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Chamber Board Approves Nine New Members
Senator Tommey to Conference with Legislative Action Committee
Reserve a Booth for the 2013 Home & Garden Show
October "Breakfast Club" will Target Befenits of Business Recycling
Business Hall of Fame Dinner Just Two Weeks Away
Chamber to Partner with WIB on Free Management Summit
Invite a Non-Member to Attend "Chamber Chat"
Issues Forum on Distressed Cities Set for October 19th
Business Participation Needed for Career Shadowing Week
Next Informational Meeting on China Trip is November 7th
Registration Now Open for Regional Business & Industry Expo
Operation S.O.S. Kicking-Off 9th Annual Campaign
Chamber Still Looking for Buy Here. Live Here. Success Stories
Blue Card Discounts

Chamber Board Approves Nine New Members
At its September 27th meeting, The Chamber Board of Directors approved the following new members: DQ Grill & Chill Logan Towne Center of Altoona, JnD Guns of Duncansville, Kerr Kreations Floral & Gift Shoppe of Altoona, Kerr Landscaping, Inc. of Altoona, Labor Ready of Altoona, Operation Our Town, Inc. of Altoona, Re-Bath of Bedford, ServiceMaster Cleaning Services by Ryan of Altoona and Zbar Enterprises of Altoona. Griswold Special Care of Hollidaysburg, which had been a member until a few months ago, was reinstated by the Board.

Senator Toomey to Conference with Legislative Action Committee
The Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee will have a conference call with Senator Pat Toomey on Thursday during the committee’s regular monthly meeting. Toomey will provide insight into how the committee can have more of an impact on legislation at the federal level. He will also answer questions from committee members on a variety of topics. Also on the committee’s meeting agenda for Thursday will be the formulation of a list of questions to be asked at the 79th District Debate between Richard Flarend and John McGinnis to be held on October 18th at the Blair County Convention Center.  For more information or to apply for membership on the Legislative Action Committee, contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151 or email him at jhurd@blairchamber.com.

Reserve a Booth for the 2013 Home & Garden Show
Although the Blair County Home & Garden Show will not take place until March 1, 2 and 3 of next year, the committee overseeing that event has already started the booth selection process. Beginning October 8th, unsecured booths will be made available to new exhibitors. To reserve a booth, contact Stacy Hoover at 943-8151 or email her at shoover@blairchamber.com. Payments can be made with cash, check, Discover Card, Master Card or VISA. The Blair County Home & Garden Show is a partnership of the Blair County Chamber and the Blair-Bedford Builders Association.

October "Breakfast Club" will Target Benefits of Business Recycling
Centre County has a long tradition of innovative solid waste management and successful recycling. Their programs have enhanced the county’s quality of life and provided important resources and services for businesses and residents. At the next Blair County Chamber Breakfast Club on October 11th, Joanne Shafer, Assistant Director of the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, will explain how Centre County overcame some of the obstacles that have continued to plague Blair County and the multiple benefits that have resulted. The title of her presentation is, “Profiting From Recycling: A Success Story Close to Home.” The Breakfast Club begins at 7:45 a.m. and is held at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The cost to attend is $16 for Chamber Members and that price is also being extended to non-members for this event only. Non-members must pay in advance. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.
Business Hall of Fame Dinner Just Two Weeks Away
The Chamber’s Annual Business Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on Monday night, October 15th at the Blair County Convention Center. The event begins with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:45. To make reservations, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online. A list of the honorees for this event are also listed on The Chamber website.

Chamber to Partner with WIB on Free Management Summit
The Blair County Chamber is one of eight organizations in the region partnering with the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board to offer a Management Summit on Tuesday, October 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Lake Raystown Resort, Lodge and Conference Center in Huntingdon County. The Summit, entitled “How to Engage, Inspire and Motivate Employees for Peak Performance” is being presented by John R. Rodgers, Jr., President of the International Dale Carnegie Franchise Association. The target audience for the Summit is managers, supervisors, leaders and any business professional who wants to impact the top line and bottom line by engaging their employees. There is no cost to attend and lunch is provides by the generous support of sponsors. To register, call Helen Pyzowski at (814) 641-6408, Ext. 107.

Invite a Non-Member to Attend "Chamber Chat"
Often, businesses and organizations that are not members of The Chamber have a difficult time deciding whether to join because they know so little about what The Chamber does. To help clear-up any confusion, The Chamber has created “Chamber Chat,” an opportunity for non-members to learn about the organization in a fact-filled one hour session. If you know a business that is not a Chamber Member yet, please invite them to attend one of these important sessions! "Chamber Chats" will be held on Wednesday, October 17th at 8:15 a.m. and Wednesday, October 24th at 1:30 p.m. Both sessions will be held at the Devorris Center for Business Development and will last no longer than one hour. There is no cost to attend "Chamber Chat" but pre-registration is encouraged. Call 943-8151 to register. There is no obligation to join The Chamber if you attend.

Issues Forum on Distressed Cities Set for October 19th
The Blair County Chamber and the Pennsylvania Economy League will co-sponsor an Issues Forum on October 19th from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The title of the Forum is: “Cities and Their Region: A Shared Destiny and a Shared Responsibility.” Keynote speaker will be David Black of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber. The cost is $20/person and includes a buffet lunch. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or click here.

Business Participantion Needed for Career Shadowing Week
Nearly 300 high school juniors from Blair County schools will be seeking career shadowing opportunities as part of The Chamber’s Career Shadowing Week (November 5-9). The weeklong event is part of the organization’s BASICS program. Any businesses that would be willing to host a student or students for a half-day during that week, please contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151 or email him.

