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Member Spotlight: Shawgo Real Estate

” We love it when a plan comes together.”

Dana Shawgo is the owner of Shawgo Real Estate LLC in Franklin. Shawgo Real Estate started 26 years ago and was formally known as Sherry Shawgo Real Estate.

In 2018, Dan bought the business off of Sherry and continued the great traditional of helping clients, customers, and friends buy and sell real estate. They take great pride in their customer service and always seek to serve their customers first.

In 2017, Shawgo purchased a drone and obtained an FAA license to help with aerial images for their listings. They also started experimenting with 360 degree imaging. In 2018 they perfected the 360 degree images and moved onto virtual reality showings, virtual floor plans, and the distribution of 100’s of free virtual reality headsets to perspective buyers.

Another asset of Shawgo Real Estate is their enclosed trailer to help clients move after the sale, and their mascot that they have affectionately named “Super House.”

Dana says that he loves Venango County because of the community feel, beautiful homes, festivals, and gorgeous destinations such as the bike trail, river, and parks.

One way Shawgo is investing in their community is through their Earthcam, which showcases Liberty Street in Franklin and can be found on their website. It shows live feed enabling viewers to see a lot of the Franklin festival activity using this unique camera system. Everything from Applefest to Light up Night, including parades!

Be on the lookout for a new Shawgo office. They have announced that they are adding a new office but have not yet revealed the location.

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

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.