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Breakfast Club program to examine impact of Murtha's death
Blair Business Mirror hits the streets tomorrow
Nomination deadline is Friday for Business Excellence Award
Informational meeting to be held Thursday on Ireland trip
Blair County Chamber map now available
We-LEaD Networking event set for March 15 at Marzoni's 
Chamber to assist park in determining community relevance  
Leadership Blair County to hold informational open house
Reserve your spot for WE-LEaD Workshop 
Golf Classic hoping to sell out by April 
Chamber pairing marketing opportunities for Members 
Congratulations . . .

Breakfast Club program to examine impact of Murtha's death 
The recent death of Congressman John Murtha will create many challenges for Cambria County and, in particular, the City of Johnstown . What are those challenges likely to be and will Blair County feel reverberations in any regional efforts involving the counties in the 12th Congressional District? Bob Eyer, Managing Partner of the Johnstown accounting firm Wessel & Company was a campaign volunteer for Congressman Murtha, has been a consultant to several defense contractors in Cambria County , has been a Board Member of Johnstown Area Regional Industries and a former board chair of the Greater Johnstown Cambria County Chamber of Commerce. Eyer will present, "Life After Murtha: Steps to Regional Collaboration" at the next Chamber Breakfast Club to be held Thursday, March 11 beginning at 7:45 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park . The cost to attend is $16 for Chamber Members and $25 for non-members. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.  

Blair Business Mirror hits the streets tomorrow  

The next issue of the Blair Business Mirror will be published as a supplement to tomorrow’s Altoona Mirror. The publication will feature a cover story of two of the region’s successful Pain Management practitioners – Dr. Michael Drass and Dr. Fred Khalouf. There also will be articles dealing with the upcoming WE-LEaD Workshop, the Retail Roundtable, the goal plan for The Chamber’s Transportation Committee and much more.  If you don’t receive a copy of the Altoona Mirror, don’t despair. A copy of the Blair Business Mirror will be mailed to each Chamber-Member business. 

Nomination deadline is Friday for Business Excellence Award 
The 9th Annual Business Excellence Dinner will be held on Monday, June 7. The highlight of that event will once again be the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence. The award recipient is identified through nominations made to The Chamber and a panel of judges then makes a recommendation to the Chamber Board, confirming the selection. To nominate someone for the award you can download a nomination form here or pick up a form at the Chamber Office. Deadline to nominate is this Friday, March 12.   

Informational meeting to be held Thursday on Ireland trip 
The Chamber's first-ever excursion to Ireland in October is attracting a lot of interest. So much so that an informational meeting has been set for March 11 at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at the Devorris Center.  The meeting will last no longer than an hour (including questions and answers). There is no cost to attend the meeting and no obligation to sign-up for the trip. Come hear about the many attractions that the Emerald Isle has to offer and how you can be part of it all! For further information click here or contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151 or Donna Wilt at Classic Travel at 696-3558.   

Blair County Chamber map now available 
If you're one of the many Blair County businesses or individuals waiting for a local map that includes new 911 information, your wait is over. The new Blair County Chamber of Commerce City/Borough/Township Map is now available at the Chamber Office and, needless to say, the anticipation has been considerable. "We've been receiving calls for the past couple months from people who were aware that we were having a map done that had 911 listings," reported Chamber secretary Marilyn Templon. "They're anxious to have the information and many of them call us every week." The map project has taken longer than expected because the 911 information was not made available until just recently. "The county had a difficult task pulling everything together," admitted Chamber President Joe Hurd. "It made no sense for us to rush the map through with the old information. So we waited. And this map is very comprehensive and up-to-date." Maps are available to each Chamber Member business at no cost up to quantities of 10. Each additional map is $2. Non-members may purchase maps at $4 each. 

WE-LEaD Networking event set for March 15 at Marzoni's
The Chamber's WE-LEaD (Women Encouraging Leadership, Education and Development) program will hold a networking reception on Monday, March 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Marzoni's in Duncansville.  "These receptions have been extremely popular," explained Judy Juda of The Chamber. "They provide a great opportunity for women in business to share experiences in a relaxed atmosphere with good food and beverages." The cost to attend the reception is $12 for Chamber Members and $20 for non-members. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.  

Chamber to assist park in determining community relevance
For many years, The Park at Morrisons Cove has been the focal point of many events and numerous social and recreational opportunities in the Cove. In recent years, however, The Park has experienced a downturn in usage and had even considered closing at one point.  Although some creative planning has helped to revitalize the venue, more needs to be done. So, The Park, with the marketing assistance of The Chamber, has scheduled a Business Breakfast Meeting on March 31 from 8 to 10 a.m. to brainstorm how the facility can better serve the needs of the county. The theme of the breakfast is "The Power of Community Networking" and Dr. Chuck Kormanski of Kormanski Consulting will facilitate an information gathering session. All Blair and Bedford county businesses are invited to attend. There is no cost and breakfast will be provided, courtesy of Doug Mingle of Roaring Spring Department Store and John Bolger of Bolger Funeral Home. To register, call The Park at 793-2176. 

