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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Megashow Coming March 25-26

Spaces are going fast for this year's Megashow Home, Garden & Business Expo March 25-26. Don't miss your chance to showcase your business, services or products to thousands of potential customers. Click here for registration forms, a booth layout and more. Members of the Chamber and the Somerset County Builders Association receive a discount on booth spaces, and spaces range in size and price to meet everyone's needs.

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Epic Journeys Information Session

The Chamber has partnered with Epic Journeys for a tour of France May 12-20. On this nine-day trip, tour Paris, Normandy, Brittany and Chateau Country as well as other sites. For more information and a detailed itinerary, visit or contact Cynthia Watters at (814) 266-5070. Learn more about this trip during a free information session Tuesday, January 24 from 4-6 p.m. at the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce. There is no fee to attend, but RSVPs are requested so proper arrangements can be made. To register, contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or

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2017 Chamber Membership Directory

The Chamber is working on its 2017 Community Profile & Membership Directory. This full-color, glossy publication outlines life in Somerset County and features a list of Chamber members and their services and serves as a great resource for everyone who lives in, works in or visits the region. Approximately 16,000 copies are printed annually and are distributed to more than 10,000 Somerset County subscribers of The Daily American, to Chamber members and throughout the year at area hotels, events, to new residents and more. Representatives from The Daily American and the Chamber are selling advertising for this project. As an added feature, many of the directory ads include advertising on the Chamber’s website, like the ads you see on this page. NEW THIS YEAR, Chamber members can place coupons in the directory to target area residents and visitors alike, adding value to the publication for both Chamber members wanting to showcase their business and consumers who use the directory as a resource throughout the year. For more information on this marketing opportunity exclusive to Chamber members, click here or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or Kathy Shriner, Daily American advertising executive, at (814) 444-5942.

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News At Noon February 16

The coal industry in Somerset County has a long, proud history and has always played a huge role in the region’s economic success. When this industry is booming, the trickledown effect on other businesses is huge, as studies show that for every coal job created, 4-5 other jobs are created. Unfortunately, the opposite is true when the industry is down. The great news is that metallurgical coal prices and demand are rising and the industry is responding with jobs and investment in our local community. Join the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce for News at Noon: Somerset County Coal Update Thursday, February 16 to hear from local and regional coal representatives about the industry and a look at the upcoming year. Presenters include George Dethlefsen, CEO, Corsa Coal, Mikel Vaughn, Business Manager & CFO, AK Coal Resources Inc., and Will Dando, Director of Government Affairs, PA Coal Alliance Inc. Click here for more information. RSVPs are requested no later than Friday, February 10.
OnDemand Energy Solutions

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Member Dues, Update Forms

Be on the lookout for 2017 Chamber membership dues statements, which were mailed the first week of December. NEW THIS YEAR: Monthly and quarterly payment options available. We have restructured our dues schedule to make it easier and more understandable. In the process, some members may see a slight decrease or increase in annual dues. If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber for more information.

Members will also receive update forms for both their directory/website listing information and basic member information in a separate mailing in mid-December. This will be the only notice you receive to update your membership information for both the 2017 member directory publication and the Chamber's online membership directory.

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2017 Chamber Scholarship

Applications for the 2017 Somerset County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship are now available. Applicants must be a member of the Chamber or a student of a Chamber-member school, university or college; an employee of a Chamber member; a child of a Chamber member; or the child of an employee of a Chamber member. Some other restrictions apply. See application for details. The deadline to apply for the 2017 Chamber Scholarship is 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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Indian Lake Golf Club Community Survey

Indian Lake Golf Club is asking the community to participate in a brief, one-question survey. Click here to participate.

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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