Next Informational Meeting on China Trip is November 7th
The Chamber’s next trip to China is set for April 12-20 and the deadline for registration and payment in full is December 14th.  While many people have already paid the $200 deposit to secure a spot on the trip, many have made inquiries and still others are looking for more information. That information, in the form of a Q&A meeting, will next take place on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Devorris Center for Business Development. Joe Hurd and Jessica Meck from The Chamber and David Kimmel from Penn State Altoona – all of whom traveled on last November’s Trip to China – will be on-hand to answer any questions about the trip and to distribute materials including the trip’s itinerary. There is no cost to attend the meeting and no obligation to make a commitment for the April trip. For more information, contact The Chamber at 943-8151.  Pre-registration for the meeting is recommended but not required.

Registration Now Open for Regional Business & Industry Expo
Once again this year, the Blair County Chamber will participate in the Regional Business & Industry EXPO, set for Thursday, November 8th from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. Click here for the registration form.

Operation S.O.S. Kicking-Off 9th Annual Campaign
Operation S.O.S (Support Our Soldiers) is kicking-off its ninth year of making the holidays a little brighter for American troops who are stationed overseas and the Blair County Chamber is once again helping to promote their efforts. The main drop-off location for any items will be Smith Furniture in Duncansville. The collection period is between October 22nd and November 17th. A list of acceptable items is available online at www.smithfurniturehof.com. Monetary donations can be sent to Operation S.O.S., P.O. Box 305, Duncansville, PA 16635.

Chamber Still Looking for Buy Here. Live Here. Success Stories
Too often, recognition bypasses people who deserve it most. The Chamber is attempting to change that through its “Buy Here. Live Here.” program. “We’re encouraging people to change their buying habits,” remarked Randy Green of McCartney’s, who chairs the BHLH Steering Committee. “When they do, we want to point that out to others. And we want to thank the people who are showing consideration for the future of their community.” If you are one of those people or your business has taken steps toward local buying, call Joe Hurd at The Chamber today (943-8151) or email him.

. . . . to Nason Hospital of Roaring Spring which was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America.
. . . to Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Chancellor of Penn State Altoona, who was presented the 2012 Assisi Award by Saint Francis University.  The award honors a person, group, organization or agency that exemplifies the spirit of ministry of Saint Francis of Assisi.
. . . to Sherri Stayer of Lung Disease Center of Pennsylvania and Amanda Misner of Sheetz, Inc. who were among the Blair County Chamber members honored as “Women Making a Difference” by Pennsylvania Business Central Magazine.

Blue Card Discounts
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.    

Kopp Drug, Inc.

Present your Blue Card for a free membership to the Kopp Drug RX Rewards Plus Club Card.

Laurel Eye Clinic

Present your Blue Card to receive $350 per eye discount on Lasik surgery OR Present your Chamber Blue Card when you buy 1 pair of prescription glasses at regular price to receive half off a second pair of equal or lesser value.

Mattress World

Present your Blue Card to receive 10% off any purchase excluding coupon offers.

Nova 6

Up to 20% OFF All Nova 6 Services including: Web Design, Video Production, Graphic Design and IT Solutions.

Oak Spring Winery

Present your Blue Card to save 10% on your order at Oak Spring Winery.

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October 1, 2012

Upcoming Events

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Breakfast Club

Thursday, October 11, 2012
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park

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GRYP Broomball
Thursday, October 11, 2012
8:45 - 11:00 p.m.
Galactic Ice

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Business Hall of Fame Dinner

Monday, October 15, 2012
5:30 p.m. - Reception
6:45 - Dinner/Program
Blair County Convention Center

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Chamber Chat

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
8:15 a.m.

Chamber Office

Flarend/McGinnis Debate

Thursday, October 18, 2012
10:00 a.m.

Blair County Convention Center

GRYP Networking

Thursday, October 18, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
U.S. Hotel Restaurant 7 Tavern

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Issues Forum on Distressed Cities
Friday, October 19, 2012
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
The Casino

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Busniess After Hours

WEDNESDAY, October 24, 2012
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Hampton Inn Altoona

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 Farm-City Dinner

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
6:30 p.m. - Milk/Pinch Reception
7:00 p.m. - Dinner - Program

The Park at Morrisons Cove

Register Here

Committee Meetings

Week of 10/1/12

Chamber Ambassadors
Tuesday, October 2, 8:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

GRYP Steering Committee
Tuesday, October 2, 8:30 a.m.
Ramada Altoona

BASICS Career Shadowing Task Force
Tuesday, October 2, 9:00 a.m.
Chamber Office

BASICS Career Shadowing Task Force
Tuesday, October 2, 1:00 p.m.
Chamber Office

Small Business Partners
Wednesday, October 3, 11:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

Legislative Action Committee
Thursday, October 4, 8:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

BASICS Subcommittee on Early Childhood Ed.
Thursday, October 4, 9:30 a.m.
Devorris Center

Non-Profit Subcommittee - Advocacy
Friday, October 5, 8:15 a.m.
Chamber Office

Non-Profit Subcommittee - Internal Education
Friday, October 5, 9:30 a.m.
Chamber Office

Non-Profit Subcommittee - External Education
Friday, October 5, 10:45 a.m.
Chamber Office

Non-Profit Subcommittee - Collaboration
Friday, October 5, 1:30 p.m.
Chamber Office




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