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The Art of Giving Great Service

We all know great customer service is important in retail and food service, but what many don’t realize is that it is essential in any type of business or organization. At our Zingtrain workshop in November (learn more about it here) we had a variety … READ MORE

Visioning for Ourselves & Our Community

Where do you hope to be in 10 years? What growth do you wish to see in your business in 5 years? What is your goal of a certain project you are working on for the next month? You may have an idea in your … READ MORE

Giving Thanks

The holiday season is upon us, which brings full schedules of family gatherings, work parties, and community events. During the busy next couple of months, it can be easy to get caught up in everything and forget to take a minute to recognize all that … READ MORE

Peter Greene Column: A Search for Fulfillment Can Lead Us Back Home

This is a column by Peter Green from The Derrick & The News-Herald. Find the original article here. I try not to focus on myself in this column, but Tuesday’s article by Rosemary Fielding about the “Be Here” visit to Rocky Grove High School inspired me to speak up. … READ MORE

Be Here Quarterly Session Three – Collaboration

When it comes to advertising, events, transportation, and communication–how can we work together throughout the county to collaborate? “Collaborating Across Communities” was the topic discussed at our third Be Here Quarterly on September 25. The group was made up of about 15 individuals from across the … READ MORE

Youth Ambassadors Spreading Positive Messaging

We often hear older generations tell youth: “You have to leave Venango County after you graduate,” or “You will never find a job or be successful here.” We certainly encourage young people to experience other places and get a new perspective–whether they go to college, … READ MORE

Selling Be Here Effort

Story by Rosemary Fielding, staff writer at The Derrick & The News-Herald Photos by Richard Sayer “Will the kids stick around?” has been a perennial question in homes and gathering places around the region ever since the Rust Belt began its manufacturing decline many years ago and … READ MORE

Be Here Internship Reflection

Written by Jessica Wilson, 2019 Venango Chamber/Be Here Intern What does it mean to Be Here? What kind of opportunities are there for a young professional in Venango County? Before this summer, I would have said there are jobs for engineers in our area but … READ MORE

Be Here Quarterly Session Two – Communication

What kind of community do you want to live in? What does communication look like in this community? These were some of the questions discussed at the second Be Here Quarterly held at the end of June at the Franklin Industrial & Commercial Development Authority … READ MORE

Be Here Quarterly Session One – Community Conversation

While we spend a lot of our time promoting the positives of our area through the Be Here initiative, we know there are challenges we face here. Not one person or organization can create change; it takes the whole community coming together. That’s exactly why … READ MORE