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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
BAYADA Pediatrics
Bedford-Somerset MH/MR
Bittner Restaurant Group
Bittner Vending, Inc.
Cambria Rowe Business College
Choice One Staffing Group
County of Somerset
CVS Health
Experience Works
Family Behavioral Resources
Forever Broadcasting
Geneva College Dept. of Professional & Leadership Studies
Interim Healthcare
Meadow View Nursing Center
Mlaker Transportation (sponsor)
Pennsylvania Academy of Cosmetology
Pennsylvania CareerLink Somerset County
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Pennsylvania National Guard
QNS Recruiting
Rest Assured Residential Living
Safari Contract Cleaners
Savemore 2 Makemore
SCI-Laurel Highlands/SCI-Somerset
Seven Springs Mountain Resort (sponsor)
Siemon's Lakeview Manor
Somerset Hospital
Somerset Trust Company (sponsor)
Spherion Staffing
Stoner Quality Water Inc.
Suit-Kote Corporation
Tableland Services, Inc.
The Baltimore Life Companies (sponsor)
The Learning Lamp
Total Biz Fulfillment
Triangle Tech
Woodmen Of The World
YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles

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WINS Luncheon May 14

Join Women's Information Network Somerset County (WINS) for its 2014-2015 season finale, "WINS: Leading Ladies," on Thursday, May 14 at the Somerset Country Club. The development of new leaders is essential to the growth and vitality of a region, and the Leadership Somerset County program has played a significant role in leadership development for more than 12 years by offering local professionals an extensive overview of what makes this county and region work. Join us as we hear from guest speakers Anna Baird (Green Gables), JoAlyce Kopinski (Somerset Trust), Melissa Minnick (Somerset Hospital), and Rose Svonavec (Somerset County Clerk of Courts) who have successfully completed Leadership Somerset County and hear their own stories of how the program impacted them both personally and professionally. Registration for this event, sponsored by First Commonwealth Bank, begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the presentation at noon. For more information, click here or contact the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431 or The deadline to register is Friday, May 8.

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Travel To Germany, Oktoberfest This Fall

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. 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. The deadline to sign up for this trip is Friday, May 15.

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Tableland Seeks To Fill Vacancy

The Community Action Partnership for Somerset County (Tableland Services, Inc.) is seeking an experienced senior manager to fill the position of early childhood education director. Qualified candidates are required to have a bachelor’s degree in education, management or social services and a minimum of three years’ experience in childhood or administrative management. The position oversees the Head Start, Early Head Start and PA Pre-K programs. For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Gough at (814) 445-9628.

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Circulatory Centers Grand Re-Opening

Circulatory Centers and Dr. Thomas Doyle invite you to attend the grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, April 21 from 4-6 p.m. for the new Somerset location at 608 Georgian Place, Somerset. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be available. For more information, call (814) 314-8043.

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EITC Program Workshop

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and the Somerset County Campus Foundation for an informational workshop on the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program at noon on Monday, April 20 in room 30 of the Somerset County Campus of Allegany College of Maryland. This workshop will provide more information about the EITC program which is administered by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). To be eligible for the program, companies need to apply to DCED, beginning May 15, and obtain approval in order to receive a 90% tax credit for a two-year commitment or a 75% tax credit for a one-year commitment. To attend, contact Sue Funa, coordinator of Community, Foundation, and Workforce Development for the Somerset County Campus, at (814) 445-9848, ext. 6136 by April 17.

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Community Needs Assessment

Tableland Services, Inc. is conducting a needs assessment survey for all Somerset County residents. The purpose of the survey is to identify the needs of Somerset County residents in the areas of childhood education and care; transportation; housing; weatherization and other areas. Responses from the survey will be used to help Tableland better provide the services that are needed by County residents. Please complete the survey and distribute it to your friends, colleagues and family members in Somerset County. The survey is available online. Paper copies of the survey are available by contacting Tableland at (814) 445-9628.

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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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Bridges Out Of Poverty Committee

Tracy Shultz, MS, HealthChoices Project Manager at Behavioral Health Services of Somerset and Bedford Counties, Inc. (BHSSBC), is seeking interested parties to serve on a committee to move the Bridges Out Of Poverty program forward, including providing Getting Ahead classes and consideration for the Circles Program. For more information, contact Tracy Shultz at (814) 449-4891, ext. 4105, or Information on these programs can also be found online at

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Boys & Girls Club Steak & Burger Dinner

The Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County will be hosting its Steak & Burger Dinner & Auction Wednesday, April 22 at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Somerset. Click here for details or contact the Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County at (814) 445-1802 or

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Telling Amy's Story

Soroptimist International of Somerset County will be hosting three sessions of  "Telling Amy's Story" this spring. In this powerful video, "Telling Amy’s Story" 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. For more information, click here. Each session will include a light dinner and a special presentation by Katelyn Clem of the Women's Help Center. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.

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ACM Somerset County Showcase

Visit Allegany College of Maryland's Somerset County Campus Thursday, April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a Somerset County Showcase. Learn more about financial aid, transfer opportunities, general college information and more. Click here for more information or contact ACM at (814) 445-9848, ext. 6100.

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Government Contracting Workshop

The JARI PTAC, in conjunction with the Somerset County Economic Development Council and the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, will be holding a free informational workshop on government contracting on Tuesday, May 5 in the Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative meeting room, located at 223 Industrial Park Road, Somerset. Sign-in will begin at 9:45 a.m. with the workshop to begin promptly at 10 a.m. 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. Registration is free and the deadline is Friday, May 1. To register or for more information, contact Lenora Leasure, JARI PTAC program manager, at (814) 254-4022 or

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'Give A Dam' Fundraiser

Help support the Somerset Lake Dam and Somerset Lake Park projects through the Give A Dam Fundraiser Friday, June 19 at The Hayloft, Rockwood. A Leadership Somerset County community project, this event will feature live bands, food vendors and more. Tickets will go on sale as of May 1. The group is seeking sponsors and basket donations for the event. For more information, click here.

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Chamber Calendar

 Somerset County Spring Job Fair
April 23, 1-6 p.m.
 Penn Highlands Mixer
April 30, 5-7 p.m.
 WINS: Leading Ladies
May 14, 11:30 a.m.
 Mega Mixer
May 14, 5-7 p.m.
 Open Fore Business Golf Tournament
June 11
 Mountain Playhouse Mixer
June 17, 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.