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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

WINS: "Women In Politics"

Join Women's Information Network, Somerset County (WINS) for its November luncheon Monday, Nov. 3 (please note special date) when Somerset County Commissioner Pamela Tokar-Ickes presents, "Women In Politics." On the eve of the 2014 General Election, Tokar-Ickes will discuss the role women have played in politics, from the women's suffrage movement to the White House, to Somerset County in between. 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 or to register, click here. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 29.

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Tourism Works For Somerset County

The Chamber is pleased to welcome economist Dr. Steve Morse to Somerset for "Tourism Works In Somerset County" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Somerset Historical Center. In his presentation, Morse will identify and discuss the top three reasons why tourism plays an important role in Somerset County's economic development. In addition, he will share strategies on how communities and regions similar to Somerset County have leveraged their unique tourism attributes to position themselves for future economic development. Morse will discuss how the arts, culture, history and location of outdoor adventure tourism opportunities can be leveraged into higher quality of life factors attracting new businesses, entrepreneurs and expanding current businesses offerings. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required by contacting the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com.

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74th Chamber Annual Dinner

Join the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce for this year’s 74th Annual Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. in the resort’s Exhibit Hall. Click here for an invitation or here for a RSVP card. The evening includes great networking opportunities, a menu highlighting local products and recognizes the winners of the Chamber’s Annual Awards. Mary Jo Myers, sponsor of the USS Somerset and wife of retired USAF Gen. Richard B. Myers, will be the evening's keynote speaker. The Chamber is also seeking prize donations for its popular "Parade of Baskets" during the dinner. Guests can supplement their dinner experience with an exclusive chef’s demonstration and tasting with Seven Springs Executive Chef Sandro Marcato from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the resort’s Wintergreen Room. Seating is limited and reservations are requird. Please RSVP to the Chamber by Nov. 11. No reservations will be accepted after Nov. 14. Contact the Chamber for more information or to RSVP.

Volunteers are also need to help with the dinner, both before and during the event. If you'd like to help, please contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com.

Sponsors:
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
All America's County Sponsor
Riggs Industries
Big Game Fish Sponsor
First Commonwealth Bank
Hook, Line & Sinker Sponsor
Allegany College of Maryland Somerset County Campus
Blue Heron Sponsor

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USS Somerset Coins

The Chamber has USS Somerset coins for sale. These coins, which commemorate the commissioning of the USS Somerset in March, are $8.48 each. Contact the Chamber for more information.

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Roof Garden Barbershop Chorus Show

Mark your calendars for the Roof Garden Barbershop Chorus Show Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Somerset Area Senior High School auditorium. Faces 4 Radio, the Barbershop Harmony Society 2014 International Senior Quartet champions, will be the guest performers of this year's show. Altoona's Sweet Adelines, a champion ladies' barbershop chorus, will also perform. Tickets can be purchased at Laurel Arts, Somerset Trust, the Chamber, at the show or from any Roof Garden Barbershop Chorus member. For more information, contact Ken Halverson at (814) 443-4858 or Larry Shober at (814) 267-4042.

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ITNAmerica Community Forum

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Behavioral Health Services of Somerset and Bedford Counties, Inc., together with the Somerset County Foundation have joined forces with ITNAmerica® to organize a community survey and forum to build a case for bridging the transportation gap in our rural community. The forum is from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Area Agency on Aging of Somerset County. Keynote panelist Katherine Freund, founder and president of ITNAmerica®, and local experts on this issue will speak to the distinct transportation challenges Somerset County residents are facing. All panelists will engage in a Q&A with attendees as well. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, click here or contact Rob Stemple, community outreach & rehabilitation liaison, VisionCorps Somerset County, at (814) 445-1310, ext. 4470.

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Giant Map Available To Schools

The Learning Lamp will be bringing the National Geographic Giant Map of the Pacific Ocean to area schools Nov. 10-21. Any schools interested in hosting the map should call (814) 262-0732.

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Manufacturers Job Fair

Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) and Pennsylvania CareerLink Cambria County are hosting a Manufacturers Job Fair Thursday, Nov. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cambria County War Memorial, Johnstown. The Manufacturing Job Fair is for employers interested in hiring full-time and part-time employees and distributing career information. Businesses that provide employment and training program services are also encouraged to participate. Table space is free but must be reserved. Additional information available by contacting Renee Shaw, business services coordinator, PA Careerlink at rshaw@goodwilljohnstown.org or (814) 533-2493.

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Somerset Co. Grant Writing Workshop

The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, in conjuction with the Somerset County Commissioners, Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and the Meyersdale Area Merchants Association, will be hosting a Somerset County-specific Grant Writing Workshop at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 at Morguen Toole Co., Meyersdale. Learn what you need to know about tourism grant program in Somerset County and how to write a complete and successful grant. This event is free, put reservations are required by Friday, Nov. 7 to either the LHVB at (724) 238-5661, ext. 101, or the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431.

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Somerset Borough Decorating Contest

If you live in Somerset Borough, enter your home in the Outdoor Christmas Decorating Contest. Judging will take place between 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12. Please leave your outdoor lights/decoration on during that time period. Only decorations that can be seen from the street are considered for the contest. There is no fee to participate. To enter the contest, e-mail your name and address to ChristmasinSomerset@gmail.com by Dec. 10. For additional information, click here.

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Laurel Highlands Marketing Summit

Registration is open for the Laurel Highlands Visitor Bureau's Interactive Marketing Summit on Friday, Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fred Rogers Center, Saint Vincent College. This day-long workshop is perfect for both small business owners and marketing professionals who want to learn about the latest trends and techniques in online marketing. Content topics include: the lastest updates on search engine optimization (SEO); getting the most out of your Google Analytics; social media marketing trends; and tips on developing a comprehensive digital marketing campaign. Admission is $35 for LHVB partners and $40 for non-partners and includes refreshments and lunch. For more information or to register, visit www.laurelhighlands.org/summit or contact Michele Wisnesck at mwisnesck@laurelhighlands.org.

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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 Nov. 6 at the Holiday Inn Express, Johnstown, with the eight-week course beginning Nov. 13. For more information, contact Jeff Davis at (814) 931-1963 or jeff_davis@dalecarnegie.com.

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Residential Energy Program Returns

The ChamberChoice Energy Program, managed by OnDemand Energy Solutions, is in the final stages of negotiating an agreement with a new energy supplier which will result in the opportunity to relaunch a residential energy program for Chamber members in the near term. The targeted effective relaunch is early November. Residential homeowners interested in this program should visit www.ondemandenergy.com and click on the residential savings button. By entering in their contact information on the OnDemand Energy website, homeowners will then be automatically notified with the official program launch and continuing residential program offerings. By promoting the ChamberChoice Energy Program negotiated residential rates to all residents, local Chamber businesses will reap benefits, as homeowners with lower energy bills will have more discretionary income to spend at local Chamber businesses. Homeowners may also call 1-866-699-9968 to speak with a program representative. Additional Chamber collateral material will be made available upon program relaunch in early November.

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Counselor Workshops

Every year, PHEAA and PASFAA partner to provide financial aid workshops throughout Pennsylvania. These workshops cover financial aid programs that are available to assist students seeking post-secondary education. The information delivered at the workshops is designed specifically to help staff at high schools, career links, legislators' offices, intermediate units, community agencies, children and youth services organizations, and others who may be considered "first responders" when it comes to providing assistance to current and prospective post-secondary students. Click here for a list of workshops and more information.

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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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