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The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce Rings in the New Year


The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce (WACOC) is proud of our accomplishments during a very challenging 2021, and we look forward to continuing our work in 2022, advocating for our members and promoting economic development and goodwill through our events and programs.

When former Executive Director, Al Mosher, had to step down due to health issues, it was our good fortune that Bruce Thomas stepped up in the interim, and then agreed to stay on as our new ED.  Bruce’s management experience, connections, and energy is reinvigorating the Chamber and community.

With that in mind, we have adopted a new tag line, Membership that Delivers, to reflect our commitment to making a difference in the Wellsville region.  Both Bruce, and our Membership Coordinator, Karen Kania, are tireless in their quest to keep the bus moving forward no matter the challenges these extraordinary times throw our way.

Last year had many successes that included behind-the-scenes-work: building upgrades, streamlining internal processes, and the addition of several new members. By popular demand we brought back our monthly business program, Business After Hours, and we initiated a monthly Chamber newsletter.  We added new events like the Chalk Walk and reinvented both the Annual Golf Tournament as well as the December Hometown Holidays, to deliver good cheer and Santa to the families of the area while respecting social distancing.

The Chamber has partnered with the Village’s Wellsville Economic Development Board to ensure the promotional efforts of each are coordinated, seamless, and stronger together.  Through this partnership we have created a new village logo, repaired and restarted our precious Village Clock and paver program, and we’ve had much praise for our new Community and Visitor Guide. 

But wait, there’s more!  We expect to bring back pandemic-paused events; the beloved Wine Walk, Awards Dinner, Main Street Festival, Clambake, Evening Under the Stars, and…add some new spice to our lineup.  How about a Bills Party, Taste of Wellsville, or a Beer Fest? We welcome new ideas and event coordinators and volunteers!

We are restructuring our annual memberships to begin on the date the member joins and renew a year from that date, rather than following the calendar year for all memberships.  The Chamber will send out renewal notices as a convenience for our members. And don’t forget that if you own more than one business, your second and any additional businesses can join at half off the membership rate!

To support entrepreneurship, the Chamber will provide three free months of membership to new business startups or businesses relocating to Wellsville. This includes a grand opening celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony, photo op, and press release. If you are a new business and would like to take advantage of this, stop in and learn more.  Just another way the Chamber provides…Membership that Delivers!

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