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Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s  Speed Networking Event
Chamber Board to Take Hard Look at Programs, Events
GRYP Summer Bash is Friday at Barneywood
Businesses Asked to Participate in Needs Assessment
Chamber Seeking Fall Intern
Farm-City Dinner Sponsorships: A Great Promotional Value
Paying Too Much for Employee Healthcare?
Save the Date: WE-LEaD Programs
Blue Card Discounts

Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s Speed Networking Event
The Small Business Partners Committee has scheduled its next Speed Networking event for tomorrow, August 19, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. (please note the time is slightly different than the previous ones) in the board room of the Devorris Center. The cost will be $10 for Chamber Members and $20 for non-members. There will be a light breakfast provided. For more information or to register, contact The Chamber by noon today at 943-8151, you can also register online

Chamber Board to Take Hard Look at Programs, Events
As a follow-up to its retreat in April, the Blair County Chamber Board of Directors will begin an extended look at the organization’s programs and events to determine whether staff time and member preference are being addressed effectively.  “We recognize the importance of making certain that our members see the relationship between what we offer and what they indicate that they need,” explained Board Chair Doug Mingle. “So we’re inviting committee chairs to make short presentations on their committee goals and how The Chamber is benefitting from their efforts. That will help us to prioritize where our staff allocates the majority of its time.”  The Chamber Board meets Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the Devorris Center.

GRYP Summer Bash is Friday at Barneywood
The Chamber’s Growth and Relationships of Young Professionals (GRYP) will hold its Summer Bash on August 22nd at Barneywood (327 Tee Box Road in Duncansville). The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will end at 9:00 p.m. There is also a golf component that will begin at 3:00 that day with prizes for the winning team. The cost to attend the Bash is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. It includes food, drinks, and all activities (including golf). Door prizes will be drawn. Entertainment will be provided by Nashville recording artist Eric Husick. Corporate Sponsor of the Summer Bash is Woodmen of the World. To register, contact The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.
Businesses Asked to Participate in Needs Assessment
Please take the time to assist the Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. in identifying the hiring, training and business development needs in our region. This effort is part of the Jobs 1st PA program administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the information gathered will be used to offer subsidize training and hiring for local companies. We are asking for your help by completing an industry specific survey either online or in hard copy. Links to both the online version and PDF downloads can be accessed at http://www.abcdcorp.org/jobs1st.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey before August 31 (if your organization has already completed the survey we thank you very much and there is no need to complete again). All information is confidential and will only be shared in a summary format. Contact Matt Fox at ABCD Corp. for any questions or to set up a meeting regarding the survey, he can be reached at mattf@abcdcorp.org or 814-944-6113.

Chamber Seeking Fall Intern
The Blair County Chamber has an opening for a Fall intern.  Any college student majoring in Business Administration, Business Management, Marketing or Journalism should send a resume to Linda Stotler at lstotler@blairchamber.com

Farm-City Dinner Sponsorships: A Great Promotional Value
The Blair County Chamber’s Annual Farm-City Dinner will be held at The Park at Morrisons Cove on November 6th.  The highlight of that event will be the presentation of the Agricultural Community Excellence Award to retiring State Representative Jerry Stern. Although the dinner is still two months away, sponsorship sales have already begun which will provide Chamber Members with an inexpensive opportunity to feature their business or organization. For sponsorship information, contact Rachel Litzinger at 943-8151 or email her at rlitzinger@blairchamber.com.

Paying Too Much for Employee Healthcare?
The Blair County Chamber has partnered with Empower3 Center for Health to offer Chamber-Member employers an affordable community-based health plan for their employees. The plan features level group rates, no deductibles, no pre-existing condition exclusions, substantial prescription drug coverage with co-pays of $10 or less and the opportunity to add dental and vision coverage. Call Maureen Frucella for details. Her number is (814) 317-5063.

Save the Date: WE-LEaD Programs
The Chamber’s WE-LEaD Steering Committee has announced two upcoming events.  A WE-LEaD Networking program will be held on September 8th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Marzoni’s in Duncansville.  A WE-LEaD “Lunch & Learn” will be held on October 10th from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Park Hills.  More details soon!

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 The Chamber at 943-8151.   

Drill Baby Drill Staffing

Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive a 15% Discount off of motor vehicle record search - US and Canada *Note: This discount does not include the individual court fees which vary by state.

Drill Baby Drill Staffing


Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive a 25% discount off of Criminal Background Checks - The Background Screening Packages listed below include" *Social Security Number Verification/Track *Felony and Misdemeanor Record Court Search (Seven year residence history based on given adress(es) and those developed from Social Security Number Verification, Primary name only is verified, more than one name is additional cost. * National Criminal Database Search (includes criminal records in 46 states, national sex offender registry, and multiple government sanction lists) *Federal District Court Search (Federal crimes are not included in the National Criminal Database Search)

Radiance Day Spa


Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive 10% off of any service. (Exceptions would be retail products and gift certificates) 

Salon Professional Academy

Present your Chamber Blue Card to receive the $28 special - Manicure/Pedicure. 

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August 18, 2014

Upcoming Events

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Speed Networking

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Blair County Chamber of Commerce

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GRYP Summer Bash

Friday, August 22, 2014
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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Business After Hours
Thursday, August 28, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
AMBUCS -  Altoona Chapter
being held at The Arc of Blair County

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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Week of 8/18/2014

Attractions/Hotel Roundtable
Wednesday, August 21, 8:15 a.m.
DelGrosso's Amusement Park

Chamber Board of Directors
Thursday. August 21, 7:30 a.m.
Devorris Center


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