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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Megashow Coming March 25-26

The Chamber is seeking volunteers to help with this year's Megashow Home, Garden & Business Expo March 25-26 as well as during the Megashow Preview Spectacular March 24. Volunteers are needed to work the admissions table, assist with the prize raffle and man the Chamber's booth. If you're interested in volunteering your time, contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or

Don't forget to make your reservations for the Megashow Preview Spectacular! From 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 24, see the Megashow Home, Garden & Business Expo before it opens to the general public. Bring your friends, staff and clients to enjoy great networking, good food, prize drawings and more! Admission is $5 per person registered before March 22 or $10 per person at the door. Sponsorships are also available. If you are a vendor, see the instruction sheet for your booth or sales table for the number of passes you receive. Any additional RSVPs are $5 per person. ALL VENDORS MUST PRE-REGISTER THE NUMBER AND NAMES OF THEIR GUESTS. For more information, to become a sponsor, or to RSVP, contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or

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College & Technical Fair March 29

More than 40 schools and organizations have already signed up to participate in this year's College & Technical Fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 29 at the 28th Military Police Company, Friedens. This annual event is free and open to the public, but is specifically designed to assist high school students and their families explore higher education and other opportunities after graduation. For more information or to see a list of participants, click here. The event will also include an employer panel highlighting careers available in our area.

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2017 Chamber Scholarship

Applications for the 2017 Somerset County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship are due April 7. Winners will be notified on or before April 28. The scholarship application, as well as information on other scholarships, training programs and workforce education opportunities, are available on the Chamber's Workforce Education page. Sign up for a monthly e-newsletter by contacting Sheena Baker at

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Experience Cuba Oct. 28-Nov. 5

The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and Epic Journeys LLC of Johnstown invite area residents to tour Cuba’s charming colonial towns and Havana Oct. 28 – Nov. 5. Highlights of this tour include a bike tour of historic Camagüey, a ride in an Old Styler car, a visit to King Ranch, a tour of historic Trinidad, a two-night stay in Clenfuegos, visits to a Cuban cigar factory and the Bay of Pigs Museum, three nights in Havana, visits to Colon Cemetery and Revolution Square, an exploration of local architecture, music, baseball, art and culture, and much more. The trip includes round-trip airfare from Miami to Cuba, stays in four-star or higher hotels, breakfast each day, seven lunches and six dinners, including a farewell dinner in Havana. The tour price is $3,839 per person (based on double occupancy). A $250 deposit is required at the time of registration and final payment is due July 15. For more information on this tour, visit or contact Cynthia Watters at (814) 266-5070.

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Open Fore Business Golf Tournament

Mark your calendars! The 2017 Open Fore Business Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, June 22 at the Somerset Country Club. Additional information will be available in the coming weeks.

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Manufacturing Reception, Video Contest

Manufacturing is important to Cambria and Somerset counties. A skilled and qualified workforce is key to a strong and vibrant manufacturing sector. When manufacturers succeed, the ripple effect can be felt throughout the entire economy, where all businesses and communities prosper. Catalyst Connection will be hosting an award ceremony from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for students who participated in this year’s Explore the New Manufacturing Student Video Contest. Six regional schools were paired with six regional manufacturing companies to create a video with the theme “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” The program is one of many efforts to build awareness about career opportunities in manufacturing. Come celebrate the resurgence of manufacturing in the region, see the work created by regional students, and network with regional manufacturing companies. Click here for additional information and click here to vote for your favorite video.

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Mentors Needed For Competition

JARI is seeking mentors from the business community, instructors and/or students from are colleges and technology centers to assist teams of local high school students in a Pumpkin Chunkin Competition Nov. 4 at Faranda's Farm in Hollsopple. Students will form teams and build their own prototype of a trebuchet to launch pumpkins the longest distance using S.T.E.M. concepts. Mentors are needed to assist teams through the design, building and testing process. Judges are also needed. If you are interested in serving as a mentor or as a judge, contact Debi Balog at (814) 262-8366 or

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2017 PennDOT Survey

Every two years, the State Transportation Commission, PennDOT and their partners update Pennsylvania's Twelve Year Transportation Program. In 2015, more than 5,300 customers completed the online survey identifying 16,000 transportation issues. Now it's time to complete the survey again to tell these organizations what you think about transportation in your neighborhood. Click here to complete an online survey.

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PATTS Orientation & New User Training

Neilan Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Francis and Elizabeth Neilan Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, which recognizes and rewards outstanding and innovative teaching in the Somerset Area Senior High School that promotes educational attainment, enhances student development and achievement of educational goals, and inspires engagement in the community and the world. Founded in 2016, the award is presented by Mary Neilan Stansfield, a graduate of Somerset Area High School, in memory of her parents, Francis and Elizabeth Neilan. The $1,000 annual cash award is presented to a current classroom educator. One half of the award shall be used for the purposes of personal and educational development with the remainder applied to direct educational or classroom support. For additional information, click here. Completed packets should be submitted to the district’s administrative office no later than 4 p.m. March 31.

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Military Tax Return Program

PA Chamber Membership

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry offers members of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce with 10 or fewer employees a free membership. Benefits include: information on legislation and advocacy efforts that affect their businesses; action alerts on pressing, key issues; grassroots involvement with the PA Chamber's government affairs lobbying team; discounted, members-only pricing on the PA Chamber's renown educational and compliance programs and publications; a monthly newsletter, Small Business - Big Voice, featuring articles and information on advocacy issues and efforts affecting their business; and increased visibility in the marketplace an in the state legislature. For more information, contact Jeffrey Albright, director or membership, at (717) 720-5568 or visit

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Rec The Alleghenies

Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers has partnered with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP) and You in Flood City for the Rec The Alleghenies Expo Saturday, May 13 from noon to 6 p.m. at Greehnouse Park. Organizers are looking for any indoor or outdoor recreational groups that community members can join in (i.e. dancing, painting, knitting, kayaking, hiking, running, horseback riding, etc.) -- anything to get our community moving, social, and using their minds and bodies. The Rec Expo is a super interactive day that invites all organizations, groups, clubs, and park representatives to bring their equipment, crew, and passion to show-off to our community members. This event is meant to get people really involved and MOVING; trying out equipment and figuring out if any of these crazy activities are something they can really dive into. For more information, click here or contact Tasha Adams at (814) 262-9600, ext. 1552, or

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cellhelmet Offer For Chamber Members

Through a partnership with ChamberChoice, Chamber members and their employees receive 50% off retail price on all cellhelmet products. To access your discount, simply enter your local Chamber name (including the word Chamber) in the discount field at checkout and your discount will be applied. If you have any questions regarding the cellhelmet products, or problems with the discount field, contact Russ York at cellhelmet at (724) 244-4716 or

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