Poll Reveals Barriers to Reentering the Workplace

A recent poll was taken of 506 people who become unemployed during the pandemic.

Key Findings
  • Four in 10 Americans who lost their jobs during the pandemic have altered their livelihoods: About a fifth now work part-time, one in 10 have become self-employed, and another one in 10 have retired.
  • Half (49%) of Americans who became unemployed during the pandemic say they are not actively or not very actively looking for work; less than a third (32%) report that they are strongly active in their job search.
  • Six in 10 respondents (61%) say they are in no hurry to return to work. Three in 10 (30%) say they do not expect to return to work this year, with nearly half of those (13% of the total) saying they never plan to return to work. 

Read more here.
We had an amazing time last night at the Lincoln Caverns Business After Hours! The 90th Anniversary celebration included the amazing cakes seen below, catering by Standing Stone Coffee Company, wine from ReKlaimed Vines Winery and Vineyard and tours of the Caverns. The over 60 people in attendance were eligible for the six door prizes provided by Lincoln Caverns. Thank you Ann Dunlavy for the wonderful experience!
The Huntingdon County Commissioners are looking for items to showcase Huntingdon County at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Conference and Trade Show.
Click here for the letter with additional details.
July 1 Deadline: Employment Survey

If you've not already done so, please take a moment to complete a brief employment survey created to assess the need for employees and to learn the magnitude of the challenges that you are facing finding people to fill positions. This survey should take less than five minutes. We hope that you take the time to complete it before July 1 so that we can compile the results and share what we have learned with our legislators. Results will also be shared with the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as we work together to strengthen the workforce. An article based on the results will be in a future enews, so that you are aware of the results also. 

When responding to the questions, please also share how we can help you promote the opportunities that you have available. If you don’t have your login information so that you can login to the member section of huntingdonchamber.com to post jobs, please let me know and we will get the information to you. You may also email the job information to me at ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com and we will post it for you and share it on the Huntingdon, PA – Promotions & Activities Facebook page. Use the following link to complete the survey.
Partners In Excellence
Fulton County Medical Center
Shafer Equipment Co.

Stern Insurance Agency
Community State Bank
Mutual Benefit Group
Bumgardner & Flasher Oil, Inc.
Orbisonia Hardware, Inc. 
BottomLine Pros LLC
FirstEnergy Corporation
Helpmates, Inc.
Jeff Tate Paving, Inc.
Juniata College
Keller Engineers
Lincoln Caverns, Inc. and Whisper Rocks
MDB Drafting & Design
Stiffler, McGraw and Associates, Inc. 

Interested in learning about becoming a Partner in Excellence?

Contact Yvonne at  ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com  or 814.643.1110

Packages range from $125 to $1,000.
Last Call for Bids: Four Nights at
Shenandoah Crossings Resort

We have an exciting offer for you! Thanks to Bertha and Jim Peffer, we are auctioning off a trip to Shenandoah Crossings Resort for August 14-18. Details are in the flyer below. You can also visit https://www.bluegreenvacations.com/resorts/virginia/shenandoah-crossing for more information about the resort. Amenities include: Horseback riding, pools, mini golf, tennis, basketball, and horse drawn carriages.

Bids must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 1. The winner will be notified on July 2. The minimum bid is $300. To submit a bid, email ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com and have the subject line as “Bid” so that it will go into a special folder. Mail your bid to Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce, 500 Allegheny Street, Huntingdon PA 16652, or drop your bid off in the mailbox on the outside of the building.
Huntingdon County Night at the Curve

Join us for Huntingdon County Night at the Curve on July 31 at 6:00 p.m. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Huntingdon House. Beneficiaries are drawn from Chamber member non-profits each year. Sponsorship packages are also available and benefit Huntingdon House. See flyer later in this enews.
Visit the Leadership Huntingdon County Facebook page for the new series
𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐇𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐝𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐀𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐧𝐢 - 𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒏𝒐𝒘?
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Chamber Events
Business After Hours
Embassy at Woodland Park
July15, 2021
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Huntingdon County Night at the Curve
July 31, 2021
6:00 p.m.

Annual Membership Luncheon
Huntingdon Country Club
August 19, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Disc Golf Tournament
Sunset Golf Club, LLC
September 1, 2021

Budget & Legislation Luncheon
Sunset Golf Club, LLC
September 10, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sporting Clay Tournament
Shenecoy Sportsmen Club
September 15, 2021
September 22, 2021 Rain Date
2:15 p.m. Registration
3:00 p.m. Shoot

Business After Hours
Arize Federal Credit Union
September 21, 2021
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Annual Awards Gala
Huntingdon Country Club
October 7, 2021
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Dinner

Hold the Date:

2022 Administrative Professionals Luncheon is Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

"Highway to Rock" Concert
featuring Live Wire
May 21, 2022

In Case You Missed It

If you are hiring, please send position information to ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com or login to the member section of our website to post your jobs. Next week we will begin promotion of the employment listings.
COVID-19 Vaccines at Penn Highlands Healthcare

Vaccine sign up now available. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Penn Highlands Healthcare is vaccinating any Pennsylvanian ages 12 and above. Please call the PHH Vaccine Information Line at 814-503-4735 to sign-up or by visiting www.phhealthcare.org/vaccine to schedule a vaccine. If have questions, please call the PHH Vaccine Information Line at 814-503-4735 Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Paid Leave Tax Credit Resources and Guidance

Click here to view the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Fact Sheet to learn more about the Paid Leave Tax Credit, how it works, and who is qualified to received it.

Click here to view the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)’s Fact Sheet to learn more about how to claim the tax credit during quarterly filings and additional resources for employers about the program.
Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC):
Step by Step instructions with a CPA
Member Restaurant Information

We are are providing the following to make it easier to support local restaurants. Click the restaurant name to view their menu. Those in bold are offering curbside pickup.

Support Local
Click the graphic for the latest restaurant information.
Looking for more ways to promote your business?

Tag the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce in your Facebook posts and we will share them on the
Huntingdon, PA - Promotions & Activities page. This page is followed by more than 4,000 people and it is free advertising for you.
U.S. Chamber Pandemic Relief Resources:  

  • Pandemic Webinar Recordings - You can view the Chamber’s webinars explaining the new pandemic relief bills from late December and early January. They've uploaded the recording from this week here, plus the accompanying slides here, and you can find the recording from our December discussion here

Click here for access to timely resources.
Office Hours
Chamber staff has increased office hours, but continues to work partially remotely If you need to reach us, please call 814-643-1110 and leave a message for us or email ymartin@huntingdinchamber.com or mhuntsman@huntingdonchamber.com
Quick Connect Coaching Sessions
Weekly, Tuesdays at 8:30 am

Looking for a quick answer to a question related to disaster recovery, reopening, stabilizing, or projecting for growth? Then attend a "Quick Connect" session to get your questions answered. Each week a consultant will address answers related to a specific topic.

Contact Us

Yvonne Martin
President/ CEO

MacKenzie Huntsman
Program Director

Phone: 814-643-1110
Fax: 814-643-1115
Stay Connected

Looking to start an endowment or to support community efforts? Click the logo above to learn more about the Huntingdon County Foundation.