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Wanango Welcomes New General Manager


Wanango Country Club is proud to introduce their new General Manager Eric Thompson.

Eric is a PGA Associate Professional with over 15 years of experience in the golf industry. From the town of  North East and an Edinboro University graduate, Eric recently moved to Oil City with his wife, Deb, and their two children, Carter, 7, and Peyton, 4. 

Eric loves to play golf, teach others how to golf, hunt, fish, and spend time with his family. They are all looking forward to getting to know Venango County and meet new people. Welcome Eric and family!

If you’d like more information, visit Wanango’s website at www.wanangocountryclub.com, or call (814) 676-8133.  

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

Head-Line Hair Celebrates 25 Years in Business


Lynne Marshall’s Head-Line Hair opened it’s doors on May 17, 1994. What started as a small salon in a space on Route 322 has become a full service salon by offering services that include cuts, colors, perms, nail services, facials, make-up, waxing, lash extensions, and much more.

Owner Lynne Marshall says, “Our success is completely dependent on an amazingly talented, kind, and dedicated staff. Our mantra has always been to provide superior quality cosmetology services with an attitude of complete professionalism, attention to detail, and unparalleled client comfort and service.”

Head-Line Hair is happy to share their building with talented neighbors like Peaces for You Massage Therapy, Eckert Chiropractic, and Cross & Co. boutique. Marshall says this makes for a wonderful and complimentary environment.

Marshall also recognizes the importance in giving back to the community, and has spent years supporting groups like Newcomer’s Club, Christian Women’s Club, The Fighter’s Ball, Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen, 4H and local schools, churches and fire departments. They have also hosted Glamour Shots, makeover events, Antique Portraits, Ladies’ Night Out, Chamber mixers and several cut-a-thons.

Head-Line Hair will be celebrating 25 years of “A Beautiful You!” with a week of special events running May 14 to May 18.

Head-Line Hair is located at 1047 Allegheny Avenue in Oil City and can be reached by phone for appointments or information at (814) 677-0404.

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

Creative and Unpredictable Ways to Attract Business


Creating more or better exposure continues to be one of the greatest challenges for our businesses and communities.  Whether you are trying to attract customers, employees, or attention, it seems harder than ever to stand out in the crowd of distractions.

When it has become easier than ever to simply get what we need from the convenience of our home or office, with online ordering and communication, the burden is on us to give our audience a reason to show up.  Several local businesses have taken a chance in doing something unpredictable or special and we have noticed!

Who doesn’t know Gina? 4 Your Car Connection’s business ambassador, providing a fun greeting from in front of the business, but also engaging in social media and fun stories that engage members from across communities.

Pets can be a great way to show your friendly business climate, as customer greeters or creating a stress-free work environment for employees.  Dr. Kate Eckert brings her English Lab Bruno to work every day.  The Oil City Warehouse Mall and Best Printing both have pet kitties who lounge around the businesses and often are a pleasant surprise to customers, conveying a relaxed atmosphere.  And of course, the Venango Chamber dog Niko, Susan’s golden retriever, provides a connection to our neighbors and visitors walking by (pictured on cover).

Using color can be a great way to call attention to your business.  G Rex Wireless, in Seneca, stands out in the crowd along Route 257 with their bright green building, and the butterfly mural on the side of Buffalo Street Lanes is a popular photo attraction for visitors to Franklin.

Hoss’s recently added the option to bring your own bottle, giving customers the choice to compliment their meal with their favorite wine or beer, which can now be conveniently purchased next door at Sheetz, the chain making a significant investment in adding beer caves to its stores. Fat Dogs in Oil City is capitalizing on its proximity to a scenic overlook and by adding weekly concerts during the summer, providing another reason for customers to visit their ice cream and hot dog shop.

With the change of seasons, it is the perfect time to consider trying something new and creative, possibly taking inspiration from those shared in this article.  To get the most mileage out of any new tactics, be sure to share stories and pictures on social media. And be sure to let us know at the Chamber, so that we can tell others!

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

Leadership Venango Holds Eighth Session: Energy & Agriculture


The Leadership Venango Class of 2019 met for their eighth session on April 10 at the Venango County Fairgrounds. This session focused on Energy and Agriculture. Renee Tritten, Communications Supervisor for Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) and member of the Chamber’s leadership committee, had a full day planned for the class.

The session began with Larry Brink, System Engineer from CEC, discussing the alternative energy initiative and the pros and cons of various energy sources. He explained that in 2018 the United States was still 64% dependent on fossil fuels, 19% dependent on nuclear power and only 17% dependent on renewable resources. The class next heard from Bill Fesenmeyer, Senior System Engineer at CEC. Bill spoke on the energy industry, reliability, and grid security. Bill explained the different types of grids for areas from cities to rural communities.

Jeff Fowler, Senior Extension Educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension, introduced the Extension to the class and provided an overview and history of the Venango County Fairgrounds and 4H Program. Jeff is passionate about the program and the life skills students learn through their 4H projects and classes taught by the Extension. He then led the class on a tour of the Fairgrounds.

Following lunch, the class heard from Dan Brockett of the Penn State Extension Program, who spoke on the oil and gas industry and its impact in Venango County. The class discussed the new cracker plant in Monaca and its effect on the economy and the environment.

Warren Thomas, owner of Baytree Farm in Emlenton, then spoke on local agriculture opportunities. He emphasized the importance of knowing where your food comes from and how much work goes in to each crop. Warren recommended supporting local farmers through community-supported agriculture (CSA) and being mindful of the amount of food we waste. 

Finishing up the day was Adam Cook, CEO of the Franklin and Grove City YMCAs. Adam spoke on leading change with energy, touching on the different levels of leadership and how to encourage and motivate others. The Leadership Venango Class of 2019 will meet for their final session May 8 at the Drake Well Museum.

Join us in celebrating the inaugural class of Leadership Venango on May 22! Find more details about graduation here.

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

Robyn Young Named APTAC Region 3 Director


Robyn Young, Government Contracting Manager for the Northwest Commission Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), was recently appointed to be a Regional Director of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC).

Young will head Region 3, representing Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland; there are 12 PTAC offices in this region and nearly 100 across the country. She was officially elected and recognized during the Spring 2019 APTAC Conference in March in Reno, NV.

In addition to her duties as program manager of the Northwest Commission PTAC, Robyn will serve on the board of APTAC and represent Region 3 for a two-year term. APTAC’s Board and Committees are comprised entirely of volunteers who represent member PTACs. Robyn brings 7+ years of government contracting experience to the Association and strives to be a strong resource for new and seasoned PTACers.

PTACs are charged with assisting businesses in learning how to do business with federal, state, and local governments. PTACs are a local resource available at no or nominal cost that can provide assistance to business firms in marketing their products and services. They offer training to businesses on how to research and bid on contracts, assist with registration requirements, provide bid-matching services, and assist with pre and post award contracting issues.

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