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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Chamber Annual Dinner: Thank You!

The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce would like offer a sincere thank you to everyone who attended this year's Chamber Annual Dinner Nov. 18 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. We hosted a record number of guests at this year's dinner and we hope everyone enjoyed their evening. Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the 74th Annual Dinner. A big thank you also goes to our many prize donors and event sponsors for helping to make this event possible. Mark your calendars: the Chamber's 75th Annual Dinner will be Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. We hope to see you there!

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WINS Holiday Event

Join Women's Information Network, Somerset County (WINS) for "Holiday Lunch & Shop Till You Drop!" on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Somerset Country Club. Shop from a variety of local vendors, enjoy a holiday meal and network with members of the local business community. Doors will open for this event, sponsored by First Commonwealth Bank, at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Admission is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Chamber members can bring a friend for $10 (one time only). For more information, click here or contact the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431 or Registration is required by Friday, Dec. 5.

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2015 Megashow Registration Open

Registration for the 2015 Megashow Home, Garden & Business Expo March 13-15 is now open. Click here for a registration form, or contact the Somerset County Builders Association at (814) 267-5564 or the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431.

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Seven Springs Holiday Party Deal

Seven Springs Mountain Resort is offering businesses the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season at the resort with its Holiday "Party Within A Party" on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 6-10 p.m. Ideal and cost effective for smaller businesses, guests can enjoy a plated meal and entertainment in the resort's ballroom. Click here for more information. Chamber members will receive a reduced rate when booking.

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Holiday Fruit Baskets

VisionCorps Somerset (formerly the Somerset County Blind Center) is accepting orders for holiday fruit baskets. Orders must be placed by Friday, Dec. 12. Click here for more information or call (814) 445-1310.

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Vote For Somerset Co. Mobile Food Bank

Help the Somerset County Mobile Food Bank earn a $20,000 Holiday Makeover Grant through Walmart. Vote every day online at from Dec. 2 through Dec. 12.

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Somerset Borough Decorating Contest

If you live in Somerset Borough, enter your home in the Outdoor Christmas Decorating Contest. Judging will take place between 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12. Please leave your outdoor lights/decoration on during that time period. Only decorations that can be seen from the street are considered for the contest. There is no fee to participate. To enter the contest, e-mail your name and address to by Dec. 10. For additional information, click here.

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UPDATE: Residential Energy Program

ChamberChoice and OnDemand Energy Solutions (partners of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce) are pleased to announce that Constellation Energy will be the NEW provider for the ChamberChoice Friends & Family Energy Program. Constellation, an Exelon Company, is a leading competitive supplier of power, natural gas, renewable energy and energy management products and services for homes and businesses across the continental U.S. If you are participating in the ChamberChoice Friends & Family Energy Program, please be aware of your current energy contract end date.Contracts that are terminated early are subject to an early termination fee (ETF). If you are unaware of their contract end dates, please inform call FirstEnergy Solutions customers service line, 877-204-9520. For additional information, click here.

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Reality Tour program update

The Somerset County Reality Tour interactive drug prevention program is looking for youth volunteers ages 13-18 for roles in the dramatic scene portions of the program. Adult volunteers are also needed for registration, dramatic scenes, photo morphing and tour director assistant. The group’s first tour open to the public is Jan. 13 at the Somerset Borough Building. For more information, contact or visit Somerset County Reality Tour on Facebook. Registration for parents and their children is online at Community leaders are also invited to a “soft run” tour Dec. 9. Email with the names of those attending and ages of children attending (ages 10-18 only). Space is limited.

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Transportation Survey

Riding a bicycle 20 minutes to work in one of the nation’s snowiest counties is not anyone’s idea of a sustainable lifestyle. Neither is missing a doctor’s
appointment or parent-teacher conference because you’re visually impaired or without a car. This is reality for a number Somerset County residents. Many
residents face serious barriers to the most basic standards of living, never mind quality of life. The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Behavioral Health Services of Somerset and Bedford Counties, Inc., together with the Somerset County Foundation are not sitting idle; they’ve joined forces with ITNAmerica® to organize a community survey to build a case for bridging the transportation gap in this rural community. All residents in the greater Somerset County area who are 18 or older in age are invited to take an online survey to help us build a case for change. The survey will remain live until a valid number of responses have been received. All participants in the survey will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of several $20 Giant Eagle gift cards. For more information or a paper version of the survey, contact Rob Stemple at (814) 233-8826 or, or Hank Parke at (814)-444-3189 or

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Penn Highlands Open House

Titan Business Challenge

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania is seeking sponsors for the Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge set for March 12 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In this competition, high school student teams strategize to operate the most successful global business. Students make real economic decisions on price, production, marketing, capital investment, and research and development. For more information, click here or contact Kelli Ruiz at (814) 266-2125, ext. 197.

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Dale Carnegie Course

Dale Carnegie Systems will be offering its Dale Carnegie Course focusing on leadership, communications, people skills, team engagement, stress management and more to Johnstown area residents beginning in November. The course begins with orientation Jan. 8 at the Holiday Inn Express, Johnstown, with the eight-week course beginning Jan. 15. For more information, contact Jeff Davis at (814) 931-1963 or

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Chamber Calendar

 WINS: Holiday Lunch & Shop Till You Drop
Dec. 11, 11 a.m.

Contact the Chamber at 814-445-6431 or to RSVP to these events.

USS Somerset Merchandise

The Chamber has USS Somerset coins and hats for sale. Coins are $8.48 each and hats are $16 each. Contact the Chamber for more information.