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“Breakfast Club” Presentation to Raise Awareness of Future Workforce
“Role Models” Program to Feature Detwiler, Sheetz
GRYP “Summer Bash” a Great Networking Event for Young Professionals
LBC Alumni Undertaking “Basket of Hope” Project
Nominations Being Accepted for “ACE Award”
China Trip Informational Meeting is August 26th
Chamber Seeking Fall Intern
Would You Like to Be a U.S. Chamber Member – Free?
Southern Alleghenies to Hold Business Resource Expo
Congratulations . . Blue Card Discounts

“Breakfast Club” Presentation to Raise Awareness of Future Workforce
Early Childhood Education will be the focus of the Blair County Chamber’s next “Breakfast Club,” set for this Thursday at 7:45 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The Chamber is bringing-in an expert on the topic as the Breakfast Club’s keynote speaker. Lloyd Lamm is the Regional Banking Executive for the Capital Region of First National Bank of Pennsylvania. Lamm is also the co-chair of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, the statewide organization that oversees efforts related to providing education to children in the 0-5 age group. The Breakfast Club will also feature a six-minute presentation by Samantha Hand, a recent Altoona Area High School graduate who was the runner-up in the district Rotary Speech Contest, held this Spring in Gettysburg. Hand’s speech focuses on how Early Childhood Education can impact juvenile and adult crime. The cost to attend Breakfast Club is $16. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online. Corporate host for the August Breakfast Club is Home Helpers.

“Role Models” Program to Feature Detwiler, Sheetz
The Blair County Chamber’s “Role Models” program has successfully featured a half-dozen business leaders since it debuted last November. There’s little indication that the momentum that these programs has built will recede anytime soon. “We’ve hit a homerun with Role Models,” admitted Chamber President Joe Hurd.  “People enjoy the format and appreciate the opportunity to ask questions of business leaders who have experienced incredible challenges and opportunities. We’re excited about what we’ve heard and about what we’ve yet to hear.” That next chapter will take place on August 15th at the Blair County Convention Center as Role Models welcomes Don Detwiler and Stan Sheetz to the podium. Detwiler is Vice-Chairman and former CEO at New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company; Sheetz, the president of Sheetz, Inc. The cost to attend Role Models is $25 for Chamber members and $40 for non- members. The program begins at noon and ends promptly at 1:30 p.m. Lunch is included. To register for Role Models, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

GRYP “Summer Bash” a Great Networking Event for Young Professionals
The Growth and Relationships of Young Professionals (GRYP) will hold its annual Summer Bash networking event once again at Barneywood, a stunning facility owned and operated by NPC, Inc. The 400 acre farm is located at 327 Tee Box Road in Duncansville. The farm features a variety of activities, including a 9-hole golf course, a horseshoe pit and a volleyball area, which makes it an ideal setting for young professionals to get together to enjoy the close of summer. The Summer Bash will take place on Friday, August 16, and begins with a 9-hole pre-bash golf tournament starting at 3 p.m. There is no cost for anyone wishing to golf, but individuals must pre-register at The Chamber no later than August 12. No walk-ins will be accepted for the tournament. The Summer Bash event will start at 6 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. Pre-registration for the event is suggested, but not required. With the help of Chamber member businesses who sponsor and provide generous donations, GRYP is able to offer attendees some fabulous food items as well as beverages and the chance to win some amazing door prizes. The Summer Bash will also feature yard games, live entertainment by local musician Conner Gilbert and endless opportunities to network. The cost to attend the Summer Bash is only $10 for GRYP members and $15 for not-yet GRYP members. For more information on GRYP or to register for the Summer Bash, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

LBC Alumni Undertaking “Basket of Hope” Project
For the third consecutive year, the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Blair County Alumni will be accepting donations of common household goods to be given to women and families through Family Services’ Emergency Shelter and Domestic Abuse Project. Items can be donated as an individual or an office, with a group of neighbors or with a faith group. Donate just one item or fill an entire laundry basket. Items can be new or gently used. Donations can be dropped-off at the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, located at 3900 Industrial Park Drive in Altoona.  Donations will be accepted August 27-30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For a list of suggested items to fill a laundry basket, click here.

