In This Issue
Upcoming Events

Business After Hours
Juniata College
November 14, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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"
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. 

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

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

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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 6, 2017


Judicial Elections are on November 7th

The 2017 General Election is tomorrow Tuesday, November 7 and it's crucial that you participate. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For additional voter information - including how to find your polling place - visit the Pennsylvania Department of State's website

This year, voters will be determining the make-up of the state's three main courts: the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Superior Court and the Commonwealth Court. Among the most critical, yet most ignored, races are judicial elections. Judicial elections have a profound impact on job creators because many of the issues brought before the court have far-reaching implications on businesses of all sizes. That's why it's so important that YOU exercise your civic duty and vote! 

This year, ChamberPAC - the policital arm of the PA Chamber - endorsed nine judicial candidates for Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Courts for the November General Election: 

Supreme Court
Chief Justice Thomas Saylor for retention
Justice Sallie Mundy

Superior Court
Judge Emil Giordano
Judge Geoffrey Moulton, Jr.
Judge Wade Kagarise
Judge Jacqueline Shoagan for retention
Craig Stedman

Commonwealth Court
Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon
Paul Lalley

ChamberPAC based its endorsements on the candidates' legal experience, their prior record of decisions from the bench and answers they provided to questionnaires. Additional information on ChamberPAC's 2017 judicial endorsements can be found here

J.C. Blair Invites Community to Annual Breakfast Meeting

The Board of Directors of the J.C. Blair Health System, Inc., a PinnacleHealth Affiliate, extends an invitation to area residents to attend the 2017 Annual Community Meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center, 860 Bryan Street, on the Hospital's campus in Huntingdon. The meeting with feature hospital leadership sharing highlights of the past fiscal year and plans for the future. 

In addition, officials from the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health will present an award to J.C. Blair for its integrated behavioral health program, The H.O.P.E. Project, Healthier Outcomes Physically and Mentally. 

Reservations for the breakfast meeting are requested by calling J.C. Blair's Community Relations office at (814) 643-8548. 

Thanks to Senators Corman and Eichelberger for voting in favor
of S.B. 936

The Senate voted in favor of S. B. 936, legislation that would help to mitigate Pennsylvania's prescription drug and opioid overuse and abuse among injuried workers by implementing a prescription drug formulary. Formularies are standard in hospitals, regular healthcare, Medicare and other public insurance programs to help ensure appropriate patient care and address overuse of prescription drugs. 

The Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce signed a letter urging support for the measure because it will help injuried workers in Pennsylvania avoid problems too often associated with prescription drug overuse and get healthy and back to full function and employment as soon as possible. S.B. 936 mirrors H.B. 18, which we also signed a letter urging the House to support. H.B. 18 stalled in a procedural motion. 

In Ohio, where a prescription drug formulary for the state's Workers' Comp system was set up in 2011, there has been a 37 percent decrease in opioid doses among injuried workers. Also, by 2015, total opioid doses for injuried workers had declined by 41 percent; and the number of WC patients in Ohio who were considered opioid dependent had been cut in half, with over 4,600 fewer injuried workers becoming addicted to opioids. 

Senate Bill 936 now awaits consideration in the House Labor and Industry Committee. 

Get Your Business Ready for
Small Business Saturday

Is your small business prepared for Small Business Saturday? Get customizable marketing materials at ShopSmall.com/YourDay. If you're interested in participating, please contact MacKenzie Locke at mlocke@huntingdonchamber.com or (814) 643-1110. 

Juniata College Business After Hours



Coffee Connection: Department of Corrections Executive Deputy Secretary



Government: It's Your Business
Regional Summit



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. 


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. 

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. 

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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