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Job Shadow Guide Going to Schools Soon


A group of Leadership Venango’s Class of 2019 has created a Job Shadow Resource Guide for students, educators, and businesses.

The guide features tips for students and businesses to prepare for job shadows, questions for students to ask during their shadow, and a categorized list of local businesses willing to host students for shadow opportunities.

The Chamber is excited to be a part of this guide, which also gives students an idea of the training requirements and salary expectations for positions within each category.

Businesses that want to be included should contact Tessa at tbyham@venangochamber.org for more information. The guide will be sent to guidance counselors before the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Tech Tip: Branding


Nike, Walmart and Amazon are all brands that are well known, but how did they get there? What makes a brand known internationally, nationally, or regionally? A general definition of branding is: “the customer’s overall perception of the business.” This is a good definition, but branding can be broken down to smaller categories so it can be better understood for individual businesses.

Understanding your target audience is will help form and focus your brand. If the audience is too large and tries to hit too many categories the message of an organization can become muddled. Knowing who you want your brand to focus on will help to keep the work relevant and draw the appropriate audience to that brand.

Consistency is another necessary part of good branding. Maintaining a consistent voice, look, and product aids in any company’s branding success. While it is okay to make small changes to serve certain campaigns, make sure to maintain the brand by keeping the standard themes and only making small changes. Keeping a consistent feel throughout the many aspects of a business will aid the public’s understanding of what a brand is trying to do.

We discussed branding at our Tech Talk in June, and we invite you to join us on July 19 when we will discuss Photography Tools & Tips. Tech Talks are on the third Friday of each month from 8-9 a.m. at the Chamber.

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

July 2019 Young Professional Profiles: Brian Payne & Jessica Wilson


Brian Payne is one of our newest FLEX members. He is originally from Hadley, PA, and graduated from Edinboro University with bachelor’s degrees in Forensic Accounting and Financial Planning.

Brian now works as a CPA Tax Supervisor at McGill, Power, Bell & Associates in Franklin. He has acquired his CPA and CFE designations and takes great pride and enjoyment from his work and his career achievements. Future goals of his are to become a partner at McGill, Power, Bell, as well as to learn a foreign language (probably Russian).

One of the things he loves about working in Venango County is the small town environment. The way people treat each other with a welcoming kindness is one of the biggest reasons he enjoys living here. Brian enjoys the fun Chamber events where he can go to learn and network with other professionals.

Brian is also an avid Pirates fan, who will forever hope they win a World Series. His hobbies are yet another reason he enjoys Venango County. When he is not working, he can be found fishing and spending time with his girlfriend, Stephanie.

Some other parts of the Venango culture that Brian appreciates are tasting beers at Trails to Ales, seeing local live bands at Red Bandana Winery, and spending time with family.

Jessica Wilson has lived in Oil City since she was two years old. She was home schooled for most of her elementary and high school years and graduated high school in 2017. During high school, she played varsity volleyball at Oil City High School and worked at the Oil City YMCA as a lifeguard.

Jessica pursues a communication degree with a marketing minor at Geneva College. She is a long distance runner and gets to enjoy this hobby at school by participating in the cross country and track teams.

Some of her achievements include being on the dean’s list every semester at Geneva College and helping to found a communication production club. Through this club, she has also filmed campus wide promotional videos. Last year, she spent time working at The Derrick and The News-Herald as an advertising intern, where she helped to sell and design ads for the paper and various tabloids. She also works during the semester in the Geneva College PR and Marketing Services department.

When she is not running around Oil City or on the bike trail, Jessica enjoys reading, cooking, hiking at Oil Creek State Park, movies, and spending time with family and friends. This summer she can be found working at the Venango Chamber of Commerce.

One of her future goals is to “be just like my mom.” She also hopes to work in PR and Marketing helping companies further their mission statements and do what they do best. Jessica also hopes to travel more within the country and abroad, continue running, and have many adorable cats.

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

Financial Tip of the Month: Steps to Financial Fitness


Let’s be honest, we all know that spending money is way more fun than saving it, but what happens when the monthly bills start rolling in and the money isn’t there? Not having enough for the bills or for an unexpected expense can be overwhelming to say the least. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to keep your finances on track and have fun doing it.

Start by creating a realistic budget and stick to it. You’ll need to know how much money you make, what you owe and what goals you have. Write this all down and you’ll be able to see where you might be able to cut expenses. From mortgage payments and car payments to the monthly payment for your favorite movie app, it’s all important. It all takes away from your cash on hand and you need to be tracking it.

Once you’ve completed your budget and realize you don’t have an endless supply of money, start living within your means. If you need a new car, buy one you know you can afford. While shopping around for the best prices may take some time, it’s definitely worth it. Also, maintaining a good credit rating will put you in a position to get the best rates and terms which could save you thousands in the long run. Comparison shopping doesn’t have to stop with big ticket items. Grocery stores are one of the best places to comparison shop. They’ll even do part of the work for you by listing unit prices on their products. And with so many mobile shopping apps out there, you can view all the sales from the comfort of your own home.

Next, avoid impulse shopping. Buying yourself something special once in awhile is okay, but doing it every time you’re at the store can really take a toll on your wallet.

Finally, automate your savings. Even if you can only save $10 a month, it’s money you didn’t have saved before. Set up an automatic transfer to your account and watch your savings grow. And remember, every dollar saved puts you one step closer to financial fitness

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

Chamber Directories Shipped in June


The 2019 Membership Directory and Referral Guides have returned from the printer and have been sent to members this month. This guide is a great resource to have on hand for your business, customer, and personal needs. With listings by category and alphabetically, you are sure to find the business or organization you are looking for. Please check your listings and let us know if anything has changed so that we can provide the most up-to-date information. Do you want to be included in next years guide? Contact our office for more information about Chamber membership.

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