The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce finished 2017 with a brightly lit Christmas parade with 29 units – which did not count the fire trucks that formed the beginning of the parade. What a great demonstration of community spirit! The chamber has been involved with the Christmas celebration since the 1940s. The parade was a great ending to the 70th anniversary year of the Chamber.
The Chamber was also host to several other successful events, including Business & Community Expo, Grapes & Growlers, Halloween Parade, and Small Business Saturday promotions. In addition, the chamber co-hosted the Annual Auction with the United Way of Mercer County and the Business & Industry Day with Greenville Area Economic Development Corp.
The chamber has been actively collaborating with the other county chambers. They participated with the Commissioners Meet N Greet hosted by Mercer Area Chamber; 40 Under 40 awards spearheaded by Shenango Valley Chamber; and a Multi Chamber Mixer coordinated by Grove City Area Chamber. All the chambers participated in discussions with other stakeholders and elected officials on how to save the State Correctional Facility in Mercer and the 400 plus jobs it represented. Greenville Chamber organized a breakfast presentation by DCED Secretary Dennis Davin, who spoke on the importance of early childhood education in industry.
The chamber is more than an event sponsor. Participating with the Downtown Task Force, the chamber hosted the successful Property Showcase, where landlords opened up their commercial properties for prospective tenants, and the Greenville Chamber Challenge award. The Showcase led to the opening of Athena Study Abroad, The Boutique on Main and Ready Value Auto.
The Chamber Challenge was a $5,000 award for a business to locate in the Greenville business district. The panel of judges was pleased to present the award to Seth Allison, owner of Hometown Jiu-Jitsu on Main Street.
The Chamber is looking forward to new initiatives in 2018 to create value for its members, to help business prosper, and to make the community a great place to live, work and play.