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Penelec Rate Rising; Chamber Rate Staying Down
Deadline is Wednesday for "Basket of Hope" Project
September Breakfast Club to Feature Senator Eichelberger
GRYP Holding Lunch 'n' Learn at Nicoletta's Restaurant
"Issues" Program on Higher Education Begins Airing Labor Day
Registration Forms Available for Business & Industry Expo
WE-LEaD, WISE Women to Present Accomplished Speaker
AMTRAN to Host September "Business Before Hours"
Fleet Safety is Topic of Half-Day Workshop
Blue Card Discounts

Penelec Rate Rising; Chamber Rate Staying Down
If you were one of the Chamber Members who signed-on to the ChamberChoice Energy program for residential service earlier this year and locked-in a rate of 6.99 cents kWh for the duration of 2011, you’re looking pretty good right now.  And if you didn’t get in until the second wave of benefits and locked-in at 7.25 for the next two years, you might have actually done even better.  With Penelec’s announcement last week that its price to compare will be going to 7.62 beginning Thursday, there’s even better news for Chamber Members who haven’t pulled the trigger on residential savings.  Those members and their employees can now lock-in at 6.80 through the November meter read date.  After that the price goes to 7.25 through August of 2013.  How can you resist such a deal?  Hopefully you can’t.  Call The Chamber today at 943-8151 to learn how you can save dollars on your electricity for you and your employees.

Deadline is Wednesday for "Basket of Hope" Project
The Leadership Blair County Alumni Association has undertaken a “Basket of Hope” project to provide Family Services of Blair County a one-year supply of baskets so that each family leaving either the Emergency Shelter or the Domestic Abuse Shelter can gain some initial footing in overcoming less than ideal circumstances. The goal is 120 baskets. Individuals or organizations interested in helping should provide a laundry basket(s) containing laundry soap, dryer sheets/fabric softener, bleach, windex, multi-surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, Comet, dish soap, dish cloths, dish towels, toilet brush, sponges, 4-pack of toilet paper, four rolls of paper towels, napkins and paper plates. You can also add dishes, cookware, silverware, small appliances, kitchen utensils, towels, washcloths, bed linens or cleaning supplies. Baskets can be delivered to the Blair County Chamber office by August 31st.

September Breakfast Club to Feature Senator Eichelberger
The September 8th Chamber Breakfast Club will feature State Senator John Eichelberger as keynote speaker. The question-and-answer format for the event will have the Senator answering questions submitted in advance from members of the Blair County Chamber. Thad Will, chair of The Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee, will ask the questions. The Breakfast Club begins at 7:45 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park. Mount Aloysius College is the corporate host for this month’s event. The cost to attend is $16 for Chamber Members and $30 for non-members. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

GRYP Holding Lunch 'n' Learn at Nicoletta's Restaurant
The Chamber’s Growth and Relationships of Young Professionals (GRYP) will hold a Lunch ‘n’ Learn entitled “Financing for Young Professionals” on August 31st from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Nicoletta’s Restaurant, 1700 Eighth Avenue in Altoona. The cost to attend is $22 for Chamber Members; $30 for non-members and $17 for Chamber-member businesses that send three or more attendees. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

"Issues" Program on Higher Education Begins Airing Labor Day
The Chamber’s latest “Issues” program will be aired on the Altoona Public Access Channel (14) beginning on Labor Day and will appear each Monday at 9:00 p.m. and each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. throughout the months of September and October. “The Role of Higher Education in Regional Development” is the title of the hour-long program that is moderated by WTAJ’s Carolyn Donaldson. Panelists are: Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Chancellor of Penn State Altoona; Dr. Wayne Powel, Provost of Saint Francis University; Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College; John Hille, Executive Vice-President of Juniata College; and Dr. Thomas Foley, President of Mount Aloysius College. Sponsors for the “Issues” program are: Altoona Mirror, Keller Engineers, McCartney’s, Inc., Mount Aloysius College and Penn State Altoona.

Registration Forms Available for Business & Industry Expo
The Blair County Chamber will once again partner with twelve other chambers throughout the region in presenting the Central PA Regional Business & Industry Expo, to be held Thursday, November 3rd from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. To obtain a registration form for the event, click here.

