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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

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.
Sponsors and donors:
1st Summit Bank • Allegany College of Maryland - Somerset County Campus
Allstate Insurance, Tonia Pittman • Altoona Curve • Ameriserv
Applebees • Arcadia Theater • Aspire Grant & Development
Benefits Network • Bittner Vending • Buffer Creek Sporting Clays
Camp Harmoy • Chemstream Inc. • The Chuckwagon
Citizens Neighborhood Bank • CME Engineering • Coal Tubin
Conemaugh Township Supervisors • The Crow's Nest • Daniel Shaffer's Inc.
Denny's • DeVilbiss Healthcare • Double Z Quilting Service
Duppstadt's Country Store • 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.
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
Olde Towne Bakery & Cafe • Penelec - A First Energy Company
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College • Pine Grill
Rainbow International • Red Lobster
Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic • Rey Azteca
ServiceMaster Restore • Somerset Candy Co. • Somerset Galleries
Somerset Hospital • Somerset Outdoor Equipment
Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative • Somerset Trust Co. • Snyder of Berlin
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 Graduation June 15

Join us in celebrating the 2016 class of Leadership Somerset County during a special graduation ceremony Wednesday, June 15 at The Hayloft. This graduation ceremony is the culmination of the 10-month program for the 2016 class. Members will present their individual group projects before receiving their certificates. The event also includes lunch and a presentation by guest speaker Lladel Lichty, community relations manager for United Way of the Laurel Highlands. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the lunch and program at noon. Admission is $25 per person. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, click here or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, June 8.

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Tour of Tuscany Deadline June 1

Time is running out to book your tour of Tuscany with Epic Journeys. All reservations for the nine-day tour Sept. 30-Oct. 8 must be placed by Wednesday, June 1. Click here for details 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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2016 LHPC Photo Contest

The Laurel Highlands Photography Club invites anyone with an interest in photography to enter its 2016 photography contest. This year’s contest includes six amateur categories and three professional categories. See the contest entry form, available online at, for details and instructions. Contest entries will be accepted from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at the Somerset Historical Center. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in all but the professional categories. Only those placing first in the professional categories will receive cash prizes. Each person entering the contest will receive admission for two to the Art in the Museum reception set for Tuesday, June 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Somerset Historical Center. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. during the reception. Winners need not be present to receive an award. Entries will be on display at the Somerset Historical Center from June 14 through June 28. Due to space limitations, all submissions may not be displayed. Winning entries will also be displayed at Somerset Hospital in early July. For more information, contact the Laurel Highlands Photography Club at

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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 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