Leadership Blair County to hold informational open house 
Interested in being considered for a spot in the next Leadership Blair County Adult Class? Then you may want to attend an informational open house set for April 13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Devorris Center for Business Development. "It's a great way to have the opportunity to talk to people who have been through the program," disclosed Judy Juda who staffs the LBC program for The Chamber. "There's no obligation to commit to anything." To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151.  

Reserve your spot for WE-LEaD Workshop
The highly-successful WE-LEaD Spring Workshop, which has attracted a number of nationally recognized speakers during its four years in existence, has hit another homerun in 2010. On April 20, Harry Paul, the funny, dynamic author of FISH! will address what is expected to be a large crowd at the Penn State Devorris Downtown Center . The event begins with registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and concludes with lunch at 12:30 p.m. During the 7:30 to 8:30 time slot, breakfast will be available as well as the opportunity to visit display booths that feature a variety of products and services. Paul's presentation begins promptly at 8:30 and continues until lunchtime. The cost to attend the WE-LEaD Workshop is $60 for Chamber Members and $70 for non-members. Exhibit space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Judy Juda for exhibitor information at 943-8151 or to reserve your space at the workshop. For the third consecutive year, Blair Medical Associates is corporate sponsor of the Workshop.

Golf Classic hoping to sell out by April

The Annual Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Chamber Golf Classic is still a couple months away yet that hasn't deterred golfers from signing-up early. "Maybe it's because the weather's so bad but there already seems to be a lot of interest," reported Stacy Hoover of The Chamber. "We'd like to sell out this event by the end of April. The Classic will be held Monday, May 17 at Iron Masters Country Club.  Event sponsorships and tee-and-green signs are available by contacting Stacy Hoover at 943-8151.  

Chamber pairing marketing opportunities for Members

In order to give more Chamber Members the opportunity to better market themselves to the Membership and the community, The Chamber is lowering the cost of its monthly Privilege Pages and pairing them with a chance to gain additional exposure through the growing Business Bulletin network. "Our Marketing Committee encouraged us to find ways to help members position their brands and feature their products and services without attaching a high cost," admitted Linda Stotler, The Chamber's Vice-President of Communication & Marketing.  "The Privilege Pages have always been a good way to reach the 1,000 Member-businesses in our organization. Now, for just $200, a Chamber Member can send a Privilege Page and also have an ad on the Business Bulletin that will link to their Web site." The Business Bulletin is emailed weekly to more than 3,000 Chamber Members. Members interested in doing just a Privilege Page, can do so for $125 (a reduction from the former $175 charge). "We've also created a package that includes a Privilege Page and a Business Bulletin ad for four weeks at just $300," Stotler pointed out. To take advantage of any of these offers, contact Mike McMullen at 943-8151. 

Congratulations . . .
... to Steve Seltzer Honda of Pinecroft which was recently named one of the Top 100 powersport dealers in North America at the 42nd  annual Dealernews International Powersports Expo in Indianapolis.
... to Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation which was recently featured in an article in the American Business Journal. The article highlighted the organization's success in aiding in the development of projects that have had a tremendous impact on our area.

March 8, 2010 

Upcoming Events

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LBC Adult Alumni Breakfast

The annual Leadership Blair County Alumni Breakfast was held Tuesday, March 2 at the Casino at Lakemont Park. During the event Andrew Katz (right) of Katz Financial Group was welcomed as the the new president of the alumni association by outgoing president Steve Shank (left) of SP McCarl.

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Breakfast Club
March 11, 7:45 - 8:55 a.m.
Bob Eyer of Wessel & Company will present:
"Life After Murtha:
Steps to Regional Collaboration"
Sponsored by:


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GRYP Networking Event 
March 17, 6 - 8  p.m.
St. Patty's Day Down Under
Hosted by:


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WE-LEaD Networking Event 
March 15, 5 to 7 p.m.
Hosted by:

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March Safety Program
March 26, 7:45 to 9:30 a.m.
Comfort Inn, Duncansville 
"You can't afford
to be sick or injured"

Presentation includes an "Ergonomics" discussion by
Lonnie Styles, Director of Physical Therapy
at Blair Orthopedics

and an "Infection control in the workplace discussion" by Michael Mihok, M.D., Physician Advisor for IMC, a Highmark Company

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 Upcoming Committee Meetings
Week of 3/8/10

BASICS Steering Committee 
Monday, March 8, 8 a.m.

Marketing Committee
Monday, March 8, 11 a.m. 
The Chamber
Presidents' Forum Steering Committee
Monday, March 8, 1:30 p.m.
The Chamber
WE-LEaD Steering Committee
Wednesday, March 10, 8 a.m.
Devorris Center
Blair County Business Coalition
Friday, March 12, 9 a.m.
Penn State Altoona


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