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Wallace confirmed as keynote for Business Excellence Dinner
Informational meeting on China trip set for May 18
Save your employees money on residential electricity  
Don't panic when you get your electric bill
Fort Roberdeau destination of final LBC Youth session 
GRYP Lunch 'N' Learn will focus on attitudes 
Sam's Club to host Wednesday's Business Before Hours
Few spots remain for Highmark/Chamber Golf Classic 
Self-nominations welcome for Business Hall of Fame
Energy Expo is Wednesday at the Convention Center
"Issues" program on transportation continues this week
Blue Card Discounts

Wallace confirmed as keynote for Business Excellence Dinner

Mike Wallace, a driver in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series since 1990, will be the keynote speaker at The Chamber’s Business Excellence Dinner to be held June 7 at The Casino at Lakemont Park . That event will honor Barry Smith, founder and owner of Smith Transport, with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence. Wallace and Smith have been close friends for several years. Invitations to the dinner will be mailed to Chamber Members later this week.  


Informational meeting on China trip set for May 18

The Blair County and Huntingdon County chambers will hold an informational meeting on the upcoming China Trip on Wednesday, May 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Tyrone Hospital . People interested in learning about the trip are invited to attend. Sally Haas, President of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber, will do a power point presentation. Her chamber recently completed its third trip to China . There is no cost or obligation associated with this meeting but registration is required because space is limited. Call The Chamber at 943-8151 to register.  


Save your employees money on residential electricity

As was reported in the Business Bulletin last week, the ChamberChoice residential electric program, which guaranteed participants a rate of 6.99 cents/kwh for the remainder of 2011, has stopped accepting registrations. A new program has been introduced that locks-in a 7.15 rate until March of 2013. The current Penelec price-to-compare is 7.68. Employees of Chamber Member businesses are eligible to take part in this program. Click here to register for this new program.


Don’t panic when you get your electric bill

Chamber Members who have signed-up for the ChamberChoice residential electric program may notice that their electric rates haven’t automatically changed on the day in which the change was made. The rate change goes into effect after the next time that the residential meter is read. “The conversion is the same as it would be in any transaction involving electric companies,” explained Chamber President Joe Hurd. “The savings are well worth the wait.”     


Fort Roberdeau destination of final LBC Youth session

Once again this year, The Chamber’s Leadership Blair County Youth class will officially hold its final session at Fort Roberdeau in Sinking Valley. That session will take place on Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m. The session will allow the class to execute its Class Project which traditionally helps to get the Fort in shape for its opening later in the month. The LBC Youth class will graduate on May 11 with a ceremony at Penn State Altoona.  


GRYP Lunch ’N’ Learn will focus on attitudes

The Growth and Relationships of Young Professionals is offering everyone an attitude adjustment! GRYP's Lunch 'N' Learn program “Your Attitude is Showing” will be presented by John Moore of Moore Power Sales and will focus on increasing communications through understanding attitudes. Attendees will gain a better understanding of what energizes and motivates them and how to steer their way into top performance. Understanding others’ viewpoints and learning how to influence them by finding their motivators can help create more effective communication in the workplace. The program will be held at the Park Hills Country Club. GRYP and Chamber Members can attend the program for $22 while non-members may attend for $30. Chamber Member businesses that send three or more employees will receive admission for $17 per person. Register by calling the Chamber at 943-8151 or online.   


Sam’s Club to host Wednesday’s "Business Before Hours"

The next Chamber “Business Before Hours” will be held this Wednesday, May 4 from 7 to 9 a.m. at Sam’s Club in Altoona. The event is being held in May to correspond with “National Small Business Week,” which is a particular focus of Sam’s Club. Tours of the facility and refreshments are part of this Business Before Hours. Also, Chamber Members who attend can get a $10 or $25 gift card if they renew their existing membership or start a new one. There is no cost for Chamber Members to attend. Non-members can attend for $10. Register online or call The Chamber at 943-8151.   


