CISA Issues “Shields Up” Warning About Russian Cyber Attacks; Encourages Businesses to Adopt Guidelines
Wayne Rash, Forbes
March 2, 2022

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an unusual warning to business that says they should be prepared to defend against cyber attacks originating from Russia. “Every organization—large and small—must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber activity,” the agency says in its warning. “In the wake of continued denial of service and destructive malware attacks affecting Ukraine and other countries in the region, we are working very closely with our Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) and international computer emergency readiness team (CERT) partners to understand and rapidly share information on these ongoing malicious cyber activities,” the CISA statement says. The guidance includes reducing the likelihood of damage, taking steps to detect an attack, making sure your organization is prepared to respond, and maximizing resilience, which includes testing backup procedures and making sure manual controls are available.

Featured Member Benefit
The Chamber hosts or co-hosts a number of events, giving our members the opportunity to network with each other, as well as stay up to date on important business issues. Events include Business After Hours networking, Coffee Connection breakfasts, a golf tournament, Annual Membership Luncheon, Annual Awards Gala, workforce development seminars, and more. Chamber members receive a discounted admission rate.

Past seminars included: Software training, Leadership, Succession Planning, Employment Laws, Employee handbooks, and other HR Seminars. 

As a member, we will work with you to plan an event that meets your needs. 
Home Nursing Agency receives Best of Home Care® - Provider of Choice Award for tenth year
Home Nursing Agency Private Duty Home Care announced today that it has received the 2022 Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse for the tenth consecutive year. The Provider of Choice Award is granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on client satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm for home care.

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Upward Broadband Receives NTIA Funding to Reach 7,500+ with High-speed 

Upward Broadband received big news last week. They will receive $15.44 million to expand high-speed broadband service to over 7,500 homes and businesses in Bedford, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Perry, and Juniata counties. The funds will allow us to build approximately 20 towers in unserved areas of these counties.

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The deadline is March 7 for "Concert Sponsors" to be included on the event ticket.
Interested in advertising in our enews?
Contact Yvonne at
The cost is $25.00; $10.00 for 501(3) organizations.
Fulton County Medical Center
Shafer Equipment Co.

Stern Insurance Agency
Mutual Benefit Group
Bumgardner & Flasher Oil, Inc.
Orbisonia Hardware, Inc. 
Bange's Masonary
MiCamp Solutions LLC
Culbertson Commercial Cleaning Service
FirstEnergy Corporation
Juniata College
Keller Engineers
Lincoln Caverns, Inc. and Whisper Rocks
Stiffler, McGraw and Associates, Inc. 
Dirtbusters Cleaning Services

Interested in learning about becoming a Partner in Excellence?

Contact Yvonne at  or 814.643.1110

Packages range from $125 to $1,000.
Updated Commonwealth Masking Policy

Effective February 28, 2022, in accordance with new Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, all contractors and contracted staff working in or visitors to Commonwealth facilities under the Governor’s jurisdiction are encouraged, but not required, to wear a mask indoors. From this point forward, contractors and contracted staff will be required to, at a minimum, follow CDC guidance with regard to COVID-19 protocols, including masking and quarantines. However, all contractors and contracted staff working at state health care facilities or high risk congregate care facilities shall follow that facility’s special/additional masking requirements. All Commonwealth and federal policies regarding testing and vaccinations remain in effect. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support as we all work together to get through this pandemic.
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The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is an opportunity for small employers to claim up to $26,000 per employee in tax credits but the program is still unknown to many. CPA Kristi Stone explains in-depth what owners need to know about the program during an NFIB webinar.

The National Restaurant Association is hosting a Facebook Live on March 8 to offer you the best advice and answer your questions about the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
Employment Law Seminar
Presented by Attorney
Robin Binder Heath
March 23, 2022
9:00-11:00 a.m.

Effective Visual Communication on
Social Media
April 12, 2022
9:00-11:00 a.m.

Elected Officials Reception
Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast
April 21, 2022
5:00-7:00 p.m.

2022 Administrative Professionals Luncheon
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Huntingdon Country Club

"Highway to Rock" Concert
4:00 Backlash
6:30 Live Wire
7703 William Penn Hwy
(Next to Lincoln Caverns)
May 21, 2022

Golf Tournament
June 8, 2022
11:30 registration; 1:00 start
Huntingdon Country Club

Huntingdon County Night at the Curve
August 6, 2022
6:00 p.m.

8th Annual Sporting Clay Tournament
September 14, 2022
September 21, 2022 (storm date)
Shenecoy Sportsman

Annual Awards Gala
October 6, 2022
Trophy Mountain Lodge, Weddings,
& Events (5262 Williamsburg Mountain Road, Huntingdon)

We are planning our 2022 events. If you are interested in hosting a Business Afer Hours or ribbon cutting please let MacKenzie know. mhuntsman@untingdonchamber,com

We are also in the process of planning our seminars. Please let us know if you have specific educational needs.

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Resources to Grow Your Business Through International Sales

Thursday, March 10, 2022
11 a.m. to Noon
Virtual Event
Are you interested in exploring your business’s international sales potential?
Learn important information that can help you get started during the free program, “Resources to Grow Your Pennsylvania Business Through International Sales.” The member-sponsored webinar will be presented by the U.S. Export-Import Bank – an independent U.S. federal government agency that provides competitive export credit to support the purchase of U.S. goods and services to international buyers.
Regina Gordon, EXIM Bank’s Deputy Managing Director of the Bank’s Small Business Group, will spend the hour providing insights and answering your questions on the following key topics for anyone entering into international markets:
  • Finding foreign buyers
  • Obtaining financing
  • Competing for international business
  • Reasons NOT to ask for upfront payment
  • How to protect your foreign receivables
The PA Chamber thanks the EXIM Bank for its partnership on this exciting look into the world of global commerce! 

If you are hiring, please send position information to or login to the member section of our website to post your jobs. We've begun promoting this on Facebook.
UC Fraud and UC-1099G Tax Forms

Victim of unemployment fraud?
Criminals using stolen identities filed claims for unemployment compensation in other people's names. Because unemployment compensation is taxable, state unemployment agencies submit Forms 1099-G to individuals in whose names and Social Security numbers the unemployment compensation was paid and to the IRS. Victims of fraud who receive Forms 1099-G with inaccurate amounts of unemployment compensation in Box 1 should notify the state agencies of the inaccuracies and request corrected Forms 1099-G. The Department of Labor details

Taxpayers should only report income they actually received on their tax returns. Do not report income you did not receive. The IRS offers tax guidance to victims at

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The Chamber's Membership & Marketing Committee is looking for some people to join the committee and help develop more ways we can support our members. If you would like to learn more about the committee, please contact me at
Did you know........

Small businesses represent the largest segment by number of most local chamber membership rolls. Results in the research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street indicate the impact of local chamber membership on small businesses is very powerful. If a consumer knows a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys a 44 percent increase in its consumer favorability rating, a 51 percent increase in consumer awareness, a 57 percent increase in its local reputation and a 63 percent increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future.

Research indicates that chamber membership stimulates business-to-business commerce in the local community. Other businesses in town are more likely to do business with you and your company if you are a member of the local chamber. Because a major part of a small business typically comes from business-to-business services, it is essential to maintain a positive standing within the local business community.

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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 receive 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.
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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.

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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.

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Yvonne Martin
President/ CEO

MacKenzie Huntsman
Program Director

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