Nominations Being Accepted for “ACE Award”
The Agricultural Community Excellence (ACE) Award will be presented at The Chamber’s Farm-City Dinner on October 29th.  Nominations for that annual award are being accepted until August 23rd. To access a nomination form, click here.

China Trip Informational Meeting is August 26th
The Blair County Chamber will continue its successful run of trips during 2014 with the announcement of two exciting destinations. Back by popular demand will be a trip to China from April 12-20. This will be the third trip to China in the past four years and the cost is still a ridiculously low $2,399 pp/dou.occ., which includes all flights, meals and 5-star hotels. An information meeting for the China Trip will be held on August 26th at 6:00 p.m. at the Devorris Center for Business Development. In the fall, The Chamber’s focus will be on a nine-day trip to Tuscany (October 20-28). This trip, which includes Florence, Pisa and Montecatini, is also priced at an incredible $2,699 pp/dou.occ. For further information, contact The Chamber at 943-8151.

Chamber Seeking Fall Intern
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce is seeking an intern for the Fall Semester. The intern should be majoring in Business Management, Marketing or Communications. The internship can be either for credit or personal enrichment. Interested students should contact Linda Stotler at 943-8151. 

Would You Like to Be a U.S. Chamber Member – Free?
The Blair County Chamber has accepted an invitation to be part of the United States Chamber of Commerce Federation Program which would provide a free membership to any of our members that fit the program criteria. That criteria is that businesses must have total annual revenue of less than $10 million, cannot be a charity, non-profit organization, government entity or religious/educational institution or be a current, paying U.S. Chamber member. The Chamber will register all members that meet those guidelines unless the member indicates that they do not wish to participate in the Federation Program. To opt-out, contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151 or email him at jhurd@blairchamber.com.

Southern Alleghenies to Hold Business Resource Expo
On September 5th, the Southern Alleghenies Business Resource Network, in cooperation with The Chamber, will hold “The Alleghenies Business Resource Expo” from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Blair County Convention Center. This event provides ample opportunity for businesses of all sizes to meet one-on-one with a network of non-profit organizations that can assist in growing or maintaining a business. There is no cost to attend. To register, call (855) 661-0094 or email saprep@sapdc.org.

Congratulations . . .
. . . to Denny Doll, who was recently named President of Reliance Bank.
. . . to Lynn Gardini, Tali Greene, Nancy Kirby and Gina Montgomery of Home Helpers, who have completed and passed their course work and are now members of The Society of Certified Senior Advisors.
. . . to Home Nursing Agency’s Private Duty Home Care program which was recently recognized with Home Care Pulse’s “Best of Home Care” distinction in four categories: knowledge of staff, appearance of staff, confidence level in office staff and overall quality of service.

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 Christine Perkins at The Chamber at 943-8151.    

Keystone Business Suooprt, Inc.

Present your Chamber Blue Card and receive 10% off the first 3 months for all new commerical cleaning service.

Mill Hill Farm Supply, Inc.

When you present your Chamber Blue Card, receive $5 off a $25 or more purchase. All Mill Hill products qualify, including bird feed, pet food, garden seeds, gardening supplies plus much more 

Oak Spring Winery

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

Phoenicia Mediterranean Restaurant

Present your Blue Card to receive 10% off your bill. Discount excludes alcohol purchases.

Ramada Altoona Conference Center

Present your Blue Card to receive 20% off in any of the Ramada's restaurants - The Cosmopolitan or the Tropical Courtyard
and or 
receive 10% off of sleeping rooms (based on availability) or 10% off on any banquet room or meeting room.

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August 5, 2013

Upcoming Events

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Breakfast Club

Thursday, August 8, 2013
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.

The Casino at Lakemont Park

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Role Models

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Blair County Convention Center

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GRYP Summer Bash

Friday, August 16, 2013
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


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Business After Hours

Thursday, August 29, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tyrone Colonial Courtyard

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Committee Meetings

Week of 8/5/2013

GRYP Steering Committee
Tuesday, August 6, 8:15 a.m.
Courtyard by Marriott

Home & Garden Show Committee
Tuesday, August 6, 8:30 a.m.
Devorris Center

Small Business Partners
Wednesday, August 7, 11:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

LBC Adult Committee
Wednesday, August 7, 3:30 p.m.
Devorris Center


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