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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Happy Holidays From The Chamber!

WINS: "Telling Amy's Story"

Join Women’s Information Network, Somerset County (WINS) as Katelyn Clem of the Women’s Help Center presents, “Telling Amy’s Story,” Thursday, Jan. 8 at the Somerset Country Club. The program follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on Nov. 8, 2001. The hope is that telling this story can change outcomes for the millions of victims, survivors and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day. The program is presented in part by Soroptimist International of Somerset County. Registration for the event, sponsored by State Farm agent Angi Tennant, begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the program at noon. Admission is $15 for Chamber members and $20 non-members. Prospective members can attend for a one-time reduced fee of $10. Registration is required. Click here or contact the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431 or for more information or to register.

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Chamber Dues, Update Forms For 2015

Be on the lookout for 2015 Chamber membership dues statements and update forms, which were mailed at beginning of December. Members renewing their membership before Dec. 31 will receive a 2% discount on their dues. In addition to each member’s dues statement, members should receive basic information, directory information and online information update forms. This will be the only notice you receive to update your membership information for both the 2015 member directory publication and the Chamber’s online membership directory. Please look over the information carefully and make any necessary changes. If you do not return your forms to the Chamber, your information will remain unchanged and as is in both the online directory and in the printed membership directory. If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431.

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2015 Megashow Registration Open

Registration for the 2015 Megashow Home, Garden & Business Expo March 14-15 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. The Chamber is also seeking sponsors for the Megashow Mixer on Friday, March 13. Contact the Chamber for details.

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Chamber Membership Directory

The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce staff has begun work on the 2015 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, works or visits the region. More than 16,000 copies are printed annually and are distributed to all Chamber members, area hotels, new residents and approximately 12,000 Somerset County subscribers of The Daily American. Representatives from The Daily American and the Chamber are selling advertising for this project and should be contacting you regarding advertising opportunities. As an added feature, many of the directory ads include advertising on the Chamber’s website. Click here for more information, or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or Kathy Shriner, Daily American advertising executive, at (814) 444-5942.

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New Brochures Available For Distribution

Copies of the 2015 Somerset County Festivals & Events Brochure and the Somerset County Tourism Guide are now available at the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce. Contact Missy Holiday at (814) 445-6431 or to request bulk quantities for distribution at your business or organization.

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2015 Tourism Grant Program

Applications for 2015 Somerset County Tourism Grants are available online at Applicants may also call the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau at (724) 238-5661, ext. 101, to request an application and set of guidelines be mailed to them. All applications for Somerset County businesses applying for 2015 Tourism Grants must be received by or delivered to the LHVB by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9. Ron Virag, LHVB president and CEO, can help answer any questions applicants have through the application process. Virag may be reached at (724) 238-5661, ext. 105, or

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Kneppco Ride & Drive Event

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

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UPDATE: Residential Energy Program

The Somerset County Chamber’s Residential Energy Savings Program is again available through our partnership with ChamberChoice and OnDemand Energy Solutions. There are a few changes this year, including a new provider, so here are the particulars on the program. The new energy provider for the ChamberChoice Residential Energy Program is Constellation Energy, an Exelon Company. Constellation Energy is a leading competitive supplier of power, natural gas, renewable energy and energy management products and services for homes and businesses across the continental US. The program launched Monday, Nov. 24, and all consumers with valid contract end dates are welcome to enroll online or by telephone. If you are unaware of your contract end dates and are currently enrolled in the ChamberChoice Friends & Family Energy Program, call FirstEnergy Solutions customers service line, 877-204-9520. Contracts that are terminated prior to their contract end date are subject to an early termination fee. All Energy Program participants will be offered a $50 Visa Gift card with enrollment. To enroll by phone, call 855-544-3830 and speak to a Constellation residential representative. Tell the representative that you are calling in regards to the ChamberChoice Residential Energy Program so that you are eligible for the $50 Visa gift card. To enroll online, visit and click the residential button. Keep a current energy bill handy to reference your account number. For information on energy savings for commercial accounts, call OnDemand Energy Solutions at 888-566-3362.

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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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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: "Telling Amy's Story"
Jan. 8
 Megashow Mixer
March 13, 5-7 p.m.
 Megashow Home, Garden & Business Expo
March 14-15

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.