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Make Your Reservations Today for The Chamber's Annual Meeting!
County Commissioners to Address January "Breakfast Club"
Legislative Action Committee Planning Aggressive Advocacy Role
"Blue Card" Offers: What's the Hold-Up?
Chamber Still Has Openings for 2012 "Business Before Hours"
Chamber Partnering With Dale Carnegie on "Skills for Success"
Informational Meeting on Bahamas Cruise Set for January 25th
3rd Annual Canstruction® Competition Entry Deadline Approaching
Blue Card Discounts

Make Your Reservations Today for The Chamber's Annual Meeting!
On Friday, January 27th, The Chamber will hold its 2012 Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation beginning at 7:30 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The event will include the swearing-in of The Chamber Board of Directors as well as the Board of the Blair County Chamber Foundation. Awards to be presented that morning are the Athena Award, the George Award, the Joseph P. Rosenhammer Chamber Spirit Award, the GRYP Impact Award, the Donna D. Gority Servant Leadership Award and the Small Business Person of the Year Award. The Agricultural Community Excellence (ACE) Award, presented last October, will be re-presented at the Annual Meeting. To nominate someone for one of these awards, simply go to The Chamber website and access the nomination form for that award. The cost to attend the Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation is $20 for Chamber Members and non-members. To make reservations, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

County Commissioners to Address January "Breakfast Club" 
The first Chamber “Breakfast Club” of 2012 will take place on January 12th at The Casino at Lakemont Park beginning at 7:45 a.m.  Following tradition, this Breakfast Club welcomes the Blair County Commissioners who will participate in a question-and-answer session on issues of interest to the Blair County business community.  Matt Stuckey of Stuckey Ford, who chairs The Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee, will ask the questions which are provided by Chamber Members who submit them. If any time remains once the submitted questions are completed, the Commissioners may then take questions from the audience.  This will be the first time that new Commissioner Ted Beam will be a participant in the Q&A so come hear what his opinions are on the issues of the day. To submit a question for consideration, please email it by January 4th to jhurd@blairchamber.com. The cost to attend Breakfast Club is $16 for Chamber Members and $30 for non-members.  To register, contact The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online. Corporate host for the January Breakfast Club is M&T Bank.

Legislative Action Committee Planning Agressive Advocacy Role
One of The Chamber’s most active and effective committees is gearing-up to tackle a number of important advocacy issues during 2012.  The Legislative Action Committee will look at issues at the local, state and federal levels and will explore ways to impact legislation in favor of business outcomes.  “There are an incredible number of issues on our plate,” remarked Committee Chair Matt Stuckey.  “It’s important that we prioritize those issues and move aggressively to address them.”  Stuckey is hopeful that more Chamber Members with a passion for advocacy will join the committee.  “We have an outstanding group of committed volunteers,” he pointed out.  “But with so many tasks to accomplish, we could really use some additional people.”  To join the Legislative Action Committee, contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151.

"Blue Card" Offers: What's the Hold-Up?
The Chamber’s “Blue Card” program has successfully helped Chamber businesses to access new customers and Chamber Members to save money on the purchase of products and services.  That would constitute a win-win for everyone.  However, many Chamber Members are still hesitant to place a Blue Card offer on the list of offers that appears on The Chamber Website.  Why the hesitation?  There’s no minimum offer that a business must provide and there’s no cost to posting.  For further validation, contact someone you know who’s already posted an offer and ask how they’ve done.  We’re betting that the answer will surprise you!  If your business would like to make a Blue Card offer, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or email Jessica Meck.

Chamber Still Has Openings for 2012 "Business Before Hours"
The Chamber created “Business Before Hours” in 2011 and it proved to be a popular way for businesses to promote themselves in a morning drive-time format, catching people as they were heading to work.  “We weren’t sure how popular the concept would be,” admitted Chamber President Joe Hurd.  “It turned out to be a really good opportunity, particularly for businesses that don’t ordinarily get a lot of foot traffic, to welcome those people curious about what the business does.”  There is no charge to host an event and no charge for Chamber Members to attend it.  If your business would like to host a “Business Before Hours,” contact Hurd at 943-8151.

Chamber Partnering With Dale Carnegie on "Skills for Success"
The Chamber and Dale Carnegie Training will once again partner on a program that will begin on January 26th and run for the following eight weeks.  “Skills for Success” will provide attendees an extensive background on things like effective networking, relationship building, stress management and leadership development – just to name a few.  Sessions will be held at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Duncansville.  For more information or to register, contact Jeff Davis at (814) 931-1963. or email him at jeff_davis@dalecarnegie.com.

Informational Meeting on Bahamas Cruise Set for January 25th
The Chamber’s first trip of 2012 will be a cruise from Baltimore to the Bahamas from March 18-25 on Carnival Cruise Lines, visiting Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport.  An informational meeting on that cruise will be held on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Devorris Center for Business Development, 3900 Industrial Park Drive in Altoona.  If you’d like to attend that meeting, please call The Chamber at 943-8151.  There is no cost or obligation associated with attending the meeting.  The Chamber is coordinating the cruise through Heritage Travel. The second Chamber trip, from October 7-14, is “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 for more information.  An informational meeting about the Italy trip will be held in February.

3rd Annual Canstruction® Competition Entry Deadline Approaching
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 with nothing more than canned food, ingenuity and luck? Deadline to register your team is January 13th. Get creative, help stop hunger. For more information, please contact Stacy Hoover at The Chamber, 814-943-8151.

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.

Culligan Water

Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive $100 off a Water Conditioning System or Drinking System. 

 Damin Printing Company LLC

Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive a 15% discount on wedding invitations.

 Peter C. Pham, DDS, PC

Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive 10% Discount on Major Restorative Work OR receive Free X-Rays. (New Patients Only) OR receive $50 off Zoom Whitening.

 Stuckey Ford & Stuckey Subaru

Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive a FREE tire rotation ($14.95 value) with Oil and Filter Change at regular price. (Cars and Light Trucks only)

Traficante Family Chiropractic

Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive initial consultation, examination, spinal scan and x-rays (if needed) when you make a $10 donation to the ARC of Blair County.




January 2, 2012

Upcoming Events
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Breakfast Club

Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Casino at Lakemont Park
7:45 - 8:55 a.m.

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Business After Hours

Thursday, January 26, 2012
5:00 -7:00 p.m.
Phoenicia Mediterranean Restaurant

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Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation

Friday, January 27, 2012
7:30 -9:30 a.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park

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Upcoming Committee Meetings
Week of 1/2/12

Legislative Action Committee
Thursday, January 5, 8:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

BASICS Early Childhood Education Subcommittee
Thursday, January 5, 9:30 a.m. 
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