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Marcellus Shale is topic of Thursday's Breakfast Club
Blair Business Mirror to be published tomorrow 
Energy for Performance Lunch 'n' Learn set for Wednesday
It's not too early to register for 2010 Central PA Expo
Friday is the deadline for ACE Award nominations 
Businesses buying displays for Holiday Lights on the Lake
Chamber makes publications available to members
Congratulations . . .

Marcellus Shale is topic of Thursday's Breakfast Club Pennsylvania ’s most significant economic opportunity, perhaps in its history, already is making inroads throughout the Commonwealth.  But what will Marcellus Shale mean to Blair County and what can businesses here be doing to participate in the process? Those answers and more will be part of a presentation by Jason Fink, Executive Vice-President of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, at the Aug. 12 Chamber Breakfast Club. Fink will present, “Impacts of Marcellus Shale and Opportunities for Blair County .” He’ll focus on what services are already being accessed in the county related to the mammoth project and where additional services will be needed. The cost to attend the Breakfast Club, which is held at The Casino at Lakemont Park beginning at 7:45 a.m., is $16 for Chamber Members and $30 for non-members. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.  

Blair Business Mirror to be published tomorrow 
The August issue of the Blair Business Mirror will hit the streets on Tuesday as a supplement to the Altoona Mirror. The cover feature focuses on one of the county’s most successful businesses – Roaring Spring Bottling. There also are inside features on a new Tri-Agency Coalition involving three area organizations, an upcoming Economic Outlook & Job Expo, an overview of the recent Leadership Blair County Youth retreat and much, much more. If you don’t get the Altoona Mirror, don’t despair. A copy of the Blair Business Mirror is mailed to each member business.  

Energy for Performance Lunch 'n' Learn set for Wednesday
As a business person, would you like to manage and increase energy, balance life and work, manage stress and connect to a purpose? If so, then The Chamber’s Growth and Relationships of Young Professionals (GRYP) has a great Lunch’N’Learn program for you. On Aug. 11, from noon until 1:30 p.m. at Outback Steakhouse, Joel Stewart of Janus Capital Group will present “Energy for Performance.” The Human Performance Institute has studied elite athletes and what makes the best the best. HPI and Janus Labs have partnered to offer the tools to achieve greater success in your personal and professional life. The cost to attend this great program, which includes a delicious lunch, is just $22 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. Wells Fargo Advisors are sponsors of the Lunch’N’Learn. Register online or call The Chamber at 943-8151.  

It's not too early to register for 2010 Central PA Expo
The Chamber is pleased to announce that it will once again be partnering with 13 other area Chambers to offer the 2010 Central PA Regional Business & Industry Expo. The expo will be held from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Registration is now open for the event. Booths will go fast since last year's event was sold out. Register today by downloading and returning a registration form. For more information, contact Stacy Hoover at 943-8151.    

Friday is deadline for ACE Award nominations  
The Chamber’s Farm-City Committee currently is accepting nominations for the Agricultural Community Excellence (ACE) Award to be presented at the Farm-City Dinner on Oct. 26. Nomination forms were mailed in the Blair Business Mirror and also were faxed to Chamber Members two weeks ago. You can also download a form here. Nominations for the ACE Award will be accepted until this Friday, Aug. 13. For more information, contact Stacy Hoover at 943-8151.

Businesses buying displays for Holiday Lights on the Lake  

With the temperatures hovering around the century mark, can it really be time to start thinking about Holiday Lights on the Lake ?  “We actually have several businesses that renewed their light displays back in February,” admitted Stacy Hoover, The Chamber’s Vice-President of Events & Technology. “They get in the spirit pretty early.” This is the eighth year that The Chamber and Lakemont Park have partnered on Holiday Lights and each year the number of displays and the number of automobiles through the gate has increased. Interested in reserving your spot? Contact Stacy Hoover at 943-8151.  Remember, Chamber members get a 5 percent discount on light displays.

Chamber makes publications available to members  
The Chamber recognizes that many businesses, particularly small businesses, have a difficult time in things like hiring, regulatory compliance and recordkeeping. For that reason, the organization has purchased several publications that it is willing to lend to interested Chamber Members. The publications are: Principles of Payroll Administration, Pennsylvania Human Resources Manual, Model Policies and Forms for Pennsylvania Employers, An Employer’s Guide to Employee Benefits, Guide to FMLA and ADA , Employment Verification and Employer’s Guide to Wage and Hour. To borrow a publication, contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151. 

Congratulations . . .
. . . to Byron Lasser of Lasser’s Shoe Fly who was recently honored for best advertising by a shoe retailer at “The Footwear Event” in Chicago.

Aug. 9, 2010 

Upcoming Events

Register Online

GRYP Lunch 'n' Learn  
Wednesday, Aug. 11, noon to 1:30
Outback Steakhouse
"Energy for Performance" 
presented by Joel Stewart of Janus Labs

Sponsored by:


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August Breakfast Club
Thursday, Aug. 12, 7:45 to 9 a.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park
Impacts of Marcellus Shale and Opportunities for Blair County
Presented by Jason Fink,
Executive VP of the Williamsport/Lycoming
Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by:

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Listen to
The Chamber Biz Brief

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GRYP Networking Event 
Thursday, Aug. 19, 6 to 8 p.m.
Hosted by:

The Buccinese Club 
-- Bocce Tournament
-- Great Italian Food
-- Live Entertainment
-- Door prizes
-- Cash Bar Refreshments
Register here

Governor's visit 

Gov. Ed Rendell visited the Blair County Chamber Thursday morning during one of his stops on a four-day transportation tour across the state. The governor pleaded to members of the public and business owners to contact state representatives to demand money for infrastructure improvements. Rendell said several state highways and bridges are in need of repair but the current budget lacks the funds for improvements.

Upcoming Committee Meetings
Week of 8/9/10

BASICS Steering Committee
Monday, Aug. 9, 8 a.m. 
Chamber Marketing Committee 
Monday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. 
The Chamber
Chamber Ambassadors 
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 8 a.m.
The Devorris Center
Legislative Action Committee 
Thursday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m.
The Devorris Center

Don't Miss Out!!!

Click here to register for the 2010 Central PA Business & Industry Expo 

August Business After Hours
Thursday, Aug. 26, 5 to 7 p.m.
Hosted by:

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