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ORA Publishes 2019 Visitor Guide


The Tourism Promotion Advisory Council, a committee of the  Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism (ORA) has recently published the newest version of the Oil Region National Heritage Area Visitor Guide (pictured right). This magazine style guide is full of area amenities and historical information.

Following a “trails” theme, the guide takes you through the region touching on heritage, recreation, and attractions as well as culture, food and drink, and shopping. There are also detailed maps of local cities and descriptions of local parks.

It’s packed with activities, events, and things to do in our region as well as great photos and information. A PDF version will be available on the oilregion.org website in the coming weeks.

Grab your copy at the ORA office, located at 217 Elm Street in Oil City, or at the Chamber.  If you’d like a larger amount of copies to have at your business, call Emily at (814) 677-3152.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s April 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Cross Pollination is Good For Business


If you have ever watched a bee visit flower to flower in your garden, you understand how this species is vital for the garden’s life. This same principal should be applied to the community of business and development. Cross pollination is essential in our region as small businesses struggle to prosper and evolve to the needs of the consumer.

Located in the southern tier of Venango County, Emlenton is a community like many others in our region that requires connectivity to other businesses for survival.

One business, The Barnard House Bed and Breakfast, is striving to promote the special qualities that make the valley unique.

A Mother’s Day Tea themed “Women Celebrating Women” and planned for May 11 has been uniquely created by 11 regional businesses found in Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Sharon and Venango Counties. These 11 businesses are owned or co-owned by women.

When businesses share in the development and creation of an event, there is so much more to offer the consumer. The Mother’s Day Tea is beautifully set in an aesthetic and intimate atmosphere along the river. The event will feature items prepared by Chef Don Ras and 70% of the foods served will be regionally grown and produced.

It is their hope that other businesses in our region will continue cross pollination in other venues. To learn more about this style of networking or to make a reservation for this event, please call (724) 867-2261.

The 11 business involved in this event include: Core Goods, DiVani Chocolatier, Do The Macarona, Going With The Grain, Grateful Life Farm, Mirakai Farm, Plot Twist Farm, Sandra Jackson Photography, Stella’s Sundries, The Singing Sparrow, and The Barnard House Bed ‘n Breakfast.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s April 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Student Employment Event 2019


Would your business hire someone directly out of high school? Do you have or anticipate that you will have open positions? Would you like the opportunity to meet this potential workforce in one day? Be a part of the Student Employment Event happening this spring!

Register by April 15 by visiting bit.ly/2019SEE

For more information, contact Sarah Campbell at scampbell@vtc1.org or (814) 677-3097 x1137

Sponsored by the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Oil Region School Counselors Association, School & Industry Partnership Group, and the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce.

FLEX to Recognize Local Young Professionals—Friday, April 5


Have you ever heard the comment: “All young people have to leave our area to be successful”? We know this is absolutely untrue, and on Friday, April 5, we will recognize 12 professionals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in Venango County.

These nominees’ professions range from business owners and accountants, to psychologists and engineers, and all contribute to our community in significant ways.

All professionals are invited to attend the event, not just young professionals, and it will take place at the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Community members can register by visiting venangochamber.org/flex-presents and FLEX is also welcoming sponsorships.

The evening of FLEX Presents is full of networking, delicious food and drink, and a presentation about these young professionals and FLEX.

Find more information about FLEX Presents and past nominees here and RSVP here.

Bridge Builders Holds Week of Giving—March 18-22


Bridge Builders Community Foundations (BBCF) will host the Week of Giving this month—a campaign to spur collective charitable giving and garner excitement that will allow donors to give to numerous nonprofits throughout our region.

Last year, more than $240,000 was raised through the Week of Giving, with 128 nonprofits participating. Approximately 150 nonprofits have signed up this year, and the foundation hopes to raise even more towards organizations making a difference in our community.

“This campaign isn’t only about donations; it’s about educating people on our community’s needs and the nonprofits that are meeting those needs,” said Trenton Moulin, executive director of BBCF. “So many nonprofits of all sizes are making our area a better place and we want to celebrate that and showcase all that charities do.”

Beginning on March 18 at 9 a.m., community members can visit bbcfgives.org and make donations to both small and large organizations, ranging from children & youth and libraries, to environmental and arts & culture.

Donations by check must be in BBCF’s possession by 4 p.m. on Thursday, and online donations end at 5 p.m. on Friday.

To learn more, visit bbcfgives.org and find BBCF on Facebook at facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s March 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.