In This Issue
Upcoming Events

Business After Hours
The Inn at Solvang
December 7, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Coffee Connection
PA Department of Corrections
Huntingdon Country Club
December 8, 2017
7:45 - 9:00 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. 

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

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. 
November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

The Chamber Board of Directors and staff would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving! 


Business After Hours at 
The Inn at Solvang

Please join us on Thursday, December 7 at The Inn at Solvang from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. They will be celebrating their 25 year business anniversary in 2018! The home itself will be celebrating it's 80 year anniversary! They would love to have you come celebrate with them. They will be catering the event and will have wine and non-alcoholic beverages available. 

The Inn at Solvang has an exceptional rating on Booking.com (9.9) and 5 starts on Trip Advisor for 10 years running now! Come see what all the buzz is about and celebrate the holidays and their anniversary with us! 


Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is only days away! We're partnering with several of our local small businesses for a gift basket give away! 

To enter to win the gift basket, you'll need to visit the participating business. The more places you shop, the more chances you'll have to win! 

The participating businesses are:
  • Simone Family Chiropractic
  • Lincoln Caverns, Inc. 
  • Standing Stone Coffee Company
  • Thompson's Candle Co.
  • Stone Town Cafe & Gallery
  • Top's Diner
  • The Uniform Place
  • Johnny's Bar
  • Brenneman's Meat Market
  • Huntingdon Cinema
  • Sweethearts Confectionery
  • Orbisonia Hardware
  • Memories Sports Bar & Grill
  • All American Pizza and Subs
  • Shoemaker Automotive
  • Parks Design & Ink
  • The Tumbleweed Shoppe - will not be open due to certain circumstances 
  • A Stitch In Time - will not be open due to certain circumstances 

Some of the items in the gift basket include:
  • A $25 gift certificate to Top's Dine
  • Tart warmer and tarts from Thompson's Candle Co.
  • Movie tickets
  • All American gift card
  • Memories $25 gift certificate
  • Candle from The Tumbleweed Shoppe
  • And more!  

Holiday Facebook Videos

MacKenzie and Yvonne will be visiting member businesses during the next couple weeks to take photos for our short holiday videos. The 2016 videos were quite popular on Facebook. If you would like to be included, please email ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com. Click here to watch one from the last holiday season. 

6 Steps to Starting a Business

63% of people in their twenties want to be their own boss, according to a 2013 University of Phoenix study. And while it's arduous work, the lure of the freelance and entrepreneurial culture these days is incredibly strong. Some people are called to it with a unique idea or talent, while others spend years mulling over what kind of business they want to start. 

It always surprises me when people are more in love with the idea of "a business" than "the business." Many these days know they want to be entrepreneurs long before they have the idea that will help them become one. But if you're ready, here's how you can begin your path to business ownership. 

FIND YOUR PRODUCT
Many people decide on a product or service and then try to find a market to sell it to. This makes the process a lot more difficult. Instead, do some market research and find an underserved market or niche and ask yourself what they need. Knowing their challenge will help you solve their problem. Solve it and you have loyal customers and fewer marketing difficulties. 

To continue reading this article, please click here

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. 

Home Nursing Agency's Lights of Love Holiday Giving Program Honors and Memorializes Loved Ones

During the holiday season, many times our thoughts turn to those we love - family and friends who celebrate the joy of the season with us and those who are no longer here but whose memory burns brightly in our hearts. 

For the sixth year, Home Nursing Agency is offering "Lights of Love," a special tribute event that invites you to "shine your own special light" in honor or memory of someone dear to you. White and blue lights will adorn a selected tree at Home Nursing Agency's Huntingdon Office (along William Penn Highway). White lights represent Family Hospice, and blue lights represent grief services for children, adults, and families, including those served through the Healing Patch: A Program for Loss and Hope for Grieving Children and Their Families. 

To continue reading this press release, please click here

Coffee Connection: Department of Corrections Executive Deputy Secretary



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. 


Click here to print the pdf. 

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