About Us

The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to building a strong local economy, while strengthening, enhancing and protecting all business in the oil region.

The Chamber was founded in 2005, following a consolidation of the Cranberry Business and Professional Association and the Oil City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber is comprised of a remarkable collection of people who share a commitment and passion for doing business in Venango. An 18-member Board of Directors set policy and strategic goals.

Major areas of Chamber focus include education, business advocacy and young professional development.

The membership of the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce represents the entire community with members from business and industry, private associations, civic organizations, home based businesses, social service agencies, education, government, and individuals. Over 450 member firms, representing over 2,000 individuals, believe Chamber membership is one of the best ways to help develop jobs in our community and grow their businesses!

The Chamber strives to keep programs current and responsive to the demands of Venango’s current business climate, acting as a bridge that links businesses, organizations and residents together with innovative programs that strengthen Venango County’s long-term economic vitality, business success, job creation and quality of life. We provide several ways for our members to enhance their credibility, gain recognition, have a voice in issues affecting business, improve their bottom lines, get involved through networking events and volunteering, and so much more

In Venango County, we’ve found that, in business development as in business itself, collaboration and teamwork pays off.

Our Mission

The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce builds, serves and promotes regional business.

In 1912, 10 men formed the first board of directors, their interest focused on creating an organization which would unite and represent business and industry. Our current board of 16 continues to be sharply focused on our mission to build, serve and promote regional business. Our board today includes women and several leaders under the age of 40, representing businesses large and small, with an increased mission to build, serve and promote the entire county, clearly benefiting not just Oil City but all of our communities.

Our Values

Integrity  – We are honest and trustworthy in every action and intent.

Communication -We are committed to promoting the best environment for businesses to thrive and succeed.

Leadership – We are visionary and innovative with the courage to be bold and stand by our values.

Education – We are committed to advancing lifelong Workforce Development education opportunities in our region.

Advocacy – We are responsive to the needs of the business community as the voice of influence for economic growth and business development.

Relationships – We are the premier pathway for building strong connections  between our members, leaders and decision makers.

The vision of the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce is to be THE regional leader aligning business influence to drive vitality and prosperity.

Chamber Committees

There is no better way to serve the Chamber and your business then to serve on a Chamber committee. You will be able to make decisions that will affect your business community–along with meeting influential business and community leaders.

Chamber committees include: Advocacy, Education, Finance, Leadership, and Tourism.

If you have an interest in serving on one of our committees or applying to be a member of the Board of Directors, contact us today.

Our Team

Susan Williams

Staff - President/CEO swilliams@venangochamber.org

Ashley Cowles

Staff - Program Manager - acowles@venangochamber.org

Tessa Byham

Staff - Executive Assistant tbyham@venangochamber.org

Matt Caldwell

Board Of Directors - Chairman - Caldwell Signage Solutions

Jeannie Henry

Board of Directors - Vice Chairman - Rossbacher Insurance Agency

Hope Lineman

Board of Directors - Secretary - Clarion University – Venango

Trenton Moulin

Board of Directors - Treasurer - Bridge Builders Community Foundations

Greg Merkel

Board of Directors - Dale Woodard Gent McFate Law Firm

Rebecca Beach

Board of Directors - Northwest Commission

Doug Eberle

Board of Directors - Oil City Agway

Sheri Hamilton

Board of Directors Friends of Drake Well, Inc.

Jake Hickman

Board of Directors - Hickman Lumber

Cathy Kentzel

Board of Directors - The Barnard House

Jim Marshall

Board of Directors - King’s Landscaping

Alan McBride

Board of Directors - Komatsu Mining Corp.

Carol Williams

Board of Directors - Williams Insurance & Travel

Joyce Luton

Board of Directors - UPMC Northwest

Fred Terwilliger

Board of Directors - Central Electric Cooperative

Ryan Bell

Board of Directors - Webco Industries