May 14, 2019
Featured Events
Business Showcase
Smithfield Fire Hall
May 16, 2019
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Huntingdon County Night at the Altoona Curve
June 8, 2019
4:30 Start time
Business After Hours
APM, Inc.
June 11, 2019
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
How to Avoid Tax-Related Identity Theft

By Barbara Weltman, Guest Blogger, U.S. Small Business Administration

Tax-related identity theft is prominent on the  IRS’s 2019 Dirty Dozen list of Tax Scams . Tax-related identity theft is not limited to stealing personal information of individuals. Because of successful efforts to crack down on such identity theft, thieves have shifted their focus to businesses. They create and use, or attempt to use, the identifying information of businesses to obtain tax benefits. For example, as the  IRS has noted , cybercriminals that obtain a business’s tax identification number may file a return claiming a tax refund because of a fuel credit or a research credit used as a Social Security tax offset.
 
Signs of identity theft
It’s essential for you as a business owner to understand that tax-related identity theft is real and could hit your company. Vulnerability exists regardless of the size of a company (amount of revenues, value of assets, or number of employees). The IRS lists 5 signs of identity theft:
  • The IRS rejects an e-filed return saying it already has one with that employer identification number (EIN) or Social Security number (SSN).
  • ·The IRS rejects an extension to file request (Form 7004 for entities; Form 4868 for Schedule C or F filers) saying it already has a return with that EIN or SSN.
  • The business receives an unexpected tax transcript.
  • The business receives an IRS notice that doesn’t relate to anything they submitted.
  • The business doesn’t receive expected or routine mailings from the IRS.

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Huntingdon County Youth Leadership Conference

On Thursday, May 9 the Chamber held our Annual Huntingdon County Youth Leadership Conference at the Huntingdon County Career & Technology Center.

The students started their day learning about entrepreneurship with Terry Anderson from Juniata College. They identified what they feel are issues in their communities and then selected one issue to find a solution for. They then had discussion with a leadership business panel consisting of business professionals. Darwin Kysor from Juniata College came and gave a presentation on leadership personalities and styles. He had the students identify which personality they had and ways to work effectively with the different personalities. Jeremy Crouse from CHAMP and Planet LoveJoy and Madison Troha ended the day with a presentation on For the Love of CommUNITY. They took the one issue and solution the students identified in the morning and turned those into projects that they will be working on.
Event Re-Cap

On Thursday, May 9 we held a Business After Hours at the Huntingdon County Visitor's Bureau. We were celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Allegrippis Trail System and the 20th anniversary of the Visitor's Center.
On Friday, May 10 we hosted a Ribbon Cutting for the Grand Opening of GreenSpace! They are located at 421 Penn Street in Huntingdon. GreenSpace specializes in certified organic microgreens, herbs, and edible flowers as well as hydroponic lettuce, organic seeds, and organic soil blends.
Business After Hours Business Showcase

Our Business After Hours Business Showcase is this Thursday, May 16 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Smithfield Fire Hall.

We have great door prizes that include:
  • Two $25 Sheetz Gift Cards
  • $50 Gift Certificate for a Massage or Spa Treatment at Roots & Branches
  • $25 Gift Certificate and Gift Basket from Cricket Wireless at One-Stop
  • Gift Certificate for Two Laser Treatments from Family Chiropractic

Participants for the Showcase are:
  • Alexis Thompson, Realtor (Perry Wellington Realty)
  • Apex Realty Group
  • Cricket Wireless at One-Stop
  • F&M Trust
  • MCS Bank
  • SPE Federal Credit Union
  • Nancy MacNamara
  • Lincoln Caverns, Inc.
  • Family Chiropractic
  • Valley Rural Electric Cooperative
  • Isett Acres Museum
  • A-1 Pro Cleaning & Restoration, Inc.
  • Gary O'Korn, State Farm Insurance
  • Swigart Musuem
  • Penn Highlands Community College
  • Walkin' the Dog
  • Huntingdon County Visitor's Bureau
  • Jack H. Port Agency
  • Kish Bank
  • Wm. Brian Miller Auctioneering

The registration form is below. Please make sure to RSVP.
Featured Benefit

You should have received your Chamber Cards in the mail. They are keychain cards with a QR code that takes you to the list of participating member to member deals.

Our newest member to member benefit is from Walkin' the Dog! They're offering 10% off your first booking!

Click here to see all the benefits that members are offering!
Partners In Excellence
 
Platinum
Team Home Health a Service of Fulton County Medical Center
 
Silver
Mutual Benefit Group
 
Bronze
Bumgardner & Flasher Oil, Inc.
Orbisonia Hardware, Inc. 
 
Royal
BottomLine Pros LLC
FirstEnergy Corporation
Helpmates, Inc.
Jeff Tate Paving, Inc.
Juniata College
Keller Engineers
Lincoln Caverns, Inc. and Whisper Rocks
McDonald's
MDB Drafting & Design
Nationwide Insurance
Stiffler, McGraw and Associates, Inc. 
 
Upcoming Events

Dale Carnegie Employee Engagment Seminar
Comfort Inn, Huntingdon
May 15, 2019
8:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Business Showcase
Business After Hours
Smithfield Fire Hall
May 16, 2019
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

SAPDC Lunch & Learn
Business Lending Services & International Trading
May 23, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Huntingdon County Night
Altoona Curve
June 8, 2019
4:30 p.m.

Business After Hours
APM
June 11, 2019
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Annual Golf Tournament
Huntingdon Country Club
June 19, 2019
11:30 a.m. Registration
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start

Making the Most of Your Money
Lunch and Learn
Huntingdon County Career
& Technology Center
June 24, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Downtown Family Fest & Car Cruise
July 3, 2019
Car Cruise - 6:00 p.m.
Family Fest - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Annual Membership Luncheon
Westminster Woods
August 15, 2019
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Huntingdon County Night
State College Spikes
August 18, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Legislation & Budget Coffee Connection
Huntingdon Country Club
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Rockin' the Runway Concert
Mount Union Airport
September 14, 2019

Annual Awards Gala
Huntingdon Country Club
October 8, 2019
5:30 Reception, 6:00 Dinner


 
Advertising Opportunities

If you're interested in advertising in the weekly enewsletter like the above advertisement, please contact MacKenzie for more details at mhuntsman@huntingdonchamber.com.
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Yvonne Martin
President/ CEO


MacKenzie Huntsman
Program Director



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