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Tomorrow's "Green Drinks" Shifts to Jethro's   
GRYP Networking Set for Thursday
Non-Profits Invited to Hear About Unique Opportunity
Great Sponsorship Opportunity on Chamber Television Program
Nomination Process Underway for ACE Award
August "Breakfast Club" to Feature Dynamic Speaker, Topic
Electric Savings Continue for Chamber Members

Interested in Joining a Chamber Committee?
Blue Card Discounts

Tomorrow's "Green Drinks" Shifts to Jethro's
The Chamber’s Coalition on Sustainability will sponsor its monthly “Green Drinks” networking event tomorrow evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding when the last person goes home.  For the next three months, Jethro’s restaurant in Altoona will be the host site.  If you have any interest in issues related to sustainability and would like to discuss them with people of similar interests, just show-up.  There’s no cost to attend and you pay for only what you order.  For further information, contact Katrina Pope at 942-7472.

GRYP Networking Set for Thursday
The Chamber’s Growth and Relationships of Young Professionals (GRYP) will take to the patio at Jethro’s this Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  With the warm summer nights upon us, the opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of other young professionals is hard to beat.  And there is no charge to attend for GRYP members; $5.00 for non-members.  To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151.

Non-Profits Invited to Hear About Unique Opportunity
Altoona Regional Health System and Primary Health Network have begun discussions about the possibility of converting a portion of the Bon Secours Campus of ARHS into office space that could prove ideal to organizations looking for ways to share space and common services.  Any non-profit organizations interested in hearing more about this concept are invited to attend a meeting this Thursday, July 21st at noon in the Trzeciak Conference Room at Bon Secours.  Light refreshments will be served.  Call The Chamber at 943-8151 to pre-register.

Great Sponsorship Opportunity on Chamber Television Program
Severe cuts in state funding for higher education is just one of several factors that colleges in the region face as they look for new and better ways to meet the needs of area students.  What’s the strategy going forward?  That will be one key discussion point as The Chamber brings top educators together for its next “Issues” program which will tape August 23rd at the Altoona Public Access Studio.  The program will then run throughout September on the Public Access Channel.  “The Role of Higher Education in Regional Development” is the title of the hour-long program that will be moderated by WTAJ’s Carolyn Donaldson.  Panelists will be: Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Chancellor of Penn State Altoona; Dr. Wayne Powel, Provost of Saint Francis University; Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College; Dr. Thomas Kepple, President of Juniata College; and Dr. Thomas Foley, President of Mount Aloysius College.  Sponsorships for the program are available at just $150 each.  To sponsor, contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151 or email him at jhurd@blairchamber.com.

Nomination Process Underway for ACE Award
The Blair County Chamber’s Farm-City Committee has announced that nominations are now being accepted for the 20th Annual Agricultural Community Excellence (ACE) Award.  Activity and participation in Blair County community affairs and the promotion of Blair County agriculture are the criteria used for selection.  Nominations may be submitted by individuals, organizations, businesses, farm families and/or through self-nomination.  Nomination forms have been faxed over The Chamber’s fax network and will also be a privilege page in the mailed copies of the July Blair Business Mirror.  Click here to secure a form.  For questions, contact The Chamber at 943-8151.

August “Breakfast Club” to Feature Dynamic Speaker, Topic
At its monthly Breakfast Club on August 18th at The Casino at Lakemont Park , The Chamber departs from its usual business-specific topics to focus attention on a growing problem primarily aimed at young people who spend considerable time on the internet.  Craig S. LeCadre of the State Attorney General’s Office, a frequent presenter at Leadership Blair County sessions, will present, “Sticks & Stones: Cyber Bullying.”  The often-graphic presentation is a must-attend for parents and educators.  The program itself runs a little longer than most Breakfast Club presentations so this one will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude at 9:15.  Corporate sponsor for the Breakfast Club is MedExpress.  The cost to attend is $16 for Chamber Members and $30 for non-members.  To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online at www.blairchamber.com.

Electric Savings Continue for Chamber Members

Chamber Members who still haven’t signed-up for a discounted residential electric program can still get a great deal.  If you enroll in The Chamber’s Residential Energy Program through OnDemand Energy and are a Penelec customer, you can lock-in a special introductory summer price of 6.90 cents per kilowatt hour until the September 2011 meter-read date.  That rate then adjusts to 7.25 cents until June 2013.  With summer’s high temperatures and increased electric use, this is the perfect time to secure your home electric savings.  To enroll, visit fes.com/chamberchoice and click “Select Savings Program” under Residential Electric Savings.

Interested in Joining a Chamber Committee?
While most Chamber committees take a hiatus during the summer months, most use the time to take stock of future goals and begin to recruit additional members to make themselves more effective.  If you’ve ever considered joining a Chamber committee, now is the perfect time.  Committee participation will connect you with some great people and will make your business knowledge more extensive.  For a list of Chamber committees, visit The Chamber website at www.blairchamber.com.  To sign-up for one (or more), contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151 or email him at jhurd@blairchamber.com.

Blue Card Discount offers

Here are a few of the discounts you can receive with your Chamber Blue Card. Click here to see the full list of Blue Card Discounts. To have an offer listed contact Stacy Hoover at The Chamber at 943-8151.

Steve Seltzer Honda

Present your Blue Card to receive an extra year of HondaCare with your purchase of a Honda motorcycle or ATV OR receive a FREE gas can with your purchase of a Honda lawn mower, snow blower, tiller, generator or trimmer OR receive 15 percent off regularly-priced parts and accessory items OR save 50% off the labor of your motorcycle or scooter inspection.

Sylvan Learning Center Present your Blue Card to receive receive 10% off of all courses and services.
Tammy Kehr, Agent - State Farm Insurance Present your Blue Card to receive a FREE State Farm Insurance and Financialreview. The review is your opportunity to look at your overall financial picture and protection needs, clarify your goals and help ensure all your immediate and long-term protection and planning needs are being met.
Tandoor King Present your Blue Card to receive $1 off the lunch Buffet, 11 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday OR 10% off your entire order at Tandoor King.
Teeter Group Present your Blue Card on your purchase of your business insurance through Penn National Insurance and (depending on total group premium and claims experience) you could earn an annual dividend.


July 18, 2011

 Upcoming Events

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July Business After Hours
Thursday, July 28, 5 to 7 p.m.
Baker Mansion
3419 Oak Lane
Altoona, PA 16602

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July GRYP Networking Event
Thursday, July 21, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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August Breakfast Club
Thursday, August 18, 7:30 - 9:15 a.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park
Craig s. LeCadre, Senior Supervisory Special Agent, Education and Outreach for the PA Office of Attorney General.
Sticks & Stones: Cyber Bullying

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  Upcoming Committee Meetings
                    Week of 7/18/11

Executive Commmittee
Monday, July 18, 8:00 a.m.
The Chamber

Farm-City Commmittee
Friday, July 22, Noon 
Hoss's - Duncansville


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