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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Session Explores Hospital Challenges

Join the Chamber Feb. 18 for a comprehensive overview of healthcare in Pennsylvania. Hospitals, whether they are major medical centers, independent community hospitals, or small, rural providers, are facing a myriad of challenges. First and foremost is the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act. There are also regulatory changes and new payment models from Medicare and the roll out of high deductible/high co-pay health plans. Join us as A.J. Harper, president of the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania, walks us through these challenges and what hospitals are doing to respond. Click here for more information. Registration is required by Tuesday, Feb. 16.

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Megashow Coming March 12-13

There is still time to register for the 2016 Megashow Home, Garden & Business Expo March 12-13 at the former Builders Surplus Building, Somerset. Click here for a registration form and instructions. Members of the Chamber and the Somerset County Builders Association qualify for discounted rates on booth spaces.

The Chamber is seeking prize donations for use in the Megashow Sweepstakes, which is free and open to everyone, including members of the public not attending the show. Businesses donating prizes will be recognized both at the show and in marketing materials for the event. Donations should be delivered to the Chamber by Friday, March 4.

Event volunteers are also needed to help with setup, admission and door prizes throughout the weekend. For more information or to donate a prize or your time, contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or

Also be sure to join us for a Megashow preview during the Megashow Mixer Friday, March 11 from 5-7 p.m. RSVPs are required in advance by contacting the Chamber.

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Info Session on Google Street View

Have you heard? The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Google Maps “Street View” photography team to bring the popular 360 Street View technology inside our member business establishments! Having a “Street View” virtual tour of your business on Google brings more people inside your business. Learn more about this exclusive program at a free, no-obligation information session with Jim Hilker, Google Street View photographer director, at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at the Somerset Country Club. While this event is free, pre-registration is required by contacting the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or Learn more about this program here.

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New Workforce Education Page

As part of its initiative Success In Somerset County, the Chamber will be launching a workforce education webpage to better connect the local business community with area students and educators. This page, accessible 24/7 on the chamber’s website, will be a one-stop-shop for details on scholarships, programs, events, training sessions and other useful information. Each month, an e-newsletter will be distributed to area school districts for distribution to students, parents, faculty and administrators. For more information on this project or to be included on the mailing list, contact the Chamber.

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WINS addresses substance abuse

Drug addiction has grown by epidemic proportions in our county and is especially increasing in our school-aged children. Join us for the March 9 session of Women's Information Network Somerset County (WINS) when a panel of experts will discuss the challenges they face in keeping our communities drug free and teaching our children the consequences of substance abuse. For more information or to RSVP, click here or contact the Chamber.

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2016 Chamber Membership Directory

Chamber members, showcase your business, services and products to thousands of potential customers by advertising in the Chamber's 2016 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 11,000 Somerset County subscribers of The Daily American, to Chamber members and throughout the year at area hotels, events, to new residents and more. Click here for more information or contact the Chamber.

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Youth Philanthropy Internship Program

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies invites current high school seniors from Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset counties (with a passion for community involvement, public relations, and current events) to apply for the 2016 Youth Philanthropy Internship. Applications are available online at and are due February 29. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and a select number of candidates will be asked to visit the Foundation for an interview. Eight candidates will ultimately be selected for the internship.

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Veterans Outreach Event Feb. 17

Wessel Military Tax Program

DoD Training Opportunities

Calling all defense contractors. Don’t miss this opportunity to register for the SA Defense Industry Adjustment Initiative Training Programs. The Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission and its regional development partners, with support of the Commonwealth of PA, have received a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) grant to assist defense contractor’s transition into new markets. The following training sessions are available for eligible businesses at no cost if a company representative successfully completes the training. To qualify for the training, companies must reside within the SA six-county region of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon or Somerset counties. Companies must have been or still be a registered DoD contractor. Click here for more information.

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Community Needs Assessment Survey

Every three years, Somerset Hospital must conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment to ensure that the services and programs that it offers align with the top needs of the members of its Somerset County Community. Please take a few moments to complete the survey by clicking here. If you complete the survey and provide your contact information, you will be entered into a contest to win one of ten $25 Walmart Gift Cards.

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2016 Soroptomist Scholarship

Soroptomist International of Somerset County is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. Click here for details. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 11.

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Junior Achievement Titan Challenge

Junior Achievement is seeking both schools and businesses to participate in this year's Titan Business Challenge March 10 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. For more information, click on the appropriate link or contact Junior Achievement at (814) 266-2125.

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Chamber Calendar

 News at Noon: Challenges Facing the Hospital Industry Today and Beyond
Feb. 18, 11 a.m.
Google Street View INSIDE Presentations
March 1, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
 WINS: The Battle for Drug Prevention in Our Community
March 9, 11:30 a.m.
 Megashow Mixer
March 11, 5-7 p.m.
Megashow Home, Garden and Business Expo
March 12, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
March 13, noon - 5 p.m.
 31st College & Technical Fair
March 30, 9 a.m. - noon

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

Chamber Scholarship

The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce is offering three $500 awards to area students. Click here for an application and criteria. The deadline to register is Friday, April 8. Winners will be notified on or before April 29.

Residential Energy Savings Program

Through a partnership with OnDemand Energy and TriEagle Energy, the Chamber is excited to offer an exclusive residential offer for members of Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and their family and friends. Click here for more information. Be sure to use the code 'ONDEMAND' when prompted.