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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Megashow Coming March 25-26

The Chamber is seeking volunteers to help with this year's Megashow Home, Garden & Business Expo March 25-26 as well as during the Megashow Preview Spectacular March 24. Volunteers are needed to work the admissions table, assist with the prize raffle and man the Chamber's booth. If you're interested in volunteering your time, contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com.

Don't forget to make your reservations for the Megashow Preview Spectacular! From 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 24, see the Megashow Home, Garden & Business Expo before it opens to the general public. Bring your friends, staff and clients to enjoy great networking, good food, prize drawings and more! Admission is $5 per person registered before March 22 or $10 per person at the door. Sponsorships are also available. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com.

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News at Noon March 16

Join the Chamber for News at Noon: Employee Stock Ownership Plans Thursday, March 16. During this luncheon, Kevin McPhillips, executive director/CEO of the non-profit Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership (PaCEO), will provide an overview of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan basics. Participants can learn how to be paid handsomely for some or all of their business while dramatically improving productivity and rewarding and engaging employees. For more information, click here or contact the Chamber. Reservations are requested by Friday, March 10.

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College & Technical Fair March 29

More than 40 schools and organizations have already signed up to participate in this year's College & Technical Fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 29 at the 28th Military Police Company, Friedens. This annual event is free and open to the public, but is specifically designed to assist high school students and their families explore higher education and other opportunities after graduation. For more information or to see a list of participants, click here. The event will also include an employer panel highlighting careers available in our area.

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2017 Chamber Scholarship

Applications for the 2017 Somerset County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship are now available. Applicants must be a member of the Chamber or a student of a Chamber-member school, university or college; 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. The deadline to apply for the 2017 Chamber Scholarship is April 7. Winners will be notified on or before April 28. The scholarship application, as well as information on other scholarships, training programs and workforce education opportunities, are available on the Chamber's Workforce Education page. Sign up for a monthly e-newsletter by contacting Sheena Baker at sheenab@somersetcountychamber.com.

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Experience Cuba Oct. 28-Nov. 5

The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and Epic Journeys LLC of Johnstown invite area residents to tour Cuba’s charming colonial towns and Havana Oct. 28 – Nov. 5. Highlights of this tour include a bike tour of historic Camagüey, a ride in an Old Styler car, a visit to King Ranch, a tour of historic Trinidad, a two-night stay in Clenfuegos, visits to a Cuban cigar factory and the Bay of Pigs Museum, three nights in Havana, visits to Colon Cemetery and Revolution Square, an exploration of local architecture, music, baseball, art and culture, and much more. The trip includes round-trip airfare from Miami to Cuba, stays in four-star or higher hotels, breakfast each day, seven lunches and six dinners, including a farewell dinner in Havana. The tour price is $3,839 per person (based on double occupancy). A $250 deposit is required at the time of registration and final payment is due July 15. For more information on this tour, visit www.epicjourneystours.com or contact Cynthia Watters at (814) 266-5070.

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Open Fore Business Golf Tournament

Mark your calendars! The 2017 Open Fore Business Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, June 22 at the Somerset Country Club. Additional information will be available in the coming weeks.

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2017 Youth Philanthropy Internships

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies encourages current high school seniors from Bedford, Cambria, Somerset, and Indiana counties (with a passion for community involvement, public relations, and current events) to apply for the 2017 Youth Philanthropy Internship. Throughout the eight-week paid internship, participants will use their skill sets to identify and support solutions for areas of concern within our community, while bringing a youthful perspective to the Foundation’s grantmaking. The 2017 YPI is scheduled to run from June 19 to August 11 in downtown Johnstown. Former interns are quick to point out that this is “far from a typical internship.” Over the course of the summer, interns will work in teams to create and implement a youth philanthropy project, which will culminate in awarding grants to local agencies that serve the region. In order to develop the project, the interns will research a variety of issues facing local neighborhoods, identify service priorities, build funding guidelines, solicit request for proposals, and ultimately award funding. Interns will not only learn the basics of grantmaking but also create media advocacy pieces, volunteer for community organizations, and earn money — all while gaining greater knowledge about our  region. The internship is funded by a grant from The Heinz Endowments, and mirrors the Endowments’ highly successful Summer Youth Philanthropy Internship. The Heinz Endowments supports multiple efforts to make western Pennsylvania a great place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion. The Community Foundation recognizes the growing need to closely understand how area issues affect local teens and, therefore, offers this opportunity for the Class of 2017 to work with its staff as paid summer interns. Ideal candidates should be able to work in teams, demonstrate strong communication skills, and be able to interview, collect, and report information. Applications are available online only at www.cfalleghenies.org and are due March 10. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and a select number of candidates will be asked to visit the Foundation for an interview. Eight candidates will ultimately be selected for the internship.


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Neilan Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Francis and Elizabeth Neilan Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, which recognizes and rewards outstanding and innovative teaching in the Somerset Area Senior High School that promotes educational attainment, enhances student development and achievement of educational goals, and inspires engagement in the community and the world. Founded in 2016, the award is presented by Mary Neilan Stansfield, a graduate of Somerset Area High School, in memory of her parents, Francis and Elizabeth Neilan. The $1,000 annual cash award is presented to a current classroom educator. One half of the award shall be used for the purposes of personal and educational development with the remainder applied to direct educational or classroom support. For additional information, click here. Completed packets should be submitted to the district’s administrative office no later than 4 p.m. March 31.


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Military Tax Return Program

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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