Wishing you
a happy, healthy, and prosperous year!
New Year, New You, New Biz: Find Your Motivation in 2022
If you’re like me—and almost everyone else in this country—the end of the year is a time to look back and assess. I enjoy the nostalgia and reminiscing that occurs at this time of year, but it can also be a time of dread. It’s a time to realize you either hit the mark or you didn’t. And if you did, you may be apprehensive about being able to do it again in the new year.
So, we make resolutions.
We tell ourselves we’re going to do X differently this year. And most of us fall short of X because we forget about it, or we fall back into old routines because they are easy and we know how they work.
But this year, if you’re going to take on a resolution, we have some tips for you. The goal is to make resolutions more intuitive and doable. Here are a couple of ways to do that.

Make It a Team Effort in Business
Create improvement goals you have for your business and assign each of them to a person or department. If your company is large enough you could assign the task to an interdepartmental team. In the case of smaller companies, give it to someone you think would enjoy the task and be good at it. For instance, maybe you have been threatening to do live-stream videos but can never find the time. Maybe someone on your staff loves making TikToks. Enlist their help to either do it or act as your mentor or accountability coach. The reversal of roles can be fun.

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Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action)

Create a great offer by adding words like "free" "personalized" "complimentary" or "customized." A sense of urgency often helps readers take an action, so think about inserting phrases like "for a limited time only" or "only 7 remaining!"
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The Chamber's Membership & Marketing Committee is looking for some people to join the committee and help develop more ways we can support our members. If you would like to learn more about the committee, please contact me at ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com.
Thursday, January 27, 2022
11 a.m. to Noon
FREE Virtual Event

In the new workplace, more and more employers are seeing the value of Diversity and Inclusion programs. Research from Bank of America shows that organizations that focus on incorporating welcoming, inclusive cultures like the ones D&I programs foster are three times more likely to be high performing.
Presented in partnership with Bank of America, the PA Chamber is proud to offer an upcoming free webinar, “Attracting and Retaining Diverse Talent in the New Workplace.” This program is designed to provide Pennsylvania employers with the resources they need to develop strategies for retaining diverse talent in the workplace, at a time when the needs of current and prospective employees are changing more than ever.
Program Highlights:
  • The benefits of embodying a diverse and inclusive workplace
  • The impact of diversity and inclusion on workplace morale
  • The recruitment and retention of intergenerational talent
  • Fostering an inclusive environment in a hybrid workplace
Further details about this free and timely program are available here.
This program is a free, PA Chamber Member Sponsored Webinar and is open to Pennsylvania’s business community. 

Continuing Education Credits

HR professionals can earn a continuing education credit by attending this conference. Click here to learn more.
Interested in advertising in our enews?
Contact Yvonne at ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com.
The cost is $25.00; $10.00 for 501(3) organizations.
Partners In Excellence
Fulton County Medical Center
Shafer Equipment Co.

Stern Insurance Agency
Mutual Benefit Group
Bumgardner & Flasher Oil, Inc.
Orbisonia Hardware, Inc. 
Bange's Masonary
MiCamp Solutions LLC
Culbertson Commercial Cleaning Service
FirstEnergy Corporation
Juniata College
Keller Engineers
Lincoln Caverns, Inc. and Whisper Rocks
Stiffler, McGraw and Associates, Inc. 
Dirtbusters Cleaning Services

Interested in learning about becoming a Partner in Excellence?

Contact Yvonne at  ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com  or 814.643.1110

Packages range from $125 to $1,000.
Three Ways to Leverage Technology in Employee Benefit Administration

Technology continues to permeate many aspects of today’s workplace and the area of benefit administration is no exception. Digital platforms provide tools that are intuitive, intelligent and accessible 24/7, enabling employees to easily access and use their benefits from anywhere. Chatbots, as an example, are becoming much more commonly utilized as an HR tool. It is not uncommon today for an employee to strike up a conversation with one of these AI-based systems when seeking answers from a carrier regarding their benefits.
Here are a few other ways you can utilize technology to enhance employee benefit administration:
Digitizing to Improve Efficiencies
Conversion of data from paper-based records to a digital format can drastically improve access to benefits, allowing a more efficient transfer of data between the company, carriers, payroll company and other vendors.
Streamlining the Benefits Experience
Through benefit administration platforms, employees can access benefit data and process enrollment and eligibility actions from anywhere, anytime. As an added bonus, by streamlining the employee benefit experience, companies can ease the burden on their HR staff, saving them valuable time and money.
More Easily Maintain Compliance
With the amount of data involved in benefit administration today, along with the fluidity of compliance rules and regulations, it’s easy to make mistakes and fall out of compliance. Through digital platforms, not only is data more easily and accurately maintained, but many vendors include compliance resources to assist a business owner or HR staff in compliance issues.
The Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce offers its members access to My Benefit Advisor as a solution for employee benefits, including voluntary offerings.
For more information about My Benefit Advisor, visit our website at hccc.mybenefitadvisor.com or contact Craig Pritts at (800) 377-3539.
Chamber Events
Hold the Dates:

Huntingdon County United Way
Ribbon Cutting
417 Penn Street, Huntingdon
January 21, 2022
9:00 a.m.

