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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Experience Bavaria, Oktoberfest

Epic Journeys LLC of Johnstown has partnered with the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce to offer Alpine Splendors With Oktoberfest, an eight-day tour of Austria and southern Germany Sept. 16-23. Highlights of this escorted tour include visits to Mozart’s birthplace and St. Peter’s Churchyard in Salzburg; a tour of the Swarovski Crystal Factory in Innsbruck; a traditional Bavarian dinner in Oberammergau and a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s most recognizable castle; sightseeing in Munich and free time to experience all that is Oktoberfest. Click here for additional information, including fees and a more detailed itinerary, or visit Chamber members are eligible for a discount when booking this tour. For more information, contact Cynthia Watters at Epic Journeys at (814) 266-5070.

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WINS March Luncheon

Are you finding it hard to separate work from your personal life? Have you forgotten what a personal life is? Join Women's Information Network, Somerset County (WINS) on Thursday, March 12 as Carol Chernega presents, "A Gardner's Guide To A Balanced Life." Using garden analogies and entertaining anecdotes, Carol Chernega will show you how to cultivate the personal qualities you need to achieve balance in your life. You’ll learn when to stop and smell the roses; the importance of a secret garden; and why you shouldn’t ignore the thorns. You’ll come away with action steps to help you dig deep and regain joy in your life. Registration for this event, sponsored by State Farm agent Angi Tennant, begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the presentation at noon. Admission is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for nonmembers, and $10 for prospective members and guests (one-time only). For more information, click here or contact the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431 or Reservations are required by Friday, March 6.

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Megashow Expo Coming March 14-15

Spaces are still available for the 2015 Megashow Home, Garden & Business Expo March 14-15. 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 as well as prize donations for the Megashow sweepstakes. Contact the Chamber for details.

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Somerset County Spring Job Fair

Registration is open for the Somerset County Spring Job Fair, set for 1-6 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at the Quality Inn Conference Center, Somerset. Click here for a registration form. Information will also be available online at
Presented by

Allegany College of Maryland - Somerset County Campus
Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers
Baltimore Life (sponsor)
Bedford-Somerset MH/MR
Bittner Restaurant Group
Choice One Staffing Group
Meadow View Nursing Center
Mlaker Transportation (sponsor)
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
SCI-Laurel Highlands/SCI-Somerset
Seven Springs Mountain Resort (sponsor)
Somerset Trust Company (sponsor)
The Learning Lamp
Total Biz Fulfillment
Triangle Tech
Woodmen Of The World
YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles

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OnDemand Energy Information Session

Representatives from OnDemand Energy Solutions will be on hand to discuss OnDemand's commercial energy savings program at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 19 at the Somerset County Club. Learn about market dynamics and the impact on energy prices as the industry migrates from coal to natural gas and what consumer should do to protect themselves. Anyone who is a commercial customer should attend this event. There is no fee to attend. However, reservations are required by contacting the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431 or

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Outdoor Odyssey Open House

Visit Outdoor Odyssey, 5977 Somerset Pike, Boswell, for an open house from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Enjoy light refreshments and a tour of the camp’s special events center. For those who are unable to attend or who are interested in touring Outdoor Odyssey's other facilities, call (814) 629-6516 or email Information is also available online at

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Community Aces Challenge

The Friends of Laurel Hill State Park, the Confluence Creative Arts Center, the Somerset Conservation District and the Lincoln Highway Heritage Cooridor have all entered the Community Aces Challenge to try for a $15,000 grant for their respective organizations. You can help these organizations by voting daily online at through March 20. Winners will be announced during National Volunteer Week in April.

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Concession Stand Opportunity

Laurel Hill State Park is searching for interested parties to fill the recently vacated food and refreshment concession, located at the Laurel Hill Beach.  Additional information and application documents can be found online at or by calling the park office at (814) 445-7725. Applications must be received by April 1, 2015 for consideration.

