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Join us on Oct. 30 at the Seven Springs Resort Conference Center for our Chamber’s Night Out, “An Interactive Celebration of Progress.” Formerly, it was our annual dinner, however this year we want to hop it up and make it a celebration as we tout our county’s successes, while hearing from all of you on what we can do to impact the future. We have created an atmosphere where everyone will have an opportunity to offer their suggestions and ideas on how we can grow our county and continue our progress.
Imagine big boards and “post it” notes! Your feedback will go directly into the chamber’s strategic plan and help us identify the issues we need to explore for our future success. These results will also be utilized to explore and launch new programs, benefits and other chamber initiatives to better serve our members. The evening will still include that wonderful array of food, prepared by the culinary staff of the resort and set up into grazing stations around the room. This format has been well received and has created a walk around meet & greet atmosphere that helps you connect and network with new business and community leaders.
As always, we will still have our auctions and prize drawings that have always been a huge hit. Special entertainment and surprises will add to the atmosphere and make this event a special night for everyone. This year, we will bring the award presentations back to the event and will now be presented at the beginning of the event, which allows a better opportunity for the winners to be announced, personally honored and congratulated.
It’s extremely important that we get together and share ideas and look at the issues that impact our county and region. We are working to create that environment with this event and help continue our progress and keep this county the ultimate place to live, work, play and do business.
We urge you to come out on Oct. 30 and support this mission and invite other staff and employees to join us too. Their opinions and feedback are crucial to our future.
Any new business joining the Chamber between Sept. 1st and Dec. 31st can receive the rest of 2019 for FREE. We also are waiving the $15 initiation fee to join.
Somerset Trust Company to host a regional seminar in support of area businesses engaged in the Maple Production industry.
At this free educational event attendees will learn how they can grow their business through tapping into the lucrative international marketplace. Experts will speak on the freight forwarding, documentation, and compliance aspects as well as the overall export process. There exists a host of free resources available via the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s export promotion program. These services will be covered in the presentation along with information tailored specifically for Maple Producers.
The event will be oriented toward companies that have never exported before but would like to know more about the process and the local resources available to them. Seasoned exporters are also welcome to attend, as these programs are quite robust and can help even the most experienced individuals.
Thursday, October 31st
The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center has scheduled pre-business planning seminars for September. The seminar is for people who are interested in opening and operating their own business. The seminar is free. Below are the scheduled dates:
Topics to be discussed are feasibility issues, marketing, recordkeeping, business plans, legal issues, regulations/taxes and financing.
Pre-registration is required for the seminar 48 hours prior to scheduled date. Interested persons may contact the Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center at (814) 472-3200 or register online at https://www.francis.edu/SBDC-Workshops/
Chamber's Night Out
Looking for a way to promote or market your business, organization or upcoming event? The Chamber offers a number of marketing and advertising options for members. Details coming soon!