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Member Spotlight: Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania

Meeting life challenges through opportunity, education, training, and work.

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Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania (NCPA) continues to expand and meet the needs of the communities they serve, including Venango County.

Currently, there is a Goodwill store in Cranberry and an attended donation center in Seneca, and they recently opened the new Oil City store on September 29, located at 400 East Second Street.

Goodwill is more than a store; they earn revenue from donations of textiles, household items, and electronics by selling them in the stores to fund their programs. The stores make it possible for them to provide on-the-job training and create jobs for people facing barriers to employment.

“Our ideal customer is someone who wants to make a difference in their community. By donating or shopping in our stores, everyone can help change a life,” said a representative at Goodwill NCPA.

Goodwill NCPA opened its doors in 1966 in DuBois and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

They serve communities in 14 Pennsylvania counties:  Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Venango, and Warren.  Goodwill NCPA is one of over 170 independently operated Goodwill’s in the country.

Goodwill is a non-profit and 90 cents of every dollar they make in their stores goes back into their mission. In the future, they expect more programs will be offered and new stores will be opened throughout the North Central Pennsylvania territory.

Stop by the new Oil City store and join us at the official Ribbon Cutting on Friday, October 19!


goodwill logoGoodwill turns donations of textiles, household items and electronics into training and employment opportunities for people facing barriers to employment.


  • 90 cents of every dollar goes back into their mission
  • Serves communities in 14 counties in PA
  • Oil City store opened on September 29, with ribbon cutting on October 19


Oil City Store
400 East Second Street
Oil City, PA 16301

Cranberry Store
17 Kimberly Lane, Suite 3A
Cranberry, PA 16319
Tel: 814-678-8645

Seneca Donation Center
3052 PA-257 Suite B
Seneca, PA 16346


Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube: @GoodwillNCPA

Attended Donation Center Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sun 12 – 5 p.m.


This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s October 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.


Member Spotlight – Jones Notary

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We Title Your Toys

Established in 2012, Jones Notary began as a side business for Nicole Jones out of her home office while working full time. In 2017, she took a leap by quitting her job and joining forces with Coya Lam from Seneca Notary.

“We have had a wonderful year working together and our families have been unbelievably supportive and helpful through the entire process, from helping us put office furniture together to completely remodeling our office space,” Nicole said. “We are truly a family business. There are days my 4-year-old daughter is here with me and weekends my husband spends the day here.”

Besides being a full-service notary, Jones Notary offers a variety of other services, including title transfers for cars, trucks, trailers, motorcycles, motor homes, atvs, snowmobiles, and boats; instant plates and registration; PennDOT authorized Online Messenger Service; instant camera cards for drivers license renewals; registration renewals; DL and vehicle instant restorations; telegrams of authority; antique/classic plates; specialty plates; and handicapped placards. They also are an agent with PA Fish and Boat and DCNR.

The business strives to be efficient and friendly, with low prices to help their customers and keep them coming back.

They have found the community to be very welcoming. Nicole shared: “We are constantly donating back into the community for events. We know that without the support of the community, this would not be possible.”


Jones Notary is a full-service notary offering vehicle transfers, instant plates and registrations, handicapped placards, and more.


  • Has all the licenses and privileges that PennDOT currently allows.
  • A small, family oriented business that donates back to the community.
  • Together, Coya and Nicole have over 16 years of experience working with PennDOT, DCNR, and PA Fish and Boat.


(814) 493-8051

3201 State Route 257
Seneca, PA 16346



Hours of Business:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s September 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Let Us Tell Your Stories in This New Year

And so we have turned the page on yet another calendar year, a very quick review of 2017 reminds us of the many stories that the Chamber was a part of in our business community, if only in the telling.

