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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Final Call For Chamber Dues

Don't let your Chamber membership lapse and risk losing out on all the benefits of membership. This is a reminder that the April 28 deadline for dues payment is quickly approaching. If a present cash flow issue is delaying your payment, the Chamber can offer a very flexible payment plan as an option; just let us know what we can do to help. Don't miss out on membership benefits like networking opportunities, marketing and advertising avenues, business referrals, savings on your energy bills, and so much more! Contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 if you have any questions regarding your membership.

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Open Fore Business Golf Tournament

Registration is now open for the 2017 Open Fore Business Golf Tournament, set for Thursday, June 22 at the Somerset Country Club. Click here for a registration form. Register by May 26 and be entered to win a Callaway Golf Eclipse GPS Unit (value $150). The Chamber is also seeking silent auction donations as well as volunteers to help during the event. To make a donation or to volunteer, contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com.

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2017 Chamber Directories Available

The Chamber's 2017-2018 Community Profile & Membership Directory is now available. Approximately 15,000 copies were printed and more than 10,000 Somerset County subscribers of the Daily American received copies in their newspapers Monday, April 10. If your business or organization would like copies of the new directory, contact the Chamber. NEW: This year's directory includes money-saving coupons, which can also be found here on the Chamber website.

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Showcase For Commerce Member Deal

Somerset County Chamber of Commerce members now have the opportunity to take part in the 27th Annual Showcase for Commerce, a nationally renowned business and industry trade show and defense contracting exhibition, May 30-June 1 in Johnstown at a special member-only rate, thanks to a partnership with the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce and JARI. This yearly event includes hands-on participation by U.S. Congressional leaders such as Sen. Bob Casey, Sen. Pat Toomey and Rep. Keith Rothfus while bringing together regional, national and international organizations looking to do business with area companies. Showcase for Commerce also provides networking opportunities for more than 2,000 attendees during a variety of activities over the course of three days as well as educational opportunities to learn the latest developments and trends in government contracting. Over the years, billions of dollars in local contracts have been awarded during this major event. For more information on Showcase for Commerce, including exhibitor rates, visit www.showcaseforcommerce.com or contact Sherry Cole at the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 536-5107 or sherry@johnstownchamber.com.

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Garmin Basecamp Volunteer Needed

The Chamber tourism committee is working on an initiative to create driving tours in the county to promote tourism and needs a volunteer who is familiar with the Garmin Basecamp program. The volunteer needs to know how to create, manipulate and produce GPS routes using the program. Suggested routes will be provided to be converted to GPS usage. If you are knowledgeable with Basecamp and would like to volunteer a small amount of time, contact Jason Kaplitz at (814) 615-9138.

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Discount Idlewild Tickets Available May 1

Join in the fun at Idlewild Park & SoakZone for this year's Somerset School Picnic Day Saturday, June 3. Discounted tickets of $21 (regular admission $44.99) will be available for purchase at the Chamber May 1 through May 26, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchases are cash only and tickets are nonrefundable, but may be used any operating day in May, June 2-4 on weekdays through June 22, and Sept. 2-4, 9-10 and 16-17. An additional $13 surcharge will be charged at the gate if tickets are used weekdays after June 22 or on weekends after June 4. See ticket for details. For more information, call the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or Idlewild Park & SoakZone's Group Sales Department at (724) 238-3666.

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Cambria County Job Fair

Registration is open for the Cambria County Job Fair Tuesday, May 2 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center. For more information, click here.

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HR Benefits Risks Seminar

Join Benefits Network for a special seminar, "HR Benefits Risks and How to Protect Your Organization," Thursday, May 18 at 8 a.m. at Oakhurst Grille & Event Center, Somerset. Special guest attorney Anne Lavelle will discuss real life HR examples of how employers get themselves in hot water through inadvertent and costly missteps, the latest news and insights regarding the "repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act, and more. For more information, click here or contact Kari Imhoff at (814) 289-4232 or kimhoff@benefitsnetwork.biz.

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Birthright Carnation Sale

Celebrate the mothers in your life this Mother's Day with a gift of carnations from Birthright. All proceeds will stay in Somerset County to help pregnant mothers in need receive the care and guidance their babies deserve. Carnations will be available for delivery or pickup May 12 and May 13. Contact the Somerset Birthright office at (814) 445-9300 to place an order.

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Give A Dam III May 19

Tickets are now on sale for this year's Give A Dam fundraiser Friday, May 19 at The Hayloft. Enjoy a night of music, food, and fun to raise money for Somerset Lake Dam and Somerset Lake Nature Park. All proceeds will be given to Somerset Lake Action Committee to help reach their goal of revitalizing public property to create the county's first family friendly nature park. The vision includes walking trails, picnic areas, pavilions, improved parking areas, a playground, fishing areas and upgraded lake access. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Whitehorse will perform 7-9 p.m. Diamond Star Halo will perform 9-11 p.m. Food vendors and alcohol will be available. For tickets, click here.

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Child Labor Laws For Summer Jobs

Once school is out for summer, many companies will take on help from local high school students. Make sure you're up to date on the latest child labor rules by checking out the Dept. of Labor's Child Labor Rules Advisor here.

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Changes To Federal ID Law Coming

Eleven passenger and cargo airlines have implored the Pennsylvania legislature to comply with a federal Department of Homeland Security Real ID law that requires states to change driver’s licenses to reduce counterfeiting. Pennsylvania is the largest state that has not complied with the law, passed by Congress after the 2001 terror attacks. Federal officials told Pennsylvania in October that the state would get no more extensions because it had made no effort to comply. The Wolf administration in January was granted a six-month reprieve through June 6. But after June 6, a Pennsylvania driver’s license will no longer be accepted as a valid ID at military bases, nuclear facilities, and other federal sites. Continue reading the article here.

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Rec The Alleghenies

Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers has partnered with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP) and You in Flood City for the Rec The Alleghenies Expo Saturday, May 13 from noon to 6 p.m. at Greehnouse Park. Organizers are looking for any indoor or outdoor recreational groups that community members can join in (i.e. dancing, painting, knitting, kayaking, hiking, running, horseback riding, etc.) -- anything to get our community moving, social, and using their minds and bodies. The Rec Expo is a super interactive day that invites all organizations, groups, clubs, and park representatives to bring their equipment, crew, and passion to show-off to our community members. This event is meant to get people really involved and MOVING; trying out equipment and figuring out if any of these crazy activities are something they can really dive into. For more information, click here or contact Tasha Adams at (814) 262-9600, ext. 1552, or tadams@alucp.org.

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PA Chamber Membership

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry offers members of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce with 10 or fewer employees a free membership. Benefits include: information on legislation and advocacy efforts that affect their businesses; action alerts on pressing, key issues; grassroots involvement with the PA Chamber's government affairs lobbying team; discounted, members-only pricing on the PA Chamber's renown educational and compliance programs and publications; a monthly newsletter, Small Business - Big Voice, featuring articles and information on advocacy issues and efforts affecting their business; and increased visibility in the marketplace an in the state legislature. For more information, contact Jeffrey Albright, director or membership, at (717) 720-5568 or visit pachamber.org.

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cellhelmet Offer For Chamber Members

Through a partnership with ChamberChoice, Chamber members and their employees receive 50% off retail price on all cellhelmet products. To access your discount, simply enter your local Chamber name (including the word Chamber) in the discount field at checkout and your discount will be applied. If you have any questions regarding the cellhelmet products, or problems with the discount field, contact Russ York at cellhelmet at (724) 244-4716 or russ.york@cellhelmet.com.


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