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Tomorrow is Election Day.  Are You Ready?
“Business After Hours” is Tomorrow Too!
Farm-City Dinner is Wednesday in Freedom Township
Chamber Recognizes “All-Stars” for October
Chamber Holding Informational Meeting on French Riviera Trip
Saint Francis Athletic Director is Next “Breakfast Club” Speaker
Check Out the Chamber Website!!
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Tomorrow is Election Day.  Are You Ready?
The Public Policy Committee of the Chamber wants to remind you that the results of tomorrow’s General Election are extremely important to Blair County’s future. Hopefully, you’ll exercise your right to vote. In the County Commissioner’s race, there are a number of issues of importance to the business community. If you’d like to know how the candidates stand on those issues, go to the Blair County Chamber’s YouTube Channel and watch the video interviews with each of the four candidates. If you live in either the Altoona Area School District or the Hollidaysburg Area School District, refer to the October copy of the Blair Business Mirror to see how candidates for school board in those districts answered questions of importance to our county’s future. It’s important to be prepared. Let the Chamber provide the relevant information!

“Business After Hours” is Tomorrow Too!
People who enjoy attending the Chamber’s monthly “Business After Hours” will get a rare treat. The November event is being held less than a week after the October one. In fact, it’s tomorrow! Park Home in Duncansville will host the Business After Hours from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Cost to attend is $10 for Chamber Members and $20 for non-members. Reservations can still be made by calling the Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.
Farm-City Dinner is Wednesday in Freedom Township
The Blair County Chamber's Annual Farm-City Dinner will be held this Wednesday, November 6th at the Freedom Township Fire Hall.  The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Agricultural Community Excellence (ACE) Award to Jack & Peggy Mock. Guest speaker for the dinner is Dave Grazier of Kunzler & Company. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with a milk/punch reception and the dinner/program begins at 7:00. All ticket sales for the event have concluded.

Chamber Recognizes “All-Stars” for October
The Blair County Chamber’s ability to offer quality programming, events, recognition and advocacy efforts depends largely on the willingness of sponsors to step up to help underwrite the costs associated those efforts. So at the end of each month, we publish a list of businesses or individuals who sponsored anything Chamber-related during the month. They have helped us to make a difference in the business community. All-Stars for October are: AgChoice Farm Credit, Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries, Altoona-Blair County Development Corp., Altoona Mirror, Blair Companies, Blair County Conservation District, DeGol Organization, DelGrosso Family of Companies, FirstEnergy, First National Bank, Hampton Inn Altoona, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, J.V. Meadows & Sons, Inc., Keller Engineers, Inc., KIZ Resources, LLC, Leonard S. Fiore, Inc., M&T Bank, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., Penn State Altoona, Reliance Bank, Ritchey’s Dairy, Inc., Roaring Spring Water/Spring Cove Container, Saint Francis University, Seltzer Financial Strategies, Sheetz, Inc., Smith Transport, Stiffler, McGraw & Associates, Inc., Stuckey Automotive, The Hancock Group, Inc., UPMC Altoona, Ward Transport & Logistic Corp. White Deer Run Treatment Network, Wingate by Wyndham Altoona Downtown/Medical Center and Young, Oakes, Brown & Company, P.C. 
Chamber Holding Informational Meeting on French Riviera Trip
The final Chamber trip for 2020 will be a nine-day excursion to the French Riviera (October 31- November 8). Although the trip is still more than a year out, the Chamber and Dream Vacations are holding an informational meeting on November 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Devorris Center for Business Development. The meeting will last approximately one hour. The French Riviera Trip includes visits to Nice, St. Tropez, Monte Carlo, Cannes and Monaco. To attend the informational meeting, contact the Chamber at (814) 943-8151. There is no cost or obligation to attend.

Saint Francis Athletic Director is Next “Breakfast Club” Speaker
The next Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will be held on Thursday, November 14th from 7:45 - 9:00 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The speaker will be Susan Robinson Fruchtl, Director of Athletics at Saint Francis University. The topic is "Running with the Big Dogs.” Sponsor for the Breakfast Club is Weber Murphy Fox. Cost to attend is $20 for Chamber Members and $30 for Non-Members. To register, call the Chamber at 814-943-8151 or register online.

Check Out the Chamber Website!!
Among the many exciting opportunities displayed on the Chamber Website are two icons that businesses can access to improve the way they do business. One icon includes the Toolkit for Workplace Wellness; the other has the Sustainability Survey that allows businesses to determine how environmentally prudent they are. Check them out!!

Congratulations . . .
. . . to Tom Seasoltz of Altoona-Blair County Development (ABCD) Corporation, who was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) with its 2019 “Young Professional to Watch Award.” Seasoltz is ABCD’s Chief Financial Officer.
. . . to Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, which completed its 500th cardiac catheterization on October 28th, less than ten months after opening its new catheterization lab.
. . . to Stevens Mortuary, which was recently recognized for 100 years of continuous membership in Selected Independent Funeral Homes.  Stevens becomes only the sixth member worldwide to receive the distinction of the Selected Century Club.
. . . to the Wingate by Wyndham Altoona which recently received the Quality Hotel of the Year Award at the 2019 Wyndham Global Conference in Las Vegas.
. . . to locally-owned Wireless Made Simple, which was awarded the 2019 National Verizon Dealer of the Year. Over 60 ownership groups and 400 stores nationwide were eligible to win. The State College store is a member of the Blair County Chamber.

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November 4, 2019

Upcoming Events 

Business After Hours
TUESDAY, November 5
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Park Home

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Farm-City Dinner
Wednesday, November 6
6:30 p.m. - Milk/Punch Reception
7:00 p.m. - Dinner & Program
Freedom Township Fire Hall

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Breakfast Club
Thursday, November 14
7:45 - 9:0 a.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park

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Safety Workshop
Friday, November 22
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Hoss's Steak & Sea House, Duncansville

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Upcoming Committee Meetings
Week of 11/4/19

BASICS Steering Committee
Monday, November 4, 8:00 a.m.

YP Committee
Wednesday, November 6, 8:00 a.m.
McQuaide Blasko

LBC Adult Committee
Wednesday, November 6, 3:00 p.m.
Devorris Center

Public Policy Committee
Thursday, November 7, 8:00 am.
Devorris Center

BASICS Early Childhood Subcommittee
Thursday, November 7, 10:00 a.m.
Devorris Center

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