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Penn State Altoona Chancellor to Speak at Thursday’s “Breakfast Club”
Blair Business Mirror to be Published on Tuesday
Help Us to Plan Strategy for “Buy Here. Live Here.”
Legislative Priorities Input Ends This Friday
Deadline Also Friday to Make China Trip Reservations
Chamber Employers Encouraged to Attend “Gown Meets Town”
Congratulations . . .
Blue Card Discounts

Penn State Altoona Chancellor to Speak at Thursday’s “Breakfast Club”
Penn State Altoona has a dynamic impact on the economy of Blair County. It also plays an important role in the growth of our community. This Thursday, December 13th, Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Chancellor at Penn State Altoona, will be the featured speaker at The Chamber’s monthly Breakfast Club. Her presentation, entitled “Penn State Altoona: Update and Engagement in Our Community” will look at local economic development initiatives that have heightened the University’s presence, particularly in Downtown Altoona. Dr. Bechtel-Wherry will also address some of Penn State Altoona’s priorities as it looks to the future. The Breakfast Club is held at The Casino at Lakemont Park beginning at 7:45 a.m. 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. Corporate sponsor for the December Breakfast Club is Discovery House Blair County.
Blair Business Mirror to be Published on Tuesday
The Blair Business Mirror will hit the streets tomorrow as a supplement to the Altoona Mirror. The cover feature will be on Saint Joseph’s Institute and the great work they are doing in our community. The Q&A feature will be on Irv Seltzer. Make sure to pick up a copy of this issue so you don’t have to wait until we mail you one at the end of the week.

Help Us to Plan Strategy for “Buy Here. Live Here.”
The Chamber’s Buy Here. Live Here. program has made great strides since its kickoff in March. What the program is able to accomplish in the future will be the focus of a strategic planning effort to be undertaken this Wednesday, December 12th from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Devorris Center for Business Development. Facilitated by David Duncan of Blair Medical Associates, the process requires feedback from interested Chamber Members. If you are a member of The Chamber and are willing to share your thoughts on local purchasing, contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151.

Legislative Priorities Input Ends This Friday
The Legislative Action Committee of the Blair County Chamber is putting together its list of legislative priorities for 2013 and it’s asking Chamber Members to weigh-in. “It’s important to our committee that we learn as much as we can about what’s most important to the Chamber Membership,” acknowledged Matt Stuckey, who chairs the committee. “We also encourage anyone with more than a passing interest in legislative matters to join our committee. We have plenty of work to do.” A list of legislative issues is published on the Chamber Website. Members are asked to access the list and identify their top five issues. They can then either fax the list to The Chamber at (814) 943-5239 or email it to Joe Hurd. To access the list, click hereThe deadline to submit your priorities is this Friday.

Deadline Also Friday to Make China Trip Reservations
Anyone still undecided on whether to go on The Chamber’s next trip to China needs to make up their mind soon. Full payment is due by this Friday, December 14th. The dates of the China Trip are April 12-20, 2013. For more information on the trip, contact The Chamber at 943-8151.

Chamber Employers Encouraged to Attend “Gown Meets Town”
For the second time in 2012, the Blair County Chamber is partnering with Penn State Altoona on “Gown Meets Town. Gown Meets Town is Penn State Altoona’s showcase that allows students to demonstrate how their classroom experience can enhance the operations, products and services of Blair County businesses and organizations. During the course of the day, students make presentations in the areas of business, electro-mechanical engineering technology and security and risk analysis. The Gown Meets Town event will be held this Friday, December 14th beginning at 9:15 a.m. and concluding sometime around 5:00 p.m. at the Devorris Downtown Center. A networking lunch for students, business leaders, community members, faculty and guests will split the day’s agenda and permit attendees to discuss the many innovative efforts that they will have seen that morning. The recruiting of businesses to attend Gown Meets Town is what The Chamber brings to the partnership. This year, they’ll have additional help. The Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD) has also signed-on as a partner. There is no cost to attend Gown Meets Town but registration is required. To register, call Judy Paul by Wednesday at noon at 940-3400 or email her at JAP24@psu.edu.

Congratulations . . .
. . . to Reliance Bank which was recently named one of Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania for 2012.

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.    

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

Present your Chamber Blue Card and receive 15% off the first 3 months for all new commerical cleaning service.  

Kopp Drug, Inc.

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

Labor Ready

Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive $50 off your first labor order.

Laurel Eye Clinic

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

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December 10, 2012

Upcoming Events

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Breakfast Club

Thursday, December 13, 2012
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.

The Casino at Lakemont Park

Register Here

GRYP Holiday Party

Thursday, December 13, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Ramada Altoona Conference Center

Register Here

Committee Meetings

Week of 12/10/2012

BASICS Steering Commitee
Monday, December 10, 8:00 a.m.
Greater Altoona Career & Tech Center

Small Business Partners Committee
Wednesday, December 12, 11:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

Blair County Business Coalition
Friday, December 14, 9:00 a.m.
Bell Mansion Tea House




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