Few spots remain for Highmark/Chamber Golf Classic

The Chamber’s goal of completely selling-out the 2011 Highmark/ Chamber Golf Classic is close to being fulfilled with two weeks to go until the event. "We have just a few spots remaining,” acknowledged Stacy Hoover of The Chamber. "We’re hoping to be able to announce by next Monday that a waiting list for golfers has been created.”  Hoover also pointed out that all event-related sponsorships have been secured but that businesses could still purchase a limited number of tee-and-green signs “if they call right away.” The Highmark/Chamber Golf Classic will be held May 16 at Iron Masters Country Club. To contact The Chamber, call 943-8151.   


Self-nominations welcome for Business Hall of Fame

As the nomination process continues for the 2011 Business Hall of Fame and General Awards of Distinction, the Hall of Fame Committee reminds businesses that they are more than welcome to self-nominate. "Worthy businesses need not wait around to be nominated," emphasized committee chair Claudia Montero Pequignot. “We’re interested in recognizing the best-of-the-best so don’t hesitate to place your own business’s credentials into nomination.” The Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on Oct. 17 at the Blair County Convention Center. The committee asks that nominations be submitted as soon as possible so that nominees can submit completed applications by the June 9 deadline. Nomination forms are available online or by call The Chamber at 943-8151.   


Energy Expo is Wednesday at the Convention Center

The Chamber is partnering with the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation and the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Corporation to sponsor an Energy Expo this Wednesday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Blair County Convention Center.  There is no cost to attend the Expo. Register to attend by contacting Janice Streightiff at 949-6523.    


“Issues” program on transportation continues this week

With transportation such a major issue in Pennsylvania ’s future, how does Blair County stack-up in terms of infrastructure, public transit, air travel and other modes of moving people around? That question is the focus of the next Chamber “Issues” program that will air for the next several weeks on the Altoona Public Access Channel. The program will run every Monday at 11 a.m. and every Tuesday at 9 p.m. Panelists for the program, entitled, “Moving People Around: Blair County’s Transportation Challenges, are: Patrick Miller of Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation, Chuck Pillar of Altoona-Blair County Airport, Tom Prestash of PennDOT District 9, Jamie Van Buren of New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company and Eric Wolf of AMTRAN.  Carolyn Donaldson of WTAJ-TV moderates the show. Sponsors for the program are: Altoona -Blair County Development Corporation, AMTRAN, Keller Engineers, P. Joseph Lehman, Inc., Skills of Central PA, The EADS Group, GAI Consultants and Ward Transport & Logistics.



Blue Card Discount offers

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 Mike McMullen at The Chamber at 943-8151.

ARC Federal Credit Union Present your Blue Card and receive your first book of checks FREE when you open a new checking account at ARC Federal Credit Union. 
Blair Mill Outlet Receive 10 percent off the entire stock, excluding clearance items. (Blue Card must be presented at the time of purchase.)
Boyer Candy Company, Inc. Present your Blue Card during your visit to the Boyer Candy Outlet Store and buy two like items and get one FREE.
Clearfield Bank and Trust Company Receive a free Insurance and Investment Portfolio Review. Comparable Value: $50.   
LaScalia's Restaurant Present your Blue Card to receive 10 percent off your entire order.

May 2, 2011

Upcoming Events

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Business Before Hours
Wednesday, May 4, 7 to 9 a.m.
Sam's Club


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GRYP Lunch 'N' Learn
Wednesday, May 4, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Park Hills Country Club

Your Attitude is Showing!

Presented by John Moore of Moore Power Sales

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May Breakfast Club 
Thursday, May 12, 7:45 to 9 a.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park

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 Upcoming Committee Meetings
Week of 5/2/11

GRYP Steering Committee
Tuesday, May 3, 8:30 a.m. 
The Dream
Home & Garden Show Committee 
Tuesday, May 3, 8:30 a.m. 
The Chamber
Business Hall of Fame Committee 
Wednesday, May 4, 8 a.m. 
The Chamber

LBC Adult Committee 
Wednesday, May 4, 3 p.m. 
Devorris Center
Legislative Action Committee
Thursday, May 5, 8 a.m.
Devorris Center

Golf Committee 
Thursday, May 5, 8:30 a.m.
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