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Business Excellence Diner Honoring Imler is Next Monday
"Dairy Day'' is This Friday in Hollidaysburg
Phil Kulp To Speak at Next Chamber Breakfast Club
Have You Visited the "Buy Here. Live Here." Website Yet?
Business Hall of Fame Nomination Deadline is Today
STEM Conference will Feature High Quality Speakers
Register Your Cell Phone for "Alert Blair County" Today
Blue Card Discounts

Business Excellence Dinner Honoring Imler is Next Moday
The Blair County Chamber’s 2012 Business Excellence Dinner will be held next Monday, June 11th at the Jaffa Shrine.  The event honors Fred Imler, Sr. of Imler’s Poultry with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence.  A reception will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:45. The keynote speaker for the event will be Imperial Sir Raoul Frevel of Baltimore, Maryland, a member of the Board of Trustees at Shriners Hospital for Children and a former Imperial Potentate of Shriners International.  Dean McKnight, a retired banker with M&T Bank, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Providing testimonial comments on the life and career of Fred Imler will be G. William Ward, Chairman of Ward Transport and Logistics Corporation and a former Business Excellence honoree; Allan Hancock, President of the Hancock Group who also serves as President of the Central PA Community Foundation; and Richard Bice, Chairman of the Homewood at Martinsburg Board of Directors.  Al Holsinger of Grace United Church of Christ will provide the invocation.  The cost to attend the Business Excellence Dinner is $65/person.  To attend the dinner and the cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception is $90.  To make reservations, call The Chamber at 943-8151.  Attendance at this event is not limited to Chamber Members only.

"Dairy Day" is This Friday in Hollidaysburg
In celebration of Dairy Month in Pennsylvania, the Blair County Chamber’s Farm-City Committee will hold a Dairy Day promotion beginning at noon and lasting until the ice-cream is gone this Friday, June 8th in front of the Blair County Courthouse. The committee will be making free ice cream sundaes using Ritchey’s Ice Cream. Ritchey’s Dairy is one of the co-sponsors of the event. For further information on Dairy Day, contact Stacy Hoover at 943-8151.

Phil Kulp to Speak at Next Chamber Breakfast Club
One of the region’s most prominent dairy farmers will share his insight with members of the Blair County Chamber on June 21st. Phil Kulp of Kulp Family Dairy, LLC will be the guest speaker at the next Chamber Breakfast Club. Kulp will talk about the impact that the dairy industry has on the Blair County economy and the many challenges that local dairy farmers have in maintaining that economic status in the community. The Breakfast Club will begin at 7:45 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The cost to attend is $16 for Chamber Members and $30 for non-members. A buffet breakfast is included. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

Have You Visited the "Buy Here. Live Here" Website Yet?
The official web-location of The Chamber’s “Buy Here. Live Here.” program can be accessed at buyherelivehere.com. It features articles on local businesses that are making an effort to buy local products and services, special promotions and discounts, opportunities to win prizes for taking the BHLH Pledge to direct at least 10% more of your spending to local businesses and much, much more. Visit the site often. You’ll save dollars and learn which businesses are helping your community to grow. You can also reach the site by going through The Chamber Website.

Business Hall of Fame Nomination Deadline is Next Monday
Today is the deadline for completed applications to be submitted to The Chamber Office for the 2012 Blair County Business Hall of Fame awards.  So if your business has been nominated for an award, please make sure that you don’t miss the deadline.  Beside the Hall of Fame and its Heritage component, the business categories to be honored are: Safety Excellence, Sustainability, Technology, Community Service, Young Emerging Business and Excellence in Small Business.

STEM Conference will Feature High Quality Speakers
The Central PA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Conference will be held on June 14th at Milton Area High School. The conference is strongly endorsed by The Chamber’s BASICS Committee which is working with local colleges to increase STEM awareness. Among the keynote speakers at the conference are Ioannis Miaoulis, President and Director of the Museum of Science in Boston and Frederick Hess, a well-known educator, political scientist and author. For more information on the conference, go to www.regonline.com/stemconference.

Register Your Cell Phone for “Alert Blair County” Today
The Chamber has partnered with the Blair County Local Emergency Planning Committee to alert Blair County residents and their families of important local level emergencies. In all probability, your residential and business telephones are already on the contact list. But your cellular telephones and smart phones are not. To register them, log on to www.blairco.org and click on the “ALERT BLAIR COUNTY” icon. Persons without Internet access can contact EMA Administrative Assistant Cris Stacey at 940-5901 for assistance.

Congratulations . . .
. . . to Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, chancellor of Penn State Altoona, who received the 2012 award for Most Supportive College/University President of the Year for SIFE USA (Students In Free Enterprise).  The national association bestows the award each year to the college or university leader who did the most outstanding job supporting his/her SIFE team.
. . . to Folcarelli Supply Company of Altoona, which was honored by American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning with a Pinnacle Award at the company’s award celebration event held in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Pinnacle honors the best-of-the-best in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry based on market share, sales, growth and customer satisfaction.



Blue Card Discounts

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.


Steve Seltzer Powersports 


 Present your Blue Card to receive half off of your Pennsylvania State Inpection for your motorcycle or motor scooter. (Not off the sticker but the labor portion of your inspection.) AND receive 15% off regularly-priced parts and accessory items AND receive a FREE gas can with your purchase of a Honda lawn mower, snow blower, tiller, generator or trimmer. (A $25 to $40 value) AND  receive an extra year of extended warranty with your purchase of a Honda motorcycle, Scooters or ATV. (Value of more than $200) 

Stuckey Ford & Subaru


Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive a FREE tire rotation ($14.95 value) with Oil and Filter Change at regular price. (Cars and Light Trucks only)

Sylvan Learning Center

 Present you Blue Card to receive a free diagnostic assessment and one free week upon enrollment.

Tammy Kehr - Agent State Farm Insurance


Present your Blue Card to receive a FREE State Farm Insurance and Financial review. The review is your opportunity to look at your overall financial picture and protection needs, clarify your goals and help ensure all your immediate and long-term protection and planning needs are being met.

Teeter Group


Present your Blue Card on your purchase of your business insurance through Penn National Insurance and (depending on total group premium and claims experience) you could earn an annual dividend.

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June 4, 2012

Upcoming Events

Register online

LBC Adult Graduation/Alumni Reception

Thursday, June 7
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park

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Dairy Day

Friday, June 8, 2012
Noon - Until ice cream is gone

In front of Blair County Courthouse



Business Excellence Dinner

Monday, June 11, 2012
Jaffa Shrine

5:30 p.m. Reception
6:45 p.m. Dinner

Register Here

 GRYP Glow in the Dark Golf

Friday, June 15, 2012

Iron Masters Country Club
8:00 p.m.

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Breakfast Club

June 21, 2012
7:45-9:00 a.m.

The Casino at Lakemont Park

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GRYP Networking

June 21, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  


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Committee Meetings



Week of 6/4/12

BASICS Subcommittee on Early Childhood
Wednesday, June 6, 9:30 a.m.
Devorris Center

Partners in Small Business
Thursday, June 7, 11:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

Leadership Blair County Steering
Friday, June 8, 8:00 a.m.
Devorris Center






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