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Job Shadow Guide Going to Schools Soon

A group of Leadership Venango’s Class of 2019 has created a Job Shadow Resource Guide for students, educators, and businesses.

The guide features tips for students and businesses to prepare for job shadows, questions for students to ask during their shadow, and a categorized list of local businesses willing to host students for shadow opportunities.

The Chamber is excited to be a part of this guide, which also gives students an idea of the training requirements and salary expectations for positions within each category.

Businesses that want to be included should contact Tessa at for more information. The guide will be sent to guidance counselors before the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

R.N. Goss Gas Products Celebrates 85 Years in Business

R.N. Goss Gas Products, located in Reno, marks its 85th year serving the area.  The company was established in 1934 with unassuming beginnings in Oil City.  Robert Norman Goss started the company during the Great Depression. By 1933, the height of the depression, unemployment had risen from 3% to 25% of the nation’s workforce.

The original site of Goss Gas was on Seventh Street in Oil City.  At the time, no propane or welding cylinders were filled on site.  Goss Gas moved to its current location along Route 8 in Reno in 1960. The company is an industrial gas and welding supplier with a retail store that distributes a wide range of welding and safety products and accessories.  Industrial gases are used for many applications including welding and fabrication, food processing, plastics manufacturing, and the healthcare industry.

In the late 1950’s, second generation N. Grant Goss joined his brother in business and together they operated Goss Gas until the early 1970’s.

Third generation joined the business in 1974 when just out of college, Dave Goss returned to Oil City to help in the family business.

“I didn’t really have a plan after college, but circumstances intervened,” Dave said.  He came home to assist in the business and never left.

Dave Goss eventually became the owner of the company, and last year the fourth generation joined the company with the addition of Goss’s daughter, Monika Goss, serving as the purchasing and inventory manager. 

Dave Goss says, “Distribution of compressed gases is a heavily geographically dependent operation and there has always been a local need for this type of supply business in our area.  Our size and our ability to really focus on our customers’ needs allow us to service the rural market more effectively than larger distributors.”

Goss Gas Products is part of a family of related businesses that includes RenovEx and Provanta, both of which focus on propane.  Between the three companies, over 100 local people are employed.

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

Venango County Commissioners Race

The Venango Chamber’s Advocacy Committee hosted a Candidates Forum on May 3, featuring those running for Venango County Commissioner.  All seven running for the opportunity to appear on the fall general election ballot were in attendance. The public was invited to submit questions, which along with those from the Chamber, were asked by moderators Frank Hajduk and Trenton Moulin.

The Pennsylvania  primary election was held on May 21 and included on the fall ballot will be Republicans Samuel Breene and Mike Dulaney along with Democrats Albert (Chip) Abramovic and Bonnie Summers.

Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 5. Make sure to get out and vote!

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

Venango Chamber Special Edition – The Derrick & The News-Herald

The Venango Chamber’s special edition published by The Derrick & The News-Herald came out at the end of May. This publication includes information about our:

  • Mission, objectives, board of directors, and staff
  • Advocacy, education, and leadership efforts
  • Be Here initiative
  • FLEX young professionals group
  • Festivals and events
  • Citizen, business, partner in business, and volunteer of the year
  • Community calendar and monthly newsletter

You can find this edition in the “Special Sections” of The Derrick’s website at or stop by our office at 24 Seneca Street in Oil City for a paper copy.

Everyday Visitors

As the final days of the school year approach, vacation is on everyone’s mind.  As many prepare to visit other places, Venango County will be the destination for many.  Our communities have taken the first steps to get ready, holding clean-up days and planting flower gardens, and some businesses just opening their doors for the summer season. 

Local trails will soon be bustling with bike riders and hikers and the waterways with boaters.  We all get excited at the prospect of the energy and commerce driven by the tourists who will be visiting.

We can often recognize a visitor, and hopefully are ready to respond with hospitality aimed at making their local experience one to remember, but we can forget we have visitors to our region year round, for many reasons other than recreation.  It can be easy to overlook the businesses that drive those visitors.

On our cover of VenangoWorks! this month, we featured Maxine Hellem, a resident of Oakwood Heights, with family during a recent visit to the Venango Museum. Our senior care facilities can be temporary or permanent homes for people from our area, but also attract those from further away, who need the specialized care they offer.  With them come their loved ones, who then are visitors to our area, seeking lodging, restaurants and when time allows, ways to spend time during a visit.

Betsy Kellner, executive director of the Museum, recently shared a story of a young businessman who stopped by while working on a project in a neighboring county.  In addition to his interest in the museum, he asked for a referral to a local restaurant. He was pleased with the food and extreme hospitality he received, and stopped back to see Betsy to let her know how wonderful his experience was.

Often, our youth experience local tourism and learn about our region, too, including field trips to museums, like the Christian Life Academy class in the photo above.

As you think of tourism, the state’s second highest economic driver, this is the perfect time to reflect on how to broaden your view of who a visitor is, and also consider how your business may be driving visitors to the region.

Lindsey Canchola, regional director of sales and marketing at Oakwood Heights, reminds us: “It takes the entire community to ensure that our residents are not only healthy, but happy.  When their families enjoy visiting, and when our staff are also having the best experiences in the community outside of work, it all filters back to them.”

Imagine a community where we treated every one we encounter as a visitor who we hope will return!

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