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Young Entrepreneurs to Hear From Local CEO’s
Chamber Trip to South Africa Full; Sicily Spots Remain
Reserve Your Booth Today for the 2019 Home & Garden Show!
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Young Entrepreneurs to Hear From Local CEO’s
This Tuesday night is an important night for the current class of the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). The CEO Roundtable event will take place beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Devorris Downtown Center. The event will last approximately 90 minutes and will be followed by a dessert reception. There is no cost to attend and the public is invited. The Roundtable members, who will answer questions from the YEA! class will be: Linzi Biesinger of Altoona Beauty School, Maryann Cook of Bella Lucia, Joe Keller of Keller Engineers, Jack Makdad of Makdad Industrial Supply Company, and Anthony Snare of Snare & Associates Mortgage Services. “It’s a great opportunity for our students to hear from successful business people how they’ve dealt with the challenges and opportunities of business development,” explained YEA! Program Manager Royce Boyd. “We invite interested community members to come out and hear these stories as well.”

Chamber Trip to South Africa Full; Sicily Spots Remain
If you were one of the people hoping to travel with the Blair County Chamber to South Africa this September, I’m afraid you’re out of luck.  That trip has reached the twenty-five available spots. However, the Chamber has a few spots remaining for its trip to Sicily in late October. That trip will leave October 18th and return on the 28th. The trip is officially dubbed “The Sicilain” and it includes visits to Palermo, Erice, Motya, Marsala, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa, Modica, Syracuse, Savoca and Taormina. For more information on this trip, contact Epic Journeys at (814) 266-5070. Also, watch next week’s Business Bulletin for a third Chamber trip that will launch in August.  Details are still coming together but this much we can tell you: It will involve traveling to the western U.S. No more hints!!

Reserve Your Booth Today for the 2019 Home & Garden Show!
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce and the Blair Bedford Builders Association are continuing to accept vendor booth reservations for the 49th annual Blair County Home & Garden Show to be held March 1, 2 & 3, 2019 at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. Exhibitor booth space is open for home and garden-related businesses interested in showcasing their products or services. The show is also accepting vendor applications for the Home Treasures room. Home Treasures offers a boutique-style setting that features home interior items, candles, spices, hand-crafted items, and much more. To reserve a booth or for more information, call Stacy Hoover at the Blair County Chamber of Commerce at 814-943-8151. 

Congratulations . . .
. . . to the awards recipients from last Friday’s Chamber Annual Meeting:  Athena Award – Maria Brandt, George Award – Mary Ann and Bernie Sutusky, Donna D. Gority Servant Leadership Award – Tim O’Brien, Joseph P. Rosenhamer Chamber Spirit Award – Alex Seltzer, Small Business Person of the Year – Donald Delozier, and Young Professional of the Year – Jessica Fisher.

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

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Safety Workshop
Wednesday, February 20
7:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Altoona Grand Hotel

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Business After Hours
Thursday, February 21
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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Blair County Home & Garden Show
March 1, 2, & 3, 2019
Jaffa Shrine, Altoona

Upcoming Committee Meetings Week of 1/28/19

BASICS Business Advisory Board Task Force
Tuesday, January 29, 9:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

Finance Committee
Tuesday, January 29, 3:00 p.m.
The Chamber

BASICS/ROTARY Career Fair Subcommittee
Wednesday, January 30, 1:30 p.m.
Devorris Center

Small Business Partners Committee
Wednesday, January 30, 3:30 p.m.
The Chamber

Transportation Committee
Thursday, January 31, 8:15 a.m.
Devorris Center

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