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Head-Line Hair Celebrates 25 Years in Business


Lynne Marshall’s Head-Line Hair opened it’s doors on May 17, 1994. What started as a small salon in a space on Route 322 has become a full service salon by offering services that include cuts, colors, perms, nail services, facials, make-up, waxing, lash extensions, and much more.

Owner Lynne Marshall says, “Our success is completely dependent on an amazingly talented, kind, and dedicated staff. Our mantra has always been to provide superior quality cosmetology services with an attitude of complete professionalism, attention to detail, and unparalleled client comfort and service.”

Head-Line Hair is happy to share their building with talented neighbors like Peaces for You Massage Therapy, Eckert Chiropractic, and Cross & Co. boutique. Marshall says this makes for a wonderful and complimentary environment.

Marshall also recognizes the importance in giving back to the community, and has spent years supporting groups like Newcomer’s Club, Christian Women’s Club, The Fighter’s Ball, Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen, 4H and local schools, churches and fire departments. They have also hosted Glamour Shots, makeover events, Antique Portraits, Ladies’ Night Out, Chamber mixers and several cut-a-thons.

Head-Line Hair will be celebrating 25 years of “A Beautiful You!” with a week of special events running May 14 to May 18.

Head-Line Hair is located at 1047 Allegheny Avenue in Oil City and can be reached by phone for appointments or information at (814) 677-0404.

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

Amanda Slider Appointed Director of Development & Marketing


Friends of Drake Well is pleased to welcome Amanda Slider as the new Director of Development & Marketing.  Amanda will manage day-to-day operations for the organization with a special emphasis on development and marketing efforts, and will work alongside Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission staff to ensure ongoing operational excellence at Drake Well Museum and Park.

Amanda comes to Drake Well Museum and Park after nine years at the Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning & Development Commission.  While at the Northwest Commission, she served as Loan Program Manager, overseeing the agency’s business loan program.  Amanda’s background includes strategic planning, launching new program initiatives, facilitating public-private partnerships, marketing, public relations and fundraising. 

Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Albright College and a master’s degree in business administration from Clarion University.  She is a Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council and an Ice House Entrepreneurship Training Facilitator with the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative.

Amanda is a native of the Oil Region and resides in Oil City with her children.  A passionate supporter of non-profit work, she serves on the Advisory Board of Hope 21 in Oil City, is a member of the Bridge Builders Venango County Board of Directors, and is an active member of the Free Methodist Church in Oil City. 

Located off Route 8 South of Titusville, Drake Well Museum and Park is open year round.  Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

For more information about the museum and its programs, visit www.drakewell.org, call (814) 827-2797, or find them on Facebook.

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

May 2019 Young Professional Profiles: Becca Weidle & Sarah MacBeth


Becca Weidle, an Oil City native, is a young entrepreneur and a   mom. She is a health coach through her new business “Motherhood Made Healthy,” and is expecting her second child in June.

After graduating from Oil City High School in 2010, Becca earned a biochemistry degree from Pitt at Johnstown, and recently got her health coach certification from Health Coach Institute.

Becca looks forward to continuing to grow, personally and professionally, and is excited to gain clients who are eager to learn how to shift towards a healthy lifestyle. “I’m proud of the hard work I put into finding my passion, going for it head on, and completing my coaching certification,” she said. “I’m also proud of the consistency and determination I have put towards healing myself naturally and gaining the healthy lifestyle that I live and love.”

Being a mother has taught Becca a lot and is also something she takes pride in. She tries to soak in and enjoy every minute with her family that she can, and also in her free time she loves gardening, anything outdoors (camping, hiking, riding bikes), doing puzzles, sewing and crafting, and playing with her daughter, Henley.

In Venango County, Becca appreciates the trails, parks, local businesses, libraries, and farmers markets, and is happy to live in a neighborhood that feels safe.

“I want to constantly learn and grow in all aspects of my life,” she told us. “My dream is for my business to ripple out from Venango so that I can help guide as many mamas as possible to live healthy, happy lives and instill that in their kiddos!”

You can learn more about Becca’s new health coaching business by visiting motherhoodmadehealthy.com.


Sarah MacBeth recently became a Venango County community member! She is the branch manager at the Seneca office of Farmers National Bank, and will be transferring to the Emlenton branch soon.

Originally from Bradford, Sarah has lived in various places, including Kane and Tionesta, and eventually settled in Clarion after graduating from Clarion University in May 2014. She majored in business management with a minor in marketing and has also gone through leadership and mindfulness trainings.

