Small Business Grants Open

The 14th round of the Small Business Advantage Grant is open for applications. Time is of the essence. The $1,000,000 grant is designed to assist small businesses in employing pollution prevention or energy efficience measures into their operation. PA-based small businesses with less than 100 employees are eligible. Businesses are able to receive a 505 reimbursement match on new equipment or processes which save a minimum of $500 and reduce their energy or waste by 25% per year. The grant maximum is $9,500 for energy efficiency or pollution projects, or $7,000 for lighting-only upgrades. Grants are awarded on a 1st come-1st served basis, so apply as soon as possible. The full 2017 Grant Guidance requirements, instructions and forms can be found on DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grant webpage.


MONDAY through FRIDAY • June 7 through August 25 • Noon-2 PM

Atlantic Avenue Playground • Central Elementary School • Evergreen Arbors

2017 Farmers Market Listing

2017 Festivals & Events

Miller-Sibley Pool Brochure

City Now Accepting Credit Card Payments • Flyer

Visa, Mastercard and Discover Cards will be accepted for payments of water/sewer and garbage bills, parking tickets, permit fees and so forth made at City Hall. The only exception will be payment of municipal property taxes, which City residents will continue to pay via mail to First National Bank in Hermitage. Payments made with debit/credit cards will be processed as credit cards.

Those using credit cards for payments to the City will see two lines for the transaction on their credit card statements – one indicating the amount paid to the City and the other reflecting the service fee associated with the processing of the payment. The service fee will be assessed by the credit card processor, not the City.

The processing fee will be $2.50 for charges of $84.60 or less, or 2.95 percent for charges greater than $84.60.

The City will also accept payments via e-check. That payment option will include an additional $2 service fee, and those paying by e-check will be required to provide the number of their checking/savings account and routing number.

Venango County offers a Life Coach Program to help with the transition youth who need help with employment/education and housing. The program is geared toward those aged 17 through 26. The program is free. A county needs assessment revealed that young people need help with the "soft skills, people skills" that employers want to see on the job. Many young people have impediments such as housing, transportation or childcare issues that prevent them from getting ahead. The program will help with vocational or GED training as well as job hunting and interviewing, budgeting and other skills. Life-coaching is individualized to each client. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Life Coach Program can call 432-9202.


  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Venango County is asking for the donation of a few hours a month from adults - 18 & older. The program pairs adult volunteers with kids in need of guidance & friendship. Call 676-9940, ext 28 or email:

  • The Hillier After School Program, offered at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Franklin, through their partnership with Youth Alternatives of Oil City, offer fun games, indoor & outdoor activities • homework help • computer access • a nutritious meal and much more! FREE & open to youth 8-18. Schedule is as follows: SUMMER SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday • Noon-6 PM ◊ SCHOOL YEAR SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday • 3-6 PM. [Use the side entrance on West Park Street) For more details call 814.346.7059 or 814.432.4318.