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Creating a Positive Experience For You and Your Intern


Jessica, left, and Heather, right, are the Chamber’s amazing interns!

Summer is finally here and for many of us, we are fortunate to have a college intern (or two) joining us for the next few months. It may be tempting to think of extra staff as the opportunity to boost your office with some affordable help and, let’s be honest, many interns will spend a good bit of time doing busy work, fielding phone calls, filing stacks from our desks, and running errands.

But if that’s all they’re doing, we’re wasting a wonderful chance to infuse our offices with new ideas and energy, while short changing their experience. So how can you and your intern make the most of your time together?

Start with a Plan

Before your intern’s first day, you should have a good idea of what their daily tasks will include. Discuss what goals you have for your time together and invite your intern to share what they hope to take away from this work experience.

Invite Input

We all talk about engaging young people, so once you are together, take the time to meet regularly and ask for feedback on your business.  Take advantage of what your intern is currently learning in school and find ways to incorporate this newfound knowledge in what you’re doing, even if it may be a little uncomfortable.

Be a Great Example

Make sure you are always modeling good behavior. Having the extra help in the office is not a good excuse for you to slack.  Be on time, dress as you would expect them to dress, and remember how you talk about others will reflect on the character of you and your business.

Let Them Know You Care

Ask your intern to share their career goals and be willing to share your journey.  By letting them know what has worked for you AND what hasn’t, you can help them envision the many possible paths (even bumpy) to success. Genuinely attempt to learn what’s most important to them, personally and professionally, and invest time into supporting their priorities.

Have Fun!

Most interns will have some anxiety, at least initially, as they try to fit into your office culture.  Make sure to take some time in your day, or at least week, to invite a little down time.  A quick walk for coffee or ice cream or a few minutes laughing about something funny can help lighten stress they may be experiencing, allowing them to be far more productive.  It will make your day more fun too, if you are doing it right.

Introduce Us

We’d love to meet your intern!  Please give us the chance, by stopping by our office, bringing your intern to our next Chamber event, or sending us a message so we can reach out directly. We want all those spending time in the region to have the best summer ever, with the possibility of staying in or returning to Venango County sometime after graduation.

FLEX will host an Intern Appreciation Luncheon on August 2nd at Komatsu in Franklin. Any students, interns, or young professionals are invited to attend. Find more information at venangoflex.org or on their Facebook page at facebook.com/venangoflex.

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

Tessa Celebrates One Year at the Chamber


When I accepted the position of Executive Assistant at the Chamber last July, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. I was definitely nervous about the change, especially as I was just going back to work following maternity leave. But this job has been an incredible experience, has taught me so much, and has given me some amazing opportunities.

In the last year, I have met many people who are dedicated to bettering our region. I got to participate in the Chamber’s first ever Leadership program, which has been invaluable as I navigate through my new position and responsibilities. Working for the business community and seeing the great things happening right here has been fun, at times challenging, and always rewarding.

I wouldn’t be able to say this without thanking Susan and Ashley, for making me feel welcomed and immediately like I was a part of their team, for trusting me and supporting me, and creating such a positive work environment.

Thank you to everyone who has introduced themselves, helped me out at an event, provided guidance or just offered a friendly smile. I look forward to many more years at the Chamber!

Written by Tessa Byham

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s July 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.