Chamber Holds Meet and Greet
The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Pleasants County Chamber of Commerce held a local meet and greet dinner at the Gaslight Theatre located in Sistersville. The purpose of the dinner was to give local business owners an opportunity to meet with other business owners to help promote their business and build working relationships.
Some of the businesses being represented were Artslink, Long Reach Federal Credit Union, Tyler County Health Department, Sistersville City Planning Commission, Gaslight Theatre, Olive Branch Animal Rescue, Sistersville Center, 93R Radio Station, Senator Manchin’s Office, Sistersville Tankworks, Secretary of State’s Office, The Metzger Region of EV International, WVU Parkersburg, Sistersville City Recorder, Sistersville Mayor, Kristin D. Childers CPA, and Corner 2 Corner Land Survey.
The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce exists to create value for communities by increasing understanding, appreciation, and promotion of the assets and opportunities in Wetzel County, Tyler County, WV, and Monroe County OH. The chamber has received a letter of support and recognition from the Tyler County Commission to serve the Tyler County businesses and communities with the all services available through our resources.
The Chamber is working with Sistersville Planning Commission to have Entrance Signs built and installed by MOVTI students and placed at the North and South ends of the City. The Chamber was awarded funds from the Harry & Olive Barth Trust Funds to make this project possible. Also, a MLK Service Grant ($330) was applied for and awarded. The Chamber is working with Hundred High School Vo-Ag students to use towards beautification along Route 250. The Chamber is venturing into ways to get youth involved.
Another focus is the Biggert Water Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. This act has put into place increases for flood insurance and extended the flood plain to a point that local communities are losing businesses and residents. This is an issue that affects us all with the trickle effect of lost businesses meaning less local jobs, and more dilapidated buildings to deal with. The Chamber is collecting data from those affected and will be hosting a meeting of state and federal legislators to see if there is any solution available. Call 304-455-3825 for forms.
A revolving loan program is now offered through the Chamber, it is setup through Wesbanco, which will allow those wanting to start a business or in need of a loan for an existing business to have lower rates and offer loans up to $7,500.
The Chamber continues to host community events and is adding business activities and training opportunities. Economic Development assistance is offered to help sustain the current local businesses and economy as well as businesses wishing to relocate to this area.
The Chamber will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting at Bon Bon’s Cafe at 2pm located at 242 Wells St., Sistersville WV. Bon Bon’s will be under new management.
The Wetzel County Chamber consists of President Don Riggenbach, Vice President Larry Tackett, Treasurer Eric Vincent, and Secretary Carle McBee. Anyone interested in becoming a member or want to be a volunteer to help with WC Chamber projects or activities, call 304-455-3825 for more information.