While we are committed as an organization to being visionary in working with our community and our members to design a better future, we must acknowledge what we’ve been through.  This reflection provides the foundation for recognizing excellence in performance. It helps us to identify the “experts” among us, who provide mentorship for new businesses and new leaders. And occasionally, a look to the past reminds us of where we do not want to go, providing important lessons that may save us valuable resources in years to come.Picture3

We hope that you will join us in crafting the stories that will make 2018 one to remember. Can you envision the future enough to project the success for your business this year?

In 2017, we celebrated the Citizen of the Year, Steven Kosak, a man who could do exactly that.  As he imagined what could be better in the community, he shared his dreams in a way that inspired volunteerism, financial support, and community collaboration, to make dreams become realities.

The Chamber was an important part of a 2017 story that started with the destruction of a highly visible stretch of buildings, ones that held memories of both business success and historical relevance.  We can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for this property along Main Street in Oil City, but for certain it will at least be a much clearer view.

We were excited to share stories of anniversaries, such as 50 years of Clarks Donuts Plus. Many of our member businesses said goodbye to owners and managers who have passed the torch to new leadership, with faith that these enterprises will thrive with a renewed energy  –  Oil City Automotive and the Days Inn, to name a couple.

Our communities rallied around new construction at McDonalds in Oil City and Clarion County Community Bank in Franklin.  We would be amiss not to mention that loss was part of the story, in the passing of our treasured members, including  the Kirklands, the Butlers, Kay Skrobat and most recently Bruce Taylor. We fondly remember the past, but boldly embrace the future.

We hope you enjoy our newsletter each month and continue to share much of this content on our website at  We thank those who have continued to support our monthly publication through advertising again in 2018.

Ashley, Susan, and Dottie


Congratulations Chance, and Thanks for Reading!

By Kurtis Bell

Chance the Rapper has been named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017, and it seems Picture1 he also reads my networking articles. Now you might be wondering how I came to such a wild conclusion; here’s how…

Chance is a huge name in music and has sold exactly 0 albums. Yeah, you read that correctly: 0, Zero, not 1, but none. He has always given his work away and never asked for a dime. You can find his music on the major streaming services, but good luck trying to find it in a store or for sale online.

Why would you give away your work for free though? By giving away his mixtapes, Chance has curated a fanbase that is among the most loyal in the business. Consumers soak up his music for free online, and then live shows often sell out within minutes.

If you thought giving away music for free was a crazy business move, you might want to stop reading now. In 2016, Chance bought nearly 2,000 tickets to his own concerts from scalpers at whatever high price they were asking just to sell them back to the fans at the normal price. If you weren’t a fan of this guy before, you should be now.

When I thought about it I instantly began to see the connection between how Chance does business, and how I like to network. I am one to give, rather than ask in networking. I enjoy helping others and being a connector for my network connections. I have a loyal network because they know I am always someone they can call on whether it is to write a recommendation or provide a referral.

By not worrying about the money, and focusing on what he loves, Chance has vaulted himself to the forefront of the music industry as well as laid out a perfect template for us to follow in networking.

Whether hip hop is your thing or not, check out Chance. Read up on him and what he’s done. Even if you don’t come out as the newest fan, you can surely appreciate the man and all that he has done.


Social Networking Just Fun and Relevant for Business?

Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes with me recently is well aware that Social Networking is a hot topic for me. And those who have known me for long know that if I can find a way to use technology, well…I’m all over that! So now the challenge becomes for me and for you, is this time well spent?

What I know is that in a few weeks I have seen my networks grow exponentially. So yeh, it’s been fun. While I watch T.V. in the evening I watch friends, family (kid in college) and chamber members posting messages about what they’re up to. But here’s the cool thing. I also see a tweet from Congressman Thompson announcing his support of the Secret Ballot Protection Act, important to preserving workers rights and protecting business in PA. In can also check into a networking sight for those involved in the pursuit of Main Street designation for Oil City,

Now for those who really just want to watch T.V. I get it. You might not have time for this, but if you’re with me, tweet me, skype me or invite me to be your friend!