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Member Spotlight: DolMed Physician Services


Processing Medical Claims Accurately & Efficiently

When you receive a bill from a doctor’s office, you may not always realize it’s coming from a separate business. At Melissa Dolecki’s company, DolMed Physician Services LLC, she provides medical billing, as well as investigational projects, such as denied claims.

DolMed is based out of the same building as City Hall in Oil City, and Melissa began working for the company in 2016 as office manager. She had the opportunity to purchase the business in April 2019 and has become a Certified Professional Biller (CPB).

Since purchasing the company earlier this year, Melissa has added two new clients. Their current clients are located in Pennsylvania, New York, and Nevada, and future clients could be anywhere in the United States.

DolMed has four employees—three in the Oil City office and one based in Florida.

When asked what her favorite part of owning a business is, Melissa told us: “All of it.” She enjoys organizing, doing payroll, and the feeling of a job well done.

Although she has staff, Melissa likes to learn new clients’ software and processes before handing over the client to an employee.

Melissa enjoys that her business is in a “quaint” county in the middle of Northwest Pennsylvania, but also appreciates being able to reach anywhere in the country when necessary.

DolMed rarely speaks to an actual physician, and receives electronic files on secure networks to process claims accurately and efficiently.

Although they don’t always speak to a physician, DolMed appreciates their relationships with clients, in which Melissa told us: “When a client refers someone else to us, it’s the greatest compliment.”

ABOUT

DolMed Physician Services LLC provides medical billing, as well as investigational projects, such as denied claims.

FAST FACTS

  • Located on the second floor of City Hall in Oil City
  • Has clients located in Pennsylvania, New York, and Nevada, and has employees working in Oil City and Florida
  • Rarely speaks to an actual physician—receives electronic files on secure networks

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Address:
21 Seneca Street, Oil City
(2nd floor of City Hall)

Hours of Business:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone:
(814) 271-2011

Email:
melissa.d@dolmedps.com

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s November 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Spilling the Beans Under New Ownership


Have you always wanted to own a coffee shop?  Emilee Gray laughs and replies: “No, I just saw that this one was for sale and likely closing and thought it would be a good idea.”

Emilee and her aunt Jackie Bucholz, already partners in business at Freedom Services (offering notary, bookkeeping, and tax preparation) wasted no time in reopening Spilling the Beans, located at 2 West Front Street in Oil City.  A splash of paint, new carpet and some soft seating gave a fresh feel to a familiar meeting place.

Customers will recognize staff that stayed on from the previous owners and friends who continue to meet regularly for coffee chats. Only modest changes to the menu and hours suggest there was little, if any, disruption from the change of ownership.

Prior Owners Missy and Josh Scrivens along with Dave McVay, own the Log Cabin restaurant in Seneca. The sale of Spilling the Beans will allow them to focus on this long-standing business and its expanded catering and food truck services.

Spilling the Beans employs a staff of five and will likely grow, with some employees working across the businesses.

When asked what she has learned and what surprises her about owning a coffee shop, Emilee remarks: “Everything!  It is hard work, but I love the customers.  I can now make a latte, an accomplishment considering my experience didn’t go much beyond a Keurig.”

Emily looks forward to working with neighboring businesses and contributing to the sustainability of the community.

Spilling the Beans is open 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To find more information and their menu, visit their Facebook page.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s October 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Member Spotlight: Casey’s Restaurant & Lounge


Family friendly homestyle dining

Casey’s Restaurant & Lounge, located on North Seneca Street between Oil City and Rouseville, serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails seven days a week.

Casey’s has unique offerings that may be unexpected from this local restaurant and lounge.

Some of their menu items and specials include seafood (served daily), chili rellenos, fried avocado, breaded portabella mushrooms, fried chicken and waffles, breakfast pizza, and banana chocolate French toast.

At 19 years old, owner Jami Degroat worked for the previous owner of Casey’s for more than six years. When it was for sale years later, she told us “it was like coming home.”

Casey’s has an outdoor, pet-friendly patio, where they feature live music often. The restaurant is right along part of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, making it a great stop for residents and visitors participating in outdoor recreation.

“Small towns are the best,” Jami said. “It’s like serving generations of family.”

Jami’s favorite part of owning a business is the ability to turn her own ideas into reality, and she especially enjoys the relationships she’s built with employees and customers.

