March and April madness at the Chamber

As the weather continues to creep into more spring-like temperatures, the pace of activities and events at the Chamber has gone into Mach 10 mode as we look at the calendar for March and April. There really is something for everyone to get involved over the next two months with the MOV Chamber.

Here’s your sneak peak of the special events and activities coming up:


Business Expo and Business After Hours

Monday, March 3

4-6 p.m., Expo and BAH for Chamber Members only

6-8 p.m., Expo open to public and Chamber Members

Elite Sports Center

2000 1st Avenue, Parkersburg (off Camden Avenue)

Attend the Business Expo to learn more about 70+ area businesses and organizations. Win great door prizes, make new business contacts and take advantage of special promotions! The event runs from 4-8 p.m. The first two hours are for Chamber members only and at 6 p.m. the event opens to the public.


Health Care Reform Seminars

Tuesday, March 4

9-10 a.m., for small employers (less than 50 employees)

11-noon, for large employers (More than 50 Employees)

Judge Black Annex, 319 Market Street

The Schwendeman Agency is hosting two Health Care Reform Seminars and has cordially invited our Chamber members to attend. The seminars will be presented by Larry and Mark Schwendeman with additional staff members on-site and available to answer any questions you may have. Seating is limited so sign up today at There is no charge for Chamber members. Light refreshments will be provided.


Sam’s Club Breakfast

Friday, March 7

7:30-9 a.m.

Sam’s Club, 1100 Grand Central Avenue

The MOV, Belpre and Marietta Chamber members are invited to stop by for breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. at Sam’s Club. Free for all Chamber members. Sam’s Club membership not required. Register on-line at


March Lunch & Learn

Friday, March 14

11:30-1 p.m.

American Red Cross

220 Eighth St., Parkersburg

Hosted by Laura Prisc with Leadership and Life Potential. Free for Chamber members. Register on-line at


Partner in Education Luncheon

Wednesday, April 2

11:30-1:30 p.m.

Multipurpose Room at WVU-P

Each year the Schools and Business committee of the Chamber organizes an annual luncheon in honor of the Partners in Education program. Invitations for the annual Partner in Education luncheon will be sent out this week to the business partners. The cost is $120 per business partner to send six attendees to the luncheon (two students, two school representatives and two business representatives.) Additional attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend for $25/person. Call us today at the Chamber office to make your reservations!


April Lunch & Learn

Friday, April 11

11:30-1 p.m.

Judge Black Annex, 319 Market St.

Hosted by United Talent Staffing Services. Free for Chamber members. Register on-line at


High School Business Symposium

Wednesday, April 16

8:30-3 p.m

Multipurpose Room at WVU-P

Currently recruiting Chamber members to spend the day with area high school juniors!

On April 16 the Schools & Business Committee of the Chamber will hold its annual High School Business Symposium in the Multipurpose Room at WVU-Parkersburg from 8:30-3 p.m. It is a day full of activities to teach area students about business, ethics, resource allocation, finance and communication directly by a group of representatives from the Chamber of Commerce. It’s fun, interactive and educational! But more importantly, the day allows the area high school students to meet more than 15 different business representatives who will enlighten the students about various career paths and provide guidance on educational opportunities. Student attendees are coordinated through the school’s principal or designee.

Contact the Chamber office today if you are able to be one of our business representatives on April 16!


Visit this space every other Sunday for more Chamber news. We also invite you to call us at 304-422-3588, email us at, or stop by the Chamber office at 409 Market St. in Parkersburg.


Jill Parsons is the president/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce fthe Mid-Ohio Valley.