FLEX represents the needs and interests of Young Professionals by positioning ourselves as leaders, entrepreneurs and advocates for the sustainability of the Venango Area through civic engagement, leadership development and networking.
FLEX stands for “Future Leaders’ and Entrepreneurs’ Exchange”, and was founded in 2007 as a working committee under the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce.
FLEX is a group of young leaders from all over Venango County who are dedicated to building a wide network of young professionals who are passionate about being involved and contributing positively to our greater community.
You can email FLEX at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Text FLEX to 42828 to be added to the FLEX email distribution list
2014 FLEX Officers
President – Bobbie Haag – PA CareerLink
Past President – Matt Caldwell – Caldwell Printing
Treasurer – Will Price – United Way of Venango County
Secretary - Elizabeth Greibel – Urban Insurance
FLEX Meets monthly, on the third Wednesday at 5:30 in the conference room of the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce. Monthly meets are held to plan future initiatives and events.
First Friday lunches are held monthly at noon, at restaurants throughout Venango County. Be sure to check the latest newsletter or the online calendar to confirm location and date, as lunches are occasionally rescheduled.
There is no better time than now to foster compassion and desire for our future
FLEX is excited to announce the upcoming release of FLEX Your Ideas, a 4 page monthly supplement to the Venango Chamber newsletter, beginning in January 2014.
FYI will recognize the civic, educational and career achievements of Venango County’s most influential citizens under the age of 40, and will highlight upcoming networking, social and charity events hosted by and open to all young professionals in the region
Venango County is proud to be home to so many intelligent, insightful and motivated future leaders and entrepreneurs. FYI is a way to recognize success, inspire one another and share ideas with the community.
Additionally, FYI is a medium for FLEX members to publish short, unbiased articles in reaction to current affairs in our community, along with thoughts on the future of Venango County.
An annual event that celebrates the achievements of local young professionals who contribute to their community through civic engagement. FLEX hosts this event to inspire people to re-imagine their community and help them to encourage the young people in their lives — both at work and at home.
Like communities across the country, we recognize the value of retaining our talented and motivated young people. A key to this should be recognizing those who choose to work and volunteer here now!
We encourage you to pay careful attention to those “under 40” that you encounter each day in you community, your work and even in your home and help us to celebrate our most valuable assets and the future of our region.
Nominations will be accepted through February 17th. All nominees will be recognized at FLEX Presents, to be held on March 28th.
Friday, March 28th, 2014 8-10PM
Wanango Golf Club
$15 per person/$25 per couple
RSVP to 814-676-8521
All proceeds will be used toward the event and to continue our mission in the community.
National Transit Building
During IndieFest June 2014
Intern Event Starts at 4:00 PM
Happy Hour and Mixer at 5:00 PM
Interns from all area businesses are encouraged to attend the Intern Welcome Mixer for opportunities to network with peers and mentors across the region. The Intern Welcome Mixer will begin at 4 p.m., and then will transition to a happy hour for all Chamber members from 5-7 p.m. Area businesses are encouraged to support initiatives for our community’s young leaders.
photos from 2013 mixer
Oil Heritage Festival Ice Cream Social
July 24th, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Central Avenue Plaza in Oil City
FLEX members volunteer to serve ice cream and strawberry short cake during the Venango Chamber’s annual Oil Heritage Festival.
Intern Appreciation Lunch
August 7, 2014
12:00 to 1:30 PM
The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce and FLEX (Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs Exchange) are holding the Fifth Annual Intern Appreciation Luncheon in August of this year.
We often hear talk about braindrain, the scenario where our young people graduate from local high schools, leave the region to seek further education or work experiences and then never return. As a matter of fact, many actually do return, at least temporarily. Each summer, many local businesses and organizations employ college interns from schools throughout the region and further. This relationship benefits our community in countless ways. Employers typically reap the benefit of the best and brightest students, who bring energy and creativity along with emerging technical skills to their workplace. The community has the opportunity to engage and invite a future workforce.
The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce is planning the Intern Appreciation Luncheon to show our appreciation for the choice these students have made in spending their summer with us. We are hoping you will help us find any local businesses who employ paid or unpaid interns or work/study students who are employed in their general field of study. We would like to have the employer business name, a list of interns, along with their jobs, college name and current major. It is our intention to provide lunch and a brief program to show our appreciation to the students before we send them back to their fall classes.
Please plan to send any college student who is working in an internship (paid or unpaid) or in the work/study program. There is no cost to your business or to the intern but we welcome sponsorships.
Those who support the event with a $100 sponsorship will be recognized at each table and in event publicity.
You can contact the Chamber at (814) 676-8521 with any questions.
FLEX Annual Meeting
October 2014, date and location TBA
The Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs Exchange, Venango County’s young professionals, held its first ever annual meeting on October 16th, 2013 at Venango College – Clarion University. The evening began with networking and refreshments. Approximately 30 attendees met and approved the bylaws as presented before hearing a presentation by David P. Gibbons, MHA, RN, Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer, UPMC Hamot. David talked to the young professionals about his education and career path, which included a well thought out plan for success. His presentation was followed by several questions from the audience.
FLEX President Matt Caldwell introduced the current officers of FLEX and announced future plans for FLEX to develop an annual budget, elect 2014 officers and continue scheduling First Friday Lunches and monthly meetings.