Big Top For Sale

It's not the circus; it's a building available through the Greenville Reynolds Development Corp.

Building Specs:

  • Building is 86’x272 on one side and 86’x242’ on other side.
  • Cranes: 2 are 20 ton and 1 is 10 ton. Rail height of cranes is 22’-7”. Center to center rail is 79’-6”.
  • Building has 32’ eaves. 28’-9” clearance under frame.

Click here for a picture of the building.

Those interested should contact Brad Gosser, 724-646-1144

Greenville Main Street Showcase

A task force was formed at the suggestion of an engineer's study after the closure of Main Street, and we began to explore better ways for the Borough and the downtown merchants to communicate. The group participated in a couple of meetings sharing ideas not only about means of communication, but also about the general business environment in Greenville. 

These open discussions have led to the planning of an event on November 19 that will feature open tours of available rental space, as well as giving interested entrepreneurs an opportunity to talk with local bank representatives, a borough code representative, and a member of the Gannon Small Business Development Center.

This is an exciting venture, and the group is positive as we look for ways to market the business climate in Greenville. The next meeting is Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the chamber's conference room.

To view the flyer for reservation information, click here.

 

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66th Annual B&I Day

Well, it's almost here: the 66th Annual Business & Industry Day at The Greens of Greenville. Image having the privilege of coordinating the longest running community event of its kind. I hope that I make the day as enjoyable as previous years. While the event has seen many changes over the years, this is still a great outing to bring together business and community leaders in a relaxed atmosphere. While the weather may prove unkind, it's the one thing we can't control. We still plan to have an enjoyable day.

We see teamwork on the course, but there is also teamwork behind the scenes. The success of B&I Day is due to the continued support of our sponsors, players and volunteers. This year's Birdie Sponsors are Greenville Savings Bank and UPMC Horizon, and our Par Sponsor is ILSCO Extrusions. Many hours go into planning an event of this caliber, I feel a sense of accomplishment when I witness everyone having a good time.

It is encouraging to see the many people who support the initiatives of the GAEDC and GACC. Proceeds help us with the vital mission of promoting economic development and community promotions.

PA Sunshine Law

Sunshine laws, also known as open-meeting laws or public-records laws, support government transparency and accountability, allowing citizens to know what goes on when government officials transact public business. As the majority of county municipalities, the Borough of Greenville holds a council work session and a regular council meeting, and both of these meetings are open to the public. Regular council meetings are held the second Monday of the month with the work session held the previous Thursday. 

According to the law, advance notice of the meetings must be given. The Record Argus publishes meeting dates on the bottom left corner of the front page. The Borough also posts the dates on their web page under the "Borough Information" tab. There is a link on the home page that directs users to a portal containing agendas and minutes from previous meetings as well as other public documents.

An important differentiating note here is that deliberation surrounding motions occurs during work sessions, and the actual vote happens at the regular council meetings. Public comments are heard at the beginning of the meeting and then again at the end of the meeting. However, any comments given at the end of the meeting must pertain to agenda items discussed during the meeting. If you are attending a regular council meeting and want to voice a concern, visitors have the floor during the beginning of the meeting and are each given five minutes to speak.

Local government is for everyone. Local government is responsible to its citizens, and they want to make sound decisions regarding community needs and the best use of resources to create a sustainable community.

Origins of Memorial Day - a short history lesson

American Legions and VFW Posts with volunteer help spend hours placing flags and markers on our veterans' grave sites in preparation for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. We all realize it's more than a three-day weekend, but a day to remember those that have fallen defending our freedom. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans' Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans' Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Memorial Day has been around longer than any of us remember. It started as "Decoration Day" in the late 1860's after the Civil War. More than 600,000 Americans died during the Civil War, and both North and South wanted to commemorate them. Under the leadership of women during the war, an increasingly formal practice of decorating graves had taken shape.  In 1865, the federal government began creating national military cemeteries for the Union war dead. Many cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day including, Charleston, SC; Waterloo, NY; Boalsburg, PA; Carbondale, IL; Columbus, GA; and Columbus, MI.

