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Chamber's Annual Meeting Will Include Important Announcement
Informational Meeting on Bahamas Cruise Set for Wednesday
Phoenicia Restaurant to Host Thursday's "Business After Hours"
Organizational Chart, Committee Chairs Approved by Chamber Board
Chamber Welcomes Nine New Members
Sustainability Coalition to Feature Tour of Tyrone Paper Mill
Sponsorships Available for Chamber "Breakfast Club"
Wessel Offering Free Tax Preparation for Active Military Personnel
"Role Models" Program to Debut This Spring
Dale Carnegie Training Moves Starting Date
Limited Number of Home & Garden Show Booths Available
Blue Card Discounts

Chamber's Annual Meeting Will Include Important Announcement
This 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. The agenda will also include an important announcement concerning a new Chamber program that will dramatically affect the Blair County economy. Awards to be presented that morning are the Athena Award, the George Award, the Joseph P. Rosenhamer Chamber Spirit Award, the GRYP Impact Award, the Donna D. Gority Servant Leadership Award, Loyalty 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. 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

Informational Meeting on Bahamas Cruise Set for Wednesday
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. A 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 on February 21st, also at the Devorris Center.

Phoenicia Restaurant to Host Thursday's "Business After Hours"
The next Chamber “Business After Hours” will be held this Thursday, January 26th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Phoenicia Mediterranean Restaurant, located at 1302 Logan Boulevard in Altoona. The cost to attend is just $6.00 for Chamber Members in advance and $7.00 at the door. Non-members may attend for $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. To register, contact The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

Organizational Chart, Committee Chairs Approved by Chamber Board
At The Chamber’s January 19th Board of Directors meeting, the Board approved a revised Organizational Chart that includes the addition of two new programs – “Buy Here.Live Here.” and “Role Models.”  The chart also recognizes the committee name change of the Non-Profit Roundtable to the Community Benefit Coalition of Non-Profits and eliminates Holiday Lights on the Lake from the listing of Chamber events.  Among the new Committee Chairs for 2012 that the Board approved last Thursday are:  Janet Helsel of the EADS Group (Ambassadors), Scott Schraff of Oak Spring Winery (Attractions Roundtable), Carl Macharola of Folcarelli Supply Company (Business Opportunities), Tom Hite of Concurrent Technologies Corporation (Golf), Mandy Baker of  Preferred Healthcare System and Anne Stoltz of Altoona Regional Health System (GRYP), Kurt Stull of Comfort Suites (Hotel Roundtable), Matt Stuckey (Legislative Action), JoAnn Nardelli (Retail Roundtable), Chrissey Wagner of the Altoona Symphony (Community Benefit Coalition of Non-Profits), Bob Kunselman of the EADS Group (Transportation) and Dawn McClellan of Evolution Physical Therapy & Wellness (WE-LEaD).

Chamber Welcomes Nine New Members
Nine new members were welcomed to The Chamber family as the result of being approved by the Board of Directors last Thursday.  The new members are: 10 Seven Marketing of Duncansville, Fat Daddy’s BBQ Shak & Six Pak of Altoona, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. of Altoona, Panera Bread of Altoona, Pine Bottom Aviation Services of Martinsburg, Reel Video Productions of Hollidaysburg, Roberts Oxygen Company of Johnstown, Smith Masonry, Inc. of Hollidaysburg and Saint Patrick School of Newry.

Sustainability Coalition To Feature Tour of Tyrone Paper Mill
The American Eagle Paper Mill in Tyrone is one of the region’s best examples of a business focused on the highest standards of sustainability.  To showcase that effort, The Chamber’s Coalition on Sustainability has arranged for any Chamber Member to take a guided tour of the plant on Tuesday, January 31st beginning at 11:00 a.m.  There is no cost to take the tour.  For more information or to register, call The Chamber at 943-8151.

Sponsorships Available for Chamber "Breakfast Club"
One of The Chamber’s most well-attended networking opportunities is the monthly Breakfast Club. Each Breakfast Club brings with it the opportunity for a Chamber-member business to be the sponsor/host. That opportunity provides a few minutes of podium time, recognition in all promotional publications as well as the right to place materials at each place setting and on a separate display table. And all for just $300. A few months are still available during 2012 but they won’t last long. If your business or organization would like to be a Breakfast Club sponsor, contact Jessica Meck at 943-8151.

Wessel Offering Free Tax Preparation for Active Military Personnel
To show appreciation for military personnel, Wessel & Company of Johnstown is offering free 2011 Tax return Preparation to all armed forces members from this area who served in a designated combat zone in 2011 and have not yet filled a 2011 return as well as to reserve military personnel called to active duty due to conflicts overseas.  If you qualify, call (814) 536-7864 to make the necessary arrangements.

"Role Models" Program to Debut This Spring
The Chamber is initiating a new program sometime this Spring that will promote the aspect of having seasoned business leaders share their experiences and philosophies with anyone interested in gaining from that knowledge.  Called “Role Models,” each 75-minute session will have two presenters who will each speak for 15 minutes and will then answer questions from attendees.  The program, which will begin at noon, will also include lunch.  “We’re anxious to have the opportunity to create a venue for business leaders who have a wealth of information to share,” admitted Chamber President Joe Hurd.  “So much is to be gained by interacting with these people and we certainly have no shortage of people who fit the profile.”  For further information, contact Hurd.

Dale Carnegie Training Moves Starting Date
The Dale Carnegie “Skills for Success” training has been moved back one week to a new starting date of February 2nd. The eight-week program is being done in partnership with the Blair County Chamber. “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.

Limited Number of Home & Garden Show Booths Available
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce and the Blair Bedford Builders Association have announced that a very limited number of 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.

 . . . to NPC, Inc., which for the third year in a row and the fifth time in the last seven years, has earned the top spot on the U.S. Government Printing Office’s Top 50 Suppliers List.

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.

Holiday Bowl, Inc.

Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive Free Shoe Rental for up to 2 people with any paid game purchase.

The Hite Company 

Receive $25.00 off any $150.00 Hite Company Lighting Showroom purchase. Good on showroom products only, one coupon per customer. Not good on previous sales and must be given at time of purchase.

 The New Specialty Lift Truck, Inc.

Present your Blue ard to receive 35% off a Forklift Rental.

 The Village at Morrisons Cove

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.  

The Wireless Center


Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive 25% off all accessories AND Free Bill Analysis




January 23, 2012

Upcoming Events

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Business After Hours

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


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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 1/23/12

Business Opportunities Committee
Tuesday, January 24, 8:00 a.m.
The Chamber

Retail Roundtable
Wednesday, January 25, 8:15 a.m.
Devorris Center

Golf Committee
Wednesday, January 25, 9:00 a.m.
The Chamber

Transportation Committee
Thursday, January 26, 8:15 a.m.
Devorris Center

BASICS Career Development Committee
Thursday, January 26, 3:30 p.m.
The ARC of Blair County

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