 2 jewelry winners the night of the event! We are hosting a private Sponsor cocktail reception with special chocolate cocktails & hors d’oeuvres to sample prior to the event. You won’t want to miss this special opportunity!
The Leadership Meadville Class is busy helping to plan the 10th Annual Chili, Chowder, Soup Cookoff on March 21st! We will be at the Italian Civic Club, for the “hottest ticket in town” and a wonderful community event that features our local restaurants’ favorite recipes. There is also a little friendly competition among those businesses to see who can walk away with the top honors in their category or be the Best of the Best. I look forward to this event to see the leadership class learning as they are planning and executing the event as well as seeing numerous Chamber members and the community come together for a fun evening. There are still sponsorship opportunities available, we always need auction items to be raffled off and tickets will be available February 11th.
Be sure to mark your calendars for our Annual Diamond Awards. We will again be at the Pampered Palate Catering & Conference Center, on Wednesday, April 24th. This night highlights many deserving members. We will recognize our Emerging Leaders, our Chamber Ambassador of the year, a small, mid-size and large business of the year, a small and large not profit of the year, the Raymond P. Shafer Award winner and the recipient of the Lew and Ellie Davies Award for Outstanding Community. Please nominate anyone you feel is deserving, including your own business. Forms will be available February 1st.
This month also brings a unique & fun event - the 5th annual Chamber trip. This year, a smaller group of us (22 people) will be travelling back to one of our favorite destinations, Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa. There are a few Board members, several Chamber member members & other community members enjoying a 7 day all-inclusive trip together. We enjoy a wonderful time away in a tropical paradise, but we truly do network, only with a cocktail in hand by the pool or at the beach! Cheers to enjoying much needed vacation time, networking at its finest, recharging and returning re-energized!
"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.