When asked about special achievements, Sarah told us: “My goal in life has always been to be happy and although happiness can be viewed as a constantly changing state of mind, I believe I have achieved my goal and I hope to continue that.”

Professionally, Sarah looks forward to continuing to help fulfill the mission and vision at the bank and hopes to be there for many more years. Personally, giving back is a huge passion of hers. “Throughout my life, so many have helped, guided, or supported me,” she said. “I hope to establish some type of organization or event that would allow me to give back.”

Traveling is something Sarah has always been interested in and she hopes to be able to do so with her husband and family in the coming years. She also loves spending time riding in their Jeeps with their dogs in the summer, running and fitness, crafting, hiking, cooking, and listening to music. Most importantly, she enjoys spending time surrounded by her loved ones.

Although Sarah hasn’t been in Venango County for very long, she has visited many enjoyable destinations, such as coffee shops, restaurants, and local shops. She looks forward to experiencing the theatre and trails in our region, too.

Since working in Venango County, Sarah has learned to love the people and their energy. “It is so great to see members of the community working towards making things happen,” she said. Sarah is interested in getting to know more people, contributing to the area, and developing personally and professionally.

These articles were published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) May 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

Creative and Unpredictable Ways to Attract Business


Creating more or better exposure continues to be one of the greatest challenges for our businesses and communities.  Whether you are trying to attract customers, employees, or attention, it seems harder than ever to stand out in the crowd of distractions.

When it has become easier than ever to simply get what we need from the convenience of our home or office, with online ordering and communication, the burden is on us to give our audience a reason to show up.  Several local businesses have taken a chance in doing something unpredictable or special and we have noticed!

Who doesn’t know Gina? 4 Your Car Connection’s business ambassador, providing a fun greeting from in front of the business, but also engaging in social media and fun stories that engage members from across communities.

Pets can be a great way to show your friendly business climate, as customer greeters or creating a stress-free work environment for employees.  Dr. Kate Eckert brings her English Lab Bruno to work every day.  The Oil City Warehouse Mall and Best Printing both have pet kitties who lounge around the businesses and often are a pleasant surprise to customers, conveying a relaxed atmosphere.  And of course, the Venango Chamber dog Niko, Susan’s golden retriever, provides a connection to our neighbors and visitors walking by (pictured on cover).

Using color can be a great way to call attention to your business.  G Rex Wireless, in Seneca, stands out in the crowd along Route 257 with their bright green building, and the butterfly mural on the side of Buffalo Street Lanes is a popular photo attraction for visitors to Franklin.

Hoss’s recently added the option to bring your own bottle, giving customers the choice to compliment their meal with their favorite wine or beer, which can now be conveniently purchased next door at Sheetz, the chain making a significant investment in adding beer caves to its stores. Fat Dogs in Oil City is capitalizing on its proximity to a scenic overlook and by adding weekly concerts during the summer, providing another reason for customers to visit their ice cream and hot dog shop.

With the change of seasons, it is the perfect time to consider trying something new and creative, possibly taking inspiration from those shared in this article.  To get the most mileage out of any new tactics, be sure to share stories and pictures on social media. And be sure to let us know at the Chamber, so that we can tell others!

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

Chamber President Susan Williams Travels to China


I recently had the privilege to travel with eight other Chamber leaders to China. The trip, organized by Citslinc, was intended to provide us with an experience in what it would be like for members of our community and chamber to travel together.

Tracy, Christa, and Susan

I had not really considered such a trip abroad, until Tracy Becker and Christa Lundy, executive directors of the Clarion and Meadville Chambers, suggested we take the excursion together. I found reassurance in knowing that I would be traveling with friends. This combined with the reputation of Citslinc, a company who has focused on taking chamber groups to China for many years, presented an opportunity too good to pass by.

The nine day trip resulted in six full days in China, with visits to Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou & Shanghai. Our flight from JFK to Beijing of 13 hours was surprisingly comfortable, with individual movie screens and in flights meals served twice. The flight path took us over the Arctic Circle!

Among the sites we visited were the Great Wall of China (I made it from station 1 – 12, the lone hiker in our group!), Tiananmen Square, the Ming Emperors’ Tombs, the Forbidden City, the centuries old Lingering Garden, and a rickshaw ride through old China Town followed by lunch in the home of a Chinese family.

Those who use Facebook can not only see dozens of photographs from our trip. but can also read the daily journals of our traveling companion. Sandy Nicholson King, that I have shared in my posts.

Citslinc extends the invitation to our community to plan a trip in 2020. If you would like to hear more of the details about my trip or share an interest in traveling with the Chamber, to China or elsewhere, please let me know, so that we can begin to chose a destination!

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