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Chamber Recognizes “All-Stars” for January  
U.S. Chamber Manager to Speak at February “Breakfast Club”
Representative Ward to speak at WE-LEaD Lunch’N’Learn
Have You Picked-Up Your “Power Cards” Yet?
Limited Booth Space Available for 2016 Blair County Home & Garden Show
Chamber Members Among PA Business Central Awardees
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Chamber Recognizes “All-Stars” for January  
The Blair County Chamber’s ability to offer quality programming, events, recognition and advocacy efforts depends largely on the willingness of sponsors to step up to help underwrite the costs associated those efforts.  So at the end of each month, we publish a list of businesses or individuals who sponsored anything Chamber-related during the month.  They have helped us to make a difference in the business community.  January’s All-Stars are: Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries, Altoona-Blair County Airport, ABCD Corporation, Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona Lung Specialists, Altoona Mirror, American Eagle Paper Mills, Ameriserv Bank, Blair Companies, Fanelli Willet Law Offices, First Commonwealth Bank, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Golden Living Center – Hillview, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Keller Engineers, MacInnis Group, LLC, M&T Bank, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company, P. Joseph Lehman, Inc, Penn State Altoona, Reliance Bank, Roberts Oxygen Company, S&T Bank, Saint Francis University, Sheetz, Inc., Stuckey Ford & Stuckey Subaru, UPMC Altoona, Value Drug Company, and YOBCO.

U.S. Chamber Manager to Speak at February “Breakfast Club”
Despite a host of legislative accomplishments at the federal level in 2015, the business community will face some tough challenges in 2016 and must be prepared to address those challenges in a variety of effective ways. That will be the crux of the message delivered at the next Blair County Chamber “Breakfast Club” by Kevin Courtois, Manager of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  That event will be held on February 11th beginning at 7:45 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park. Courtois’ presentation, entitled, “2016 Federal Update: Issues Impacting Businesses,” will focus on legislation and Presidential mandates that will likely continue attacks on employers, still reeling from previous governmental interference. He will also address the importance of business community involvement in advocacy efforts and will provide examples of advocacy programs that have yielded positive results. The cost to attend Breakfast Club is $18 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members.  To register, contact The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online. Corporate sponsor of the February Breakfast Club is Joshua House.

Representative Ward to speak at WE-LEaD Lunch ‘n’ Learn
Representative Judy Ward of the 80th Legislative District will be the keynote speaker at the WE-LEaD “Lunch ‘n’ Learn” program, set for February 25th from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Park Hills Golf Club. WE-LEaD, Women Encouraging – Leadership Education and Development, is a program of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce. The title of Ward’s presentation will be, “Breaking Ground: An Open Discussion on the Reality of Women in Politics.” She will discuss her experience in her first year in office, the realities of the job, the level of acceptance by her colleagues and the challenges of balancing family life with work. The cost to attend Lunch ‘n’ Learn is $25 for Chamber Members and $40 for non-members. The cost includes lunch. To register, contact The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online. Corporate sponsor of the Lunch ‘n’ Learn is Seltzer Financial Strategies.

Have You Picked-Up Your “Power Cards” Yet?
The Blair County Chamber’s new “Power Card” is generating an incredible amount of enthusiasm within the Chamber Membership and outside it as well. The biggest challenge: Getting the Power Cards to Chamber members. “We’re trying to avoid the cost of mailing them,” acknowledged Jessie Covert, The Chamber’s Vice-President of Sales & Membership Development. “So we’re hoping that our members are willing to stop-in to the office to pick them up. Otherwise, we’ll hope to get some of our committee volunteers to deliver them. Mailing is our last option.” Any Chamber-Member business willing to pick up their Power Cards can do so on Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Limited Booth Space Available for 2016 Blair County Home & Garden Show
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce and the Blair Bedford Builders Association are still accepting vendor booth reservations for the 46th annual Blair County Home & Garden Show to be held March 4, 5 & 6, 2016 at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. Exhibitor booth space is open for home and garden-related businesses interested in showcasing their products or services. The show is also accepting vendor applications for the Home Treasures section. Home Treasures offers a boutique-style setting that features home interior items, candles, spices, hand-crafted items, and much more. To reserve a booth or for more information, call Stacy Hoover at the Blair County Chamber of Commerce at 814-943-8151. 

Chamber Members Among PA Business Central Awardees
Pennsylvania Business Central newspaper has listed its Top 100 People for 2015 and that list includes several members of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members in the Top 100 are: Amy Seltzer of Seltzer Financial Strategies, Ann Benzel of Benzel’s Pretzel Bakery, Dan Hoover of Roaring Spring Water, Debra Dellaposta of WPS, Dennis Doll of Reliance Bank, Edward Sheehan of Concurrent Technologies, George Sidney of McLanahan Corporation, Dr. James Troha of Juniata College, Jane Sheffield of Allegheny Ridge Corporation, Jerry Murray of UPMC Altoona, Jim Small of the UPS Store, Joe DelGrosso of DelGrosso Foods, Father Malachi Van Tassell of Saint Francis University, Mark Barnhart of NPC, Inc., Martin Marasco of ABCD Corporation, Michael Fiore of Leonard S. Fiore, Inc., Philip Devorris of Blair Companies, Dr. Randy Frye of Saint Francis University, Robert Eyer of Wessel & Company, Scott Filler of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Stephen Foreman of M&T Bank, Stephen Gildea of Tyrone Regional Health Network, Scott Lawhead of The Hite Company and William T. Ward of Ward Transport and Logistics.

Congratulations . . .
. . . to Father Malachi Van Tassell, President of Saint Francis University, who was recently elected chairman of the board of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities. Saint Francis is one of 24 member institutions of the AFCU.

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February 1, 2016

Upcoming Events

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Breakfast Club
Thursday, February 11
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park

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Business BEFORE Hours
Friday, February 19
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries
Corporate Office

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Small Business Partners Workshop
Friday, February 19
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Devorris Center for Business Development

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WE-LEaD Lunch 'n' Learn
Thursday, February 25
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Park Hills Golf Club

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Business After Hours
Thursday, February 25
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Catalyst Space

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Safety Program
Friday, February 26
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Hoss's - Duncansville

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Blair County Home & Garden Show

Friday, March 4 - 1:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 - 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 6 - Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Jaffa Shrine, Altoona


Upcoming Committee Meetings
Week of 2/1/2016

WE-LEaD Committee
Tuesday, February 2, 8:00 p.m.
The Chamber

Young Professionals Steering Committee
Wednesday, February 3, 8:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

Business Hall of Fame Committee
Wednesday, February 3, 8:00 a.m.
The Chamber

Golf Committee
Wednesday, February 3, 8:30 a.m.
The Chamber

Chamber Board Subcommittee
Wednesday, February 3, 1:00 p.m.
Devorris Center

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

Legislative Action Committee
Thursday, February 4, 8:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

BASICS Early Childhood Subcommittee
Thursday, February 4, 10:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

Coalition on Sustainability
Thursday, February 4, 1:30 p.m.
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