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Plan Your 2020 Mixer Now


In the past year, we have featured three articles about the art of the Business After Hours Mixer. We know how quick calendars can fill up, so we invite you to start planning for 2020 right now.

Are you interested in hosting a Business After Hours Mixer in 2020? Several businesses have already reserved a date for the coming year. Contact the Chamber as soon as possible to secure a date.

Not sure if hosting a mixer is right for your business? Contact us to learn more about the benefits of hosting an event and learn about the many options to ensure your event meets your goals for spotlighting your business.

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

Chamber Education Committee Update – November 2019


Local businesses continue to express finding employees is one of their biggest barriers. Population decline, skills deficits, and failed drug tests are often listed as reasons enough prospective employees are lacking, but you may be surprised to learn that lack of knowledge about available jobs may be the largest contributor to the shortage of qualified applicants.

There are those who are simply unaware of the number of open positions, that span from entry level to high skills trades and professional careers. Then there are those who assume that they are not a good match for the available jobs, because of a mismatch in the skills possessed and the advertised job description/requirements.

Unfortunately, it has become common to hear that many people do not have a familiarity with our local businesses, what they do, and what job opportunities they have available. There appears to be many opportunities to bridge gaps between communities.

Long gone are the days when multi generations of family members worked for the same businesses, passing along information about a business’s  products, services, and culture of the company, typically accompanied by a special kind of pride.

Most recently, 10th grade students from Oil City High School visited several local businesses including Klapec Trucking, Webco, Millcraft, Pepro, and USA Choice. Oil City High School Principal Scott Stahl remarks: “These tours were very valuable for students, but just as impactful to the teachers who had the chance to chaperone the tours.” To include all high school teachers and 12th grade students, Scott has planned for presentations throughout the school year, with business leaders addressing teacher and student groups. Chamber President Susan Williams has been assisting in making introductions between educators and businesses.

Local school districts Valley Grove, Cranberry, and Titusville invite business representatives to assist them in providing seniors with realistic mock interviews, after thorough preparation in preparing a resume, application, and cover letter. Several Chamber members and staff have or will participate as volunteers and report that the students are remarkably prepared for a job search.

Businesses who are interested in participating in career readiness programs can contact the Chamber to be identified for future presentations and volunteer opportunities.

Additionally, businesses can continue to submit their information to be included in the Job Shadow Resource Guide and to have Job Posters created for use by the schools, by visiting  venangochamber.org/education-committee-2019.

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

Susan Williams Presented With Chamber Executive Designation and Service Award


Venango Chamber President & CEO Susan Williams

The Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals (PACP) awarded the designation of Pennsylvania Certified Chamber Executive (PaCCE) to Venango Area Chamber of Commerce President Susan Williams, at the Awards Ceremony of the 2019 PACP Chamber Professionals & Leadership Conference held October 17 at the DuBois Country Club. 

The PaCCE program was established in 2008 to promote the chamber of commerce field as a profession and to recognize those individuals who have attained an established level of achievement within this profession in the state of Pennsylvania.  The PaCCE designation is to be awarded to those demonstrating a combination of chamber experience, service to PACP, professional achievements, and continuing education. Susan was the sixth chamber executive to earn the PaCCE designation.

The designation is meant to encourage chamber boards of directors to recognize and value the expertise and skill possessed by a chamber professional and to encourage chamber executives and senior management staff to continually enhance and expand their skills through the pursuit of professional development related to the areas of chamber leadership and management. 

Susan and Chamber Program Manager Ashley Sheffer at the PACP Conference

Susan was also among thirteen chamber of commerce professionals who were awarded PACP’s distinguished Service Awards, for her fifteen years of service with the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce. Each year PACP recognizes chamber professionals who have served any five-year increment in chamber management. PACP’s Service Awards are meant to promote and recognize outstanding chamber service not only to the individual’s community but also to their professional association.

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

Chamber Accepting Citizen of the Year Nominations


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The Chamber is now accepting nominations for our Citizen of the Year award. We are looking for Venango County citizens who demonstrate a well-rounded and deep rooted commitment to family and community.

Nominees must be community volunteers with records of extensive and diverse participation in community service and civic involvement, aside from accomplishments directly related to the candidate’s employment.

LEARN MORE & SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Tech Tip: Content Creation


What type of content are you sharing on behalf of your business? Is it intentional?

At our Tech Talk in September, we discussed tips for creating and sharing online content, including social media posts, email newsletters, blog posts, photos, video, and more.

One of the most important things to remember is to have a variety of content and mix it up often, such as informational articles, business updates and promotions, fun and interactive posts, and staff or customer spotlights.

Don’t forget to use your content on multiple platforms to reach more people. A newsletter article can be turned into a blog post, shared on social media, and linked in an email.

Consistency is also essential. After you create your content, try to upload it at the same time each week or month. For example, if you share a #TuesdayTip on social media for a few weeks, customers will begin to watch for it, and will be disappointed if you don’t post. Or if you share your monthly newsletter the first week of each month, try your best to continue doing so.

When it comes to creating content, knowing your audience is key. Your message will get out if you know who are writing for, what type of content they enjoy, and how you can reach them. Most people enjoy stories, especially if it includes them or people like the, so once you find your audience, try to include them in your content.

Overall, content creation is an experiment. You must do your research and through trial and error, you can find what type of content works best for your business.

We will not have a Tech Talk in October, so our next one will be Friday, November 15, 8 a.m., at the Venango Chamber. Anyone is welcome to attend!

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