WE-LEaD, WISE Women to Present Accomplished Speaker
On September 13th, The Chamber’s WE-LEaD Committee will join forces with WISE Women of Blair County to present, “Leaving the Land of NO … No Time, No Energy, No Opportunity, No . . . !”  Presenting the program will be internationally recognized author and educator Evelyn Resh. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Penn State Altoona Devorris Downtown Center.  A dessert reception follows.  The cost is $25-per-person.  For reservations, contact The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

AMTRAN to Host September "Business Before Hours"
AMTRAN will be the host of the next Chamber “Business Before Hours,” set for September 9th from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the company’s Trolleyworks Business Park, located at 3316 Fifth Avenue (next to Mansion Park). AMTRAN’s General Manager Eric Wolf invites Chamber Members to start the day off with a delicious breakfast and a quick tour of a unique space. AMTRAN recently renovated a 100-year-old building into two beautiful state-of-the-art office spaces (2,000 and 2,850 square feet) available for lease. The Business Before Hours will also feature prize drawings. There is no cost to Chamber Members to attend and a $10.00 cost for non-members. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

Fleet Safety is Topic of Half-Day Workshop
Recent changes in the laws governing how businesses that use any sort of vehicle must operate has prompted The Chamber’s Safety Committee to create an informative half-day workshop entitled, “Fleet Safety: From Pizza Delivery to Big Rigs.”  The workshop will be held on Friday, September 23rd from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ramada Altoona Conference Center.  The keynote speaker will be Tim Cotter, FMCSA Division Administrator, who will discuss compliance, enforcement and new rules pertaining to fleet safety and how those rules will affect local businesses.  Other speakers are: Lyle Domico, Senior Loss Control Rep for Acuity Insurance Company, who will talk about transportation risk from an insurance perspective; Mitch Hoover, Safety Consultant for East Coast Risk Management who addresses policy management; Jay Leifheit, Safety Director for Smith Transport, who explains how to manage a fleet in a corporate setting; and Mitchell Scalia, PA State Police Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer Supervisor, who discusses how the regulations will be enforced and how it impacts businesses.  The cost to attend the workshop is $25 for Chamber Members and $35 for non-members.  The cost includes a full buffet breakfast.  To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

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Blue Card Discount offers
Here are a few of the discounts you can receive with your Chamber Blue Card. Click here to see the full list of Blue Card Discounts. To have an offer listed contact Stacy Hoover at The Chamber at 943-8151.

Gold Shield Investigation

Present your Blue Card to receive a $100 credit on your first assignment.

J & P Auto Mart Present your Chamber Blue card to receive $1,000 off your purchase of a vehicle. (Certain restrictions apply. Not valid with any other offer.)
Jethro's, LLC Present your Blue Card to receive $5 off your order of $30 or more. (Offer does not include tip, tax or alcohol.)
K & C Denture Center Present your Blue Card to receive $100 off a set of deluxe line of dentures or higher. Blue card must be presented on first visit. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.
Keystone Business Support, Inc. Present your Chamber Blue Card and receive 15% off the first 3 months for all new commerical cleaning service.






August 29, 2011

 Upcoming Events

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GRYP Lunch 'n' Learn

Wednesday, August 31, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Nicoletta's Restaurant

Topic: Financing for Young Professionals

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September Breakfast Club

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Casino at Lakemont Park
Speaker: Senator John Eichelberger

Sponsored by:  


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 September Business Before Hours

Friday, September 9, 2011

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

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WE-LEAD/WISE Women of Blair County Event

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Penn State Altoona Devorris Downtown Center
Speaker: Evelyn Resh
Topic: Leaving the Land of No

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September Business After Hours

Thursday, September 22, 2011
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by:

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Down on the Farm

Thursday, September 29, 2011
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Hilecrest Farm, LLC

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Upcoming Committee Meetings
Week of 8/29/11 

Chamber Ambassadors Committee
Tuesday, August 30, 8:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

Coalition on Sustainability Committee
Tuesday, August 30, 11:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

Legislative Action Committee 
Thursday, September 1, 8:00 a.m.
Devorris Center


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