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WE-LEaD Networking Event Tonight at Marzoni's
A.C. Moore Cover-Feature in Tuesday's Blair Business Mirror
Leadership Blair County Youth Session to Focus on Justice
Chamber Office Closed for Veteran's Day
Economic Outlook to be Part of November Breakfast Club
Chamber to Partner with HRMA on Workers' Comp Program
Green Good Homes to Host November's "Green Drinks"
Lunch 'n' Learn Program to Address Advantages of Recycling
Home & Garden Show Booths Available
3rd Annual Canstruction® Competition Set - Call for Entries
A Celebration for a Lifetime Public Servant
Registrations Continue for Next Two Chamber Trips
Blue Card Discounts 

WE-LEaD Networking Event Tonight at Marzoni's
Business women who understand and appreciate the value of effective networking are invited to attend the next WE-LEaD networking event this Monday, November 7th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Marzoni’s in Duncansville. Great hot hors d’oeuvres, excellent cold beverages and a terrific forum for interactive networking are all part of this night. The cost is just $12 for Chamber Members and $20 for non-members. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online. WE-LEaD is an acronym for Women Encouraging – Leadership, Education and Development. It is a program of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce. 

A.C. Moore Cover-Feature in Tuesday's Blair Business Mirror
The November issue of the Blair Business Mirror hits the streets on Tuesday and it’s a national retailer – A.C. Moore – that is featured as the cover story. Inside features include a “Blue Card” story in which several Chamber Members have already saved significant dollars and a full-page overview of 2011’s Farm-City activities.  Make sure to pick up a copy of the Altoona Mirror and look for the Blair Business Mirror supplement. If you can’t find the Mirror, remember: We mail a copy to every member business so that you don’t miss-out on what’s happening in Blair County business.

Leadership Blair County Youth Session to Focus on Justice
The Leadership Blair County Youth Class of 2012 will have its third session of the year this Wednesday. The session will focus on the county’s system of justice and will include visits to the Blair County Courthouse as well as the Blair County Prison. For more information on the Leadership Blair County Youth program, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or visit The Chamber Website.

Chamber Office Closed for Veteran's Day
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Office, located in the Devorris Center for Business Development, will be closed on Friday in commemoration of Veteran’s Day. The office will reopen on Monday at 8:30 a.m. To access Chamber information or to register for a Chamber program or event, visit The Chamber Website.

Economic Outlook to be part of November Breakfast Club
How did the Blair County economy weather the challenges of 2011 and what opportunities were created out of adversity for 2012? Those two questions will be at the forefront of the 2011 Blair County Economic Outlook to be held as part of the November 16th Chamber Breakfast Club. The Economic Outlook is a joint initiative of the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation, the Allegheny Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Chamber. Once again, research specialists Rose Baker and David Passmore of Penn State will be guest speakers and will enlighten the local business community with statistics and projections that will be quite informative. The Chamber Breakfast Club begins at 7:30 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The cost to attend is $16. To register, contact The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

Chamber to Partner with HRMA on Workers' Comp Program
The Chamber’s Safety Committee and the Human Resource Management Association of Blair County will partner on a program that will focus on ways to drive-down the cost of Workers' Compensation through awareness and better claims management.  The program will be held on Wednesday, November 16th from 7:45 until 10:00 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The speakers will be Darlene Villa from East Coast Risk Management, Paul Seitz and Alisha Jones of Phoenix Rehabilitation and Ellen Patterson from HealthForce. The cost to attend is $25-per-person and includes breakfast and materials. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online. (This program will be held in either The Casino’s Soho Room or the Third Edition since The Chamber Breakfast Club will be in the Grand Pavilion).

Green Home Goods to Host November's "Green Drinks"
Green Home Goods, located at 5901B Sixth Avenue in Altoona, will host the next “Green Drinks” program next Tuesday, November 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Interested people are invited to come out and enjoy food samplings by Kit’s Kitchen as well as “green drinks.” The cost is just $5.00-per-person. To register, contact The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

Lunch 'n' Learn Program to Address Advantages of Recycling
Despite the fact that sustainability is far from a new concept, a lot of businesses – large and small – can’t seem to come to terms with its requirements or its enormous upside. To offer assistance, The Chamber’s Coalition on Sustainability will hold a Lunch ‘n’ Learn program next Thursday, November 17th at Park Hills Country Club from noon until 1:30 p.m. Entitled, “The Importance of Recycling to Blair County Business,” the program will feature three speakers and a panel of business leaders who will provide insight and guidance.  John Frederick, Executive Director of the Inter-municipal Relations Committee, will provide an overview of what recycling obligations a business has and how that business can implement or improve its recycling program.  Michael Breslin, Territory Manager for Waste Management, will look at the issue of recycling from a collection perspective. Jeff Furmanchin, President of Concord Plastics of PA, will talk about how recycling can increase revenues, reduce waste disposal costs, improve customer service and enhance a business’s reputation with customers, government and competitors. The panel will focus on best practices – what’s worked and what hasn’t within the recycling realm. Panelists will be: Mike Straw, Environmental Manager of American Eagle Paper Mill; Thomas Jones, Director of Environment of Care at Altoona Regional Health System; and David Angello, Green Team Leader & Service Manager of Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden). Corporate sponsor of the Lunch 'n' Learn is Green Home Goods. The cost to attend is $22 for Chamber Members and $30 for non-members.  Lunch and materials are included. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

