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Creekside Granite Welcomes Jessica Ewing-Falco

Creekside Granite and More (CSG) in Reno is growing and expanding its business and showroom. In 2019, CSG hired on a fulltime manager and sales position. Jessica Ewing-Falco started in July and has helped grow the Creekside showroom to a fully stocked tile and granite gallery.

CSG has always offered these products, but now clients can come in and see and feel them for themselves before making a large decision on their home improvement. Also in 2019, Creekside Granite added a new piece of equipment. A Denver 5 axis bridge saw was added to the arsenal of tooling and equipment used to achieve the highest level of accuracy and detail possible.

Now when you hire Creekside Granite to fabricate your kitchen or bathroom counters, you can rest assured knowing that the highest level of measuring, fabrication, and installation are being used.

Creekside Granite makes it their top priority to achieve your dreams when designing and completing your home improvement projects.

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

November 24th—Small Business Saturday

NoveBlue SHOP LOCALmber 24th—Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday, first observed in 2010, was created as a complement to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which target big box stores. Encouraging holiday shoppers to #ShopLocal and patronize their local brick and mortar stores, Small Business Saturday has become a fixed part of the holiday shopping weekend.

As a business owner, think about ways to accommodate the holiday crowds as they spend the weekend searching for deals. Making sure your website and social media profiles are up to date, thinking about extending your hours, and running a special sale or incentive are all great ways to bring in more business.

Holly Gibbons, of Gibbons Business Solutions, wrote a blog post recently with some advice for both business owners and shoppers. Holly writes: “Give customers a reason to shop local,” and reminds us that consumers are looking for business owners who are “customer-focused and easy to work with.” Read more of Holly’s post by visiting

The Cranberry Mall will be hosting a Small Business Weekend November 23-25. Vendors and Small Business owners can reserve a spot by calling the mall office at (814) 676-3406 ext. 100.

Whether you’re an early-bird, fight-the-crowds shopper or prefer to avoid the chaos, make an effort to #ShopLocal this season.


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

Northwest Commission’s Government Contracting Program Serves Region for Over 30 Years

2013-PTAC-Logo-2The Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning & Development Commission serves as a Local Development District for eight counties in Northwest PA. Among the many programs offered by the Commission is the free government contracting assistance office known as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

PTACs are non-profit organizations located throughout the U.S. which provide contracting and subcontracting assistance to companies pursuing work with Federal, State and Local agencies. The Northwest Commission’s PTAC office has assisted hundreds of companies, bringing more than a billion dollars’ worth of contracts to the region.

How does PTAC help businesses?

The PTAC assists businesses large and small in understanding and navigating government contracting to become more competitive and successful in this market. PTAC does this by providing one-on-one confidential counseling, bid opportunities and networking & training events.

What does this service cost?

The PTAC Program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA); they also receive funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This means they are able to offer government contracting assistance FREE OF CHARGE to businesses located in their 8-county region.

How do I find out more?

Learn more about the Northwest Commission PTAC by visiting
On this site, you’ll find program staff contact information, client testimonials, and links to PTAC events, newsletter & Request for Counseling form.

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

Small Business Jump Start – Fall Session Begins

Small Business Jump small business jump startStart, an exciting training program for entrepreneurs, will begin it’s fall session in September. The program is for people wanting to start businesses or grow their existing business.

Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. from September 11 through November 6, at Northwest Bank on Liberty Street in Franklin, and the cost is $95 per person.

To register or for further information, contact Ronnie Beith at (814) 437-1619 x123 or The program also has a Facebook page.

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

Glenview Apothecary Serves Community for 50 Years

Glenview 2“A few years ago I didn’t think we’d make it, but we did it,” said James (Jim) Himes, owner of Glenview Apothecary in Oil City, as he reflects on the past 50 years that the pharmacy has served our area.

Glenview Apothecary was originally opened as a partnership in 1968, became a single owner business in 1976, and was then incorporated in 1989. The business was located in the Glenview Professional Building on Glenview Ave in Oil City, and then moved to the current location in 1992.

James R. Himes’ son, Jim, returned to the area in 1989 to take over the family business, after living and working for 10 years as a pharmacist at the Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh.

The current location of Glenview Apothecary—2 Spring Street—had been vacant for many years, once housing a number of businesses, including a gas station, laundromat, Domino’s Pizza, and Dunkin’ Donuts. In 1991, Jim and his father purchased the building and remodeled it, and it became the new home of Glenview Apothecary.Glenview3

“We have seen some problems, but we’ve survived,” said Jim. “If I were to give advice to a new business owner, I’d tell them it takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice, and you have to be willing to make it work.”

Currently, Glenview Apothecary has eight employees who he credits much of the success of the business, along with his wife Gretchen.

The business offers services such as prescription filling, delivery, and a retail store with a variety of items for sale, including toiletries, over-the-counter medicine, candy, local books, and greeting cards. The greeting cards were added more recently and have been a draw for many, especially because they are often updated and cost only $0.99.

Overall, their customer service and delivery is what has kept them going. Many customers Jim still sees today he was introduced to as a high school student when working in his father’s store.

Although Glenview Apothecary is a local, small town pharmacy, they are doing all they can to keep up with the change in technology and offerings. “Technology can be a challenge, but we can’t operate without it,” said Jim.

The business uses computers to receive prescription orders, look up insurance and billing information, and to even check on narcotic prescriptions through a state database, in an effort to cut down on abuse and fraud.

Glenview 3Telemedicine is also a service that Jim foresees coming into more pharmacies in the near future, as a way for local customers to connect with healthcare professionals in larger, urban areas, such as Pittsburgh.

In addition, Glenview Apothecary has become licensed to do vaccines, and plans to start offering those services in the near future.

“This is about keeping my father’s legacy going, helping the customers who have been coming here for years, and serving the community,” Jim said. “My goal is to see the store continue on.”

Find Glenview Apothecary at:
2 Spring Street, Oil City

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