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Membership 101—May 14


Are you a new member of the Venango Chamber? A current member of the Chamber looking to maximize your membership?  We will be holding Membership 101 events often, as a way to help you understand how to maximize your Chamber membership. These allow us to connect one-on-one with you, answer questions, and also walk you through how to use our new “Membership Information Center.”

This center, through our new website and database, allows you to update your listing in our membership directory, easily see and register for upcoming events, access past billing details, pay outstanding invoices, and more.

Thank you to those who attended our Membership 101 in April. We will have another one on May 14 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Venango Chamber (24 Seneca St, Oil City).

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Let Customers Know You’re a Chamber Member


MemberDecal19Over the years and throughout the world, membership in chambers of commerce has offered business owners credibility to consumers looking to purchase products and services. The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce has provided its members with the seal of approval from the early days when hand typed, mimeographed membership directories were distributed within the community to the modern day form of promotion through the chamber website and online membership directory.  One way to let customers know you’re a member of the Venango Area Chamber is by displaying a window cling.

You’ve seen them all over the region—The Venango Chamber proud member window cling, adorning the entry doors on over 400 businesses and organizations in our community.

By displaying this cling, you tell customers that you played an integral role in the success of the Venango area through your membership in the Chamber. 2019 “Proud Member” decals will be distributed within the next few weeks.

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

Chamber Member Expansions


BKI

In addition to celebrating our new members, we have some longstanding ones whose success is demanding them to expand their businesses.

Bert Klapec, Inc. (BKI), located on North Seneca Street in Oil City, is building an 80×80 foot steel repair garage for trucks and machines (pictured top right). The original garage was only 65-feet long and they couldn’t fit a whole tractor trailer inside, so it was time to grow. Dave Klapec reported: “We’ll be able to work on all of our big machines indoors now.” BKI, along with some help from Klapec Express, Inc. (KEI), is CALDWELLdoing all of the work themselves in between jobs. They hope to have all outside work done before winter and then finish up inside shortly after.

Caldwell Printing and Signage Solutions has recently grown as well. The building (pictured middle right), which was previously used to store plumbing equipment, was already attached to their current space, so it was the perfect addition. With the new addition, their square footage is up to about 9,700 feet. The space will be used for production.

Deets Mechanical, located on Gilmore Drive in Seneca, is also in the process of expanding their foDEETSotprint. A warehouse and garage space (pictured bottom right) measuring about 4,400 square feet is almost finished and since adding five trucks to their caravan this year, will be a welcome addition. They are doing most of the work in house, which started this summer, and are excited to finish and put the new space to use.

Another new local business changes involves Bob Fox, owner of Chamber member Fox Containers. Bob has teamed up with Grove City businessman, Dan Martin, to form FOXPAK, LLC,  packaging various types of ice melts. FOXPAK has already identified several distribution locations throughout the region and will be looking for more.  We’ll be sharing more about Bob’s new venture in our next newsletter.

 

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

 

Member Spotlight: Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania


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

goodwill header photo

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!

ABOUT

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

FAST FACTS

  • 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

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

Website: goodwillncpa.com

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.

 

LET CUSTOMERS KNOW YOU’RE A CHAMBER MEMBER


Picture1Over the years, membership in chambers of commerce has offered business owners credibility to consumers looking to purchase products and services. The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce has provided members with the seal of approval from the early days when hand typed directories were distributed , to the modern day form of promotion through the chamber website and online directory.  In addition to the printed directory, we offer these additional ways to share you commitment to the community through the Chamber:

Member Window Cling

You’ve seen them all over the region… The Venango Chamber proud member window cling, adorning the entry doors on over 400 businesses and organizations in our community. By displaying this cling, you tell customers that you played an integral role in the success of the Venango area through your membership in the Chamber. Customers can shop with ease knowing that you are invested in the community. 2018 “Proud Member” decals will be distributed within the next few weeks.

Download the Membership E-Plaque to your Website

You can also post your window cling to online visitors and customers by downloading a plaque to your website. The window cling is reproduced in a virtual format that can be placed online.