Home & Garden Show Booths Available
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce and the Blair Bedford Builders Association have announced that booths are available for the 42nd Annual Blair County Home & Garden Show to be held March 2, 3, & 4, 2012 at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. Booths and more information can be secured by calling Stacy Hoover at The Chamber, 814-943-8151.

3rd Annual Canstruction® Competition Set- Call for Entries
It starts with one can to feed the hungry. To lift the spirit. To change the world.  Canstruction®, a charity committed to ending hunger, is using ‘one can’ as a catalyst for change. 

The Blair County Home & Garden Show is pleased to be hosting its third  Canstruction® competition to help fight hunger in Blair and
surrounding counties, one can at a time, during the 42nd Annual Home & Garden Show to be held March 2-4 at the Jaffa Shrine. 

Think you have what it takes to design and build a structure made nothing more than canned food, ingenuity, and luck?  Enter today.  Get creative, help stop hunger.

For more infromation, please contact Stacy Hoover at The Chamber, 814-943-8151.

A Celebration for a Lifetime Public Servant
You are invited to attend a celebration for a Lifetime Public Servant, Donna D. Gority, as she retires from the Blair County Board of Commissioners after 28 years of service. The event will be held at the Blair County Convention Center on Sunday, December 17, 2011.  A reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the dinner and program to follow.  The cost to attend is $45 a person. A scrapbook will be made for Donna and you can email your congratulatory message to gorityretirement@gmail.com. For more information on attending the event and or available sponsorships, please contact JoEllen Steinbrunner at 814-932-0859 or jemstein@atlanticbb.net.

Registrations Continue for Next Two Chamber Trips
The popularity of The Chamber’s trip to China has led to numerous requests from Chamber members for the organization to do future trips. Beginning in March, those requests will be honored. The Chamber will work with work with two of its travel agency members – Heritage Travel and Classic Travel – to provide fun and relaxation at prime destinations. From March 18-25, travelers can cruise from Baltimore to the Bahamas on Carnival Cruise Lines, visiting Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport. For details contact Heritage Travel at (814) 946-1600. From October 7-14, it’s “Italy’s Great Cities” with Classic Travel. The trip includes visits to Rome, Pisa, Florence, Verona, Venice and Ferrara. Call Classic Travel at 696-3558. Informational meetings about both trips will be held in either mid-December or early January.

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.

The Bistro at the Village Green Receive 15% off Dinner Purchase when you present your Blue Card at The Bistro at the Village Green (The Village at Morrisons Cove). Limit one coupon per customer per visit. *Only good with purchase of an entree.
Beerbower Jewelers Present your blue card to receive $50.00 off any purchase OVER $250.00 or $100.00 OFF any purchase OVER $500.00. Valid for in stock merchandise only, discounts may not be comined, and do not appply to previous layaways or purchases.
Blair Mill Outlet Present your Blue Card for 10% off the entire stock, excluding clearance items. (Blue Card must be presented at the time of purchase.)
Clearfield Bank & Trust Company Present your Blue Card to receive a free Insurance and Investment Portfolio Review. Comparable Value: $50.
Dr.'s Centar & Imler Present your Blue Card to receive 20 percent off of spectacle lenses and frames. OR Present your Blue Card to receive 20 percent off of an exam and contact lens fitting. (Discounts cannot be combined with any other insurance programs, coupons or courtesies.)






November 7, 2011

Upcoming Events
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WE-LEaD Networking Event

Monday, November 7, 2011
5:00 -7:00 p.m.

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Green Drinks

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Green Home Goods
6:30 -8:30 p.m.

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Safety Workshop
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Casino at Lakemont Park
7:45 - 10:00 a.m.

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Breakfast Club/Economic Outlook
WEDNESDAY, November 16, 2011
7:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.

The Casino at Lakemont Park

Speakers: Rose Baker & David Passmore, Penn State

Sponsor: Sparks Business Institute

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Business After Hours

Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Blairmont Club
5:00 -7:00 p.m.

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GRYP Networking

Friday, November 18, 2011
Al's Tavern
6:00 -8:00 p.m.

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Upcoming Committee Meetings
Week of 11/7/11

Home & Garden Show Committee
Tuesday, November 8, 8:30 a.m.
The Chamber

Foundation Board Recruitment Committee
Wednesday, November 9, 9:00 a.m.
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