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.
What is FLEX?
Future Leaders’ and Entrepreneurs’ Exchange (FLEX) provides Venango Chamber member young professionals (suggested age 40 years and under) with a setting to build relationships and develop professionally. The program also helps to cultivate these future leaders and provides them with opportunities for making connections and developing their careers so that they can help shape the future of Venango County.
How do I or my employees get involved:
If you or your employees are interested in being a part of the FLEX, please complete the contact the Chamber at 814-676-8521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a fee to join the Young Professional Network?
There is no fee to join FLEX – it is an added bonus of membership with The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber. If your business or organization is a member of The Chamber, you are too! Young professionals who are not members of the Chamber are welcome to attend FLEX meeting and events but will not benefit from the professional promotion that Chamber members enjoy.
What’s in it for me or my employees?
- Connect with like-minded professionals and other under 40’s.
- Enhance your professional development at various young professional-focused events and programs.
- Mix and mingle with seasoned business professionals who’ve been there and can share their take on valuable lessons learned.
- Receive invitations to Chamber programs and events
- Contribute content to FYI, a monthly young professional-focused that offers tips and resources to help you succeed.
- Receive assistance with speaker requests, book and resource recommendations to advance as a talented, creative and respected leader.
You can email FLEX at email@example.com
or visit their Facebook and Twitter pages.
2015 FLEX Officers
Past President – Matt Caldwell – Caldwell Printing
President – Will Price – United Way of Venango County
Secretary – Elizabeth Greibel – Urban Insurance
FLEX Meets monthly, on the second 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.
FYI – FLEX Your Ideas.
Archived Copies of FYI
There is no better time than now to foster compassion and desire for our future
In January 2014 the Chamber launched FLEX Your Ideas (FYI), a 4 page monthly supplement to the Venango Chamber newsletter.
FYI recognizes the civic, educational and career achievements of Venango County’s most influential citizens under the age of 40, and highlights 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.
Each month we profile young professionals from throughout the region. Meet our young professionals.
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 March 2nd. All nominees will be recognized at FLEX Presents, to be held on April. Location TBA.
All proceeds will be used toward the event and to continue our mission in the community.
Oil Heritage Festival Ice Cream Social
July 21th, 2016
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 , 2016 date and location TBA
12:00 to 1:30 PM
The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce and FLEX (Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs Exchange) are holding the Seventh 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 2016, date and location TBA
The Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs Exchange, Venango County’s young professionals, held its first ever annual meeting on October 16th, 2014 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.