In This Issue
Upcoming Events

Business After Hours
Simone Family Chiropractic
January 4, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Social Media & Cyber Safety Seminar
Huntingdon County Career & Technology Center
January 17, 2018
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

Coffee Connection
"State of the County" Address
Huntingdon Country Club
February 14, 2018
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Winter Blues
Huntingdon Country Club
March 4, 2018
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Elected Officials Reception
Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast
April 5, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

Business After Hours
Cricket Wireless at One-Stop
April 19, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

Annual Golf Tournament
Huntingdon Country Club
June 20, 2018
Registration at 11:30 a.m.

Annual "State of the Chamber" Luncheon
Westminster Woods
August 16, 2018

Sporting Clay Tournament
Shenecoy Sportsman
September 12, 2018

Annual Awards Gala
Huntingdon Country Club
October 4, 2018

Partners In Excellence

Platinum
Team Home Health a Service of Fulton County Medical Center

Silver
Mutual Benefit Group

Bronze
Bumgardner & Flasher Oil, Inc.
Orbisonia Hardware, Inc. 

Royal
BottomLine Pros LLC
FirstEnergy Corporation
Helpmates, Inc.
Juniata College
Lincoln Caverns, Inc. and Whisper Rocks
MDB Drafting & Design
Nationwide Insurance
Stiffler, McGraw and Associates, Inc. 
Contact Us

Yvonne Martin
President/ CEO

ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com


MacKenzie Locke
Office Manager
mlocke@huntingdonchamber.com


500 Allegheny Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Phone: 814-643-1110

Fax: 814-643-1115
Links:

Constant Contact

Click here to register. 

After your free trial period expires you qualify for a special discount because you are a member of the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce. If you prepay for six months, you receive a 20% discount. Prepay for a year and save 25%! There's no better time to try email marketing. 
December 19, 2017

Winter Blues Tickets



Join us on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Huntingdon Country Club as we Shake Off the Winter Blues. Popular Blair County band Flight 19 will once again entertain guests. Former radio personality from Rocky 104.9, Jay Randyll will emcee the event. 

Non-profits will have tables to showcase their cause. Purchase raffle tickets from them for an iPad. Tickets are $1.00 each and proceeds benefit the non-profits. 

Join us at the "Taste of Huntingdon County" and vote for your favorite taste. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 each and are available at the Chamber office at 500 Allegheny Street, Huntingdon. 

Sponsors confirmed at the time are:
Valley Rural Electric - Event Sponsor
Juniata College - Prize Sponsor
Huntingdon County Career & Technology Center - Patron Sponsor
Event Re-Cap

On Thursday, December 7 we hosted a Business After Hours at the Inn at Solvang. We celebrated Christmas with wonderful decorations around the entire home during tours. There was live music and wonderful food provided. 


On Friday, December 8 we held a Coffee Connection with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Executive Deputy Secretary, Ms. Shirley Moore Smeal. She gave a presentation on the economic impact of the prisons on Huntingdon County and the inmate rehabilitation process. 


China Adventure 2019



For more information on this trip, please click here! We will be holding an orientation on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the J.C. Blair Health System, Education Center. Please contact Yvonne for details or to RSVP at (814) 643-1110 or ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com. 
Community Improvement Award Nominations Are Being Accepted

Community Improvement Award nominations are being accepted in the categories of New Construction, Preservation, Community Spirit and Special Merit. Nominations are due January 15, 2018. Once nominations are submitted, applications will be sent to the nominees. The Awards are done in partnership with the Huntingdon County Planning Commission and will be presented at the Planning Commission Dinner in March. 

Click here for the award guidelines and nomination form. 


Business After Hours at
Simone Family Chiropractic

Please join us on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Simone Family Chiropractic from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for our first After Hours of the New Year! 

Come celebrate the New Year with your friends at Simone Family Chiropractic and CHIRO-thin Weight Loss Center. Food will be catered. There will be wine and beer along with non-alcoholic beverages. Health related product raffles will be drawn throughout the evening. There will be a complimentary DETOX event starting at 5:30 sharp! In the presentation you will learn:
  • How to properly remove toxins from your body
  • How to safely rid your body of parasites
  • How to detoxify the liver and kidneys
  • How to increase energy levels
  • How to eliminate digestive disorders
  • How to increase your fat burning potential
  • How to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels
  • And much more! 

