From the Director’s Desk
Fall is one of my most favorite times of year! I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. Of course there is always faith, family and friends that I am truly thankful for, but I want you to know how truly thankful I am to have a career that I love, cherished friendships I have made through the Chamber and I truly feel that our Chamber is making a difference in our community.
I just recently returned from the PACP Conference where I spent three days with fellow Chamber Executives s from all across PA in Clarion. I am honored to be on the PACP Board of Directors and was on planning committee for this event, which was nice to have closer to home this year. It was a great educational and informational, yet fun experience with fellow Chamber colleagues. I networked, shared ideas and asked questions, learned from unique speakers and more. I continue to build strong relationships with other local & regional Chambers to keep our Chamber at the forefront of our region.
October was Local Chamber of Commerce month where we held two of our biggest annual events. Thanks to all who participated with our 8h Annual Advertising & Member Services Auction. This is a phenomenal fundraiser for the Chamber and a great way for companies to maximize your advertising budget dollars. I want to encourage you to talk with anyone who attended this year to hear the great deals that occurred and what a fun night it was. Please let us know what we can do to entice you to attend. There truly is something for everyone! Another event held in October was our 4th Annual Women In Business Expo, which was another great success! Over 100 women enjoyed a nice evening at the Riverside Golf Course networking with vendors, hearing from three dynamic businesswomen, sampled fabulous food and some won amazing door prizes! Thanks to all those who were involved in this event as well! We are making some big changes to this event for next year, so be watching for the updates. Be sure to have representation form your organization at these tow unique events next year!
As this final quarter ends, we do not slow down at the Chamber office. Although we have completed our main events for the year, we are still very busy. We look forward to seeing you at the Business After Hours on November 7thth at Hunter’s Inn and the combined BAH on December 6th at Cross Creek Resort with the Venango, Franklin and Titusville Chambers. This is a great networking opportunity to meet members from four local Chambers and kick-off the holiday season! We will have buses to transport you from the Chamber office to Cross Creek and back for this event. Please call the Chamber for details.
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 13thh at 5:00 at the Country Club of Meadville for our Annual Christmas/Member Appreciation Party! We will enjoy fabulous food & cocktails and you may win a nice door prize for attending. We will be announcing the new Chamber Board members and will be drawing for the 2018 FREE Chamber Membership.
In closing, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family. Be sure to shop local on Small Business Saturday on November 25th!
As always, I look forward to seeing you at any of our 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.