In This Issue
Upcoming Events

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.

Labor Law & Unemployment Compensation Breakfast & Seminar
Comfort Inn, Huntingdon
February 15, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon


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

Business After Hours
AristaCare @ Huntingdon Park
March 15, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 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

"State of Education" 
Coffee Connection
Huntingdon County Career
& Technology Center
September 25, 2018
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.

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. 
January 16, 2017

Welcome

Please help us welcome our newest member, Port Pizza, LLC! 
Updated 2018 Withholding Tables Now Available; Taxpayers Could see Paycheck Changes by February

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today released Notice 1036, which updates the income-tax withholding tables for 2018 reflecting changes made by the tax reform legislation enacted last month. This is the first in a series of steps that IRS will take to help improve the accuracy of withholding following major changes made by the new tax law. 

The updated withholding information, posted today on IRS.gov, shows the new rates for employers to use during 2018. Employers should begin using the 2018 withholding tables as soon as possible, but not later than Feb. 15, 2018. They should continue to use the 2017 withholding tables until implementing the 2018 withholding tables. 

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SPE Celebrates 40 Years in Business with 40 Ways of Giving Back

As SPE Federal Credit Union celebrates four decades in business, the organization is embarking on a special program of volunteering and charitable giving. Called the 40 for 40 Campaign, SPE is working on forty initiatives that contribute to the Centre and Huntingdon County communities in a meaningful way - one for each year that the SPE has been in business. Over the course of 2018, SPE will work with 40 different non-profit organizations offering services, raising money, collecting donations in their offices, and volunteering time. 

To continue reading about this campaign, please click here
Family Hospice, Part of UPMC Home Nursing Agency, Offers Free Grief Support in Huntingdon

Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Part of UPMC Home Nursing Agency (HNA), is offering a free Grief Support Group on Sunday afternoons for six weeks beginning Feb. 11. The group will meet from 5-6 p.m. at Home Nursing Agency's office, 9492 William Penn Hwy., Huntingdon. 

To read the full press release, please click here
Labor Law & Unemployment Compensation Breakfast & Seminar

State Labor Law Compliance presented by Randy Liddle, Administrative Officer, Bureau of Labor Law Compliance, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

Federal Law Compliance presented by Jane E'del, Community Outreach Specialist for the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division

Unemployment Compensation presented by Nancy Smithbauer, Workforce Development Representative for Unemployment Compensation, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Comfort Inn, Huntingdon. Please send your registration to the Chamber by emailing mlocke@huntingdonchamber.com or faxing it to (814) 643-1115.



New Mailing Address for Forms 8809 - Faxes No Longer Accepted

All Forms 8809, Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns, filed on paper are now processed by the Internal Revenue Service Center in Ogden, Utah. These paper forms must be mailed. Faxes will not be accepted. 

The mailing address is: 
Department of Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Ogden, UT 84201-0209

The IRS will only grant extensions for very specific reasons. For example, records were lost in a disaster or someone responsible for filing the company's returns has an unavoidable absence. You can get details on these and other exceptions on Form 8809.
"State of the County" Coffee Connection



Ring in the New Year with 
Art Walk Huntingdon

HUNTINGDON, PA, JANUARY 15, 2018 - Create, enjoy, interact, listen and taste the arts during Art Walk Huntingdon. 

Art Walk Huntingdon will take place on the third Thursday of every month with the next on on January 18, 2018 during the hours of 5:00-8:00 PM.

The event is an open house format with no defined start or end point. Each participating venue will host an art related special event, performance, or activity. Don't worry if you can't make it everywhere...there is always next month!

The January 18th Art Walk includes:
Juniata College Museum of Art: Pablo Picasso Art Exhibition
Mud Junkies Ceramics Club (Juniata College Ceramics Studio)
Standing Stone Coffee Co.: Make and take Suncatcher
Stone Town Gallery Cafe: Crepe Make and Eat
American Legion Post 24: Painting activity led by Mae DeArmitt and chicken noodle soup and hoagies
Huntingdon County Arts Council: Acrylic Painting with Artist Kelly Kozora
Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast: Victorian Valentine Card Making
A.C. Darby Studio

Don't forget to search for the official Art Walk Huntingdon mascot, Artie Walker. If you find him at one of the participating businesses, take a selfie with him and post it publicly on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #IFoundArtie and #ArtWalkHdon for a chance to win a prize from Artie's Prize Basket. 

To learn more about Art Walk Huntingdon, please click here
Social Media & Cyber Safety Seminar

Please join us on Wednesday, January 17 from 9-11 a.m. at the Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center for our Social Media & Cyber Safety Seminar. 

Social Media Safety will be presented by Leonard Chernisky, Health and Training Specialist, PA Department of Labor and Industry. 

The purpose of this training is to provide online users with an understanding of what the dangers of using social media are as well as ways to protect yourself from those dangers. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to define what social media is, understand the dangers of social media use, understand some of the popular social media terminology, understand ways to protect yourself when using the internet and social media sites and understand personal and professional implication of social media. 

Cyber safety will be presented by Tom McClain from the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11. 

This portion will provide an overview of the common attacks and preventative measures. Several tool/tool kits will be presented to help with staff training and best practices. 

To register, please email mlocke@huntingdonchamber.com. 


You are Cordially Invited to
A Cocktail Party! 

Visit HuntingdonEventCenter.Eventbrite.com for the details and registration information!


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
Mutual Benefit Group - Marketing Sponsor

Register now to participate 

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 participate. 


Huntingdon County Expo



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. 

Reminders:





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