Join us in
welcoming our newest member!

Welcome to PA!
ATHENA Award Nominations are being accepted until August 31. Click here for the form.

A special thanks to our sponsors:

TEAM Chevrolet, Buick, GMC
Bumgardner & Flasher Oil, Inc.
Grier School
Lincoln Caverns, Inc. and Whisper Rocks
MJEM’s Photos
World Marketing of America, Inc.
BottomLine Pros LLC
Hickes Associates, Inc.
Stern Insurance Agency
Changes to the Chamber Board

Two new members joined the Chamber Board of Directors on July 1. We welcome Kristy Knouse (ReKlaimed Vines Winery and Vineyard) and Marissa Davis (Pennsylvania Highlands Community College) and look forward to working with you over the next three years.

We thank the two people that just left the Board for their service. Mary Jane Smith (MJEM’s Photos) and John Thompson (Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast, and Three Twelve Kitchen and Cocktails.)

Click here to see the entire Board of Directors.
M&M Committee Members Sought: Starting Website Design

We are looking for a few good people to join our Membership & Marketing (M&M) Committee. This committee concentrates on promoting members and developing member benefits. M&M is also in charge of Chamber marketing material. The committee meets once a month on a Thursday and currently meets at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. 

We are currently in the process of working on the new website and would appreciate your ideas. 
Penn National Insurance Dividends
Penn National Insurance offers dividends to Chamber members. Contact Brown & Walters Insurance Agency, Inc at 814-447-5568 or Jack H Port Agency at 814-643-6310 or 814-542-2514. Your Chamber Membership must be
up to date to receive your dividend check.

Huntingdon County Night at the Curve

Join us for Huntingdon County Night at the Curve on Saturday, 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.
Hold the Dates!

Annual Membership Luncheon - August 19 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

New Event! Disc Golf - September 1

Sporting Clay Tournament - September 15 at 3:00 p.m.

Date Change! Budget & Legislation Luncheon - October 1 from 11:45 to 1:00 p.m.

Annual Awards Gala - October 7

Additional events and event details can be found later in this e-news.

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
Culbertson Commercial Cleaning Service
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  or 814.643.1110

Packages range from $125 to $1,000.
Small Groups Should Consider Minimum Premium Arrangements
Until recently, self-funding has only been a realistic option for larger groups. Now, however, with the advent of “level funded” programs, small groups can obtain the advantages of traditional self-funding with the benefit of stable monthly costs.
Level funding is worth considering for employers with 25 or more employees if the insured population is generally healthy. 

With level funding, the employer pays a fixed monthly cost to cover the amounts necessary for administration of the plan, stop loss coverage and claims funding. A third-party administrator pays the claims. Generally speaking, if at the end of the year, claim costs come in lower than expected, the administrator refunds the difference. If at the end of the year, claims come in higher than expected, the employer will reimburse the administrator for the difference.

Protection for the employer comes in the form of stop-loss insurance. Specific stop-loss limits the employer’s financial exposure when health claims for a particular covered individual exceed a specified dollar level, such as $25,000 or $50,000. Aggregate stop-loss insurance limits the employer’s financial liability when the total claims incurred by their group exceed a specified level, such as 120% or 125% of expected claims.
The Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce offers its members access to My Benefit Advisor as a solution for employee benefits, including voluntary offerings. For more information about My Benefit Advisor, visit our website at or contact Craig Pritts at (800) 377-3539.
Time is running out to register for the Class of 2022!
 Contact MacKenzie for more information.
Visit the Leadership Huntingdon County Facebook page for the new series
𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐇𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐝𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐀𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐧𝐢 - 𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒏𝒐𝒘?

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.
Ben Franklin’s $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest is Accepting Applications Now!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners, an award-winning, tech-based economic development program, is offering emerging entrepreneurs and small manufacturers the opportunity to participate in our fun, risk-free $50,000 BIG IDEA contest. In the past few years – maybe because of the popularity of the TV show, Shark Tank - there has been a growing interest in pitch competitions by the private sector, economic development professionals, and just regular folks who have an idea for an innovation that could turn into a business opportunity. So, why do most people enter Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Contest? 

Because they want to win! Since the contest’s inception, nearly $2 million in cash prizes have been awarded throughout the program’s 32-county footprint in central and northern Pennsylvania. Winning up to $50,000 will go a long way in helping infuse a startup with much-needed cash. But, the pitch experience gained, the training offered, and the contacts made are worth every bit as much as the prize money. 

For this $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest, we are looking for tech innovators located anywhere in our 32-county footprint in Pennsylvania (Northwest, Central, Southern Alleghenies, and South Central) who are developing new products, processes, or software applications. 

If you have not received Ben Franklin funding, won a prize from either a previous contest or a TechCelerator Startup Boot Camp, and you currently do not have more than $500,000 in sales, you are eligible to apply!

But don’t wait! The deadline to apply is August 23, 2021 at 5 p.m.

For more Information, contact:
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Chamber Events
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
12:00 p.m. Check-in
1:00 p.m. Start
5:00 p.m. Dinner

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

Member Benefit Webinar: Save Money on Energy and Health Insurance
September 21, 2021
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

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

Legislative Luncheon
Sunset Golf Club, LLC
October 1, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

Hold the Date:

Spring Jam
April 3, 2022

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

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

In Case You Missed It
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 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.

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.
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.