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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

8th Annual Pittsburgh Zoo Safari

UPDATE ON PITTSBURGH ZOO SAFARI: We have run out of wristbands for this year's Pittsburgh Zoo Safari and have started a waiting list. If you have extra wristbands you will not be using, please return them to the Chamber so that others may attend. There are a limited number of seats available on the Chamber's school bus ($12 per person) and charter buses ($22 per person). For more information, call the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431.

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2015-2016 Leadership Class Recruitment

Recruitment is underway for the 2015-2016 class of Leadership Somerset County. This unique, 10-month program is designed to nurture new community and business leaders by providing an overview of specific areas of the region and to prepare them to face future challenges, thereby ensuring Somerset County is led by able, resourceful individuals. For more information, click here or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431.

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Antique Show Volunteers Needed

The Chamber is seeking volunteers to assist with the 45th Annual Somerset Antique Show, both with set-up before the show on Friday, Aug. 7 and during the show on Saturday, Aug. 8. If you or your team would like to help, contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com.

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Small Business Awards

The Saint Francis Small Business Development Center is seeking nominations for a slate of Small Business Awards to honor the Small Business Person of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Women in Business Advocate, and Financial Services Advocate. These awards are to recognize individuals who have contributed to the economic success of the small business community and to those who provide the support and resources for this success. Click here for additional information. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, Aug. 3 and nominees and nominators will be acknowledged at the awards program on Thursday, Oct. 15.

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Registration Open For Memorial Walk

Join the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, along with Leadership Somerset County, in their inaugural memorial walk, Walk 93, at the Flight 93 National Memorial on Sept. 26. Proceeds from Walk 93 will fund the building and maintenance of trails at the Flight 93 National Memorial. In addition to completing a 2.28-mile walk, Walk 93 participants will experience the memorial’s newly opened Visitor Center, Allée Walkway, Wetlands Bridge and Western Overlook Trail. Event-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the walk will begin shortly after 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they have plenty of time to visit the Visitor Center before the walk begins. Register online at www.flight93friends.org. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Rebecca Kuzar at (814) 893-6322, ext. 4, or rebecca_kuzar@partner.nps.gov.

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Playhouse Sponsorship Opportunities

The Mountain Playhouse is seeking sponsors to complete its 76th season, which includes three shows: "Church Basement Ladies IV – A Mighty Fortress (is our Basement)" Aug. 4-16, "The Hound of the Baskervilles" Sept. 15-27 and "Forever Plaid" Sept. 29-Oct. 11. Click here for additional information or contact Laura Argenbright at the Mountain Playhouse at (814) 629-9201.

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VISTA Volunteer Opportunity

The Somerset County Mobile Food Bank (SCMFB) has been awarded a one-year VISTA Volunteer position to assist in the county-wide distribution of food to eligible families. Details of the VISTA Program, including benefits and requirements can be found at http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista .This position will work in Somerset County, and the VISTA member should plan to live in or near Somerset County. For additional information, click here.

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Travel To Nashville, Tuscany In 2016

Epic Journeys LLC, Johnstown, invites area residents to enjoy two exciting travel opportunities in 2016. Enjoy a six-day trip to Nashville, Tenn., April 2-7. Visits include the Ryman Theater, the Parthenon, the Opryland Hotel, the Country Music Hall of Fame, a show at the Grand Ole Opry, a guided tour of Nashville and more. On the trip to and from Nashville, participants will make stops at the Corvette Museum, the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Creation Museum. In October 2016, Epic Journeys will take guests on a nine-day tour of Tuscany, Italy. Explore sights in Florence, including Michelangelo’s David, Piazza della Signoria, Castello di Verrazzano and more. Enjoy a wine tasting in the heart of Tuscany and visit San Gimignano, Montecatini, Pisa and other destinations. An optional four-day extension for a tour of Rome is also available. For additional information on either of these trips, contact Cynthia Watters at (814) 266-5070 or visit www.epicjourneystours.com.

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PACP Planning Spring Trip To China

Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals (PACP), in partnership with Citslinc International, Inc., is offering a 10-day tour of China April 7-16. Visit Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai as well as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Great Wall of China, Terra Cotta Warriors, the Bund, plus many other attractions. The cost is $2,299 per person (double occupancy) and includes roundtrip international airfare from Washington Dulles International Airport and Chinese domestic airfare, 4- and 5-star hotel accommodations, three meals each day, deluxe bus tours, fluent English-speaking tour guides, and entrance fees for attractions included on the trip’s itinerary. A valid passport for six months post trip and visa are required. Anyone can participate in this trip, but space is limited. Reservations must be made by Dec. 11. For more information, contact PACP Administrator Tiffany Fulmer Ott at (404) 312-0524 or tfulmer@tlfexecutiveservices.com.

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Women Making A Difference Nominations

The Pennsylvania and Marcellus Business Central, together with St. Francis University, is accepting nominations for the fifth annual “Women Making a Difference” publication scheduled to appear in the Sept. 18 edition. If you know of a woman deserving this spotlight, complete and submit a nomination form to
editor@pabusinesscentral.com or (814) 278-1303 (fax) by Friday, Aug. 28. Once collected, nominations will be presented to a third-party independent committee spearheaded by St. Francis University’s school of business. The selection committee chooses the finalists, whose success stories will be published in The Pennsylvania Business Central on Sept. 18.

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Community Foundation Grant Program

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ Youth Philanthropy Interns have released two Requests for Proposals – each of which will award up to $25,000. The interns have been assessing community needs through research, site visits, and interviews and have determined a need for two different programs. One would reduce alcohol consumption, violence, and experimentation (R.A.V.E.) among teens by providing alternative activities. The other initiative would facilitate networking and civic pride to inspire tomorrow’s local leaders. Both funding opportunities could be implemented in Bedford, Cambria, and/or Somerset counties. The deadline for proposals to be submitted to the Foundation is noon on Thursday, Aug. 6. Click here for additional details.


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VCI Symposium & Bus Trip

Veteran Community Initiatives, Inc. (VCI) and the Pa. Dept. of Military & Veterans Affairs will be hosting a free statewide symposium Oct. 10 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville. VCI and McIlwain's Bus & Charter Tours are offering a free, round trip from Johnstown to the event. For more information on the trip or the symposium, click here or contact Tina Pelesky, VCI community relations director, at (814) 255-0355 or peleskyt@atlanticbbn.net. VCI is also seeking sponsorships, both for the bus trip and for events at the symposium.

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Get U.S. 219 Updates

The completion of U.S. Route 219 is progressing. However, there is still a long way to go until we see the final edition of what would be a 1,500-mile trade corridor from Canada to Miami. Somerset County is a strategic piece of that corridor and it is up to us to continue placing pressure on elected officials and other entities to make this a reality. Continental One is an organization specifically created to promote the northern part of the 219 corridor. Business, government and community leaders from four states, multiple counties, along with Canada serve on the board and help direct the efforts of this organization in keeping U.S. 219 on the front burner. For those of you who want to know more about the ongoing efforts of Continental One and their efforts in completing 219, you can sign up for their free quarterly newsletter, packed full of information and updates on projects in this corridor, by clicking here.

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Vietnam Era Vets Recognition Ceremony

On Nov. 1, Veteran Community Initiatives (VCI) will be holding a special recognition ceremony at the Cambria County War Memorial for Vietnam (Era) Veterans living in Cambria or Somerset counties. 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, e-mail (if applicable) and home address are also needed so veterans can be contacted with more details regarding the ceremony closer to the date of the event. For more information, click here. The deadline to register is Sept. 11.

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