In the years following the War Between the States, the North and South held various ceremonies to honor the fallen Union and Confederate soilders. In 1868, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11, designating May 30 as a memorial day. Beginning with Michigan in 1871, states passed laws making the holiday official. May 30 was chosen as it held no particular relevance to any battle, and flowers would be in bloom for the decorating. However, it wasn't until 1971 that Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday by an act of Congress. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.

Memorial Day is celebrated differently in communities across the nation; however, all Americans are supposed to pause for a minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time to pay tribute to the men and women who died while serving the nation. Congress instituted this practice in 2000 with the passage of The National Moment of Remembrance Act, so this is one Memorial Day activity that is actually the law.

While we look upon Memorial Day as the beginning of summer, let's also remember that there are more than 260,000 graves in Arlington National Cemetery alone of men and women who gave their lives so that we may celebrate the arrival of summer. (For actual counts of military deaths during war, visit Military Factory.)

"From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion..." from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Message from Dan Weigmann, Spring Thiel Intern

This semester I interned at the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. This was a spectacular way for me as the Junior Chamber President and a college student to get involved in the Greenville community.  As the intern I worked at least twice a week in the office under the direct supervision of the Office Manager, Janice Schwanbeck. I worked with her on several projects including the annual Community and Business Expo, Chamber Annual Auction, several seminars, special events, and other projects.  All of these projects involved preparation work, including spread sheets of those involved, planning of the actual event, and implementation ideas the day of. For example for the business expo, I created spreadsheets displaying where the businesses were located within the Thiel Dome. Throughout my internship I also worked on expanding the chamber's business perks program, which are discounts and offers chamber members offer to each other. While I have been working on this project, I added ten businesses to the perks program which gives a direct benefit to the chamber membership. I have also coordinated contracts with five amusement and theme parks to give group rate discounts to the chamber members as another added benefit.  By attending the events in the evening such as the 40 Under 40 recognition and the member refresher, I gained so much knowledge in how business owners interact with one another and how I can network with others better. Additionally, I helped create a new unique relationship with Thiel College, who is assisting the chamber with the Business Next Door video series. This partnership will continue to benefit both entities now and into the future. Being an intern at the chamber was an amazing experience that has allowed me to gain knowledge in so many different areas. This has been such a positive experience for me, and I look forward to applying the skills I have learned in my education and into my future career in business. 

The Power of Networking

One of the benefits of Chamber membership is the opportunity for business networking. The power of networking cannot be underestimated. Networking is about building and maintaining relationships. It's a personal form of communication that helps people build trust. Networking is a skill.

Amassing business cards isn't networking. Quality is more important than quantity. Direct your networking toward cultivating personal connections. Once you make a new connection, you need to leverage it by following up with the person. The follow up is what creates the connection. Write notes on the back of a business card about your interaction; then use those things to create the follow up.

While social media helps people make connections. it's not a substitute for traditional face-to-face networking. Social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook allow you to connect to hundreds of people and most likely interactions with these connections is limited. The power of networking lies in how well people know you, how much they trust you, how much they gain from having you in their network, and how often you communicate with them.

Networking can happen anywhere. Arranging meetings and workshops, attending seminars and conventions, running conferences and ceremonies, and serving on a board of directors or on a committee are all excellent ways of meeting other industry professionals.

Engaging with people, leaving a great impression, and staying in touch will provide you with future business opportunities.

What is a Chamber of Commerce

The term “chamber of commerce” is a widely known organization that is associated with business.  But really what does this organization do? The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives defines this phrase as “an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests, while advancing their community, region, state or nation.” (acce.org).

The chamber of commerce is the major support system of community businesses, bringing all types of industry together to achieve a common goal.  Having large and small businesses working together to improve the region is what provides not only strength to the commerce of the Greenville area, but it is what makes communities stay strong and grow.  The more members the Chamber has, the better we can represent the business community.  We accomplish collectively what no business could do alone.

