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2016 Open Fore Business Tournament

Registration is now open for the 2016 Open Fore Business Golf Tournament Thursday, June 23 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Join the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and the Somerset County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) for a day of networking and fun on the links! Registration includes lunch, participation in the golf tournament, golf cart, skill holes, prize drawings, BBQ dinner, on-course refreshments and more. Tournament contests include a $50,000 Putting Contest sponsored by Benefits Network and a Hole-In-One Contest sponsored by Tri Star Somerset Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep. New for 2016: As an added bonus this year, participants can start the day with a 25-shot Five Stand Clays Shooting Competition at the Seven Springs’ Sporting Clays. Individuals may register for the shooting event even if they do not wish to participate in the golf tournament and Seven Springs will have equipment available to rent on the day of the competition for an additional charge. Click here for a registration form or contact the Chamber or SCEDC for more information. The deadline to register is Friday, June 10.
Sponsors and donors:
Allegany College of Maryland - Somerset County Campus
Allstate Insurance, Tonia Pittman • Altoona Curve • Ameriserv
Applebees • Arcadia Theater • Aspire Grant & Development
Beeghly & Keim Jewelers & Gemologists, Inc.
Benefits Network • Bittner Vending • The Buncher Company
Camp Harmoy • Chemstream Inc. • The Chuckwagon
Citizens Neighborhood Bank • CME Engineering • Coal Tubin
Conemaugh Health System • Conemaugh Township Supervisors
The Crow's Nest • CVS Health • Daniel Shaffer's Inc. • Denny's
DeVilbiss Healthcare • Double Z Quilting Service
Eat'n Park • Edgewood Grove Storage • Elite Kitchen & Bath
First National Bank • First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union
Ford Business Machines • Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1801
Fringe Salon • Gander Mountain • Hidden Valley Resort
Highland Tank • Historic Ships in Baltimore • Hoover Outfitting
Howard Hanna Geary Real Estate
Johnstown Symphony Orchestra • K&D Auto Electric Inc.
King’s Mountain Golf Course • Kiel's Taverne Sports Grille
Lone Star Steakhouse • Lowe's Home Improvement
Mosholder Insurance Agency
Mostoller Construction/A-1 Garage Doors • Musser Engineering
My Girls Deli & Catering LLC • Oakbrook Golf Course
Olde Towne Bakery & Cafe • Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa
OnDemand Energy Solutions • Penelec - A First Energy Company
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens • Pine Grill
  Rainbow International • Red Lobster
Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic • Rey Azteca
ServiceMaster Restore • Somerset Candy Co.
Somerset County Commissioners • Somerset Galleries
Somerset Hospital • Somerset Outdoor Equipment
Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative • Somerset Trust Co.
Snyder of Berlin • Stahl's Jewelry • Stairs' Restaurant
State Farm - Angi Tennant • Stonycreek Shooting Center
Summer's Best Two Weeks • Swinston Travel
Tailgatez • Terrace Lanes Bowling Center • Town Planner/Nelson Marketing
Tri Star Somerset Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep
Victorian Finance • Wal-Mart • Walnut Medical Services
Waterlogged Pools & Spas LLC

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Leadership Somerset County 2016-2017

Recruitment is underway for the 2016-2017 class of Leadership Somerset County. This unique, 10-month program is designed to nurture new community and business leaders by providing an overview of specific areas of the region and to prepare them to face future challenges, thereby ensuring Somerset County is led by able, resourceful individuals now and in the future. Classes begin in September and class size is limited. Click here for more information or contact the Chamber. Individuals registering before August 15 receive a discount on their tuition.

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Google Street View Returns to Somerset

The Google Street View team is scheduled to return to the Somerset area on June 29 to bring the Street View imaging technology inside our member business establishments. Want details? Fill out and submit this online form and our "Google Guy" will can you to discuss the details and get you on the schedule. Space is limited and businesses will be scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis. Chamber members will also be featured on a Virtual Business & Area Guide to Somerset County. For more information on this program, click here.

