December 10, 2019
Featured Events
New Overtime Rules and Labor Law Update Seminar
Comfort Inn
December 12, 2019
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Digital Brand Power Seminar
Comfort Inn
January 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Registration
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Presentation
Social Media Made Simple Seminar
Comfort Inn
March 4, 2020
8:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Registration
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Presentation
4 Ways to Pull Great Stories out of Your Customers
 
Storytelling makes for amazing marketing because people don't realize they're being marketed to. They're pulled into the story. They develop an emotional attachment to your business and they stick around for the resolution.

Good storytelling cast your customers as the heroes of their stories. You want their success and triumphs to be told because you want potential customers to hear the stories and think they can do those things too.

When you cast your business as the wise sage who helps the hero achieve their goals, you become important to the solution. That way people who are considering buying from you understand the valuable role that you play even while you are highlighting the accomplishments of others.

But finding the stories isn't always easy. Sometimes you're fortunate enough to have a loyal customer who bathes you in compliments. More often than not, these stories are silent successes that aren't shared with you. You need to find a way to dig these up so that you can breathe life into them and share them with potential customers.

But how do you do that?

First, a call for stories is not enough. I've seen countless businesses inviting people to share their stories with them. And.... Crickets.

The problem with this approach is that people are busy, especially successful ones. If you want their story, you need to find a more creative approach than merely asking. Even people with good intentions and great stories who read your call for stories will often put your request on the back burner behind the more important ones affecting their daily business. You need to go out and get those stories.

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Generations Magazine

The newest edition of the Generations Magazine is now available. You can pick up a copy in the Chamber office or at any of their advertiser's places of business.
Huntingdon County Night at the Altoona Curve

We have once again partnered with the Altoona Curve to host Huntingdon County Night. It will be June 19 at 7 p.m. This year the non-profit who will benefit from the fundraising efforts is Huntingdon House.
Passing of
Harvey B. Reeder
It is with heavy hearts that we are sharing the news that Attorney Reeder passed on Friday. Harvey was a long-time member of the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce and a friend of Chamber staff. He will be missed. Our condolences to his friends and family.
Welcome

Samuel Reid is the new intern at the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce. He is from Northern Virginia and has the hobbies of movie making and playing basketball. Currently he is a Juniata College student studying business and finance. He writes for the Juniata media relations team, helps the athletic department broadcast games to the Juniata athletic website and interns at a student start up on campus called the Gambia Art Coalition.

Sam found the internship listing for the Chamber of Commerce while he was scrolling through the Juniata daily announcements. He was excited for the chance to apply and a few weeks later had the position. He looks forward to working at the Chamber due to his interests in business and what it can do for communities. He also enjoys the Chamber due to enjoying people. After being a cashier for two years in high school, he has grown to enjoy meeting new people and learning about their experiences. At the Chamber he looks forward to meeting and getting to know all the local business owners and their stories. He believes Huntingdon is an interesting place and he looks forward to getting to know it better.

Samuel's primary responsibilities at the Chamber is writing for the e-newsletter, assisting Chamber staff with projects as well as attending and assisting at Chamber events such as Business After Hours. He will be with the Chamber until the end of the Spring semester (about May of 2020). He looks forward to the months of work and to helping the Chamber and Huntingdon County achieve their goals.
Holiday Happenings

Holiday Toy Sale - Huntingdon County Visitor's Bureau on December 9 and 10 from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

Santa in the Cave - Lincoln Caverns. Please see the flyer below for more information.

Huntingdon Dance Academy presents The Nutcracker. Please see the flyer below for more information.

Featured Benefit

As a member you can be part of our holiday videos. We are currently taking photos at local businesses and creating short Facebook videos that show what there is to buy locally. These videos are then boosted. If you would like your business to be part of this, please let us know as soon as possible by calling 814-643-1110 or emailing  ymartin@huntingdonchamber.com . The 2017 videos had thousands of views. 
Partners In Excellence
 
Platinum
Fulton County Medical Center

Gold
Stern Insurance Agency
 
Silver
Community State Bank
Mutual Benefit Group
 
Bronze
Bumgardner & Flasher Oil, Inc.
Orbisonia Hardware, Inc. 
 
Royal
Ace Fix-It Hardware
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
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.
 
Upcoming Events

New Overtime Rules and Labor Law Update Seminar
Comfort Inn
December 12, 2019
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Digital Brand Power Seminar
Comfort Inn
January 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Registration
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Presentation

Social Media Made Simple Seminar
Comfort Inn
March 4, 2020
8:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Registration
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Presentation

Spring Jam
Huntingdon Country Club
April 5, 2020
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Business Video Made Simple Seminar
Comfort Inn
April 9, 2020
8:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Registration
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Presentation

Administrative Professionals Luncheon
Huntingdon Country Club
April 22, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Annual Golf Tournament
Huntingdon Country Club
June 17, 2020
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start

Huntingdon County Night at the Altoona Curve
Friday, June 19, 2020
7:00 p.m.

Annual Membership Luncheon
Westminster Woods
August 20, 2020
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Annual Awards Gala
Huntingdon Country Club
October 1, 2020
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. 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.
Contact Us

Yvonne Martin
President/ CEO


MacKenzie Huntsman
Program Director



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

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