In This Issue
Upcoming Events

Breakfast with Senator Casey
Huntingdon Country Club
August 9, 2017
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. 

Annual Membership Luncheon
Westminster Woods
August 17, 2017
11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Business After Hours
Amanda Jenkins - State Farm
August 29, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Sporting Clay Tournament
Shenecoy Sportsman
September 13, 2017

Annual Awards Gala
Huntingdon Country Club
October 5, 2017

F & M Trust 
Business After Hours
October 19, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 p.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.

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. 
July 31 , 2017

Scam Notice

The Chamber has been notified that someone has been calling businesses and saying they are the Chamber of Commerce and asking questions such as how many employees you have and how long you have been in business. We are NOT making calls to any businesses however Centre Publications may be making calls on our behalf for advertising for our map. 
Please Register: Breakfast with 
Senator Casey

Join us on August 9 at the Huntingdon Country Club from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. to hear Senator Casey give a legislative update and discuss policies that can spur economic growth. 

Annual "State of the Chamber" Luncheon

Please join us on Thursday, August 17 in the second floor dining room of the Commons Building at Westminster Woods for our Annual "State of the Chamber" Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. 

Please click here to register. 
 

FREE Business After Hours at Amanda Jenkins State Farm Agency

Please join us for our first FREE Business After Hours for Chamber members! This will be a family friendly After Hours. We hope to see you there! 

Please click here to register. 
 

Award Nominations Now 
Being Accepted

The Chamber is now accepting nominations for the awards that will be presented at the October 5, 2017 Annual Awards Gala at the Huntingdon Country Club. Nominees are being accepted in the following categories:

Business of the Year - Sponsored by the Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.
David K. Goodman Community Service Award - Sponsored by Huntingdon Elks Lodge #976
Customer Service Award - Sponsored by the Comfort Inn Huntingdon
Educator of the Year Award - Sponsored by Juniata College
Entrepreneurial Success Award - Sponsored by The Sill Business Incubator/JCEL
Volunteer of the Year Award - Sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites Huntingdon Raystown Lake

ATHENA Award Sponsored by:
ACCO Brands
Amanda Jenkins State Farm Agency
BottomLine Pros LLC
FirstEnergy Corperations
Grier School
Hickes Associates, Inc. 
Juniata College
Lincoln Caverns, Inc and Whisper Rocks
Mary Jane and Burgess Smith
TEAM Chevrolet, Buick, GMC
Westminster Woods

We thank our sponsors for making the award presentations possible. 

Click here for the ATHENA Nomination Form.
Click here for the Award Nomination Form. 
Click here for the list of past recipients. 

The nomination deadline is August 30. 
Last Chance to Register: Win a FREE Dale Carnegie 
Skills for Success Course

Dale Carnegie is now taking enrollments for the Dale Carnegie Class - presented around the world! It is an eight week course and will be held in State College at the Penn Stater Conference Room on Thursday evenings and will begin mid August. 

The class will focus on: Leadership, Communications, People Skills, Team Engagement and Stress Management. 

The cost of enrollment is $1,895 (Team discounts are available) and that will include the class materials, coaching and make-up sessions. It is approved for Degree Credit and VA. 

The Chamber is having a drawing for one member to attend the class for FREE! To enter this drawing, please email MacKenzie Locke at mlocke@huntingdonchamber.com. 


2017 Sporting Clay Tournament
Sponsorship Opportunities


Huntingdon County Night at the Spikes
Package Deals

Huntingdon County Night is Sunday, August 27. The game starts at 6:05 p.m. 

10 Person Suite Special
  • $400 - 10 person suite
  • Normal suite package is $800 and comes with 20 tickets
  • Price includes starter food package and 2 VIP parking passes
  • Starter food package includes popcorn, pretzels, soda, and water
  • Extra tickets are available

Suite Information:
  • Exclusive private area for your group
  • Climate Controlled indoor space
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • Server and a full service suite menu if you'd like to order extra food or beverage

Group Special:
  • Ticket price ranges from $7 to $13 a ticket depending on location
  • Price includes ticket and voucher good for a hot dog and soda

Other Benefits For All Group Types Include:
  • Early Entrance through Group Gate B 10 minutes before General Admission Gates Open
  • Every Group Member receives 10% Merchandise Discount by showing your ticket at Off the Rack Outfitters
  • Group Recognition on the Spikes PA & Video Board during the game and Group Name listed in Spikes Illustrated Game Program

We are also giving away the opportunity for a Chamber member to do a first pitch on Sunday, August 27 for Huntingdon County Night at the State College Spikes! The game starts at 6:05 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Yvonne Martin at ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com or MacKenzie Locke at mlocke@huntingdonchamber.com. The deadline to enter the drawing is July 31. 


Reminders:
Penn National Dividend Program


ChamberChoice 3-Part Webinar Series: Health Insurance Cost 
Reduction Strategies

Thursday, July 13 at 10:00 AM; Risk Analysis: Understand health conditions and costs within your workforce to reduce future costs. 


Thursday, August 10 at 10:00 AM: Employee Contribution Strategies: Reduce employer expense and increase employee take-home pay (FSA, HRA, HSA)


Thursday, September 14 at 10:00 AM: Healthcare Cost Transparency

Only One Month Open to Host A Business After Hours

We are seeking members who would be interested in hosting a Business After Hours in 2017. We still have December available! If you would like to discuss hosting an After Hours, please contact MacKenzie at (814) 643-1110 or mlocke@huntingdonchamber.com. 
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