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Congressman Shuster to Speak at August “Breakfast Club”
Home Helpers to Host Wednesday’s “Business Before Hours”
Healthy Blair County Coalition, ABCD Conducting Needs Assessment
Informational Meeting on China Trip is August 25th
Still Time to Register for Chamber’s “Five Rivers” Cruise
Save the Date – Backbone Bash
Congratulations . . .
Blue Card Discounts

Congressman Shuster to Speak at August “Breakfast Club”
Congressman Bill Shuster will be the keynote speaker at the next Blair County Chamber “Breakfast Club,” scheduled for Friday, August 14th at 7:45 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The format of the Congressman’s remarks will be a Q&A session with questions being submitted in advance from within the Chamber Membership. Richard Fiore, Jr., who chairs the Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee, will ask the questions. “With so many important issues that impact business facing this Congress, it’s appropriate that we would have the Congressman here to help sort things out,” Fiore noted. The cost to attend the Breakfast Club is $18 for Chamber Members and $30 for non-members. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.
Corporate sponsor of the August Breakfast Club is the Altoona-Blair County Airport.

Home Helpers to Host Wednesday’s “Business Before Hours”
It’s been ten years since Home Helpers opened its office in Blair County and in the last four years, the company has experienced more than 100% growth. To mark that anniversary and “to say thanks to the community for how it’s supported us,” President Lynn Gardini and her staff will host a Business Before Hours” this Wednesday,July 29th from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Home Helpers Office at 911 Scotch Valley Road in Hollidaysburg. A light breakfast will be served and tours of the facility will be available. The Chamber Ambassadors will conduct a ribbon-cutting at 7:30 a.m. that day to recognize the Grand Re-Opening. Representatives from Home Helpers corporate office in Cincinnati will attend the event. That’s not all. From noon to 6:00 p.m., the community is invited to come out to an Open House that will include food, games, music and live animals. Everything is free! To register for the Business Before Hours, contact The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

Healthy Blair County Coalition , ABCD Conducting Needs Assessment
Healthy Blair County Coalition, in partnership with the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation, is conducting a community economic needs assessment. Surveys are being sent to a variety of groups asking for help in completing the Community Economic Needs Assessment Survey to learn more about the strengths and issues that impact business. Please go to the link below and complete the survey through the internet on survey monkey no later than August 21, 2015.  The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and the questions ask for specific responses that will be compiled into a database for purposes of ascertaining volume and trends. Individual responses will be kept confidential. This information will not be used to solicit businesses or to encourage participation in projects or programs undertaken by any of the participating organizations. The survey can be accessed by clicking on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6NNXR32.

Informational Meeting on China Trip is August 25th
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. Travel to Dulles from Altoona and back are included as part of the trip. 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.

Still Time to Register for Chamber’s “Five Rivers” Cruise
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.

Save the Date – Backbone Bash
The next Chamber “Backbone Bash” will have a new location in 2015.  The popular event, labeled “a laid-back celebration for small businesses,” will take place at Tavern 27, located in Park Hills Country Club. The date is Friday, August 21st from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. The cost to attend is just $10/person and includes a casual cookout, beverages, a putting contest, karaoke, a photo booth, backyard games, great music and plenty of door prizes. Any Chamber Member whose business employs less than 50 people is eligible to attend. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

Congratulations . . .
. . . to Juniata College which was recently honored for the seventh time since 2008 as one of 86 colleges nationwide named as a “Great College to Work For” in the Chronicle of Higher Education 2015 Survey.
. . . to Williamsburg Borough, which is celebrating the 225th anniversary of its founding during 2015.
. . . to Forshey's Ag and Industrial, Martinsburg for receiving Kioti Tractor's "5-Paw" certification for 2014. Forshey's, a dealer of Kioti tractors, has earned the achievement each year since 2012 for its overall performance in selling Kioti products.

Blue Card Discounts
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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July 27, 2015

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