Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce represents many
Since I started at the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce in September 2013, I have often been asked what is it that the chamber does. It is hard to explain since the chamber involves many aspects of community relations. The chamber is made up of businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals. All of these groups represent the interests of local businesses and the community.
The chamber of commerce works as an advocate for the community and its businesses with the goal of economic development in the area. We work to develop a network for businesses that increases the visibility of not just the chamber and its members, but also it promotes the City of Connellsville and its surrounding communities. The chamber attempts to connect businesses with other businesses, but we also serve as a resource for people outside of the community to gain information about businesses and organizations in the area.
There have also been numerous visitors to the office and phone calls from individuals inquiring about tourism in and around Connellsville. This is a trend that seems to be increasing. In addition, there have been many inquiries concerning business development in the City of Connellsville.
Our organization has members from as far away as Florida. The chamber of commerce is a good source for keeping up-to-date with events in the community, businesses coming to the community, and updates on businesses that have been in the area for a very long time.
There are many events that take place every year that are sponsored by the chamber of commerce and its members. Over the past five months, the chamber has sponsored numerous events such as the Great Gatsby Gala, Christmas in the Park, the Christmas party at the Cochran House, and recently, Winter Wonderland, an event that recognized Pechin Enterprises for its 66 years in business.
On Feb. 25, the chamber of commerce will hold the annual awards banquet at Bell's Banquet Hall in Mt. Pleasant. During the banquet, the chamber will be recognizing citizens in many categories including community service by an individual, community service by a group, distinguished citizen, Beautification Award, and the Athena Award. It is important to remember that supporting events sponsored by the chamber of commerce also supports the community.
Recently, the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce received its nonprofit 501(c)(3) status which means there will be more opportunities to acquire funding for projects that it is working on, but it also allows donations to our organization to be tax deductible. These projects will improve the chamber, the network of businesses, and the community. Especially now with Connellsville making so many improvements in the city, it is equally important for the chamber of commerce be on board to support those improvements.
Connellsville is growing and over the past five months the chamber's membership has grown as well.
We welcomed several individuals, three businesses, one of the local boroughs and a church during that period. We are currently having a membership drive; the larger our organization is, the more networking can be offered which will lead to a stronger economy and community. The goal is to keep business within the community.
If any business, organization, or individual is interested in becoming a chamber member, call the chamber office at 724-628-5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop in and see me at 100 S. Arch St., Connellsville. I look forward to seeing you in the Chamberhood.
Shirley J. Rosenberger is manager of the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Uniontown homicide suspect says blood sugar level so low during questioning that he couldn’t comprehend officers
- Fayette County residents warned muggy weather could cause health problems
- North Fayette municipal authority awaits study on water
- Attempted homicide charge dropped in Bullskin bat beating, but man held for trial on other counts
- Former Fayette commissioner plans run as independent
- Connellsville police search for armed robber
- Man charged with threats against Fayette firefighters
- Former Fayette County Democratic chairman, county commissioner Lebder dies at 94
- Hundreds to participate in Nicholson Memorial Bike Run to benefit cancer patients
- Police seeking suspect in Fayette motel robbery
- Lynn: Vanderbilt church to sponsor rabies clinic Saturday