On Thursday, May 27, 2021 the Huntingdon Rotary Club, Huntingdon County Foundation and Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast hosted a joint Business After Hours. They gave brief presentations about their organizations. Nick Miller provided live music during the event. There were BBQ pulled pork and chicken sliders, cheese and vegetable trays, snacks/chips, cookies and cupcakes. The Gage Innkeeper, Nancy Parker, prepared the sandwiches, cookies and cupcakes. They gave away six baskets of wine, pampered chef items and a gift basket from Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast as door prizes. If you'd like to see more pictures from the event, please click here.
Your Voice Matters!
PA Chamber Seeks Feedback on Workforce Shortage Challenges

As states across the country begin the process of fully re-opening their economies, employers are encountering serious workforce shortages. Recent news coverage echoes what we are hearing from our members everyday: despite a high unemployment rate, employers are having difficulty filling open positions within their organizations. Many are pointing to the expansion of federal unemployment benefits – which include an additional $300 in weekly federal benefit payments – as exacerbating the problem, since many claimants are making as much or more in benefits as they were in wages. 
As part of our Bringing PA Back initiative, the PA Chamber is shining a light on areas that are inhibiting economic recovery. As part of this important effort, we want to hear from YOU! Your feedback describing real-world examples of the challenges employers are facing is critical.
Please take a moment to share what challenges your business is facing trying to fill open positions.  Click here to access the online form. 
Thank you in advance for your feedback!
Work search requirement for Pa.'s unemployed goes back into effect in July. What to know
J.D. Prose, Public Opinion Online
Following the requirement being suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvanians collecting unemployment compensation will once again have to look for work starting in July, state acting Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier said during a legislative committee meeting on Monday. The requirement, suspended under Gov. Tom Wolf's emergency declaration, would be "turned on" July 18, Berrier told the House Labor & Industry Committee, which means claimants would have to begin looking for work the previous week of July 11. Berrier said her department timed the re-implementation of the work search requirement so it would not conflict with the new online unemployment compensation system being installed next month. Labor & Industry staff is preparing for "the historic flow of workers who will be looking for services to help find employment," Berrier said. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose slightly from 7.3% in March to 7.4% in April as the nation's rate also increased a tenth of a percentage point to 6.1%. There are now 466,000 Pennsylvanians out of work. The Labor & Industry Department reported that the state's number of residents working or looking for work increased by 2,000 as unemployment ticked up. Republicans and business groups have said the work search requirement ban and extended employment benefits are keeping people from reentering the workforce and sending businesses into freefall as they struggle to fill jobs.
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Partners In Excellence
Fulton County Medical Center

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.
Chamber Events
Annual Golf Tournament
Huntingdon Country Club
June 9, 2021
11:30 a.m. Registration
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start

Welcome M.A.T.
Lincoln Caverns
June 24, 2021
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Business After Hours
Lincoln Caverns
June 24, 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 - 1:15

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

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

Hold the Date:

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

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

"Highway to Rock" Concert
May 21, 2022

In Case You Missed It
Wolf Administration to Lift State’s COVID-19 Mitigation
Orders on Memorial Day

The business mitigation orders put in place by the Wolf administration to combat the COVID-19 pandemic will end on Monday, May 31 – Memorial Day. The announcement was made last week by the Wolf administration in conjunction with the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force. 

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.
Vaccines at Penn Highlands Healthcare

Penn Highlands Healthcare is now vaccinating anyone that meets the Pennsylvania Department of Health Phase 1A and 1B following the DOH’s updated COVID-19 vaccine rollout timeline recently announced.

Phase 1A includes anyone 65 or older and those 16-64 with high-risk conditions. Phase 1B includes front-line essential workers: first responders (e.g., firefighters and police officers), corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers and support staff members) as well as child care workers.

Penn Highlands Healthcare is taking names to be put on a waitlist for individuals in the Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Phase 1C.
To sign-up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://bit.ly/3a0Qt5S or call the PHH Vaccine Information Line at 814-503-4735.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application Open
Beginning April 8, 2021, venue operators that have been impacted by COVID-19 will be able to apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program. The program has allocated over $16 billion in grants for shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.
Eligibility Includes:
·        Live venue operators or promoters
·        Theatrical producers
·        Live performing arts organization operators
·        Relevant museum operators, zoos, and aquariums
·        Motion picture theater operations
·        Talent representatives

Eligible businesses must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020. If the venue or promoter received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan on or after December 27, 2020, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant will be reduced by the Paycheck Protection Program loan amount.
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
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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.
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

Free Re-opening Signage

As Pennsylvania businesses begin to reopen, each business owner will need to examine their operations and make changes to meet public safety guidelines. PASBDC has created signage to address common health concerns. All images are completely free to use, so please share, download, print and distribute as you wish!

Click here for access to timely resources.
Office Hours

Following the Governor's guidance, staff is once again working remotely and only going to the office as necessary. 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.