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Village at Morrisons Cove to Host "Business Before Hours"
Regional Business Expo Thursday at Bryce Jordan Center
Chamber's China Trip Begins This Week
Registrations Underway for Next Two Chamber Trips
GRYP to Clean Highway at 17th Street/I-99
Still Time to Contact Legislators on Prevailing Wage Issue
WE-LEaD Networking Event Next Monday at Marzoni's
Economic Outook to be Part of November Breakfast Club
Blue Card Discounts 

Village at Morrisons Cove to Host "Business Before Hours"
The next Chamber “Business Before Hours” will be held this Wednesday, November 2 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at The Bistro at the Village Green in Martinsburg.  The Bistro, which opened for business eighteen months ago, is part of The Village at Morrisons Cove, one of the county’s most scenic and comprehensive retirement facilities.

It is a tastefully appointed restaurant and meeting facility which has attracted a fair amount of attention within the Cove but is still not well-known to the majority of Blair County.  Thus, the interest in hosting a Business Before Hours.  As part of the Business Before Hours, The Bistro will feature a mini breakfast buffet and tours of the entire complex.  There is no cost to Chamber Members to attend Business Before Hours and a $10 charge to non-members.  Pre-registration is a must to help determine food volume.  To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

Regional Business Expo is Thursday at Bryce Jordan Center
Businesses from throughout the region will converge in State College on Thursday as the 3rd Annual Central PA Regional Business Expo converges on the Bryce Jordan Center.  Although 144 exhibitors will be on hand, additional space has been secured for any last minute sign-ups so if you’d still like to be part of this great event as an exhibitor, call Stacy Hoover at 943-8151.  The exhibits are open from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.  There is no charge to visit the exhibits and no cost to park at the Jordan Center.  There is a kick-off luncheon for the Expo from 11:45 to 1:15 in the South Annex.  The guest speaker is Penn State Wrestling Coach Cael Sanderson.  The luncheon cost is $25-per-person.  To register for the luncheon, contact Sara Hoy at (814) 234-1829.

Chamber's China Trip Begins This Week
The Blair County Chamber’s first ever excursion to China departs Thursday morning at 5:00 a.m. from the Devorris Center for Business Development, buses to JFK Airport and then begins a 13-hour flight to Beijing.  Ninety-eight travelers booked through The Chamber will spend nine days in China, returning next Friday night.  Joe Hurd and Jessica Meck of The Chamber staff will help to escort the group.

Registrations Underway for Next Two Chamber Trips
The popularity of The Chamber’s upcoming trip to China has led to numerous requests from Chamber Members for the organization to do future trips.  Beginning in March, those requests will be honored.  The Chamber will work with two of its travel agency members – Heritage Travel and Classic Travel – to provide fun and relaxation at prime destinations.  From March 18-25, travelers can cruise from Baltimore to the Bahamas on Carnival Cruise Lines, visiting Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport.  For details contact Heritage Adventures Travel Agency at (814) 946-1600.  From October 7-14, it’s “Italy’s Great Cities” with Classic Travel.  The trip includes visits to Rome, Pisa, Florence, Verona, Venice and Ferrara.  Call Classic Travel at 696-3558.

Informational meetings about both trips will be held in either mid-December or early January.

GRYP to Clean Highway at 17th Street/I-99
The Chamber’s Growth and Relationships of Young Professionals (GRYP) will make good on its “Adopt-a-Highway” commitment on Saturday from 10:00 to noon at the 17th Street Exit of I-99.  Anyone interested in helping out should contact The Chamber at 943-8151.

Still Time to Contact Legislators on Prevailing Wage Issue
If you haven’t freed-up the time to write to any of Blair County’s three State Representatives regarding the PA Prevailing Wage Act, this would be a good week to get that message out. Short of full repeal of the Act, The Chamber is asking its members to support a series of bills that aim to help mitigate the adverse impact of an archaic and increasingly harmful mandate, including those which passed the House Labor and Industry Committee on October 3rd. The bills are:
HB 1271: Exempts certain road maintenance work which until a recent court decision had usually not been subject to the Act. This decision has forced municipalities to curtail regular roadwork.
HB 1685: Directs the PA Department of Labor and Industry to adopt classifications and definitions for jobs subject to the Act. No such guidance currently exists, which creates confusion for contractors who face stiff penalties for even accidental violations.
HB 1329: Raises the threshold for a project to be a subject to the Act to $185,000, up from the current threshold of $25,000 that was established nearly fifty years ago.
HB 1541: Stipulates that the Act will be imposed only on projects in which 51% of the funding is public. Currently the Act is enforced even if projects are minimally financed with public funding.
HB 709: Provides that school districts are not subject to the Act unless they elect to opt in.
HB 1191: Provides that local governments are not subject to the Act unless they elect to opt-in.

