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Annual Chamber Dinner November 9

Join the chamber and other "happy camper" chamber members at our 77th Annual Dinner Thursday, November 9 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The evening includes great networking opportunities, a strolling buffet featuring a menu highlighting local products, recognition of the chamber's annual award winners, the chamber's famous "Parade of Baskets" and more! Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a formal welcome at 6:30 p.m. Click here for details. Various sponsorship opportunities are available to highlight your business and support the chamber. Those who RSVP before October 23 will be entered to win a prize ($100+ value). If you are interested in volunteering your time before, during or after the dinner OR if you'd like to make a donation to the "Parade of Baskets," contact the chamber.
Victorian Finance
Trail Blazer Sponsor
Knepper Insurance Group
Happy Camper Sponsor
Riggs Industries
Happy Camper Sponsor
Citizens Neighborhood Bank
Awards Reception Sponsor
Somerset Hospital Medical Staff
Awards Reception Sponsor
Somerset Trust Company
Awards Reception Sponsor
The EADS Group
Campfire Sponsor
Penelec First Energy
Campfire Sponsor
Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #101
Camp Somerset Sponsor
OnDemand Energy Solutions
Camp Somerset County Sponsor
Snyder of Berlin
Camp Somerset County Sponsor
The Patriot
Camp Somerset County Sponsor
Craig & Carolyn Saylor
Awards Reception Sponsor

Lamar Advertising
In-Kind Sponsor

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Chamber Awards Reception

The Chamber honored its slate of 2017 award winners at a special reception Thursday, October 19 at the Somerset Country Club. Recipients were: Michele Beener, Outstanding Person of the Year; Sarah Bittner, Somerset County Young Gun; Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation, Betty Haupt Memorial Tourism Award; Dr. V. Krishnan Nair, Harold W. Wheeler Jr. Memorial Humanitarian Award; JoAlyce Kopinski, Grant B. Miller Award; Jason Kaplitz, Ambassador of the Year; Debi Balog, Workforce Education Star; Liberty Outdoors, Entrepreneur of the Year; and Whitehorse Brewing LLC, Somerset County Ag-Business Award. Many thanks to Citizens Neighborhood Bank, Craig & Carolyn Saylor, Somerset Hospital medical staff and Somerset Trust Company. Recipients will also be honored at the Chamber's Annual Dinner Thursday, November 9 at Seven Springs.

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Customer Service Workshop October 26

Time is running out to register for the nationally acclaimed workshop “A Passion for Service: How to Win Customers and Reduce Lost Sales” Thursday, October 26. Customer service expert Drury will present two identical “Passion for Service” workshops at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at ServPro of Somerset County & Westmont, Somerset. During his presentation, he will discuss how employees can stay motivated; build and maintain a positive attitude; communicate respect to every customer; remember and use customer names; personalize service; listen effectively; make a great first impression;  turn irate customers into the best customers; overcome stress and burnout; and take pride in one’s job. For more information or to register, click here or contact the Chamber.

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Explore America's Canyon Country

Join Epic Journeys LLC on an eight-day canyon country adventure Oct. 9-16, 2018. Highlights include visits to Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Lake Powell, Antelope Slot Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and the "Strip" in Las Vegas. The tour includes breakfast each day, four three-course dinners and a farewell dinner in Las Vegas. The cost is $2,235 per person (double occupancy) plus airfare, but those booking this trip before Nov. 28, 2017 will only pay $1,999, a savings of more than $200. For more information, click here or call (814) 266-5070.

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Tomahawks Somerset County Night

Somerset County Tourism Brochure

The Chamber is in the process of updating its Somerset County Tourism Guide. Approximately 60,000 copies of this brochure will be distributed at the Chamber office, area businesses, in more than 80 regional Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau brochure racks, at 14 Pa. Welcome Centers, and in Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland through Little Mountain Promotions LLC. Inclusion in this guide is free but exclusive only to current paid Chamber members and the deadline to be included in the new brochure is quickly approaching. If you have not yet submitted your updates for your business listing for this publication, please do so immediately. Contact the Chamber for details.

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2018 Tourism Grant Program

Applications for the 2018 Somerset County Tourism Grant Program are now available online. See the attached forms below.
Grant Criteria & Guidelines
2018 Tourism Grant Application: Marketing
2018 Tourism Grant Application: Visitor Center
Grant Budget Worksheet
Grant Expenditure Form
Tourism Grant Second Half Reporting
Tourism Grant Final Reporting
Additional information, including information on the Fayette and Westmoreland county grant programs, can be found at All applications must be received by the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau by Friday, November 17.

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SBDC Business Survey

The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce is conducting a brief survey to determine the needs of businesses in our community. We are partnering with our local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Saint Francis University. This short 5 to 9 question assessment will enable us to develop and deliver services to help you address your business challenges. We respect your time and would greatly appreciate your feedback! Please use this link to complete the assessment.

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Boys & Girls Club Steak & Burger Dinner

Help support the Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County through its annual Steak & Burger Dinner on Thursday, November 2 at 5 p.m. at Eagle View Elementary School. Click here for details, or contact Jamie Barron at (814) 444-7252 or

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Beware Of Hurricane Scams

With Houston still reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, many people are wondering how they can help. One of the best ways to do this is by donating to a charity that helps victims affected by natural disasters. Unfortunately, however, due to the prevalence of tax scams, taxpayers need to make sure the organization they donate to is not a fake charity set up by unscrupulous criminals looking to make a fast buck or get people's personal information. To continue reading, click here.

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Chamber Of Commerce Month

Governor Tom Wolf has officially declared October 2017 as "Local Chamber of Commerce Month" in Pennsylvania. Click here to see the full proclamation.

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