The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce relies upon its members to participate and make the community stronger.  Through events, seminars, and community gatherings the chamber offers so many different opportunities for individuals and businesses to meet new people and improve their networks.  The wide variety of events, when taken advantage of, can greatly improve your business and open you to opportunities that are only available with your participation in this chamber.  The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce is promoting businesses throughout the region, it is you who must decide if you want to join and reap the benefits or watch from the sidelines.  

Chamber Office Manager Change

Chambers are an important component of any community, and I'm excited to be a part of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to meeting and working with its members on our various initiatives and goals. This is an especially exciting time at the Chamber with the introduction of the new enhanced tiered membership program. If you haven't yet made your selection, please visit the membership dues section to review the benefits of each tier.

My previous experience includes development of copy writing, brand communications, event management, newsletter preparation, website maintenance, and project management. I hold a master's degree in English from Slippery Rock University.

Please feel free to contact me at the office 724-588-7150 or jschwanbeck@greenvillechamber-pa.org. Again I look forward to working with you.




Scarecrows on Main 2015 Winners!

Thank you to all of the 2015 Scarecrows on Main participants. As always, it was very difficult for our judges to pick out the winners this year, but tough choices were made and the winners are as follows:

Business Category

  • 1st Place - Cianci's Motel (Mad Hatter Mark)

  • 2nd Place - Valley Eye Center ("Eye" Doctor)

  • 3rd Place - Dr. Kevin Smith (Granny Wolf)

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Family & Non-Profit Category

  • 1st Place - Keystone Female Services (Supporting Greenville's Future)

  • 2nd Place - Greenville Area Public Library (There Was An Old Lady)

  • 3rd Place - Keystone Transitional Living Male - (Bob The Builder)

The Cycle At Work, But Let's Keep It Going

Over a year ago now there was a group of chamber members and concerned small business owners who came together to talk about what it means to do business in a small community. These business owners are some of the most generous people this area has to offer, always giving to important causes and supporting local sports teams or other youth oriented activities.

There is a cycle that is supposed to work.

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Many of these businesses were starting to notice a dangerous shift in mindset that was throwing off the cycle that is supposed to work.  This cycle is so dependent on all the parts to work that it is difficult to pick which part to start with, since all of them are equally important. Let's just start with Building A Better Community.  This first step, is really an ongoing goal, the idea that keeps the cycle turning. It's what should prompt the community to act and should be a conscious business decision. In this cycle Building A Better Community directs the community in supporting local businesses. These businesses are what make our community unique and they notoriously keep local dollars spent local.  With the action of the Community Supporting Local Business we start to see Local Small Businesses Succeed. They may be able to employ more people or they might be able to improve local infrastructure through repairs made to their building. But ultimately Local Small Business Success should lead to those Businesses Generously giving to their community. The cycle can grow and blossom and have profound impacts. 

But does this happen here?

With the Main Street closed many of our small businesses that occupy our downtown are feeling the pinch. Sales are down, way down. Joe & Jenn of Padrone's Pizza & Pub have a business downtown that has been greatly effected. They have, however, also experienced something tremendous during this difficult time: the cycle at work.  Some of their best customers have reached out and have showed up during this time of need. A local patron recently came and bought hundreds in gift cards to give to co-workers this Christmas and decided to all bless the hard-hit serve staff and bar tenders by leaving a hefty tip. Even a local "Big Bad Corporation" ordered a large number of pizzas to feed their staff, saying something along the lines of, "you guys have always been good to us and we want to help you out." This is community at work, this is the cycle making its way around to complete the circle. Joe and Jenn believe the out pouring from their patrons and from the community can be attributed to their efforts of supporting the community over the past 10 years they have been in business in Greenville, PA. 

Recently in a meeting with other downtown businesses, Joe mentioned the need of addressing the community in starting local. Unknowingly, what Joe is proposing is the very thing those businesses first mentioned were working on. We are having our "for such a time as this" moment. 

