50 Cups of Coffee

What if we all tried to meet one new person a week? Think of the connections we’d make and the relationships we’d build.

In a TEDx Talk called “The 50 Cups of Coffee Challenge,” the speaker encourages audience members to meet up with one person a week for 50 weeks of the year. Through these “connections through conversation,” your network can expand and your life can be greatly impacted.

At the Venango Chamber and with the Be Here initiative, we’re all about connections. Connecting new residents to like-minded community members, job seekers with businesses hiring, visitors with information about our region, and so much more.

It’s essential, especially in a small town, to get to know people throughout the community, whether it’s your neighbor, a business owner, or just another community member you see out and about. Connections can not only help you feel welcomed and at home here, but can also lead you to accomplishing great things.

These can be personal and involve meeting new friends, or more professional, leading to success within your career. They say “it helps to know people” and it’s 100% true. If you need a business referral, new customers, or just helpful advice, the more people you know, the better chance you can make that happen.

(This is an excerpt from a blog post written by Program Manager Ashley Cowles on the Be Here website. Click the button above or here to read the full article)
Each year, the Venango Chamber recognizes excellence in our region by naming a Citizen of the Year (Leah Gesing), Business of the Year (Matric Group), and Partner in Business of the Year (Barrow-Civic Theatre).

The community is invited to attend the Chamber's Annual Dinner on February 27, where these individuals and organizations will be honored. Learn more and RSVP here.
The Chamber's young professionals group (FLEX) also recognizes a Young Professional of the Year each April. The 2019 event will be on Friday, April 5, and nominations are now open. Nominees must be live and/or work in Venango County, be between the ages of 18 and 39, and participate in community activities outside of their career. Learn more & nominate a young professional here.
Have an upcoming community event you're planning? Looking for something to do in the area? Visit to find a community calendar! Any local organization can add their event by clicking the "submit your event to the community calendar button" and completing the form.

This calendar is on the Venango Chamber's website, but we be moved to the Be Here site in the near future. You can also find a list of things to do at
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Be Here is a program of the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce.

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