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Chamber Accepting Resumes for Fall Interns
Breakfast Club to Highlight “Young Entrepreneurs Academy”
Membership Survey to Seek Opinions on Programs, Events, Benefits
“Backbone Bash” Set for Friday
Businesses, Chamber Program Honored by Women
inBusiness Magazine
Farm-City “Give Back Day” Nets $1,551.70 for Food Banks
Altoona AMBUCS to Host “Business BEFORE Hours"
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Chamber Accepting Resumes for Fall Interns
As the next semester for local colleges appears on the horizon, the Blair County Chamber will begin accepting resumes from students looking for internships who have majors in business, marketing or communications. The internships can be for credit or non-credit. Send resumes to Linda Stotler at lstotler@blairchamber.com.

Breakfast Club to Highlight “Young Entrepreneurs Academy”
The Blair County Chamber’s newest impact program will be the focus of the next Chamber “Breakfast Club,” set for this Thursday, August 11th beginning at 7:45 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The nationally-acclaimed Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) will debut in Blair County beginning in November. The 30-week program will help local students from grades 6-12 to build actual businesses within the community, either individually or in partnership with other class participants. Corporate sponsors of the program for 2016-17 are Sheetz, Inc. and UPMC Altoona. “It’s an incredible program that has yielded remarkable results throughout the country,” explained Jim Kilmartin, who will serve as Program Manager for YEA! “Each week, we become more excited about the potential for our young people to impact our local economy through their efforts and understanding of business development.” Kilmartin will be the keynote speaker at the Breakfast Club. The cost of attending the Breakfast Club is $18 for Chamber Members and $30 for non-members. To register, call the Chamber at (814) 943-8151 or register online. Corporate sponsor of the August Breakfast Club is Mount Aloysius College.

Membership Survey to Seek Opinions on Programs, Events, Benefits
For the first time in nearly four years, the Blair County Chamber will send a survey to its members that will serve as the basis of future strategic planning. The survey, sent electronically through SurveyMonkey, will take no more than five minutes to complete. “We’re very interested in what our members feel is valuable and what no longer meets their needs,” explained Board Chair Carol Gensimore. “We’ve got some critical issues to address over the next several years and member input will be essential in providing direction.  We’re hoping for a great response.” As an additional incentive, all members who complete the survey will be registered for a drawing on an iPad Mini, courtesy of Stuckey Ford and Stuckey Subaru. Any Chamber Member who would like to participate in the survey but who is not currently receiving Chamber emails should call the Chamber at (814) 943-8151 to update their contact information. Results of the Membership Survey will be available in late August.

“Backbone Bash” Set for Friday
Small businesses (50 employees or fewer) that are members of the Blair County Chamber will get a well-deserved night out on August 12th as the annual “Backbone Bash” will be held at Park Hills Golf Club from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. The event will include a DJ, a photo booth, karaoke, a Cornhole tournament, Ladderball, a Putting Contest and a whole lot of opportunity for networking and socializing. The menu for the evening will be primarily “cookout food,” beer and soda. The entire cost for Chamber Members is just $10/person. Some sponsorships still remain.  Interested businesses should contact Jessie Covert at (814) 943-8151 or email her at jcovert@blairchamber.com. The Backbone Bash will also feature door prizes with the grand prize being an iPad. There will be prizes as well for the winners of the Cornhole and Putting contests. To register for the Bash, contact the Chamber at 943-8151 or register online. Only employees of Chamber small businesses and their guests can attend this event.

Businesses, Chamber Program Honored by WomeninBusiness Magazine
Eight businesses that are members of the Blair County Chamber as well as a Chamber program were among the honorees in the “50 Women Owned Businesses” promotion sponsored by WomeninBusiness magazine. Honored were Advantage Resource Group, Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery, Blair Insurance Services, Catered Affairs, Reclamere, Seltzer Financial Strategies, Suzanne Egan Marketing, and WPS, Inc. The Chamber’s WE-LEaD (Women Encouraging: Leadership, Education and Development) program was also on the list of honorees.  WomeninBusiness is part of the Pennsylvania Business Central group of publications.

Farm-City “Give Back Day” Nets $1,551.70 for Food Banks
Last week’s “Give Back Day,” created by the Chamber’s Farm-City Committee and co-sponsored by Ritchey’s Dairy, Allied Milk Producers and SubZero Ice Cream and Yogurt, yielded a profit of $1,551.70 that will be used to supply milk products to local food banks. “We’re extremely grateful to everyone who took part in this event,” stated Stacy Hoover, the Chamber’s VP of Events and Technology. “The food banks have struggled to get donations of milk and milk products. This will help a great deal.” For more information or to join the Farm-City Committee, contact Hoover at 943-8151 or email her at shoover@blairchamber.com.

Altoona AMBUCS to Host “Business BEFORE Hours"
The next Chamber “Business BEFORE Hours” will be held on Friday, August 26th from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. The event is hosted by Altoona AMBUCS and will be held at the Altoona Grand Hotel. There is no charge for Chamber Members to attend. Non-members can attend for $10. Registration is encouraged. Call the Chamber at (814) 943-8151 or register online.

Congratulations . . .
. . . to Lori Beck of Indoff, Inc., who has been recognized as the top producing sales partner in the nation for the month ending in June, 2016. Beck has been in the office products industry for more than 30-years.
. . . to Stephen and Kathy McCullough of Servpro of Altoona, who were recognized with the Director’s Gold award for outstanding revenue performance during an awards ceremony at the 47th Annual Servpro Convention.
. . . to Holland Brothers Meats of Duncansville which captured two national awards for its bacon at the American Cured Meat Championships in Omaha, Nebraska.
. . . to North American Communications, which was among the winners of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association’s annual Marketing Methods Competition, held in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The company received the Silver award for its “Mail Still Matters” audience engagement campaign.

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August 8, 2016

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

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Backbone Bash
Friday, August 12
Park Hills Golf Club
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Business After Hours
Thursday, August 25
Comfort Suites
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Business BEFORE Hours
Friday, August 26
Hosted by: Altoona Ambucs
Location: Altoona Grand Hotel
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Upcoming Committee Meetings
Week of 8/8/2016

BASICS Steering Committee
Monday, August 8, 8:00 a.m.

Chamber Ambassadors
Tuesday, August 9, 8:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

Home & Garden Show Committee
Tuesday, August 9, 8:30 a.m.
The Chamber

Non-Profit Marketing and Steering Committees
Tuesday, August 9, 9:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

Attractions/Hotel Roundtable
Wednesday, August 10, 8:15 a.m.
Bell Mansion

Safety Committee
Thursday, August 11, 9:00 a.m.
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