Greenville Chamber Challenge

The Chamber announces the Greenville Chamber Challenge business contest. The Downtown Task Force generated the idea to attract businesses to the Greenville Business District. The winner will receive $5,000 to use for rent, down payment for purchase, or renovation and remodeling. Contestants must submit a business plan by September 18 to the chamber of commerce. Assistance in completing the plan is available from the Gannon Small Business Development Center located in the chamber office building. Five contestants will be selected by a panel of judges to give oral presentations, and then one winner will be chosen from those presentations. Criteria and eligibility guidelines are available at the Chamber office or you can download a copy here.

 

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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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.




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!

Launching A New Brand Identity

On Friday morning, December 12th, 2014, Connect Hearing formally celebrated its new identity with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The former Family Hearing offices at 109 Woodfield Drive, who have been apart of this community for over 35 years, may have a new sign out front, on the door and in the offices, but their excellent and competitive services have not. With over 300 offices national wide, Connect Hearing boasts it strong brand with the local customer service of house calls, friendly and knowledgeable staff who care for each patient that walks through their doors. Joyce Geisel and Angie Unger of Connect Hearing were joined by patients Glenn Bishop and Boneta Morrison as well as others for the celebration. Connect Hearing is open 5 days a week from 8:30am to 5:00pm

 

From Left to Right: Glenn Bishop, Joyce Geisel, Angie Unger, Ben Beck and Boneta Morrison

Chamber Members - Now is the time to RSVP!

Join us for a New and Improved Annual Dinner

This year, we have a much different format... 

We have planned for you a mixer/happy hour start to the evening from 4pm to 6pm... feel free to join us at anytime during that networking time. 

At 6pm, we hope you will join us for a very nice sit-down dinner, where our guest Jill Newcomer with the Small Business Development Center (now located at our chamber office) will kick off the evening!

NEW THIS YEAR! A chamber is only as strong as its membership. We are always seeking new members. This year, we are encouraging you to invite businesses who are not chamber members to the free happy hour/ mixer portion of the evening from 4pm to 6pm. Your guest(s) is/are more than welcome to stay for the dinner, but must reserve and pay.

THERE IS INCENTIVE! For every potential new member that you invited who becomes a chamber member, your business will receive a $25 credit on your next dues payment!


Borough & Business Meeting: A First

With over 30 in attendance, the first ever Borough and Business meeting was a success. The group addressed many issues that our businesses in the Borough of Greenville area facing and Jasson Urey (Borough Manager), Brian Shipley (Council President) and Jonathan Bailey (Chamber Vice President and Council Member) were able to work on providing answers and solutions. There is still plenty of work to be done, but many were excited to have a line of open communication in working to make Greenville a better community and promote economic growth by making it a business friendly borough.

64th Annual Business & Industry Day Golf Outing 2014

Thank you to all of this year's participants and sponsors at the 64th Annual Business & Industry Day Golf Outing! This years outing was another success! The committee was able to put together an outing, very different from previous years, invigorating the event with great prizes, entertainment while still providing for those who look forward to the professional experience. This year we stepped up our game after instruction from Teaching Pro, Eric Johnson from the Oakmont Country Club. Cash prizes and plaques were given to the winning teams as well as skill prizes and each participant received an awesome welcome gift that included a power bank (Osborne-Williams Funeral Home), golf towel (Kalchthaler Insurance), golf accessories (ILSCO Extrusions) a bottle of wine (Greenville Savings Bank) and a commemorative wine tote.