News & Events

Summer in Venango County

As the first official day of summer quickly approaches, the area is already buzzing with excitement of summer fun. A shocking comment that we often hear is: “there is nothing to do here.” Even with the unexpected changes with COVID-19, there are still many opportunities … READ MORE

Using the Be Here Calendar of Events

We often hear people say: “There’s nothing to do here!” We know this is absolutely untrue, but we need YOU to help us show people that Venango County is an exciting, fun place to be. About one year ago we created a calendar on the … READ MORE

Email List Contest

During the month of January, if you join the Be Here email list, you could win a gift certificate to a local business! We send out a monthly update email as well as a weekly email with upcoming local events. To join the email list, … READ MORE

Three Years of Be Here

In early 2016, Venango Chamber President and CEO Susan Williams met with a few Chamber board members about a problem we were facing in Venango County–people talking negatively about our area. This wasn’t new–the same discussion had been happening for years. The Chamber has been … READ MORE

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