It's time to launch our START HERE campaign.  A couple of points to get the ball rolling:

  •  It's about educating both businesses and community with the hopes of creating good locally minded habits.
  • We understand that our local small businesses do not have everything and will not meet all of your needs, but the idea behind it is in the name, we should at least "Start Here". Start local and get what you can from your small businesses... make that part of your routine.
  • There are many reasons why Buying Local Matters. Keep an eye out for campaign materials sharing those points. They will be on posters, post cards, and businesses cards for you to keep in your wallet as a reminder.

There is work to do.

Creating habits like starting local before your go some where else is not easy. It is sometimes changing years and years of "convenience" excuses and apathy. But why don't we start finally? So let's start here. 

Keep supporting your downtown businesses who are hurting right now. Let's make a concerted effort to keep them alive, especially those who have demonstrated their part in the cycle: Business Generosity -> Building A Better Community

It's Happening

We need you! It's time! It's happening!

If you are interested in helping make the Road Block Bashes a success, please join us for a special meeting at the Chamber of Commerce today, Wednesday, September 9th at 5pm to discuss how we can make the most of these events! We need people who both have great ideas and who are doers!! There is also a Greenville Downtown Business Association meeting at Steph's Corner Pub & Grille on Monday, September 14th at 8:30am to plan for the events as well. We hope that you will come out and join us in making the most of this road closure and are excited for the opportunity to make this happen!

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Chamber Picnic & Float

Thank You Carried Away Recreation!

For the first Chamber Picnic in probably a long time, Carried Away Recreation floated chamber members down the Shenango for a FREE 1 mile trip! The group that floated was then joined by other members at a nearby pavilion in Riverside Park for a potluck. It was a great evening of fun for the whole family and even some networking!

This float was the first experience kayaking for some members, and for many, their first time down our beautiful river! Some got wet, but everyone had a blast.

Board member Bob Piccirilli  (PNC) kept the hotdogs and hamburgers coming off the charcoal grille. Kids of chamber members in attendance played at the playground nearby. And the conversation flowed. We might have to start a little earlier next year in order to not feel the pressure of ending at DUSK when the park closes. 

So the question is... where were you?

Get a float in before the season is over!

This guy really likes to float down the river with Carried Away Recreation!

This guy really likes to float down the river with Carried Away Recreation!

GAEDC

"Promoting the economic well being of the Greenville Area and its citizens."

That is the important take away from the Greenville Area Economic Development Corporations mission statement. This brief article serves to share what is happening at our local economic entity.

GAEDC has been focusing much of its attention lately to the building of a hotel. Jim Lowry says, "its been talked about for decades." Last year a feasibility study was completed and what it showed was promising. Greenville could clearly support a 60+ unit hotel with visitors coming from business related stays to families and alumni of our local college.  Many of our visitors right now are staying elsewhere in Mercer County. It looks like the hotel project is 80% complete (much of which included securing local investors). A site has been picked, but the permitting will determine securing the proposed placement. 

The corporation has been developing a great partnership with the Greenville Reynolds Development Corporation over the past few years as well, with Marcegaglia (the old Damascus site) nearing acquisition. The two entities have been working on this deal for some time and once complete, remediation will begin to bring it up to an ACT 2 clearance from the state. The site already has a development client expressing interest in the site for expanding their business. Additionally, the GAEDC and GRDC have been exploring a joint venture in building a multi-tenant facility within the development park. 

The Trinity site continues to be a point of curiosity within the community. The GAEDC maintains monitoring of the remediation progress of the North and South plants. They also continue to work with Trinity in identifying the best use for the properties. As the community eagerly awaits, I, your chamber office manager, would like to remind you, our community reader, that good things come to those who wait (insert winking emoticon).

As a current tenant at the chamber offices, the GAEDC, GACC, GUSBDC as well as our newest addition, Heather Maurer with Representative Mark Longietti's office, continues to work well in cooperation as each entity can benefit and strengthen each other without duplicating services. 

The GAEDC welcomes new board members this year: Chris Wright (St. Pauls) and Brad Rutledge (Pennex). 

Have more questions? Feel free to stop by the office anytime and Jim Lowry or myself would be happy to assist you!