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Business Hall of Fame Honorees Announced
ALSM to Host Thursday’s “Business After Hours
Recruitment Ramps-Up for Young Entrepreneurs Academy Students
Exhibitors and Sponsors Can Sign Up for bizX Event
Filled Out Your Sustainability Certification Survey Yet?
“Buy Here Bucks” a Win-Win for Buyers, Sellers 
Congratulations . . .

Business Hall of Fame Honorees Announced
Four local businesses as well as a former business will be inducted into the Blair County Business Hall of Fame on October 15th at the Blair County Convention Center. Seven other businesses will be recognized in the General Business Awards categories that evening as well. The Hall of Fame honorees will be ARC Federal Credit Union of Altoona, Chicago Rivet & Machine of Tyrone, Fairway Laboratories of Altoona and P. Joseph Lehman Consulting Engineers of Hollidaysburg. The Framing Hut Galleries will be inducted in the Heritage category. Three businesses will receive awards for Excellence in Small Business. They are: JR Brown Construction of Hollidaysburg, Tame Your Mane of East Freedom and Your Jewelry Box of Altoona. Alpha Assembly Solutions of Altoona and Value Drug Company of Duncansville will be honored for Safety Excellence; the James E. Van Zandy VA Medical Center gets the Sustainability Award and the Committee Choice Award goes to Altoona Community Theatre. Sponsorships for the Business Hall of Fame Dinner are now available by contact Jessie Covert at (814) 943-8151 or by emailing her at jcovert@blairchamber.com.

ALSM to Host Thursday’s “Business After Hours
The next Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be held this Thursday, July 12, from 5 -7 p.m., at Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries, located at 998 Logan Blvd., Altoona. Door prizes, food and beverages will be provided. Cost to attend is $10 for Chamber Members and $20 for non-members. Reservations can be made by calling the Chamber at 943-8151 or by registering online.

Recruitment Ramps-Up for Young Entrepreneurs Academy Students
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) for the 2018-19 class. YEA! is a 25 week program that guides middle and high school students through launching and running their own real businesses or social movements! YEA! is open to all Blair County students in grades 6-12. While in the Academy, students will receive all the necessary tools to launch their very own real, legal businesses. This includes access to valuable experts like attorneys, accountants, business mentors, and graphic designers; plus an audience with investors for real start-up cash! Students will also have the opportunity to win college scholarships. The YEA! application is available online at yeausa.org. Scholarships are available for students who meet eligibility requirements. Contact Royce Boyd, Program Manager for details at royceboyd@outlook.com. The selection process is competitive and applicants are urged to apply early. YEA! classes kick off on October 9, 2018 and will conclude in April 2019. Classes meet weekly at the Penn State Altoona Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence in downtown Altoona during the school day. Transportation is provided by the school districts.

Exhibitors and Sponsors Can Now Sign Up for bizX Event
The bizX event is off-and-running. The business showcase that was born out of a partnership between the Blair County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County is now accepting exhibitors and sponsors. The event is scheduled for September 26th at the Blair County Convention Center.  Among the sponsorships that are available are the Seminar Sponsorship and several Supporting Sponsorships. To access information on those sponsorships, contact Jessie Covert at jcovert@blairchamber.com. Booth sales are also expected to be brisk.  The cost of a 10’x10’ foot booth is $250 for small businesses (50 employees and under) and $350 for large businesses (51 or more employees). To reserve a booth, contact Stacy Hoover at shoover@blairchamber.com. More information on the specifics of the luncheon which precedes the trade show as well as the mixer that follows it will be released in the coming weeks.

Filled Out Your Sustainability Certification Survey Yet?
Chamber-member businesses interested in assessing where they are from a sustainability standpoint will have the opportunity to complete a Sustainability Certification Survey. The survey can be completed online and the results will be compiled and the business notified of the results within a two-month period. One of the other benefits of completing the survey is that the committee will then assign a certification level – gold, silver or bronze – which businesses can then use for marketing purposes. While the committee is still working out the details of the certification process, it’s also looking to compile a Resource List to help businesses who will be looking for assistance in raising their scores. Any Chamber-member business interested in accessing the Sustainability Certification Survey should click here.

“Buy Here Bucks” a Win-Win for Buyers, Sellers 
The Blair County Chamber’s new gift certificate program, known as “Buy Here Bucks,” is a way for local businesses to gain new customers and an even better way for people to give gift certificates with more than just a few places to redeem them. The larger the list of participating businesses, the greater the value of the certificates. For a business 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. You can also get them at the Chamber Office, located in the Devorris Center for Business Development.

Congratulations . . .
. . . to  Debra Dellaposta of Doing Better Business, who was recently named president of the Select Dealer Group.  She is the first woman to be selected to head the group, which was established in 2003. SDG is an independent peer-to-peer group comprised of office technology dealers who are serious about implementing the ProFinance Model for Success in their dealerships.
. . . to Sean Burke of Hollidaysburg, who has been named president and managing director of McQuaide Blasko, Inc., a regional law firm based in State College.
. . . to James Garver of Altoona, an attorney at the law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates, who has been named to the 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.

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Business After Hours
Thursday, July 12
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries

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

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Business Before Hours
Friday, August 17
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
JJAN Financial Group

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Wednesday, September 26
1:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Blair County Convention Center

Upcoming Committee Meetings Week of 7/9/18

Home & Garden Show Committee
Tuesday, July 10, 8:30 a.m.
The Chamber

YP of Blair County
Wednesday, July 11, 8:00 a.m.
McQuaide Blasko

Safety Committee
Thursday, July 12, 9:00 a.m.
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