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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership Hits the Road

Posted on July 18th, 2019 at 8:09 AM
Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership Hits the Road

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership's Business Action Team will be on the road throughout Erie County over the next six weeks. The purpose of "roadshow" is to meet business owners where they are – their storefront – and provide access to the information, education, and people that can assist local businesses in their continued success.  

"Our job is to know the ins and outs of the local economic development system so that business owners do not have to waste time researching the programs and services designed to help them succeed," said Lesley Ridge Allen, a business outreach specialist with the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership. "We want to create a 'drop-in' environment where business owners can get immediate solutions and answers to their questions without stepping away from their business for too long."

The Business Action Team will be available for one-on-one consultations with business owners, general managers, and individuals interested in starting a business. There is no requirement for businesses other than that they operate within Erie County. Erie Regional Chamber membership is not required.

"We frequently work with business owners to address issues like workforce development, strategic planning, financing options, succession planning, the government procurement process, marketing, and more," said Ridge Allen. "There truly is no question or issue that is too big or too small for our team.”

Christine Myers, owner of The Preppy Pickle, has met with the Business Action Team several times since opening her doors in 2016. “Their team has been a great resource, particularly over the last six months as we’ve begun to expand our product line,” said Myers. “I’ve been able to implement a lot of their marketing recommendations to increase foot traffic to the store, get a better understanding of the Erie consumer market, and know what my next steps are to continue scaling my business.”

Interested parties are encouraged to secure an appointment (though one is not required to participate) via an online scheduling tool. The team will host open office hours from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. on the following days:

  • July 18: Fairview and Millcreek
  • July 25: Harborcreek, Wesleyville, and Lawrence Park
  • July 29: Girard and Lake City
  • August 6: Edinboro and McKean
  • August 7: Waterford and Union City
  • August 8: City of Erie
  • August 12: Albion, Cranesville, Springfield
  • August 14: Greene and Summit Townships
  • August 23: North East
  • August 27: Corry


The Business Action Team will have its first stop in Millcreek at Brew Ha Ha, located in the Colony Plaza. For more information on locations and appointment availability, visit the Erie Regional Chamber Facebook event page

About the Business Action Team
The Business Action Team is the business retention and expansion program for the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership. The team works alongside the Chamber staff to ensure businesses within Erie County have access to the people, education, and information needed to succeed. It's run in partnership with the Northwest Commission and the Department of Community and Economic Development in Pennsylvania. Businesses do not need to be Chamber members; any business operating within Erie County is able to take advantage and can schedule a one-on-one meeting at any time.