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Advocacy Committee to Host Commissioner Candidates Forum


The Chamber’s Advocacy Committee looks forward to hosting a Candidates Forum on May 3, where community members can learn about the seven candidates for County Commissioner and hear their stance on local issues.

The forum will start with breakfast at the Quality Inn & Conference Center in Franklin at 7:30 a.m., with the program following from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

The Advocacy Committee will be compiling a list of topics to discuss with the candidates, and input from the community is welcome.

The County Commissioner candidates include:
• Albert “Chip” Abramovic
• Sam Breene
• Tim Brooks
• Joe Carulli
• Mike Dulaney
• Darrell Karns
• Bonnie Summers

Additional topics discussed at the recent Advocacy Committee meeting include transportation, blight, poverty, workforce, connections between communities, and business opportunities.

The purpose of this committee is to work with our elected officials and community partners to establish regulations and policies that will affect the ability of a business to compete in the worldwide economy and continue to generate income and jobs that will help to improve the quality of life in the Venango Area.

If you are interested in getting involved with our advocacy efforts, contact the Chamber at chamber@venangochamber.org or (814) 676-8521.

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

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.

Annual Chamber Board Retreat


The Board of Directors of the Venango Chamber met for their annual planning retreat on February 21 in the newly renovated meeting rooms of the First Presbyterian Church in Oil City. The location was perfect for the group to meet for a group discussion and then break out for committee planning.

The objective of the day was to review the current strategies, document accomplishments and layout tasks for 2019.

Get Involved

The Venango Chamber has several committees who would welcome the involvement of members. If you are interested in learning more about what any of the committees are currently working on and how they are advancing the Chamber’s strategic plan, contact Susan Williams.  Current active committees include:

  • Advocacy
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Membership

Additional event committees are Oil Heritage Festival, Cranberry Festival and the Chamber Annual Golf Scramble.

See our list of board members at venangochamber.org/about-us.

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

Oil City vs. Cancer Alumni Basketball Game


The Kirtland Cancer Foundation has teamed up with Oil City Area School District and New York Life to bring an alumni basketball game and fundraiser event to Oil City High School.

The event is being held in honor of Eric Lendrum, an Oil City High School class of 2010 graduate, who recently passed following a battle with Synovial Sarcoma. Half of the proceeds from the event will go to Eric’s family and the other half will go to the foundation.

The game will feature a co-ed Oil City alumni team against the current senior class from the 2019 boys and girls basketball teams. The game will begin at 7 p.m. and there will be a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle,  and concessions.

Tickets will be $6 for adults and $4 for seniors, students, and children. Visit the Facebook event for more details.

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

Busy Is Not a Badge of Honor


Busy Not A Badge of Honor | FLEX FYI Newsletter

Being busy has become a status symbol in society. How often do you reply with “busy,” when someone asks how you are, or hear people practically bragging about how booked their calendars are?

But are the activities filling our schedules actually leading to something meaningful?

In his article titled “Busy Is Not a Badge of Honor,” Brian de Haaff says: “There is a difference between busy work and meaningful work. As Thomas Edison once wisely put it, ‘Seeming to do is not doing.’”

As young professionals, we spend time building our careers, socializing, getting involved in the community, learning the ins and outs of “adulthood,” and, for some, starting families. It can be overwhelming and exhausting, but it doesn’t always have to be that way.

Check in with yourself to see if you are giving your time to busy or meaningful work. “Busy is not a badge of honor. It only leads to greatness if you are working for a purpose and making progress towards goals that serve it,” as stated in the article.

There is only so much time in the day, so we encourage you to use yours efficiently, and give to what matters most to you.

Read the full article, with tips for working meaningfully, at bit.ly/busy-not-badge-honor.

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) March 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter. Find more young professional profiles here.