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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Leadership Recruitment Underway

The Chamber is currently recruiting participants for the 2014-2015 class of Leadership Somerset County. This 10-month program, which begins in mid-September, is designed to nurture future leaders of our region. The class begins with an overnight team-building retreat at Indian Lake Resort. Other monthly sessions focus on a variety of topics featuring qualified panelists who share their expertise in these chosen areas and give complete overviews of the issues they face. Participants must attend 80 percent of Leadership sessions and complete a community-oriented group project in order to receive a certificate when the course culminates in a graduation ceremony in June. For more details on the Leadership Somerset County program, contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431.The deadline to register for the upcoming class of Leadership Somerset County is Sept. 1.

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Somerset County Job Fair

Registration is open for the Somerset County Job Fair Oct. 15 at the Quality Inn Conference Center, Somerset. This event, which will be held from 1-6 p.m., allows business representatives to meet with potential employees. For more information, click here or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com. For a list of participants and event sponsors, visit www.somersetpajobfair.com.

Sponsors and participants:
Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers
Alternative Community Resource Program
Bayada Pediatrics
Bedford-Somerset MH/MR
Bittner Restaurant Group
CaerVision/CTCI
Choice One Staffing Group
Experience Works
Family Video
Geneva College Adult and Graduate Studies
Johnstown Area Regional Industries
MRS Physical Therapy
Pennsylvania Academy of Cosmetology
Pennsylvania CareerLink Somerset County
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Quality Inn of Somerset
Riggs Industries
SCI-Laurel Highlands/SCI-Somerset
Somerset County Chamber of Commerce
Somerset County Commissioners
Somerset Trust Co.
Triangle Tech

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WINS Kickoff Sept. 11

Women's Information Network, Somerset County (WINS) kicks off a new year of events as Beth Caldwell of Pittsburgh Professional Women presents, "The Professional Woman's Guide to Networking." Registration for this event, sponsored by State Farm agent Angi Tennant, begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Somerset Country Club followed by the presentation and lunch at noon. There is a fee to attend. Click here for details, or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com for more information or to register.

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W.W. Engine Grand Opening Celebration

Celebrate the grand opening of W.W. Engine & Supply Inc. at its new location, 178 Lewis Drive, Somerset, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Includes tours of the new truck dealership family, Pappy D's food and drinks, door prizes, parts and services vendor displays and promotions, Mack and Volvo trucks corporate representatives, a live action Froggy 95 broadcast and contests and more.

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Learning Lamp Job Opportunities

The Learning Lamp is seeking to fill the following positions at school districts in Somerset and Cambria counties: school psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and personal care aides. The organization continues to recruit substitute teachers and aides for a number of Johnstown- and Somerset-area school districts. These positions offer great flexibility and are available immediately. Retired teachers and emergency certified teachers are welcome. Current clearances, a physical and TB test are required. Interested candidates can send a resume to jobs@thelearninglamp.org or call Kayla at (814) 262-0732.

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Alleghenies Marketing Challenge

The Southern Alleghenies Partnership for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) has announced the Alleghenies Marketing Challenge, a marketing education initiative with a special incentive – the chance to win 60 hours of marketing services over a six-month period from Prime Design Solutions, a Johnstown-based marketing firm. Businesses from Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties are invited to attend a series of four marketing training seminars, and six businesses will be selected to win. The project is financed by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to assist participating companies to gain the skills necessary to develop and implement successful marketing strategies. Register online by Aug. 29 at www.sapdc.org/marketingchallenge. For more information, click here.

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Regional HR Development Courses

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be offering a series of classes in partnership with HR Consultants, Inc. to help employees become better managers and leaders. Click here for a complete schedule of classes or call the Penn Highlands Continuing Education Department at (814) 262-3815.

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Corvette Giveaway

Help support the Humane Society of Somerset County. Purchase $5 tickets for a chance to win the grand prize, a 1989 Corvette T-Top. Other monetary prizes will be awarded. Tickets may be purchased at Mosholder Insurance Agency, Somerset. The drawing will be held Oct. 2 at the Humane Society. Click here for details.

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Easter Seals Vacation Giveaway

Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania’s Johnstown/Somerset Division is offering an opportunity to experience an all-expense paid trip for two at The Club Barbados Resort and Spa, a premium all-inclusive, adult-only resort, for seven nights. This prize, valued at more than $5,000, includes accommodations, all-inclusive fees, plus $1,000 in airline costs. The Club Barbados offers an island hideaway located on the west coast of Barbados, also known as the island’s Gold Coast. This chic, all-inclusive oceanfront resort provides warm hospitality nestled amongst five acres of lush tropical gardens and panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. The Club features a wide selection of activities for guests to enjoy including three freshwater swimming pools, Jacuzzi, spa, sauna, tennis and adventurous water sports. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Cost per ticket is $20 each and contains two numbers for the first evening drawing of the Sept. 30 Pa. Daily Number. Winner is responsible for all related income taxes. The official registration and financial information of Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania may be obtained from the Pa. Dept. of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999.


