Wow! Cooperation works!
It’s a given that businesses need to reach out in order to succeed.
A year ago we joined four Chambers of Commerce, Butler, Clarion, Franklin and Venango. Foxburg happens to be geographically situated in the middle of the areas served by these Chambers. Last winter Stan Kosciuszko, Executive Director of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce, suggested a Cooperative mixer with the other Chambers. A tentative date of Wednesday August 12, 2009 was set. Tracy Becker of the Clarion Chamber of Commerce, Lynn Cochran of the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, and Susan Williams of the Venango County Chamber of Commerce all pitched in with enthusiasm to spread the word to their members.
On the home front we enlisted the help of our business partners in Foxburg. Scott Kuhn, owner of the Allegheny Grille, Debby Mullen, manager of the Foxburg Wine Cellars, Vab and Melissa of Divani Chocolates, and Steve and Georgine Moores of Foxburg Pizza and Country Store all agreed to provide refreshments and door prizes. Then Bruce Knight, the local Segway dealer, Dick Garrard of Parker Canoe, and Dave Middleton and Mike Gardner offered door prizes for activities.
Since this was a first effort at such an event the concern was “What if nobody comes?” A week before the mixer, the Executive Directors sent a preliminary count of about 125 members coming. By the weekend the number was going up and up until it was well over 200.
When the day came the folks started coming and coming. There are estimates the crowd was over 300. Everyone had a great time eating, drinking, and socializing. The door prizes includes gift certificates, baskets, rounds of golf as well as Segway and Canoe trip.
When we developed our website we spent quite a bit of effort trying to define Foxburg. We came up with “Where chance meets charm”. There is a “serendipity” about Foxburg. Often visitors come and meet old friends and renew relations. Sometimes the glance at a name tag starts a conversation that leads to a business or social relationship. The Chamber Mixer was an excellent example of what we had in mind. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.0