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Blair Business Mirror to Be Published Tomorrow
Prestash to speak at Thursday’s Breakfast Club
Young Entrepreneurs Academy Recruiting Second Class of Students
Chamber Members Can Get Additional Online Directory Listings
Committee Participation? Great Opportunities Exist at the Chamber

Blair Business Mirror to Be Published Tomorrow
The August issue of the Blair Business Mirror will be published as a supplement to tomorrow’s Altoona Mirror. The cover story in this issue will focus on the Chamber’s Young Professionals of Blair County program.  Inside stories include a feature on a STEM program taking place this summer in Claysburg and a look at an effort to reach more municipalities being undertaken by the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee. A copy of the Blair Business Mirror is mailed each month to every Chamber-member business.

Prestash to speak at Thursday’s 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 this Thursday's 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.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy Recruiting Second Class of Students
Applications continue to be accepted for the second class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program. The program will begin in late October and run until next April (25 weeks). YEA! is seeking Blair County school students in grades 6-12 who are interested in starting an actual business. To apply, visit the Chamber Website at www.blairchamber.com.

Chamber Members Can Get Additional Online Directory Listings
The Blair County Chamber’s Online Membership Directory is a popular destination for people inside and outside the county to access information on Chamber Members. One change to that directory will take place in January. All Chamber Members will receive a free listing in whatever business category that they feel is most advantageous to them. If they’d like to purchase additional listings, they can do so for $25/year. Adding those listings, however, must take place before November 1st. To add a listing(s), contact Cindy Cessna at the Chamber (814-943-8151) or email her at ccessna@blairchamber.com. Remember, this is for the Online Directory only. The printed directory also has additional listing opportunities. Those, however, must be done through Barash Media at (814) 238-5051.

Committee Participation? Great Opportunities Exist at the Chamber
The Blair County Chamber currently has twenty-eight committees, subcommittees and roundtable groups. All of them target issues of importance to the business community. Anyone interested in participating on a committee, subcommittee or roundtable group should contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151 or email him at jhurd@blairchamber.com. Don’t know what committees are available? Visit the Chamber Website at www.blairchamber.com to access a list.  

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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 8/7/17

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

Committee of Non-Profit Businesses
Tuesday, August 8, 9:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

Sustainable Blair County
Tuesday, August 8, 1:30 p.m.
The Chamber

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

Attractions/Hotel Roundtable
Wednesday, August 9, 6:15 p.m.
PNG Field

Safety Committee
Thursday, August 10, 9:00 a.m.
The Chamber

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