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Introduction to Government Contracting

The JARI PTAC, in conjunction with the Somerset County Economic Development Council and the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, will be holding an informational workshop on March 24 in the Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative meeting room, located at 223 Industrial Park Road, Somerset. The workshop will include a presentation regarding getting started in government contracting including resources available, required registrations, and how to look for opportunities. Ample time will be allowed for questions, as well. Any business interested in learning about selling to the government is invited and encouraged to attend. Sign-in will begin at 9:45 a.m. with the workshop to begin promptly at 10 a.m. Registration is free, but RSVPs are required by March 20. For more information or to register, contact Lenora Leasure, JARI PTAC program manager, at (814) 254-4022 or

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JARI Training Programs

Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) is offering a number of training programs through the Jobs 1st Grant. The grant covers 75% of the cost and attendees are responsible for the balance (25%). Classes will be held in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon or Somerset counties. Click here for information on each of these training programs or contact Deb Balog at (814) 262-8366 or

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Cambria County Job Fair

Registration is now open for the Cambria County Job Fair May 2 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, Johnstown. Click here for more information or contact Debi Balog at (814) 262-8366 or

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Community Foundation Internships

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies encourages current high school seniors from Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset counties with an interest in community affairs, journalism and current events to apply for its Youth Philanthropy Internship. This innovative, paid summer internship will provide participants with an opportunity to identify and support solutions for areas of concern within our community. In turn, the Foundation expects to benefit by bringing youth perspectives to its grant making. For more information, click here. Applications are available online at and are due March 31. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and an undetermined number of candidates will be selected for an interview. Eight candidates will be selected for the internship and will be contacted by mid-May.

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MHFA Training of Instructors

Behavioral Health Services of Somerset and Bedford Counties, Inc. announces Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training of Instructors. MHFA is an evidence-based public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Upon successful completion of the instructor certification course, instructors are qualified to teach the eight-hour course where participants learn a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Mental Health First Aid is an effective suicide prevention training because the first step in the five-step action plan is to assess for risk of suicide or harm. The week-long training of trainers will be held April 6-10 at the Somerset Church of the Brethren. Interested instructors should complete the attached application and return it by March 23, 2015 for consideration.

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College Fair Publication

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) offers a new publication to prepare students who attend a college fair, including examples of questions to ask. Click on the link to request materials.

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Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony

The Veteran Community Initiatives (VCI) will be honoring living Vietnam veterans in Somerset and Cambria counties at a special ceremony Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Cambria County War Memorial. VCI is asking that local Vietnam veterans or their friends and families contact the VCI office and provide the veteran's name, rank, branch of service, dates of service, and proof of veteran status. A phone number, email (if you have one) and home address are also needed so veterans can be contacted with more details regarding the ceremony closer to the date of the event. If you would like to participate in this event or know of someone who should be honored, please fill out the attached form.

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Chamber Calendar

WINS: "A Gardner's Guide To A Balanced Life"
March 12, 11:30 a.m.
 Megashow Mixer
March 13, 5-7 p.m.
 Megashow Home, Garden & Business Expo
March 14-15
OnDemand Energy Solutions Information Session
March 19, 10 a.m.
 30th College & Technical Fair
March 26, 9 a.m. - noon
 Precision Fitness/Highlands Chiropractic Mixer
April 9, 5-7 p.m.
 Somerset County Spring Job Fair
April 23, 1-6 p.m.
 Penn Highlands Mixer
April 30, 5-7 p.m.

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.

2015 Chamber Scholarship

The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce is offering three $500 awards to area students. Applicants must be a member of the Chamber, an employee of a Chamber member, a child of a Chamber member or the child of an employee of a Chamber member. Some other restrictions apply. See application for details. Applicants must also be planning to attend a Chamber-member institutions. Click here for an application. Applications are also available at the Chamber office or from school guidance counselors. The deadline to register for the 2015 Chamber Scholarship is April 10. Winners will be notified on or before April 30.

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