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Business Hall of Fame honorees announced
Altoona Curve Offers Great Opportunity to Chamber Members
Prestash to speak at August Breakfast Club
Application Process Continues for Young Entrepreneurs Academy
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Business Hall of Fame honorees announced
The 2017 class of the Blair County Business Hall of Fame will include a business from an industry sector that has not been represented in any previous class. Coldwell Banker Town & Country Real Estate becomes the first real estate company to be selected for the honor. The Hall of Fame has been inducting businesses since 1990. The other businesses in 2017’s class are Jeff Long Construction, Keller Engineers and Penn-Mont Academy. Altoona Candy and Tobacco Company is the Heritage Hall of Fame honoree. In the category of General Business Awards, the honorees in Young Emerging Business are Charlotte’s Trove, LLC and Penn Stress. The Salon Professional Academy will be the sole honoree in Excellence in Small Business. Blair Companies and J.C. Orr & Son will be honored for Safety Excellence; P. Joseph Lehman, Inc. for Community Service. The Committee Choice Award goes to Altoona Symphony Orchestra. This year’s Business Hall of Fame Dinner will be held at the Blair County Convention Center on October 16th. Sponsorships can be secured by contacting Jessie Covert at (814) 943-8151 or emailing her at jcovert@blairchamber.com. To make reservations for the dinner, call the Chamber at 943-8151.

Altoona Curve Offers Great Opportunity to Chamber Members
The Altoona Curve has offered members of the Blair County Chamber the opportunity to network while watching the Curve prepare for its next ballgame. This Tuesday, August 1st, Chamber members can be admitted to Peoples Natural Gas Field between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. to watch batting practice and enjoy free food on the Budweiser Party Deck, a cash bar and a grandstand ticket for the Curve’s game with the Erie Seawolves – all for the low price of $4.00/person. Interested Chamber members should call (814) 283-3122 to reserve your spot.

Prestash to speak at August Breakfast Club
It’s been four years since Act 89 was signed into law, releasing a considerable chunk of transportation money in Pennsylvania. How many projects have been funded in Blair County and how many are still on the horizon? Will the orange barrels ever go away? PennDOT District 9 Executive Tom Prestash will be the keynote speaker at the next Chamber “Breakfast Club” on August 10th to answer those questions and no doubt many more. His presentation, “The Roads to Everywhere: How Transportation Projects Will Impact Local Business,” will focus on what infrastructure improvements have already been made and where the next emphasis needs to be. The Breakfast Club is held at The Casino at Lakemont Park beginning at 7:45 a.m. The cost to attend is $20 for Chamber Members and $40 for non-members. To register, call the Chamber at (814) 943-8151 or register online. Corporate sponsor of the August Breakfast Club is AMTRAN.

Application Process Continues for Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Applications continue to be accepted for the second class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program. The program will begin in late October. To apply, visit the Chamber Website at www.blairchamber.com.

Congratulations . . .
. . . to Saint Francis University, which was recently honored as both a “Catholic College of Distinction” and a “College of Distinction” for the 2017-18 school year.  Saint Francis was recognized for having engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcomes.
. . . to Martin’s Food Markets which donated $655,724 to benefit  local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
. . . to Rutter’s Farm Stores, which donated $63,000 to seven local charitable organizations during the grand opening of its Duncansville location.  Two Chamber members – Penn-Mont Academy and Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation – were among the recipients of the donations.

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Upcoming Events

Breakfast Club
Thursday, August 10
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park

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Business After Hours
Thursday, August 24
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
P. Jospeh Lehman, Inc.

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Upcoming Committee Meetings Week of 7/31/17

YEA! Steering Committee

Tuesday, August 1, 8:30 a.m.
Devorris Center

YP of Blair County Steering Committee
Wednesday, August 2, 8:00 a.m.
Fairfield Inn

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

Public Policy Committee
Thursday, August 3, 8:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

BASICS Early Childhood Subcommittee
Thursday, August 3, 10:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

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