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Member Spotlight: Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania

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

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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!


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


  • 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


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


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.


Meet Our Board – Doug Eberle

1-IMG_9577Doug Eberle has been a local business owner since 2010 and a member of our Board of Directors since 2017.

He grew up in Slippery Rock and went on to college at Edinboro University. In 1986, he moved to Venango County when his family purchased the Oil City Agway store.

After working for Agway for more than 20 years, Doug took over the family business and continues to own and operate the store. Doug’s wife, Kim, is a teacher at the Oil City School District and his children, Danielle and Mitchell, both live and work in Pittsburgh.

Besides serving on our board, Doug is a member of the Venango County Humane Society’s Board of Directors and is also involved with Jamie’s Kids, a local nonprofit organization that gives aid to children in our area who have been identified by educators as having a need, and the Blue & White Turkey Bowl, a fundraiser for the Oil City School District’s Blue & White Booster Club.

In his free time, you can find Doug spending time with family and doing anything that involves being outdoors, including biking at Oil Creek State Park, hunting, and playing softball in the Oil City 35 and older league.

He enjoys living here because of opportunities for outdoor recreation, the friendly people, and the relaxed and slow-paced atmosphere.

Doug has appreciated being able to contribute towards the mission of the Chamber to help grow local business.

“My role as a chamber member is to be an advocate for the Chamber and the many roles it has in our business community,” he said.


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

Meet Our New Executive Assistant

TessaTessa Byham has recently been hired by the Venango Chamber as the new Executive Assistant. She is a 2014 Edinboro University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. Tessa’s past experience includes Eligibility Specialist at the Child Care Information Services, Material Analyst at McManis & Monsalve Associates, Therapeutic Support Staff at North Star Behavioral Health Services, and intern at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Through her various experiences, Tessa has earned skills such as time management, multi-tasking, organization, social media, and promotional material creation. The Chamber is looking forward to the skills and assistance that Tessa will bring to the Chamber.

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

Meet Our Board – Deb Lutz

Deb Lutz1Deb Lutz has served as a Chamber board member since January of 2013. She worked in economic development for 13 years. She recently changed positions, and she now works for the Steel Valley Authority in the Strategic Early Warning Network or SEWN program. SEWN assists manufacturing entities by offering layoff aversion or business retention services that are geared to stabilize, restructure, turn around, or attract buyers for at-risk small and medium-sized companies.

As someone who truly enjoys working in our region, Deb appreciates the people, the culture, and the perseverance of the residents in the area. “The combination really does make the Venango Region a special place to live and work,” she said.

In her spare time, Deb loves to experience all the recreational opportunities that this region has to offer. “There is truly something to do in any of the four seasons,” she said.

Deb’s goals as a member of our board include continuing to work with the other board members to promote the vision and mission of the Chamber, continuing to be responsive and proactive to the needs of our businesses, and having the Chamber continue to be the conduit on a variety of levels to the residents and communities that we serve.

“Every citizen, business, organization, and political entity plays a role in the world of Chambers of Commerce,” said Deb. “Every connection with an existing investor or visitor creates an impression about Venango County. That impression can be positive or negative, but all impressions ultimately build Venango County’s brand in the larger world.”

“The Chamber is a network of individuals, organizations, programs, and services dedicated to working with new and existing businesses that work cooperatively to drive vitality and prosperity,” said Deb. “I see a great deal to be optimistic about for the future of the Venango Region.”

Deb feels that maintaining a positive outlook and working together as a community towards a common goal is the key to ensuring a bright future for the Venango Region.

“There are exciting things that are happening in and around Venango County that will take a few years to develop, but, when they do I believe there will be opportunities that we, as a region, have not seen for a while,” she said. “But we need to stay connected and work collaboratively to take full advantage.”






Meet Our Board: Frank Hajduk


Frank Hajduk served as the Board’s secretary for his first two years as a member. He is now in his third year as a member and is serving as Vice Chairman of the Board.

Frank grew up in Oil City and attended college in Ohio to become a mechanical engineer. Before graduating, Frank had the honor of being the JOY’s first-ever co-op student, an opportunity which allowed him to gain valuable work experience. Frank then went on to have a successful career in engineering management, which led him all over the country to places including North Carolina, Texas, Illinois, and New Jersey.

While working in New Jersey, Frank became the chief operating officer of an engineering company. He was able to retire at 54, and he has since returned to his hometown and devoted his time to contributing to the community in what he calls his “give-back phase.”

Frank’s efforts throughout his “working retirement” in our region have been focused on economic development. He has worked as a board member of the Oil Region Alliance to promote the success of small businesses in the area. He has also worked to develop bike trails and other recreational resources in the area. Frank has also been heavily involved with SCORE for the past 5.5 years. During that time, his branch has helped 113 small businesses to grow and develop.

Frank’s main goal as a board member has been to develop and execute a long-term strategic plan that reflects the goals and values of the Chamber.

“I wanted to create an implementation strategy so that the Chamber would have an actionable plan of activities that would lead to completing goals,” said Frank.

Frank’s vision for our area is to see small businesses thrive. He envisions a thriving region in which people do not need to go elsewhere to further their careers. He hopes to see a well-developed economy that allows businesses including restaurants, technological development, and more to succeed.

“We need to use the recreational resources we have in this area, like our waterways and bike trails, which are some of the best in the country, to build a community that attracts the next generation of economic development,” Frank said.