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Mixers, More Than Just Networking

Business After Hours Mixers have long been a main stay of Chambers of Commerce. These short gatherings, just at the end of the workday, include refreshments, a few door prizes and a mix of other chamber members. While those who attend may vary depending on a mixers host, the location and scheduling, there are members who frequently attend and those who never do. If you are the latter, we’d like to suggest you consider a few of the reasons you might want to give a try.

Relationships – Mixers are hosted by businesses to invite others to visit their location, sometimes to celebrate an accomplishment, or perhaps just to give exposure to products and services. Either way, attendance is a show of support that is always appreciated. When you visit a member’s event, they understand that you are busy but still willing to show them support with your attendance.

Information Gathering – We often think we know our community, but in the busyness of our own lives, we often miss the changes taking place. From new staff members to significant investments in products, services or infrastructure, information can often best be gathered through a visit, and a mixer can be a unique opportunity to get inside a business.

Preparation for Your Mixer – You may not be planning it now but hosting a mixer might be something you want to do in the future. It’s best to attend other mixers to get a sense of what you’d want to do as a host. Just like any social invitation, those who you have supported are most likely to support you.

There are several mixers still planned for 2019, each an opportunity for you to test out these suggestions. One of those mixers is hosted by FLEX and will be held in the courtyard of the Venango Chamber on August 22. FLEX members promise to help you build better relationships with local young professionals, learn about how to better engage them, and will set a great example for your next get together. We hope to see you there!

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

Chamber Directories Shipped in June

The 2019 Membership Directory and Referral Guides have returned from the printer and have been sent to members this month. This guide is a great resource to have on hand for your business, customer, and personal needs. With listings by category and alphabetically, you are sure to find the business or organization you are looking for. Please check your listings and let us know if anything has changed so that we can provide the most up-to-date information. Do you want to be included in next years guide? Contact our office for more information about Chamber membership.

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

Welcome Heather and Jessica–Our Summer Interns!

Heather Hondel returned to the Chamber’s staff in May as our summer intern, and Jessica Wilson joined our staff on June 17 as our new Be Here Summer Intern.

Heather is an entrepreneurship major at Grove City College and will assist with the Oil Heritage Festival Basket Raffle, newsletter, and other office needs.

Jessica is a communication major at Geneva College and will assist with the Be Here Initiative, including event planning and marketing.

We’re excited to have these two join our team! Stop by the Chamber to say hello and join us in welcoming them.

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

Cranberry Festival – Get Involved

September 21, 2019 – Morrison Park, Seneca

As preparations are underway for our upcoming Oil Heritage Festival, it is time to begin thinking about our next festival. Mark your calendars, Cranberry Festival will be held on September 21.

We encourage you to begin thinking about how you would like to support the festival, whether through sponsorship, advertisements, volunteerism, or attendance. Contact us to get involved!

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

Financial Tip of the Month: Understanding Your Credit Score

Lenders will be looking at your credit score to determine your eligibility for a loan. Your credit score also determines interest rate and terms you may get. You need to build credit so your reliability shows up just as well on paper as it does in your bank account.

It’s good to know what factors go into making up your score.  Your credit score is broken up into five parts. 35% of your score comes from payment history—whether you paid on time or were delinquent, and for how long. About 30% is determined by the amounts currently owed and debt carried over each month. Another 15% takes into account how old and active your accounts are. 10% evaluates how well you handle different types of credit such as revolving or installment debts, and the final 10% weighs recent attempts to accrue additional credit, such as opening new accounts and inquiries.

Establishing a good credit history takes time and there are no shortcuts or tricks.  Scores range from 300 to 850. Once established, you will need to make payments for at least six months.  You can establish a credit history through credit builder loans.  These are for individuals either just starting to build credit or working to improve their scores.  Make sure all payments are made on time and are applied to your credit report.

While it may take at least six months to begin seeing improvements, restoring credit can be a truly worthwhile process. If you are unable to pay balances in full, try to keep a maximum of 30% of your credit balance out at a time.  Also, since some of your score comes from how long you have had accounts open, try not to open many new ones at once. Always review your credit reports—check for any errors and follow up on any questions that arise. Don’t be afraid to dispute a score if something isn’t right.

With a little effort, establishing and maintaining good credit will have many rewards for your future.

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