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Upcoming ServSafe Classes

The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA) has announced upcoming ServSafe courses. PRLA offers early bird pricing for its one-day courses: $130/PRLA member and $170/non-member (regularly $135/member and $175/non-member). To qualify for the early bird special, you must pre-pay 14 days prior to the class. Shipping/handling fees and tax will apply. Contact the state office at 800-345-5353 for more information.

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Dress To The Nines Donations

The Dress To The Nines committee is seeking prize donations and donors to support Dress To The Nines Oct. 18 and a basket party Sept. 20 to benefit the Somerset Oncology Center. For more information, click here or contact Somerset Oncology at (814) 444-1424 or the Dress To The Nines committee at dresstothenines@hotmail.com.

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Hay Bale Decorating Contest

North Ridge Baptist Church, Friedens, is seeking businesses to participate in its Hay Bale Decorating Contest. The cost to participate is $50 per business and participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration information must be submitted by Sept. 26. Set up day will be Oct. 2 and winners will be announced Oct. 4. All decorations need to be removed by Nov. 5. For more information, click here or call (814) 443-1417.

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PA CareerLink Cambria Co. Job Fair

Pennsylvania CareerLink Cambria County is seeking vendors for its annual job fair Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no fee to participate, but reservations must be made by Sept. 12 by contacting Mallie Stephens at (814) 533-2274 or malstephen@pa.gov.

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Soroptimist International Program

Soroptimist International of Somerset County will present “Amy's Story” at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at Morguen Toole Co., Meyersdale. Hosted by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay and told by Detective Deirdri Fishel, Telling Amy’s Story follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on Nov. 8, 2001. The victim’s parents and co‐workers, law enforcement officers, and court personnel share their perspectives on what happened to Amy in the weeks, months, and years leading up to her death. The hope is that telling this can change outcomes for the millions of victims, survivors, and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day. There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited and refreshments will be served. Register by emailing sisomersetcounty@soroptimist.net or by calling Sandy Berkebile, (814) 443‐4705, Lori Hogan, (814) 445‐3501, or Cindy Breen, (814) 443‐3055.


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Habitat For Humanity Bike n Hike

Somerset County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is conducting a biking and hiking fundraising event on the Great Allegheny Passage Sept. 20. The activity will begin at the Rockwood trailhead at 10:30 a.m. with participants choosing to bike towards the Garrett trailhead, a 14-mile round trip, or hike west 2 miles towards the Markleton trailhead, a 4-mile round trip. The cost for participating is $20 with all proceeds going to Somerset County Habitat for Humanity. This fundraising event will help support current building project expenses. Pre-registered participants will receive a shirt and a lunch ticket for a bagged lunch at the conclusion of their trip.Sponsorship for this event is also being solicited. Individuals may elect to be listed as sponsors for $15 and corporate sponsorship is $50. Pre-registration and sponsorship deadline is Sept. 6. Click here for a registration form, or for more information, contact John Minnich, (814) 445-7660; Cheryl Spangler, (814) 443-9400; or Art Gotjen, (814) 445-6274.


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Saint Francis On-Campus Recruiting

The Saint Francis University Career Services Department would like to invite your company to schedule on-campus recruiting visits for the fall 2014 semester to recruit our students for jobs and/or internship opportunities with your company. Schedule visits for on-campus interviews, resume referrals, class presentations, or table displays beginning in September through early November. Please refer to the attached brochure listing the department's services. If a campus visit is not feasible for your company, the department is interested in receiving job or internship postings from your company. Call (814) 472-3019 for additional information.

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Chamber Calendar

Circulatory Centers Mixer
Sept. 4, 5-7 p.m.
 WINS: The Professional Woman's Guide To Networking
Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m.
 Mountain Playhouse Mixer
Oct. 1, 5-7 p.m.
 Somerset County Job Fair
Oct. 15, 1-6 p.m.
 First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union Mixer
Oct. 16, 5-7 p.m.

Contact the Chamber at 814-445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com to RSVP to these events.

Annual Awards

Each year, the Chamber recognizes those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to our community. We’re currently accepting nominations for this year’s awards in the following categories:
Outstanding Person Of The Year
Betty Haupt Memorial Tourism Award
Somerset County Ag-Business Award
Harold W. Wheeler, Jr. Memorial Humanitarian Award
Grant B. Miller Award
Click here for a full description of each of these awards. Nominations must be submitted to the Chamber by Friday, Oct. 17. Award winners will be recognized at the Chamber's Annual Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.