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Chamber Recognizes “All-Stars” for June
Ribbon Cutting Set for Friday at Two Businesses
“Buy Here. Live Here.” Seeking Additional Funding Support 
Chamber Plans 4th Trip to China
Chamber’s “Five Rivers” Cruise to Include Prague, Paris
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Chamber Recognizes “All-Stars” for June
The Blair County Chamber’s ability to offer quality programming, events, recognition and advocacy efforts depends largely on the willingness of sponsors to step up to help underwrite the costs associated those efforts.  So at the end of each month, we publish a list of businesses or individuals who sponsored anything Chamber-related during the month.  They have helped us to make a difference in the business community.  For June, those sponsors were: Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation, Altoona Mirror, EZToUse.com, American Eagle Paper Mills, Blair Companies, Explore Altoona, First Commonwealth Bank, Fiserv, Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith, Home Nursing Agency, Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, Keller Engineers, Leonard S. Fiore, L.R. Webber Associates, LYTLE – Services for Workplace Solutions, M&T Bank, McLanahan Corporation, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company, New Pig Corporation, NPC, Penn State Altoona, PFEW, Ritchey’s Dairy, Roaring Spring Water, Roberts Oxygen Company, S&T Bank, Select Security, Seltzer Financial Strategies, Sheetz, S.R. Snodgrass, PC, The Hancock Group, The Hite Company, JJAN Financial Group, The Warren A. Gingrich Agency, UPMC Altoona, Wolf Furniture, and Young, Oakes, Brown & Company.

Ribbon Cutting Set for Friday at Two Businesses
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of AlleyRatz Lit’l Dog Daycare, located at 737 S. Logan Blvd., Hollidaysburg and Sylvan Veterinary Hospital, located at 739 S. Logan Blvd., Hollidaysburg.  The ceremony will be held Fri., July 10, at 11:30 a.m.
AlleyRatz Lit’l Dog Daycare, owned by Roseann Conrad, offers dog daycare and boarding services for dogs weighing less than 35 pounds. Additional services include all-breed grooming, training, parties and events. Overnight boarding is also available. Hours of operation for AlleyRatz are Monday – Friday 7:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday by appointment. Sylvan Veterinary Hospital, owned by Dr. Brad Kissell, offers full service veterinary care to dogs and cats in the Altoona/Hollidaysburg area. They offer preventative maintenance, emergency appointments for sick and injured pets, and a wide range of dental and surgical procedures. Hours of operation for Sylvan Veterinary Hospital are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

“Buy Here. Live Here.” Seeking Additional Funding Support 
The Blair County Chamber’s “Buy Here. Live Here.” program is soliciting contributions from local individuals and businesses to assist in funding the media marketing campaign that will take place during the second half of 2015. “We have a number of things that we hope to accomplish before the end of the year,” admitted Diana McClure of Keller Engineers who chairs the Buy Here. Live Here. Committee. “We’re hoping people who like what they’ve seen so far will help us continue the battle to promote local purchasing.” Anyone willing to make a contribution should contact Joe Hurd at (814) 943-8151. 
Chamber Plans 4th Trip to China
Back by popular demand is the Blair County Chamber’s trip to China. The nine-day excursion will take place from April 7-16, 2016 and will once again be conducted through Citslinc. The price remains incredible at $2199 (including flights, meals and all accommodations at 5-star hotels.) The only significant change from the three previous Chamber trips is that the flight originates at Dulles Airport instead of JFK – a real plus to our travelers.  The Chamber will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Devorris Center for Business Development. To register for that meeting, call The Chamber at (814) 943-8151. 

Chamber’s “Five Rivers” Cruise to Include Prague, Paris
The Blair County Chamber is heading to Europe in late Fall for its first-ever river cruise. The cruise is being done in cooperation with Heritage Travel. The special wine-themed “5-River European Cruise” will depart from the Chamber Office in the Devorris Center for Business Development on November 3rd, will fly from Dulles International Airport for an overnight flight to Prague and will return on November 13th from Paris. The trip will include one-night sightseeing stays at 5-star hotels in both Prague and Paris with the river cruise in-between. The Chamber trip will feature excursions on the Vistava, Main, Rhine, Moselle and Seine rivers via Avalon Waterways “Visionary,” considered the finest river vessel in Europe. The Visionary accommodates just 128 guests. Brochures on the 5-River European Cruise are available at the Chamber Office and at Heritage Travel. Call (814) 946-1600 for more information.

Congratulations . . .
. . . to WPS Office Solutions of Altoona which was recently recognized as a leader in managed print services by Photizo Group.WPS was one of just thirteen independent channel partners recognized nationwide.
. . . to Wix Pix Productions of Mineral Point which just produced a 38-minute documentary about the life of Michael Strank who was one of the six flag-raisers on Iwo Jima in 1945.  The show premiered in February at the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown on the 70th anniversary of that event.

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To see a complete listing of the Blue Card discounts available, please click here.  To have an offer listed, contact The Chamber at 943-8151.  There is no fee to offer and have a discount listed.


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