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

Mutual Benefit Group

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

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

MacKenzie Locke
Office Manager

500 Allegheny Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Phone: 814-643-1110

Fax: 814-643-1115

Constant Contact

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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 28, 2017


Please help us welcome our newest members. They are Majik Rentals & Sales and the Huntingdon Area School District Educational Foundation.

Coffee Connection: Department of Corrections Executive Deputy Secretary Deadline to Register!

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 (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! 

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. 

Deadline Approaching to Update Your Information

Please return your information update form by December 8 so that your directory listing is accurate. You may also log into your account at to make changes.

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 

IRS Offers Small Businesses a One-Stop Resource Center for Help Preparing, Filing and Paying Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service wants new small business owners, including those involved in the sharing economy, to know that has an online resource center to help them learn all they need to know about the tax implications of running a small business. The  Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center  offers a variety of useful tools that small business owners can access to prepare, file and pay taxes.

The Center is a virtual one-stop tax shop with an  A to Z index  that gives answers for most business-related tax questions. It includes  the Virtual Workshop , an educational video series that walks small business owners step-by-step through the basics. New owners can learn the ins and outs of their taxes at their own pace with other  educational tools and products  linked from the page. One of the Center's newest features is the  Sharing Economy Tax Center  for those who use various online platforms to rent rooms, provide rides and offer other goods and services. Those involved in the Sharing Economy may visit the  Pay as You Go, So You Don't Owe page  to learn more about ways to avoid paying the Estimated Tax Penalty.

Getting an Employer Identification Number ( EIN ) is often the first step for new small businesses, and the Center's page makes it easy. There are links to the downloadable  tax calendar  and a variety of  videos . Figuring out what is the best form of business entity to establish is easier with the  selecting a business structure  section. It explains the tax implications of  setting up a  Sole Proprietorship Partnership Corporation S Corporation  or a  Limited Liability Company (LLC)  .

The Center features relevant tax  forms  and instructions for small businesses. It serves as a resource on how to handle  employment taxes , if employees are part of a business, or figuring out  self-employment taxes  for the sole proprietor. The section on  filing and paying business taxes  details which IRS forms to use for what sort of business entity and when to file.

The resources on  Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center  are not just for new small businesses but can be used for every stage of a small business lifecycle; from  starting up  and  operating  a business to  selling  or  closing  one. In addition, the page has information on topics like  recordkeeping types of retirement plans  and the  Affordable Care Act .

Additional IRS Resources:

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 

The Bureau of Workers' Compensation Health & Safety Division will be offering the following FREEsafety WEBINARS in December, 2017:  
General Safety
Wednesday, December 6th at 1:30pm
  Snowblower Safety
Thursday, December 7th at 1:30pm
  Scabies, Bed Bugs, MRSA
Tuesday, December 12th at 9:30am
Tuesday, December 12th at 1:30pm
  Safe Vehicle Operation
Wednesday, December 13th at 1:30pm
  Electrical Extension Cord Safety
Thursday, December 14th at 9:30am
  Ladder Safety
Thursday, December 14th at 1:30pm
  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
Governor Wolf's 
Initiative on Opioids 
DrugFree Workplace - Science of Addiction 
in partnership with Victor Parziale and DrugFree Workplace PA
Friday, December 1st at 9:30am - 11:30am

in partnership with Victor Parziale and DrugFree Workplace PA
Monday, December 4th at 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Tuesday, December 5th at 1:30pm
in partnership with Victor Parziale and DrugFree Workplace PA
Friday, December 8th at 9:30am - 11:30am
in partnership with Victor Parziale and DrugFree Workplace PA
Monday, December 11th at 1:30pm - 3:30pm
in partnership with Victor Parziale and DrugFree Workplace PA
Friday, December 15th at 9:30am - 11:30am
in partnership with Victor Parziale and DrugFree Workplace PA
Monday, December 18th at 1:30pm - 3:30pm

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
To register for any of our safety trainings available, classroom or webinar, please visit the 


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 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 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 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 if you're interested in including an article. 
Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce | (814) 643-1110 | |
500 Allegheny Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652