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Venango Chamber First Quarter Wrap-Up


At the end of the first quarter of another year, we are excited to share how much has already been accomplished by you and your chamber.

Continuing to follow our strategic plan and the commitment to connect business to business, the Chamber’s Annual Dinner brought together over 200 business representatives to celebrate success in the region. 

To add to the excitement, the new website at www.venangochamber.org was launched that very day. The new website put our member businesses front and center, sharing the stories of what they do and providing a dynamic directory that will continue to add promotional value to each listing.

This quarter, members met on several occasions, including the Lee James Business Mixer, the Oil City High School Career Fair, and the Cranberry Mall Expo. April, we’ll host our first Membership 101, where you can learn how to best utilize your membership listing.

Leadership Venango met each month, in January at UPMC, in February at Clarion University – Venango, and in March at Komatsu Mining Corp.  After two more sessions, this first class of 13 will graduate on May 22.  Save the date to join them for their celebration that evening from 5 to 7 p.m.

Planning is well underway for the Oil Heritage Festival, with a few tweaks planned to this year’s event.

A new offering for members are Tech Talks, held on the third Friday of each month, at the Chamber from 8 to 9 a.m.  This round table discussion is perfect for those who are already established on social media, looking for peers to network with, and share tips or explore challenges.  Contact us if you are interested in participating in the next meeting.

Now that Spring has arrived and we all begin to move about more, we invite you to stop by the Chamber, let us know a great time to visit you, or check out our calendar for the next chance to meet up at an event!

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

Advocacy Committee to Host Commissioner Candidates Forum


The Chamber’s Advocacy Committee looks forward to hosting a Candidates Forum on May 3, where community members can learn about the seven candidates for County Commissioner and hear their stance on local issues.

The forum will start with breakfast at the Quality Inn & Conference Center in Franklin at 7:30 a.m., with the program following from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

The Advocacy Committee will be compiling a list of topics to discuss with the candidates, and input from the community is welcome.

The County Commissioner candidates include:
• Albert “Chip” Abramovic
• Sam Breene
• Tim Brooks
• Joe Carulli
• Mike Dulaney
• Darrell Karns
• Bonnie Summers

Additional topics discussed at the recent Advocacy Committee meeting include transportation, blight, poverty, workforce, connections between communities, and business opportunities.

The purpose of this committee is to work with our elected officials and community partners to establish regulations and policies that will affect the ability of a business to compete in the worldwide economy and continue to generate income and jobs that will help to improve the quality of life in the Venango Area.

If you are interested in getting involved with our advocacy efforts, contact the Chamber at chamber@venangochamber.org or (814) 676-8521.

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

Help Us Show That #VenangoWorks!


VenangoWorks! is the name of the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, inspired by the #hashtag movement and our way of acknowledging and collecting great experiences people have with our businesses.

Now that we are routinely sharing our newsletter content on our blog and social media, we’ll make sure to tag posts with #VenangoWorks.  This is a great way to search and see all the good things going on.

We’re hoping you’ll join us by using the hashtag #VenangoWorks in your posts. After having a great experience, share a picture, tweet, or post, and make sure to use the hashtag #VenangoWorks. If you’re unfamiliar with hashtags, read our blog post “So What is a Hashtag Anyways?

So get sharing, and let’s show everyone that Venango Works!

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

FLEX to Recognize Local Young Professionals—Friday, April 5


Have you ever heard the comment: “All young people have to leave our area to be successful”? We know this is absolutely untrue, and on Friday, April 5, we will recognize 12 professionals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in Venango County.

These nominees’ professions range from business owners and accountants, to psychologists and engineers, and all contribute to our community in significant ways.

All professionals are invited to attend the event, not just young professionals, and it will take place at the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Community members can register by visiting venangochamber.org/flex-presents and FLEX is also welcoming sponsorships.

The evening of FLEX Presents is full of networking, delicious food and drink, and a presentation about these young professionals and FLEX.

Find more information about FLEX Presents and past nominees here and RSVP here.

Bridge Builders Holds Week of Giving—March 18-22


Bridge Builders Community Foundations (BBCF) will host the Week of Giving this month—a campaign to spur collective charitable giving and garner excitement that will allow donors to give to numerous nonprofits throughout our region.

Last year, more than $240,000 was raised through the Week of Giving, with 128 nonprofits participating. Approximately 150 nonprofits have signed up this year, and the foundation hopes to raise even more towards organizations making a difference in our community.

“This campaign isn’t only about donations; it’s about educating people on our community’s needs and the nonprofits that are meeting those needs,” said Trenton Moulin, executive director of BBCF. “So many nonprofits of all sizes are making our area a better place and we want to celebrate that and showcase all that charities do.”

Beginning on March 18 at 9 a.m., community members can visit bbcfgives.org and make donations to both small and large organizations, ranging from children & youth and libraries, to environmental and arts & culture.

Donations by check must be in BBCF’s possession by 4 p.m. on Thursday, and online donations end at 5 p.m. on Friday.

To learn more, visit bbcfgives.org and find BBCF on Facebook at facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

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