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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

RECAP: Awards Reception

On October 20, the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce honored its 2016 annual awards recipients at a special reception at the Somerset Country Club. The Chamber would like to congratulate this year's recipients as well as thank Citizens Neighborhood Bank and Inco Beverage for their sponsorships. Visit the Chamber's Facebook page to see a photo gallery from the reception. Recipients will also be recognized at the Chamber's Annual Dinner November 10 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

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Chamber's 76th Annual Dinner Nov. 10

Help the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce solve a murder mystery on Moonshine Mountain at its 76th Annual Dinner on Thursday, November 10 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort! The evening will include ample networking opportunities, a "strolling buffet" of local products, recognition of the Chamber's Annual Award winners, the Chamber's famous "Parade of Baskets" and more. Click here for details. Admission is $65 for Chamber members and $85 for nonmembers. Various sponsorships are also available. Those who RSVP by October 24 will be entered to win a prize valued at $100+. Reservations are requested by November 3. No reservations will be accepted after November 10. For more information, contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or
Event Sponsors
Somerset Trust Company
Copper Kettle Highway Sponsor
Victorian Finance

Copper Kettle Highway Sponsor
AK Coal Resources
Pritts Distillery Road Sponsor
Somerset Hospital

Pritts Distillery Road Sponsor
Allegany College of Maryland - Somerset County Campus
Glades Pike Sponsor
Indiana First Bank Lending Office
America's County Gazette Sponsor
Penelec First Energy

America's County Gazette Sponsor
Citizens Neighborhood Bank
Awards Reception Sponsor
Knepper Insurance Group
Moonshine Mountain Sponsor
Benefits Network

Culinary Adventure Station Sponsor
Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1801
Culinary Adventure Station Sponsor
Snyder of Berlin
Culinary Adventure Station Sponsor

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2017 Somerset County Tourism Grants

Applications for the 2017 Somerset County Tourism Grant Program are now available online. All applications must be delivered to or received by the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau by 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 18. Grants will be determined and announced in January. If you have any questions, contact Georgia Robinsky at or Renee Seifert at

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Financing Your Business Seminar

Join the Somerset County Commissioners, JARI, Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, Somerset County Economic Development Council, Ameriserv, Somerset Trust Co., and Wessel & Company for a free seminar, "Financing Your Business in 1, 2, 3" Wednesday, November 16 at the Somerset Country Club. This seminar is targeted to lenders, entrepreneurs, small businesses and professional service providers. Find out about the following programs: Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ), JARI Growth Fund, SBA Microload Program, SBA 504 Program, Somerset County Economic Development Council (SCEDC), Southern Alleghenies Loan Programs, Saint Francis Small Business Development Center, and State Loan Programs. Registration begins at noon followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. and the seminar from 1-2:30 p.m. The seminar is free to attend, but reservations are requested by November 11 by contacting Lauren Brewer at (814) 535-8675 or

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Electronic Payment Now Available

The Chamber now offers a fast and easy way to 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. EZ Pay is 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. Monthly or quarterly payment options available. Have your dues deducted automatically from your account on a monthly or quarterly basis. Instead of one large payment, pay in small installments throughout the year. 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 EZ Pay. Contact the Chamber to set up your payment account. We will need your bank account number, routing number and contact information for any questions we may have. EZ Pay is free an 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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Somerset County Job Fair

Couldn't make it to the Somerset County Job Fair on October 18? Visit to see a list of employers and organizations that participated in the event as well as available job openings and training opportunities at those businesses.
Allegany College of Maryland - Somerset Campus • Ameriserv Financial
Best Window and Door Company • Daily American
Family Behavioral Resources • First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union
Forever Media • Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1801
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College • QNS Recruiting
 Riggs Industries • Saint Francis University - Adult Degree
Schneider • Seven Springs Mountain Resort/Hidden Valley Resort
Sheetz • Somerset County Technology Center • Somerset Trust Company
Southeast Menu Mate • Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board
Spherion Staffing • Stoystown Auto Wreckers LP • The Patriot

See Paris, Normandy With Epic Journeys

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, click here or contact Cynthia Watters at (814) 266-5070. Guests can receive a 10 percent discount by booking the trip before November 29.

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Free Contractors Seminar

Wessel & Company will be hosting a free seminar, "Industry Briefing for Manufacturers & Government Contractors," Thursday, October 27 at Westmoreland County Community College. Topics include manufacturing industry updates and trends; state and local tax risks and opportunities; new leases accounting standards impact to financial planning and relationships; and government contractor industry updates and trends. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program following from 9 a.m. to noon. Breakfast and refreshments will be available prior to the program. The seminar is free to attend, but attendees are asked to pre-register by contacting Stephanie Blalock at (814) 536-7864 or

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Free Town Planner Event Listings

LIST YOUR EVENTS FREE! There is no better way to have your event well attended than it being listed on everyone's favorite calendar and website, The deadline for submission of your community events to appear in one or more of the 2017 nine local Tri-State area Town Planner print calendar editions which will be mailed this coming December to over 90,000 local households is October 30. Events can be emailed to or go to, create your own account, and enter your own events. Community-based and nonprofit events are always listed FREE! But hurry, space is limited. Call (301) 729-2940 for more information.

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U.S. 219 Study

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (MDOT/SHA), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have collaborated on a Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) study. This study is currently underway for the US 219 corridor which extends approximately 8 miles from the southern end of the Meyersdale Bypass in Somerset County, Pa., south to Interstate 68 in Garrett County, Md. The PEL study is conducted as part of planning, and occurs prior to and separate from NEPA. During PEL, no "project" studies are conducted to determine if a potential project exists. Data collected and analyzed during the PEL study can be used during future project development, as funding for improvements becomes available. PEL allows for an analysis of optional study alignments, and consideration as to whether portions of those alignments can be cleared environmentally, designed and constructed as stand-alone independent projects. Stand-alone projects identified during the PEL study must have independent utility, have logical termini and not restrict potential options for future reasonably foreseeable transportation improvements. A PEL study “acknowledgement” from the FHWA was issued on July 21, 2016. The PEL document is available online and in public repositories throughout the project area.

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Vietnam Veterans Commemoration

Pa. Senator Pat Stefano will recognize and honor the Vietnam veterans of the 32nd Senatorial District for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States with a special commemorative ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 5 at Somerset Area High School. In accordance with Public Law 110-181 SEC.598, the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and “in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War.” A special Vietnam Veterans’ lapel pin has been produced as part of the commemorative program and will be distributed to attending veterans. In order to attend this event and to be eligible to receive the commemorative pin, the recipient must be a United States veteran who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of stationing location. To fully accommodate all who wish to attend, and ensure a sufficient quantity of the commemorative pins, register for the event by using this online form. Questions regarding the event may be directed to Sue Quinn in Senator Stefano’s district office at (724) 626-1611.

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OSHA Compliance Course

Gain a thorough understanding of how OSHA works and get up-to-the-minute information on the latest general industry changes in OSHA regulations and standards through a 30-hour OSHA compliance course December 12-16 in Altoona. For more information, click here.

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