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Chamber Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Informational Meeting is Tonight for Chamber’s Greece Trip
Nine New Members Approved by Chamber Board
Have You Posted Positions on the Chamber Job Board Yet?
“Buy Here Bucks” Recruiting Effort Continues 
Promotional Items Available for “Small Business Saturday”
Congratulations . . .

Chamber Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
The Blair County Chamber Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Office will re-open on Monday at 8:30 a.m. To access information on the Chamber or register for Chamber programs and events, visit the Chamber Website at www.blairchamber.com
Informational Meeting is Tonight for Chamber’s Greece Trip
The Blair County Chamber is offering a trip to Greece during 2018.  The trip, which includes a Greek Isle cruise, will leave on July 11th and return on July 20th. An informational meeting will be held this evening, November 20th at 6:00 p.m. at the Devorris Center for Business Development. For further information or to register to attend the meeting (no cost or obligation), contact the Chamber at (814) 943-8151.

Nine New Members Approved by Chamber Board
The Blair County Chamber Board of Directors has approved the following new members: Cornerstone Personal Care Home of Claysburg, Dream Vacations – Paul Vincent of Altoona, Debbie Eckenrode – Farmers Insurance of Altoona, Health By Choice Education & Research of New Enterprise, Howard Hanna Realty Services / Janice Wurtz, Kelly Kreation, LLC of Hollidaysburg, Pinnacle Cleaning Services of Altoona, Gerald and Linda Smith of Martinsburg, and Two 20 Studios of Altoona.
Have You Posted Positions on the Chamber Job Board Yet?
The Blair County Chamber Website at www.blairchamber.com features a Job Board where member businesses can place up to three positions at no cost. The Job Board concept came about as the result of a meeting held at the Chamber in which local retailers and employment agencies discussed the trials and tribulations of finding interested and qualified employees. The decision to limit businesses to posting only three positions at one time was a recommendation by the Chamber’s Board of Directors who was concerned that larger businesses with multiple openings would make the task of overseeing the Job Board rather labor intensive. Tori Liebal, the Chamber’s Vice-President of Website Development and Social Media, is the staff member assigned to maintain the Job Board. Jobs will remain on the Board for one month unless the employer asks that they be removed or extended. At the present time, Job Board postings are limited to Chamber Members only.(For more information on the Job Board, contact Tori Liebal at 814-943-8151 or email her at tliebal@blairchamber.com.) 

“Buy Here Bucks” Recruiting Effort Continues 
The Blair County Chamber’s new gift certificate program, known as “Buy Here Bucks,” is underway and businesses are being added every day to the list of those where certificates can be redeemed. To register to be on that list (it costs Chamber Members nothing), contact Tori Liebal at (814) 943-8151 or email her. To purchase Buy Here Bucks, visit the Chamber Website at www.blairchamber.com. You can also get them at the Chamber Office, located in the Devorris Center for Business Development.
Promotional Items Available for “Shop Small Saturday”
Once again this year, the Chamber will participate in “Shop Small Saturday,” which encourages consumers to follow-up Black Friday with a day of intense shopping at local small businesses. This year, Shop Small Saturday is November 25th. The Chamber has put together bags containing promotional items that are available for the first twenty member-businesses that come to the Chamber Office, located in the Devorris Center for Business Development. Additionally, there are also ten floor mats available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact Stacy Hoover at (814) 943-8151 or email her at shoover@blairchamber.com.

. . . to Coleen Heim, Executive Director of the Healthy Blair County Coalition and chair of the Chamber’s Workplace Wellness Committee who recently received the 2017 Community Health Leader of the Year Award from Pennsylvania Rural Health.
. . . to Jodi Cessna of Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, who last week received the 2017 Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Allegheny Mountains Chapter.
. . . to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College’s marketing and communications team, which was awarded four District 1 Medallion Awards this year from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.
. . . to Nason Home Health, which received a 5-star quality rating in patient satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
. . . to Tyrone Regional Health Network, which has been named a 2017 Guardian of Excellence Award by Press Ganey, a nationally recognized symbol of achievement in health care.

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 November 20, 2017

 Upcoming Events

Non-Profit Best Practices
Friday, December 8
8:15 - 9:30
Devorris Center for Business Development

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Breakfast Club
Thursday, December 14
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park

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Business After Hours
Thursday, December 14
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Hampton Inn 

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Annual Meeting
Friday, January 26
7:30 -9:30 a.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park

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Upcoming Committee Meetings Week of 11/20/17

BASICS/Rotary Career Fair Subcommittee
Monday, November 20, 1:30 p.m.
Devorris Center

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