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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 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 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 and find BBCF on Facebook at

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

Ceremonial Ribbon Cuttings

In the past few months, the Chamber has had the opportunity to acknowledge three members as they held ceremonial ribbon cuttings.

We celebrated with Heath Oil as they opened their new Ocean Spray Car Wash in Oil City and attended the grand opening of the Classic Salon in Oil City and the opening of The Collins House, a new hospice home built and operated by the Venango VNA Foundation, located in Franklin.

We hope you will support these local businesses and we look forward to more ribbon cuttings in 2019! Let us know if your business or organization is interested in holding a ribbon cutting.

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

Planning Commission Will Host Hazardous Waste Collection

e-wasteThe Venango County Regional Planning Commission will once again host a household hazardous waste/electronics collection event. The collection will take place at the Cranberry Mall on January 26 and March 30 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required for this event.

There is an extensive list of items that will be accepted including many chemical products and various electronic items. Some fees apply.

You can register by calling 1-866-815-0016 or by logging onto  For questions, please call (814) 425-7773.

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

Franklin-Oil Region Credit Union Welcomes New CEO

FrankKarenlin-Oil Region Credit Union, a $40M credit union with approximately 7,600 members, is honored and excited to have selected Karen Baldwin as their new Chief Executive Officer. Karen is a strong, seasoned financial services professional with a value driven leadership style.

Credit Unions are an important part of the communities they serve. They a re member owned not-for-profit financial organizations whose main priority is to pass along their earnings in the form of low cost products and services to benefit their members.

Operating a credit union is challenging and demanding at times and requires dedication and commitment from all involved.

“We feel very fortunate to have Karen on our team making a positive impact and shFranklin-Oil-Region-Credit1-800x258aping the growth of the credit union”, says Tonya Sharrar, Business Development Specialist at the credit union.

Karen stated, “I am excited to join a team that truly cares about the members, as well as the community it serves.”

Karen and her husband are natives of Titusville. They have three beautiful children and a granddaughter who Karen refers to as, “the light of their life”. They enjoy participating in community events as well as spending time with friends and family.

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