"State of the County" Address
February 16, 2022
7:45-9:00 a.m.
Huntingdon Country Club

Spring Jam
April 3, 2022

2022 Administrative Professionals Wednesday, April 27, 2022

"Highway to Rock" Concert
featuring Live Wire
May 21, 2022

Huntingdon County Night at the Curve
August 6, 2022

8th Annual Sporting Clay Tournament
September 14, 2022
September 21, 2022 (storm date)

We are starting to plan our 2022 events. If you are interested in hosting a Business Afer Hours or ribbon cutting please let MacKenzie know. mhuntsman@untingdonchamber,com

We are also in the process of planning our Dale Carnegie, Google, Human Resource, and other seminars. Please let us know if you have specific educational needs.

Download our logo to use on your website. Click the logo for more information. Feel free to link the image on your website to our website, huntingdonchamber.com.

If you are hiring, please send position information to ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com or login to the member section of our website to post your jobs. We've begun promoting this on Facebook.
In Case You Missed It

Funding Opportunity - Community-Based Workforce to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations in Underserved Communities

Public Health Management Corporation is soliciting applications from organizations in Pennsylvania and Delaware who would like to subcontract for funding to hire or assign existing staff to become community health workers (CHWs). Using training and toolkits provided by PHMC, these CHWs will go out into their community, provide outreach and education, and report all outcomes for a one-year project period.

The following types of organizations are eligible to apply:
  • Charter and public schools
  • Community development organizations
  • Community health centers and clinics
  • Faith-based institutions
  • Hospitals and other medical facilities
  • Non-profits serving vulnerable populations
  • Registered community organizations
  • Social service organization
  • Local municipality

Click here for PHMC's Communithy Health Worker Project infomation.

Click here for a sample scope of work.
UC Fraud and UC-1099G Tax Forms

Victim of unemployment fraud?
Criminals using stolen identities filed claims for unemployment compensation in other people's names. Because unemployment compensation is taxable, state unemployment agencies submit Forms 1099-G to individuals in whose names and Social Security numbers the unemployment compensation was paid and to the IRS. Victims of fraud who receive Forms 1099-G with inaccurate amounts of unemployment compensation in Box 1 should notify the state agencies of the inaccuracies and request corrected Forms 1099-G. The Department of Labor details www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/UIIDtheft.

Taxpayers should only report income they actually received on their tax returns. Do not report income you did not receive. The IRS offers tax guidance to victims at https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/identity-theft-and-unemployment-benefits.

More Information
COVID-19 Vaccines at Penn Highlands Healthcare

Vaccine sign up now available. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Penn Highlands Healthcare is vaccinating any Pennsylvanian ages 12 and above. Please call the PHH Vaccine Information Line at 814-503-4735 to sign-up or by visiting www.phhealthcare.org/vaccine to schedule a vaccine. If have questions, please call the PHH Vaccine Information Line at 814-503-4735 Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Did you know........

Small businesses represent the largest segment by number of most local chamber membership rolls. Results in the research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street indicate the impact of local chamber membership on small businesses is very powerful. If a consumer knows a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys a 44 percent increase in its consumer favorability rating, a 51 percent increase in consumer awareness, a 57 percent increase in its local reputation and a 63 percent increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future.

Research indicates that chamber membership stimulates business-to-business commerce in the local community. Other businesses in town are more likely to do business with you and your company if you are a member of the local chamber. Because a major part of a small business typically comes from business-to-business services, it is essential to maintain a positive standing within the local business community.

Download our logo to use on your website. Click the logo for more information.
Paid Leave Tax Credit Resources and Guidance

Click here to view the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Fact Sheet to learn more about the Paid Leave Tax Credit, how it works, and who is qualified to receive it.

Click here to view the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)’s Fact Sheet to learn more about how to claim the tax credit during quarterly filings and additional resources for employers about the program.
Looking for more ways to promote your business?

Tag the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce in your Facebook posts and we will share them on the
Huntingdon, PA - Promotions & Activities page. This page is followed by more than 4,000 people and it is free advertising for you.

Click here for access to timely resources.
Quick Connect Coaching Sessions
Weekly, Tuesdays at 8:30 am

Looking for a quick answer to a question related to disaster recovery, reopening, stabilizing, or projecting for growth? Then attend a "Quick Connect" session to get your questions answered. Each week a consultant will address answers related to a specific topic.

Contact Us

Yvonne Martin
President/ CEO

MacKenzie Huntsman
Program Director

Phone: 814-643-1110
Fax: 814-643-1115
Stay Connected

Looking to start an endowment or to support community efforts? Click the logo above to learn more about the Huntingdon County Foundation.