Looking towards the future, Jami has plans to continue to fill the needs of our trail community and to reinvent the patio.

ABOUT

Casey’s Restaurant & Lounge serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails, seven days a week, and welcomes trail users to their outdoor patio.

FAST FACTS

  • Owner Jami Degroat worked for the business for more than six years at 19 years old.
  • Seafood is on the menu seven days a week.
  • The restaurant is located along the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail and their outdoor patio is pet-friendly.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Address:
630 N. Seneca Street, Oil City

Hours of Business:
7 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Seven days a week

Phone:
(814) 676-9226

Facebook:
facebook.com/CaseysRestLounge

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s October 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Gates & Burns Celebrates 130 Years


Originally known as J. R. Gates & Sons, the company was founded in 1889 and had offices in the Latonia Block at 20 First St, Oil City. The sons were H.E. and M.S. Gates.

The 1904 New York Industrial Recorder stated: “The firm represented large insurance companies due to the advantages which the people of Oil City enjoyed to a larger extent than other cities due to its immunity from big fires. The superiority of the water supply, the excellent distribution system, the efficiency of the fire department and the admirable layout of the City and substantial character of the buildings, all contributed to a low exposure rating. Also, the firm does an extensive business in buying and selling real estate.”

Later, the firm became known as Gates & Burns Insurance and Real Estate and remained in the Burns family until 1985, when it was purchased by Barr’s Insurance.

Fast forward to 2019, now known as Gates & Burns Realty, the company only deals with real estate and has been owned since 1990 by William P. Moon and William P. Moon Jr., Broker. With offices in Oil City, Franklin, and Clarion, the staff includes 11 sales associates and 2 administrative assistants serving all of Northwest Pennsylvania. All sales associates are members of the local, state, and national Realtor Associations.

An open house will be held on July 24 from 4-7 p.m.

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

Venango County Economic Development Update by Emily Lewis


Emily Lewis is the Executive Director of the Venango County Economic Development Authority.

The Venango County Economic Development Authority has had an exciting start to the year. After a significant amount of behind the scenes work on the Oil City National Bank building, physical changes are beginning to take place at the facility.

Canfield Development of Pittsburgh was selected through a competitive bidding process to perform environmental abatement of the facility as well as interior demolition of obsolete utility systems, false walls, furniture and fixtures, etc.

Once this process is complete we will have a clean canvas to paint our new vision for the building, but don’t worry, we are working to preserve as much of the historic integrity of the structure as we can, keeping the original vaults in place and removing marble panels and original wood doors to store in a safe pace and re-use in the new design.

KLA roofing of Everett, PA was selected to replace the existing leaking roof. All of this work is expected to wrap up by October of this year and we are hoping to squeeze in the replacement of exterior doors and windows before the snow flies.

The building, constructed in 1926 is a solid structure that we believe can be renewed to its former glory, though banking operations are not in its future. Rather, we are working to develop a business innovation center in the upper floors of the building, providing a space for entrepreneurs and new businesses to foster there next big idea.

As for the first floor, we have been working with a private business owner to create a brew pub. This will serve as a gathering space for both the tenants of the building and the community.

In 2019 we will see the launch of the eAcademy at Venango and the addition of my very first staff member, an Entrepreneurship Program Manager. The eAcademy at Venango is an extension of the highly successful eAcademy program at Linden Pointe.

The original eAcademy was established in Hermitage, PA in 2014 and is a program that fosters and encourages an entrepreneurial mindset. In our program, high school seniors from 6 different school districts in the Venango area will spend half of their school day from September to May being trained in entrepreneurial and leadership curricula. Classes are 75% experience based learning and 25% lecture based learning.

There is no exact procedure that guarantees success in entrepreneurship education and training. Yet there is a common thread – that a mindset guides the decisions empowering entrepreneurs. We believe that anyone, not just those who want to start a business, can benefit from understanding and applying an entrepreneurial mindset to any situation that demands change in their life.

This program is designed to immerse students in learning about economic development, their local region, and the essential aspects of the unlimited opportunities a different way of thinking can provide. As students learn the academic knowledge, the startup methodology, and individual skill sets they will apply it all to the creation of a startup business with a working prototype.

Through a partnership with Clarion University the eAcademy will be housed at Clarion University Venango Campus and will be managed by the Entrepreneurship Program Manager. I am over the moon to bring this program to Venango County and give students in our area the opportunity to interact with our local businesses.

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