Directory Ad Sales Have Begun 

If you would like to advertise in our 2018 Community Profile and Membership  Directory, please contact Centre Publications at (814) 364-2000. 


FREE Dale Carnegie Skills 
For Success Course



Dale Carnegie is preparing to start a new Skills For Success course on January 25, 2018! The classes will be held in Altoona at Comfort Inn Duncansville. This course has transformed the careers of over seven million graduates and now they want to help you join the ranks of the world's most successful people!

The Chamber has partnered with Dale Carnegie to be able to award one Chamber member a FULL SCHOLARSHIP to attend the class! The class costs $1,995. The time commitment is one three and a half hours session for eight weeks. 

If you'd like to be registered for the opportunity to attend the course for free, please let MacKenzie Locke know before noon on January 11, 2018. You may call her at (814) 643-1110 or email mlocke@huntingdonchamber.com. 

Host A Business After Hours in 2018

We are seeking members who would be interested in hosting a Business After Hours in 2018! If you would like to discuss hosting an After Hours, please contact MacKenzie at (814) 643-1110 or mlocke@huntingdonchamber.com. 



 
The Bureau of Workers' Compensation Health & Safety Division will be offering the following FREEsafety WEBINARS in December, 2017:  
 
General Safety

  Walkthrough Surveys
Tuesday, December 19th at 9:30am
 
  Chainsaw Safety-Basic
Tuesday, December 19th at 1:30pm
  Fire Extinguisher Use
Wednesday, December 20th at 9:30am
 
Pre-Employment Screening
Wednesday, December 20th at 1:30pm
 Preventing Cuts, Scrapes & Punctures 
Thursday, December 21st at 9:30am 


Webinar duration is approximately 1 hour depending on course material as well as viewer participation.  

Annual Workplace Safety Committee 
Initial & Re-Certification Training


To register for any of these events just click on the link(s) above and you will be automatically re-directed to the event homepage and a registration form.
We can come to your location and provide training for your organization if you can provide at least 25 participants.  For more information contact  ra-li-bwc-paths@pa.gov
 
 
To register for any of our safety trainings available, classroom or webinar, please visit the 


Reminders:

Register now to participate in the 
2018 Winter Blues

The 2018 Winter Blues is scheduled for Sunday, March 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Huntingdon Country Club. Flight 19 will be performing once again. 

If you are interested in participating in the "Taste of Huntingdon County" please click here for the link. Non-profits interested in promoting themselves and earning a little - or a lot - of money should click here for more information and the form. You must be a member of the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce to paricipate. 


Scottsdale to Las Vegas
October 9-16, 2018

The Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with three other local chambers to offer an 8 day tour from Scottsdale to Las Vegas October 9-16, 2018. If booked by November 28, 2017 the cost is $1,999 per person, double occupancy plus air. 

Click here for details.

Click here for the registration form. 

Questions can be directed to Cynthia Watters at Epic Journeys LLC at 814-266-5070. 





Penn National Dividend Program


Special Announcement! Facebook Virtual Tour for Business

If you recall we launched a new member benefit program last year that brought Google Street View virtual tours INSIDE local businesses. We've had a number of members participate in this program and it has really boosted their Google Local Search Ranking and provided a virtual walk-through of their business online and in our Virtual Business Guide
That program is now expanded to add in Facebook Virtual Tours!
Using the same 360 degree panoramic images as the Google program does, this new feature creates and provides a 360 degree interactive virtual tour of your business that is displayed and functional right in your Business Facebook Timeline! You can pin it to stay at the top of your timeline so that it is always visible to your fans/friends. 
Photo Shoot Day!
Our virtual tour photographer for this program will be in the area soon. If you'd like to learn more and possibly be on that photo shoot day then submit the online form found at  this linked web page and they will follow up with you immediately to go over the details. Don't wait - it's first come/ first served and space is limited. 
On The Job Training Program

Advantages To Using The OTJ Training:
  • Cuts the cost of wages for employers by a minimum of 50% during the training time.
  • Reduces the employer's costs for advertising and recruitment.
  • Allows employers to make all hiring and firing decisions.
  • Guarantees a quick referral process.
  • Requires minimal paperwork.
  • May involve a single placement, a number of people for one type of job, or a variety of jobs. 