Blair County’s three State Representatives are under siege from the labor unions looking to preserve the current Act. There is reason to believe that despite supporting the business community in the past, that unless businesses step-up and strongly encourage our elected officials to support these bills that prevailing wage will continue as is. Please call or email these State Representatives as soon as possible:

Rep. Mike Fleck – (814) 644-2996 mfleck@pahousegop.com
Rep. Rick Geist – (814) 946-7218 –regeist@pahousegop.com
Rep. Jerry Stern – (814) 695-2398 – jstern@pahousegop.com

WE-LEaD Networking Event Next Monday at Marzoni's
Business women who understand and appreciate the value of effective networking are invited to attend the next WE-LEaD networking event next Monday, November 7th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Marzoni’s in Duncansville.  Great hot hors d’oeuvres, excellent cold beverages and a terrific forum for interactive networking are all part of this night.  The cost is just $12 for Chamber Members and $20 for non-members. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online. WE-LEaD is an acronym for Women Encouraging – Leadership, Education and Development.  It is a program of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce.

Economic Outlook to be Part of November Breakfast Club
How did the Blair County economy weather the challenges of 2011 and what opportunities were created out of adversity for 2012? Those two questions will be at the forefront of the 2011 Blair County Economic Outlook to be held as part of the November 16th Chamber Breakfast Club. The Economic Outlook is a joint initiative of the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation, the Allegheny Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Chamber. In 2010, the Outlook was held in September as a separate event at the Blair County Convention Center and included a Job Expo. Discussions took place in the months following to gage interest in holding a regional outlook that would involve Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties. That concept never bore fruit and the decision was made by the Blair County group to use the Breakfast Club as a forum to encourage dialogue on how the county can stay on-track economically. With the changes in the Economic Outlook from one year to the next, one critical component hasn’t changed. That would be the bearers of the message. Once again, research specialists Rose Baker and David Passmore of Penn State will enlighten the local business community with statistics and projections that will be quite informative. The Chamber Breakfast Club, sponsored by Sparks Business Institute, begins at 7:45 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The cost to attend is $16. To register, contact The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

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 Stacy Hoover at The Chamber at 943-8151.

Advanced Chiropractic Present your Blue Card for first day services including a consultation, examination and x-rays (if necessary) for a $10 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Valued at over $150. Come and see if chiropractic can help you!
Advanced Regional Center for Ankle & Foot Care Present your blue card to receive $15.00 off any in-stock Crocs OR receive $25.00 off in-stock sandalistas OR receive Formula 3 Nail Fungus Treatment for $30.00  
Altoona Community Theatre Present your Blue Card and receive $4.00 off individual tickets for ACT Mainstage Productions at the Mishler Theatre.
AON Professional Wrestling Present your Blue Card when you buy one ticket to an AON Wrestling event and get 1 ticket for FREE. Limit one offer per guest.
ARC Federal Credit Union Present your Blue Card and your first book of checks are FREE when you open a new checking account at ARC Federal Credit Union.






October 31, 2011

Upcoming Events
Register online

Business BEFORE Hours 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
The Bistro at the Village Green

Register Here

Central PA Regional Business & Industry Expo

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Thursday, November 3, 2011
1:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Bryce Jordan Center

WE-LEaD Networking Event

Monday, November 7, 2011
5:00 -7:00 p.m.

Register Here

Safety Workshop
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Casino at Lakemont Park
7:45 - 10:00 a.m.

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Breakfast Club/Economic Outlook

WEDNESDAY, November 16, 2011
7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park

Speakers: Rose Baker & David Passmore, Penn State

Sponsor: Sparks Business Institute

Register Here

Business After Hours

Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Blairmont Club
5:00 -7:00 p.m.

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Upcoming Committee Meetings
Week of 10/31/11

Legislative Action Committee
Tuesday, November 1, 8:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

GRYP Steering Committee
Tuesday, November 1, 8:30 a.m.
Tom & Joe's

BASICS Early Childhood Ed. Sub-Committee
Tuesday, November 1, 9:30 a.m.
The Chamber

LBC Adult Committee
Wednesday. November 2, 3:00 p.m. 
Devorris Center

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