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Megashow: Home, Garden, & Business Expo

March 26 - March 28, 2021

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Local Loot

Our Local Loot Program, which is essentially a certified check can only be spent in local businesses (over 60+) and helps put local money to work. We promote local buying while supporting our impacted workers at the same time.

Purchase Local Loot online https://somersetcountychamber.com/our-store/

Check out the 60+ businesses that accept Local Loot!

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Events & Notes of Interest

The Georgian Place- Somerset BGCWPA Preschool Survey
BGCWPA Somerset County is seeking community feedback regarding preschool programming in the area. BGCWPA is looking to open a preschool program for ages 3-5 in the Georgian Place and wants to hear from families regarding need for care. We thank you in advance for completing this survey and look forward to expanding our programming to best serve the families and community in Somerset County.

January is Human Trafficking and Awareness Month, a time for us to reflect on those survivors as well as other agency personnel who have come together to help combat this global issue. Somerset County started a Human Trafficking Response Team in August 2019 to bring awareness to our community of trafficking in our area. Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act against the person. Women and children and more likely to become victims, with 15-17 year olds most likely becoming victims according to the U.S. National Trafficking Hotline. As COVID restrictions continue to stretch on, the lack of recreation for teens and adults, in combination with economic hardships, are a breeding ground for trafficking. 

Signs that someone is being trafficked can include the following: child is not living with parent, guardian, relative; tattoos/branding; isolation from family; multiple people living in a cramped space; frequently moving; having a pimp; working in the commercial sex industry; sharing sleeping quarters; living where they are working. Many survivors’ cases go unreported due to fear, coercion, or other issues. We as a community, need to become educated on human trafficking in order to help these 25 million victims worldwide.  

If your agency or organization would be interested in some training on Human Trafficking or if you have any questions, please reach out to our team. You can call Heather Snyder at 814-443-1555 or hsnyder@cambriasomersetvs.org or Sarah Bittner 814-445-1521 or bittners@co.somerset.pa.us. Also, if you suspect Human Trafficking is happening, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text “BeFree” to 233733.  

Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association News

  • In Pennsylvania, Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) announced the House committee chairs. READ MORE
  • The Barstool Fund, in support of the 30 Day Fund, is awarding grants to small business owners in need of help due to the impacts of COVID. The only requirement for small businesses is that their payroll is still on. MORE INFO
  • The PA Tourism Office has released November's travel indicators. DOWNLOAD

ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING
The introduction course provides students with a broad understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning,
allowing students to learn the purpose and value of an ERP system to an organization. Students will learn
the areas of a company affected by an ERP system by incorporating hands-on processes within multiple
disciplines. This course is built for those without any understanding, or very little understanding, of what
an ERP system is and how it can be used within an organization. This course is one of 4 courses required
to complete the Enterprise Resource Planning Certificate. Additional courses will be announced soon.
Dates: Thursdays, January 21 to March 4, 2021
Times: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Room: Remote
Penn State Eberly Campus Online Events
Check out all the courses at Penn State Eberly Campus fayette.psu.edu/ce

JA Inspire™ Virtual -February 26, 2021. 
JA Inspire Virtual is more than a career fair; it brings together the business community and local
schools and is designed to help launch middle school students into their future—high school,
college, and careers beyond. The program consists of three segments: (1) pre-event curriculum
that may be teacher-led in the classroom, delivered via a remote learning session, or completed
by students using the self-guided curriculum; (2) virtual career expo experience; and (3) postevent
debrief.
VFairs, the online interactive platform used to host the JA Inspire Virtual career expo, can be
used either in place of a face-to-face JA Inspire event or as an enhancement following a face-toface
event. Within the virtual experience, students attend webinars and presentations, explore
career booths, and interact with career speakers. The experience can be configured in a variety
of ways, depending on JA Area and local school district preferences.
To register your school for the JA Inspire Career Fair, please fill out the online form: http://bit.ly/JAVirtualCareerFair
To register your company for the JA Inspire Career Fair, please fill out the online form: https://bit.ly/JAVirtualCareerFair_Booth
For more information please contact, Meghan Konsugar Education Events Coordinator, mkonsugar@jawesternpa.org, 412.208.4747

Golden Meal Ticket 2020-2021
Tickets through Thursday, January 28, 2021 6:30pm
Win our biggest & tastiest raffle ever! You could be the lucky winner to take home a prize of $5,000 in gift cards from local restaurants! Check out our list of restaurants included in the raffle here

All proceeds from the raffle support Junior Achievement of Western PA’s efforts to provide educational programming to thousands of k-12 students which enable them to be financially responsible, workforce ready, and entrepreneurially minded Ultimately, this raffle could impact the lives of over 1,500 students in our area. There are only 5,000 tickets available. Each ticket has 2 chances to win! The winner is based on the PA State Lottery Big 4 Evening Drawing on January 28th, 2021.

Pick Up the New TrailGuide!***TrailGuide 17th Edition
Updated for the coming season and available here or on Amazon, TrailGuide: The Official Guide to Traveling the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage is your best resource for planning an outing.  Great photography, trail town maps, and mile-by-mile descriptions form the core of TrailGuide. It also outlines detailed itineraries for day trips, overnights, and thru-rides, and showcases lodging, restaurants, and shuttle services between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Best of all, it contains updated removeable weatherproof maps suitable for your pannier or backpack. Proceeds benefit maintenance and improvements along both trails. 

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