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Social Media Workshop Set for Tomorrow
Hospital CEO’s to Address Executive Roundtable
Chamber Foundation Board to Review Programs
Public Policy Issue Moves to the Chamber Board
Business Excellence Dinner Reservations Can Be Made Online
Business Hall of Fame Applications Due Today
Presbyterian Village to Host June’s “Business After Hours”

Social Media Workshop Set for Tomorrow
Two of the area’s most knowledgeable resources on social media will join forces for a special Workshop on June 18th from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Altoona Grand Hotel. The event is hosted by the Blair County Chamber’s Small Business Partners Committee and is sponsored by Okonak, Dean and Lechner, PC. Kyle Dammann, digital branding consultant, and Rob Wentz (Rob Z), content creator and digital marketer will present, “Social Media & Brand Strategy Talk.” The speakers will share their most effective online strategies and how to put social media and brand strategy to work for your business. Both Altoona natives, Dammann and Wentz have worked with dozens of local businesses, large and small, to increase their results online. The cost to attend the workshop is $20 for Chamber Members and $30 for non-members. Lunch is included. To register, contact the Chamber at (814) 943-8151 or register online.

Hospital CEO’s to Address Executive Roundtable
The Blair County Chamber’s Executive Roundtable will host the CEO’s of the county’s three major hospitals on June 19th at The Blairmont Club in Hollidaysburg. Tim Harclerode of Conemaugh Nason, Jan Fisher of UPMC Altoona and Anna M. Anna of Tyrone Hospital will talk about the challenges and opportunities that each of their facilities face in providing quality healthcare services in an environment teeming with regulations and financial uncertainty. “The business community, quite understandably, has a huge stake in what happens with healthcare,” acknowledged Denny Doll, President/CEO of Reliance Bank who chairs the Executive Roundtable. “We’re extremely fortunate that our hospital CEO’s are willing to provide insight into what lies ahead and how businesses can play a role.” The Executive Roundtable is a Chamber Committee comprised of CEO’s of businesses with at least 100 employees. For more information, contact Joe Hurd at (814) 943-8151 or email him at jhurd@blairchamber.com.

Chamber Foundation Board to Review Programs
The Board of the Blair County Chamber Foundation will meet on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. at the Devorris Center for Business Development. The Board will begin reviewing each of the programs that it funds. “It allows us to get a better handle on budgets and it also assures those who contribute to the Foundation that their dollars are well-spent,” explained Foundation President Brian Irwin of Irwin Financial. For more information on the Blair County Chamber Foundation, contact Cindy Cessna at (814) 943-8151 or email her at ccessna@blairchamber.com.

Public Policy Issue Moves to the Chamber Board
The Blair County Chamber’s Board of Directors will meet on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the Devorris Center.  Among the agenda items will be a discussion on the need for the Chamber to heighten its advocacy role as the result of recommendations from its Public Policy Committee. The committee is concerned that the business community is not wielding its share of political influence on key matters. To address the Board, contact Joe Hurd by noon on Tuesday at (814) 943-8151 or email him at jhurd@blairchamber.com.

Business Excellence Dinner Reservations Can Be Made Online
The Chamber’s Business Excellence Dinner will be held on Tuesday, June 25th at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The highlight of that event will be the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence to Rex Kaup of Young, Oakes, Brown & Company.  Reservations are being taken at the Chamber Office (943-8151) or online. Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available. Don’t miss out on this great event!

Business Hall of Fame Applications Due Today
Applications are being accepted until noon today for the 2019 Hall of Fame and General Business Awards. The Business Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on October 21st at the Blair County Convention Center.

Presbyterian Village to Host June’s “Business After Hours”
The next Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be held on Thursday, June 27, from 5 -7 p.m., at Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg, located at 201 Jackson Street, Hollidaysburg. Cost to attend is $10 for Chamber Members and $20 for non-members. To make a reservation, call the Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

Congratulations . . .
. . . to Tina Dallape and Dana Peo, who have been named by First Commonwealth Bank as financial solutions area managers for the Altoona/Johnstown market.
. . . to Dwayne Ross of Reilly Creppage & Company and T.K. Dean of Okonak, Dean & Lechner, PC who were recently elected officers of the Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Ross is president-elect; Dean is treasurer.
. . . to Stefanie Cavallo of Tipton who recently received Tyrone Hospital’s “Spirit of Nursing” Award for 2019.
. . . to Alyssa Bodenschatz of PennCrest Bank who was named one of Independent Banker’s “40-Under-40 Emerging Community Bank Leaders.
. . . to Conemaugh Nason Medical Center which has earned full accreditation for compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health Percutaneous Coronary Intervention program.
. . . to Valerie Detwiler of Reliance Bank, a member of the Chamber’s Farm-City Committee, who was recently re-elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees. 

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Upcoming Events 

SBP Workshop
Tuesday, June 18
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Altoona Grand Hotel

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Business Excellence Dinner
Tuesday, June 25
5:30 p.m. - Reception
6:45 p.m. - Dinner
The Casino at Lakemont Park

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Business After Hours
Thursday, June 27
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Presbyterian Homes

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Upcoming Committee Meetings
Week of 6/17/19

Public Policy Committee
Tuesday, June 18, 10:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

CEO Executive Roundtable
Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 a.m.
The Blairmont Club

Chamber Foundation Board
Wednesday, June 19, 8:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

Chamber Board of Dorectors
Thursday, June 20, 7:30 a.m.
Devorris Center

Farm-City Committee
Thursday, June 20, Noon
Marzoni's Duncansville

Transportation Committee
Friday, June 21, 8:15 a.m.
Devorris Center

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