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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Open Fore Business Golf Tournament

Thank you to everyone who participated in, supported and volunteered during this year's Open Fore Business Golf Tournament June 22 at the Somerset Country Club. Visit the Chamber's Facebook page to see a photo gallery from this year's event.
America's County Sponsor
Somerset County Commissioners

Dinner Sponsor
Scott Wagner for Governor

Lunch Sponsor
AK Coal Resources, Inc.

Cart Sponsor
First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union

Putting Green Sponsor

MedExpress Urgent Care

Tee Sponsors
Allegany College of Maryland
Ameriserv Financial
Augustine Die & Mold Inc.
Augustine Plastics
Barnes Saly & Company, PC
The Buncher Company
Citizens Neighborhood Bank
DeVilbiss Healthcare
Donner-Farber & Associates Inc.
Duncan Financial Group
Edgewood Grove Storage
First National Bank
Krause Electric & Refrigeration Inc.
Luther P. Miller
Mosholder Insurance Agency
Mostoller Construction
Musser Engineering
Rainbow International
RMB Realty
Ron's Collision Center & Auto Sales
Congressman Keith Rothfus
Shane Shaffer Inc.
Shuster For Congress
Somerset Outdoor Equipment
Somerset Trust Co.
State Farm - Angi Tennant
Pa. Sen. Pat Stefano
Stoystown Auto Sales LLC
Swinston Travel
Town Planner

Refreshment Sponsors
Bittner Vending Inc.
CME Engineering LP
Inco Beverage
Penn Highlands Community College
Snyder of Berlin
Victorian Finance

$50,000 Putting Contest
Benefits Network Inc.

Hole-In-One Contest
Tri Star Somerset Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep

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Antique Show Advertising Opportunity

The Chamber is producing and distributing 5,000 copies of an old-fashioned newspaper-style tabloid to highlight the 47th Annual Somerset Antique Show & Appraisal Fair on August 12 as well as late summer and fall festivals in the region. This tabloid will be distributed the week of August 1 at area restaurants, businesses, stores and other locations as well as during the Antique Show, and the idea is to not only promote the Antique Show and festivals but to also encourage our thousands of out-of-town visitors to visit other area attractions during their visit or to make a return trip. This is a great opportunity to welcome visitors, offer coupons or discounts, and highlight restaurants, shopping and regional attractions to thousands of out-of-town travelers. For more information, click here or contact the Chamber. Space is limited and the advertising deadline is July 7.

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2017 Chamber Directories Available

The Chamber's 2017-2018 Community Profile & Membership Directory is now available. Approximately 15,000 copies were printed and more than 10,000 Somerset County subscribers of the Daily American received copies in their newspapers Monday, April 10. If your business or organization would like copies of the new directory, contact the Chamber. NEW: This year's directory includes money-saving coupons, which can also be found here on the Chamber website.

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Startup Alleghenies Kickoff Celebration

Day Of Caring Volunteer Opportunity

The United Way of the Laurel Highland’s Day of Caring Event is set for Wednesday, September 20, and United Way is seeking area organizations to formulate a plan to host a volunteer activity that will occur on September 20. The goal is to obtain volunteers from local organizations and/or businesses to assist your agency in completing a “larger than normal” volunteer activity. If you would like to participate in the Day of Caring, submit your “need” or “volunteer activity” to Matt Spangler, United Way community relationship manager, at before July 17.

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Excellence In Food Safety Awards

Are you proud of your business and the extra efforts taken by you and your employees when it comes to food safety and sanitation? Do you meet and exceed food safety standards? PRLA’s Excellence in Food Safety Award is your opportunity for the recognition you deserve. Winners are honored at PRLA’s annual Awards Gala in the fall. For criteria and more information, click here.

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Volunteers Needed For HV Metric July 15

The Hidden Valley Home Owners Association will be hosting its first Hidden Valley Mountain Metric Bicycle Challenge July 15. This destination event was created in an effort to bring potential new homeowners to the Hidden Valley community and to showcase the Laurel Highlands. In addition to the two routes (63 and 35 miles), there will be activities, music, food, wine, beer and ice cream all day for adults and children for nominal fees as the riders come in. Proceeds from the event will help support the Nordic Events of the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Winter Games. Please consider offering your time to volunteer. For more information or to volunteer, contact Madison Duran at (814) 443-3001 or or Sara Gray at (301) 523-1999 or

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Tourism Stakeholder Toolkit

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office and the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association have created a toolkit for tourism stakeholders to use to advocate for Gov. Wolf's proposed $10 million tourism line-item. The toolkit contains key messages and sample social media posts. Click here for content.

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9 For 9 Sporting Clays Fundraiser

Help support the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation and commemorate the 15th anniversary of the "9 for 9" Quecreek mine rescue during the 9 For 9 Sporting Clays Fundraiser Wednesday, July 26 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Registration for the 100-target tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Seven Springs’ Sporting Clays lodge. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by lunch and an awards presentation at 1 p.m. Pittsburgh-area celebrity Wendy Bell will serve as the celebrity emcee for the event, which will also include a silent auction and more. For more information or to register, click here. The Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation is also seeking volunteers and silent auction donations for this event. For more information, email

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Child Labor Laws For Summer Jobs

Once school is out for summer, many companies will take on help from local high school students. Make sure you're up to date on the latest child labor rules by checking out the Dept. of Labor's Child Labor Rules Advisor here.

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