Did You Know? Orrville Area Companies in the News
Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 1:50pm
It seems like just yesterday I was sitting at my new desk at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce office, drooling over the fact that I had my own cubicle; an intern's dream come true. I was welcomed into the office, shown the ropes, and immersed in the everyday life of the Chamber. Just three short months later, my time has come to say goodbye to the Chamber, and all of the wonderful people I have met through my internship here.
Over the past three months, I have learned so much about myself and the tight knit community I call home. And while I have spent most of my life within the lines of Wayne County, Ohio, I quickly came to realize that living in an area and working in that area are two very different things. I have met business owners and local professional icons, experienced new restaurants and stores I did not know even existed, and have made connections with professionals in a variety of industry both near and far.
This internship has also given me the opportunity to grow as a professional myself and expand my skill set. While I have written blogs and worked on social media outlets in plenty of other professional roles, I had never measured social media and website analytical data prior to this summer. In fact, I barely knew how to edit a website prior to my internship at the Chamber, and now I help to update the Orrville Works Job of the Week on a consistent basis. I have organized events for other summer interns in the area, and established great relationships with many of them. And to top it all off, I have sat in on meetings and collaborated with some of the best local professionals, leaving me with an address book full of future contacts.
Although I am sad to say goodbye to my little corner of the world, and not quite ready to leave my wonderful coworkers, I am excited for what lies ahead in my senior year of college. I am anxious to take what I have learned in Small Town, USA and apply my skills to the big kid world. But while I may travel to far off lands or face feats I have never imagined, I will always remember that the road you take to leave can always bring you back home.
Interns Make Connections
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 2:06pm
Networking is founded in relationships, like getting to know people who can connect you with something you need, such as information, an introduction or a job.
Paige Clayton, marketing intern at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, was charged with organizing several opportunities for interns employed in the Orrville area to network and learn from each other, as well as local business leaders.
In a follow-up to the intern welcome events held in June, Clayton organized two lunch and learn events in July. "My goal was to create a networking atmosphere among the interns themselves, as well as allow them the chance to network with professionals," stated Clayton.
The first lunch was held on July 12th and featured Jen Kessel, Vice President of Operations from Aultman Orrville Hospital and Tom Brenner, Director Business Development, Jarrett Logistics Systems. Kessel and Brenner shared insights on preparing for their professional job search with interns from The J.M. Smucker Company and Smith Foods. They also fielded questions from the interns and offered advice on a variety of topics.
Vince Tricomi, Vice President Business Development, PFI Displays, and Kerry Pickett, co-owner, Pickett & Pickett Tax and Investments, talked with interns on July 26 about connecting with alumni and preparing for job fairs and interviews, as well as discussing some tips for being more financially saavy.
"I appreciated the sit-down lunch and the casual atmosphere of the event," commented Ashland University student, Ethan Jackson, an operations intern at Jarrett Logistics Systems. "TGhis was a unique opportunity to meet successful individuals, and bounce questions off of them. I was able to learn so much in a short amount of time."
Several interns made contact with the speakers in the days following the two evetns and have connected on LinkedIn.
The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading business association in Orrville and eastern Wayne County, Ohio. Students seeking internships, co-ops or apprenticeship experiences with local companies are encouraged to follow the Orrville Works page on Facebook or www.orrvilleworks.com
Jarrett Companies Recognized on Top 100 Places to Work
Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017 - 12:24pm
Jarrett Companies is honored to be one of the top 100 best places to work in NE Ohio! To read full article go to http://bit.ly/28JruEK!
Hear first hand from employees what makes Jarrett Companies a great place to work in this video clip