How It Works:
An employer meets with the Business Services Representative to develop a job order indicating what type of people the employer desires and the screening method preferred to evaluate potential candidates (resumes, applications, interviews, etc.)
  • Post the job on the CareerLink system.
  • A search is then conducted of the eligible applicant pool for people who match the characteristics set by the employer. The employer is then provided the information about potential candidates in the manner in which they have requested. 
  • The employer decides whom they want to hire and a possible start date. The Business Services staff is notified about the circumstances of the hire. 
  • The employer and the Business Services Representative negotiate a contract, which includes a training plan, length of training and costs to be reimbursed to the employer for providing the training. It is important to note that this contract MUST be in place BEFORE an eligible client begins working or the opportunity to secure funding will be lost. 

To continue reading, please click here.  
Free  E-mail Blast
The Chamber offers FREE e-mail blast to our members who are offering free workshops or hosting events that donate all money raised to a charity.

Disclaimer: The Chamber has the right to refuse blasting information if the Chamber staff decides the information does not meet the proper criteria. 
FREE Bulk Mailing Permit Use!

The Chamber is now offering use of our Bulk Mail Permit for FREE to our members. Bulk Mail Permits cost $250.00 per year. If you are interested in using the Bulk Mailing Stamp, we will walk you through the process to make it easy for you. You will still have to pay postage. 
Let the Chamber Help You Save Money

If you are interested in saving money on your electric bill, please contact ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com or 814-643-1110 to get connected with the program endorsed by 120 chambers of commerce in PA and 80 Harrisburg based associations. OnDemand Energy manages 6 billion kWh in PA. There is no cost or obligation involved with seeing how much money your business or organization can save. In many cases it has been quite a significant savings. OnDemand Energy can also review your gas savings options with you. 
E-Newsletter Advertising Opportunities

You are now able to be the exclusive sponsor of our weekly e-newsletter. The cost is $200 a quarter and includes your name in the email heading as the sponsor and an ad (2 in. wide and 3 in. tall) at the top of the left column of the newsletter. 

If you only want to have an ad (2 in. wide and 2 1/2 in. tall) in the left column, the cost is $100 per quarter or $300 per year. Please continue to share your events and special news and we will include that information for free. Contact mlocke@huntingdonchamber.com if you would like to include your ad in our e-newsletter or be the exclusive sponsor. 
E-mail Blast Special Rates

Many of you have been asking about more opportunities to send email blasts to our database of nearly 1,000. Currently individual blasts are $50 for for-profit businesses and $25 for non-profits. You can now purchase one blast a week for a quarter for $200 or one blast a week for a year for $500. Non-profits pay $100 for the quarter or $250 for the year. Contact mlocke@huntingdonchamber.com if you are interested in taking advantage of this special opportunity. 
HCCC Member to Member 
Facebook Group

This group is being brought to you at the request of HCCC members during the most recent survey. The HCCC Member to Member group is a closed group for Chamber members only to post questions and important information that other members will find valuable. Please invite other Chamber members to join our group and share in discussions. 
Want to be Featured in the Next Chamber News? 

If you have any business news and updates, achievements, awards or recognitions that you would like to be included, it can be done for FREE! If you have an event that is free or all the proceeds are being donated to a non-profit as a fundraiser, we'll include it for FREE! If you'd like to include a promotion or a money making event or non-profit fundraiser where proceeds will benefit the organization's operations, we charge a small fee. (Profit - $25 and Non-Profit - $10) Contact MacKenzie Locke at 814-643-1110 or mlocke@huntingdonchamber.com if you're interested in including an article. 
Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce | (814) 643-1110 |mail@huntingdonchamber.com | http://www.huntingdonchamber.com
500 Allegheny Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652