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Ball-Drop Winners Announced
Blair Business Mirror to Be Published Tomorrow
Allegheny Lutheran Hosting Thursday’s “Business After Hours”
“Backbone  Bash”  Set for August 1st at Buccinese Society
Chamber Announces Trip to Thailand/Hong Kong in 2015
Coalition on Sustainability to Rebuild Momentum
Reminder: Membership Recruitment Can Yield Great Rewards
Low-Cost Healthcare:  The Chamber Makes It Happen
Congratulations . . .
Blue Card Discounts

Ball-Drop Winners Announced
The windy conditions in May made it impossible for The Chamber and Pine Bottom Aviation to hold the “ball-drop” on the day of the Highmark/Chamber Golf Classic. So the ball drop was held last week at Iron Masters Country Club and the following individuals won cash prizes: Closest to the Hole – Doug Mingle; Second Closest – Nancy Eardley and Third Closest – Jim Berkhimer. Thirty-three other balls landed in the circle and the owners of those balls will receive a free pass to play at Iron Masters.

Blair Business Mirror to Be Published Tomorrow
The July issue of the Blair Business Mirror will be published Tuesday as a supplement to the Altoona Mirror. A copy of the publication will be mailed to all Chamber member businesses by the end of the week. This month’s cover feature focuses on three Blair County businesses – Curry Supply, Keller Engineers and Sheetz, Inc. – that were recently recognized by Governor Tom Corbett. Inside features include a Q&A with ABCD Corporation’s President Marty Marasco and a close-up look at the next Leadership Blair County Youth class.

Allegheny Lutheran Hosting Thursday’s “Business After Hours”
The next Chamber “Business After Hours will be held this Thursday, July 10th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg. Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries is the corporate host. The cost to attend is $6.00 for Members in advance and $7.00 at the door. Non-members may attend at $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

“Backbone  Bash”  Set for August 1st at Buccinese Society
The much-anticipated “Backbone Bash,” sponsored by The Chamber’s Small Business Partners, will be held on Friday, August 1st at the Buccinese Society beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event gives representatives from small businesses the opportunity to network and, in general, have a fun and relaxing time. The cost to attend, which includes food and adult beverages is just $10/person. To help offset the cost of the Bash, which is appropriately named because small business is the “backbone” of the local economy, sponsorships are available. Door prizes are also accepted. For information on either, contact Rachel Litzinger at 943-8151 or email her.

Chamber Announces Trip to Thailand/Hong Kong in 2015
The success relationship between the Blair County Chamber and Citslinc, Inc. will continue in 2015 with a trip to Thailand and Hong Kong, set for October 30th to November 7th. “The three China trips that we’ve taken with Citslinc have all been first class,” explained Chamber President Joe Hurd. “From talking to some other chambers who have done the Thailand/Hong Kong tour, we have a great experience to look forward to next October.” The Chamber will issue an RFP to its member travel agencies to determine where it will travel in the Spring of 2015. “We’re hoping to be able to offer a great Spring tour as well,” Hurd noted. For more information on the Thailand/Hong Kong tour, call The Chamber at 943-8151.

Coalition on Sustainability to Rebuild Momentum
The Blair County Chamber’s Coalition on Sustainability took an unplanned hiatus this Spring and it intends to make up for lost time. The Coalition, which encourages businesses and schools to take more active roles in preserving the environment and working to educate consumers on the benefits of “going green,” will meet in late August to look at possible projects. The Coalition is also hoping to recruit new members. For more information or to sign-up to be on the Coalition, contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151 or email him.

Reminder: Membership Recruitment Can Yield Great Rewards
Despite the best efforts of The Chamber’s dedicated staff, it’s been proven time-and-again that the best recruiters of new members to the organization are other members. “Business people want to hear the message from someone who has already invested in the organization,” reported Doug Mingle of Roaring Spring Department Store, The Chamber’s Board Chair. “It just resonates better.” There’s also a financial incentive for members who get others to join. Bring a completed membership application and a form of payment to the Chamber Office and you’ll earn a $25 gift card to the Chamber-business of your choice. “Too hard to pass-up,” Mingle pointed out. For more information on how to be a Chamber recruiter, contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151.

Low-Cost Healthcare:  The Chamber Makes It Happen
The Blair County Chamber has partnered with Empower3 Center for Health to offer Chamber-Member employers an affordable community-based health plan for their employees. The plan features level group rates, no deductibles, no pre-existing condition exclusions, substantial prescription drug coverage with co-pays of $10 or less and the opportunity to add dental and vision coverage. Call Maureen Frucella for details.  Her number is (814) 317-5063.

Congratulations . . .
. . . to the Hollidaysburg Public Library which officially opened on July 2nd
. . . to Smith Transport of Roaring Spring which had a presence on July 4th at the Daytona International Speedway as the main sponsor of the #93 Dodge being driven by Mike Wallace.

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 The Chamber at 943-8151.    

Green Home Goods

Present your Blue Crad to receive a 10% off eco-friendly gifts and accessories, and discounts on eco-flooring & furniture.

Laurel Eye Clinic

Present your Chamber Blue Card and save up to $700* on bladeless lasik. *Discount is for $350 off per eye and may not be combined with any additional discounts or savings. -

Mattress World

Present your Blue Card to receive 10% off Simmons Beautyrest, Simmons True Energy, Simmons Work Class, Simmons Comfortpedic, Simmons Beautyrest Black, Laura Ashley, or King Koil I-Matt series products.

Radiance Day Spa

Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive 10% off of any service. (Exceptions would be retail products and gift certificates)

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July 7, 2014

Upcoming Events

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Business After Hours

Thursday, July 10, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries

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Backbone Bash

Friday, August 1, 2014
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Buccinese Society

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Breakfast Club

Thursday, August 14, 2014
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park

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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Week of 7/7/2014

GRYP Steering Committee
Tuesday, July 8, 8:15 a.m.
Tom & Joe's

Non-Profit Marketing Subcommittee
Tuesday, July 8, 8:30 a.m.
Home Nursing Agency

Small Business Partners
Wednesday, July 9, 11:00 a.m.
Devorris Center


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