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Matric Group Donates Face Gear


Matric Group, an electronics contract manufacturer, located in Seneca, is building personal protective face equipment with their 3D printers to assist with the current shortage of medical supplies due to COVID-19.

All over the country, companies like Matric Group are using their resources to provide supplies to hospitals, ambulance services, and other organizations that are fighting against the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus. To find out how you can donate, go to www.cdc.gov.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s May 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Action Auto Shifts, Sustains & Succeeds


As most businesses are faced with challenges during this time, it is essential to shift your business to navigate the circumstances, identify what is most important to sustain your mission, and plan for success in the future. We recognize businesses doing this, including Action Auto Service in Seneca, who is not only pushing forward, but also celebrating 25 years of business this year.

When it comes to shifting, Owner Bill Kapp shared that, although they currently have a reduced work flow, they’ve maintained the same hours and kept all employees. Duties have shifted, with more equipment maintenance, clean-up, and pickup and delivery of vehicles. 

Shifting isn’t new to Action Auto. In 2007, they completely moved operations from the shop in Oil City to have an expanded space and higher visibility. The 2008 Recession also forced them to shift, resulting in more enhanced marketing and focus on customer service. 

Another shift has been embracing technology. Action Auto was one of the first local car shops to go to an electronic database to keep up with changes in repairs. A text message system at Action Auto allows the business to stay in contact with customers. They also send digital copies of quotes and invoices, and photos to customers, helping them to understand what needs attention.

Rather than hesitate to accept a new way of doing things, Bill made the investment and chose to embrace technology. This includes social media. Action Auto recently worked with students at Clarion University to use social media more, as a way to connect with customers and teach people about car care.

Two things come to mind for Bill when he thinks about sustaining the business—employees and customer service. “It’s all about keeping what’s important, important,” he said. For the past 25 years, sustaining this mission has been top of mind for Bill, and is just as important to this day.

Activities were planned to celebrate Action Auto’s 25th Anniversary—Car Care Clinics, employee “acts of kindness” in the community, a celebration on the day of the anniversary (March 6), and more. Although plans changed, they continue to be active on social media and look forward to celebrating with the community in person soon.

When we asked Bill “How will you know if you have succeeded?” He told us: “We were coming into 2020 very strong. If I’m able to rebuild my resources and continue marketing so we can return to the level of success we were already realizing, that would look like success to us.”

Congratulations Action Auto on 25 years of business, and thanks for being a great example of how to shift, sustain, and succeed in business.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s May 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Nicole’s Bridal Boutique Marks 15 Years


Nicole’s Bridal, located at 111 East State Road in Seneca, is excited to mark 15 years in the bridal business as of January 15. Owner Nicole Snyder, a Cranberry High School graduate, opened the boutique shortly after graduating with a Fashion Merchandising Degree from Kent State University and completing a buying internship with Macy’s in Miami, Florida. Snyder thought the big city life was for her until she realized her roots and family were back home.

The boutique originated and sustained their location on Route 257 in Seneca for eight years until Snyder purchased  a larger space, the former Dick’s Dry Cleaning building, in 2013. Nicole attributes much of the company’s success to the local support received from the community over the years. 

“When I started the business, I was 22 years old and not much older than high school seniors and younger than many brides,” she said. “The most amazing part of this journey has been making lifelong friends with customers. I’ve watched girls shop for a prom dress, then come back as brides. Now many have families and are bringing kids in for weddings and social events.  It has been such a blessing to see these young ladies grow into adulthood and share their special occasions with them.”

Snyder has seen many changes over the past 15 years in the bridal industry.  Most recently, internet sales and overseas counterfeits are the biggest adversities in the industry, as well as an increase in Chinese tariffs.  Although these are affecting the overall retail climate nationally, Nicole’s Bridal is proud to report a 50.4% increase in wedding gown sales in 2019.

In 2019, the company expanded their wedding gown selection to include the “Curvy Collection” which includes gowns designed specifically for plus size brides.

Snyder expects 2020 to be one of the largest wedding years she has seen.  In order to accommodate this upswing, Nicole’s has brought in fresh inventory at affordable prices. Many of the gowns are custom made to the bride’s specifications.

Updates and hours for Nicole’s Bridal can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/NicolesBridalBoutique.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s February 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Farmers National Bank Welcomes New Manager


SarahSarah Macbeth of Clarion has been promoted to branch manager of the Seneca location of Farmers National Bank located on Route 322.
Sarah is a Clarion University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and concentrations in marketing and management. She is involved in the Clarion Area Young Professionals group and hopes to join FLEX, Venango County’s Young Professionals group, too.
Sarah began working for Farmers in 2014 and was most recently a customer service representative before advancing to branch manager. Welcome Sarah!

 

 

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


ABOUT

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

FAST FACTS

  • 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Phone:
(814) 493-8051

Address:
3201 State Route 257
Seneca, PA 16346

Website:
www.jones-notary.com

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/jonesnotary

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.