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Tuscany Tour Deadline Extended

Epic Journeys has extended the deadline to book your nine-day tour of Tuscany Sept. 30-Oct. 8. An optional four-day extension for a tour of Rome is also available. Reservations must be placed by Thursday, June 30. For more information, click here or contact Cynthia Watters at (814) 266-5070.

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Electronic Payment Now Available

Pay your Chamber dues, event registrations and more without the hassle of writing a check, giving your credit card information or having to submit your invoice for payment. The Chamber now offers electronic payment to members as a more convenient way to register for events and renew your membership. You have the ability to have your payments done automatically each time you register for an event or renew your dues, or you can just let us know event by event or when you pay your dues to make your payment for you. You also have the option of having your Chamber dues deducted from your account over a three-month period instead of all at one time. Payments would be deducted from whichever bank account you prefer. All bank information is kept strictly confidential and will only be used with your permission. It’s simple to sign up for this option. Contact the Chamber office to set up your payment account. We will need your bank account number, routing number and contact information for any questions we may have. The service is free and you can discontinue this service at any time without penalty. Sign up for this convenient option today and make your day a little less hassle free.

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2016 Pittsburgh Zoo Safari Aug. 17

Join us at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for the ninth annual Pittsburgh Zoo Safari Wednesday, Aug. 17. Admission is free for Somerset County residents from 5-9 p.m. with a ticket. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST STARTING TUESDAY, JULY 5 at the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and Somerset County branches of Somerset Trust Co. Quantities of 10+ tickets are limited. Bus transportation to Pittsburgh is available for a fee. Click here for details.

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Painting Party To Benefit Aid Home

Join Leadership Somerset County for "Paint Madness" from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at the Somerset Children's Aid Home. Tickets are $35 and the event includes a basket raffle, 50/50, door prizes and light refreshments. All proceeds benefit Children's Aid Home Programs of Somerset County, Inc. For more information, contact Megan Critchfield at (814) 443-6567.

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Walk 93 Saturday, June 25

Join the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial and Leadership Somerset County for a memorial walk at Flight 93 National Memorial Saturday, June 25. Proceeds from Walk 93 will fund the purchasing of new trees and replacement of damaged trees at Flight 93 National Memorial. This public walk will raise awareness about the Flight 93 National Memorial as a place to honor the passengers and crew whose actions prevented an attack on our nation’s capital on September 11, 2001. Participants will experience the memorial’s Visitor Center and 2.28-mile Allée Walkway, Wetlands Bridge, and Western Overlook Trail. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Walk begins at 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to ensure plenty of time to visit the Visitor Center before the walk begins. For more information or to register, click here.

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Free Compliance Workshop July 7

Amerisolve, Ameriserv, Benefits Network and CTR invite area CEOs, CFOs and human resource leaders to attend a free seminar, Eliminate the Work and Worry of Compliance, July 7 at the Somerset Country Club. At this seminar, attendees will gain an understanding the new overtime rule and the impact on your organization;  learn how to protect your business from a DOL audit; learn the latest Affordable Care Act and regulatory news; learn about new fiduciary rules and your 401K plan; learn about integrating payroll/HR systems with ACA reporting; and what “repeal and replace” looks like? Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the seminar starts at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required by contacting Kari Imhoff at (814) 289-4232 or kimhoff@benefitsnetwork.biz.

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Bolser Academy Workshops

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College are proud to announce the creation of the Bosler Academy, a series of capacity-building workshops available at a reduced cost to local nonprofit and governmental agencies to aid them in becoming more effective, sustainable and strategic organizations. Course topics include: leadership development, grant writing and development, board development and governance, fundraising, strategy and strategic planning, marketing, and ethics and social responsibility. Click here to learn more about each of the seven workshops that will be included in the Bosler Academy. For more details or to register for the Bosler Academy,  please contact Penn Highlands Community College's Workforce Education Manager, Julie Davis, at (814) 262-3813 or jdavis@pennhighlands.edu. Participants from any Bedford, Cambria and Somerset county nonprofit are eligible for a 50% discount from Somerset Trust.

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Junior Achievement Golden Ticket Raffle