Erie Chamber Blog
Wednesday October 16, 2019 

Support Your Local Chamber

Today is National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day. Local chambers are vital to our state's economy, thank a chamber today!

#ChamberProud #OurErie

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Tuesday October 15, 2019 

It was a picture-perfect fall evening!

We had a great crowd on a great autumn evening at Shades Beach in Harborcreek for our annual Fall Fest signature event on September 25th! The atmosphere, food, and fellowship made for full bellies and wonderful conversations between guests!

Thanks to The Cork 1794 for catering in the dinner with a Low Country Boil as the main attraction, as well as the rest of the delicious spread! And Rankin & Schell for playing tunes for the crowd.

And to all of the event sponsors, National Fuel Gas, Allegheny Health Center/St. Vincent Hospital, Presque Isle Downs & Casino, Primary Health Network, Hamoth Health Foundation, Young Entrepreneur SocietyOhio Desk, Mazza Vineyards, 5 & 20 Spirits and Brewing, Erie Beer, and Luminary Distilling. We wouldn't have had a successful event without your support! Thank you! We would also like to say grazie to our members who donated items for the raffle prizes: ECCA Payroll, Erie Beer, Erie Philharmonic, Great Lakes Insurance, Marsha Marsh Real Estate Services, Merrill Lynch, Moe's Southwest Grill, R Frank Media, Scott Enterprises, Sheraton Bayfront Hotel, and Vicary Insurance. We appreciate your generosity and the raffle winners were happy happy campers!

Thank you to R Frank Media and team for also capturing our guests with your awesome photography! View all the photos HERE.

Last but not least, thank you to all of our attendees! We hope you had as nice a time as we did!

We look forward to seeing you next year for Fall Fest with the date announcement being made very soon as we plan out our 2020 year here at the Erie Regional Chamber.

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Monday October 14, 2019 

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Kicked Off the Celebration

We celebrated the grand opening of Thrive Therapy Space on Friday, October 11th with owner Penny Michley-Porter and her supporters. The space, located at 3910 Caughey Road in the Forrest Hill Commons, is Erie's first co-working space designed for mental health professionals.

Its innovative approach will enhance the quality of mental health services in Erie by strengthening and supporting therapists so they can better serve
their clients. The ‘Gathering Space’ is the heart of Thrive--it’s where therapists gather for support and collaboration as well as for Lunch & Learns and continuing education. Additionally, therapists can use one of Thrive’s therapy offices to see clients. Varied membership levels allow therapists to choose how many clients they’ll see per week--making it possible to launch a private practice with only a few clients and without the hassle of an office lease and utility payments. In addition, Thrive will ameliorate the therapist shortage in Erie by getting more therapists into private practice.

The Founder of Thrive Therapy Space, Penny Mechley-Porter believes that “everyone wants to feel heard, understood, and supported.” Although therapists support their clients, therapists themselves often feel isolated and unsupported. Penny sees Thrive as a place where therapists can feel a deep sense of connection and belonging. She states that “it is in the soil of deep connection that people can ‘Heal, Grow, and Thrive’ (Thrive’s tag line).

Thrive’s Grand Opening Celebration coincided with World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10th). As a community of mental health professionals, Thrive is dedicated to improving the mental health of the Erie community as a whole.

Congratulations once again Penny and team, we wish you much success!

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Friday October 11, 2019 

Columbus Day 2019

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Monday October 7, 2019 

Register Today for the October 17th Event

Join us at UPMC Health Plan's operations center at 380 East Bayfront Parkway.

The UPMC Insurance Services Division is owned and operated by UPMC, a world-renowned health care provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh, Pa. The UPMC Insurance Services Division – which includes UPMC Health Plan, WorkPartners, UPMC for Life, UPMC for You, UPMC for Kids, and Community Care Behavioral Health — offers a full range of group health insurance, Medicare, Special Needs, CHIP, Medical Assistance, behavioral health, employee assistance and workers' compensation products and services to 3.5 million members. For more information, visit

  • UPMC continues to invest in the Erie community- 18 months ago the health Plan opened the new Erie Operations Center on the East Bayfront, creating nearly 300 new family-sustaining jobs for the Erie Community.
  • Leading with integrity and being a reliable corporate citizen are as important to UPMC Health Plan as offering high-quality personalized health insurance products.  Its why the Health Plan works hard to collaborate with local leaders, non-profit organizations, and community institutions to make positive changes in the communities they serve.

Register today to get a behind the scenes look at the UPMC Operations Center: 

  • Tour the operations center where nearly 300 members of their award-winning customer service teamwork
  • There will be giveaways and music
  • Food and beverages supplied by Cali's West
  • Erie Distillery will be on hand to share samples of their locally made products
  • Yummy treats provided by Pop Luck as well
  • Don't forget your business cards to build your network

When you arrive, enter the building's east entrance.

Our monthly Business After Hours events are held from 5 to 7 pm.



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