Chamber News & Announcements

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ChamberChoice News

Chamber members and their employees receive 50% off retail price on all cellhelmet products! ChamberChoice has proudly partnered with cellhelmet, a manufacturer of high­ quality accessories for smartphones, tablets and mobile devices. Since landing a spot on ABC’s Shark Tank, cellhelmet has introduced a multitude of innovative mobile accessory lines, including screen protection, car and wall charging solutions and magnetic car mounts. Most importantly, all cellhelmet accessories carry a lifetime warranty. To access your discount, simply enter your local Chamber name (St. Marys Area Chamber) in the discount field at checkout and your discount will be applied. Visit www.cellhelmet.com to take advantage of your member discount.

Chamber Choice Webinar: “BenAdmin Platforms” – Thursday, April 13 at 10:00 AM  Join us for a webinar to learn about reducing the spend, simplifying the HR workload, and satisfying employees. Click here to register.

PFEW Business Program Excites Local Students

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW), an award­-winning summer program for high school students, will be marking its 39th year this summer. Founded to teach high school juniors and seniors about the American private enterprise system, PFEW now holds five sessions for over 2200 students each summer on the campuses of Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Participating students become management teams of junior executives who operate imaginary companies under the guidance of volunteer “executives-on­-loan” for a computer-simulated three­ year period, working with balance sheets, income statements, market share surveys, etc., and reacting to a variety of external factors. The Chamber is proud to support PFEW and encourages our local companies and civic organizations to provide both sponsorship for students and volunteers for the sessions. All students attend PFEW on a fully tax­-deductible $575 scholarship (the actual value of the scholarship is about $1,500) which is provided by a local firm. Students wear their sponsor’s name throughout the week and report to the sponsor after the session. PFEW is an approved organization through the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. For more info, call the Chamber or contact Scott Lee, Foundation for Free Enterprise Education VP of marketing & development, at 814-833­-9576 ext. 101 or  scott@pfew.org. PFEW is open to all current PA sophomores and juniors, and information and applications are available on the website. Questions? Contact Amber Goss, Schools Assistant for PFEW, at 814-833­-9576 ext. 103 or  amber@pfew.org.

News & Announcements From SMACC Members

Headwaters Can Help Add Capacity To Your Organization

In 2015, Headwaters was awarded a team of AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers to create and implement the Living Greener Program, which creates opportunities that meet the needs of individuals within the context of supporting a green economy. It is a holistically centered approach to developing skills to enable our most vulnerable populations to be successful in life. It provides increased opportunities for participants to gain insight and appreciation into the region’s careers and major industries while promoting awareness of our abundant natural resources. As the team began working in our communities, partnering organizations began to ask how we could help put AmeriCorps to work for them. We are excited about the opportunity to offer organizations the chance to bring AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers in to tackle some of our most pressing issues and to begin creating a larger VISTA presence in our area.  All over the country, VISTA Volunteers are working on projects like these: creating adult literacy awareness campaigns and recruiting volunteer tutors; setting up transitional housing dedicated to helping the homeless turn their lives around; expanding programs to help low­ income families obtain affordable health insurance; recruiting mentors for children of incarcerated parents; organizing shelter and job opportunities for victims of disasters, and much more. If you have a project or program that could use an energetic, passionate, person dedicated to bringing individuals and communities out of poverty, please reach out to Heather Conrad at hconrad@hwct.org or 814­-594-2339.

18th Annual Tournament of Bands Indoor Competition – April 1

Indoor percussion, color guard, dance team, and twirlers! Saturday, April 1 at 2 PM in the St. Marys Area High School gymnasium.

BC3@Brockway 2nd Annual Career Fair – April 6

The goal of BC3@Brockway’s 2nd annual career fair is to provide career opportunities and current job openings to high school, college students, and all residents within the surrounding communities who are seeking full-time, part-time, or summer employment. The event will be held at BC3@Brockway, 1200 Wood Street in Brockway, from 10 AM – 2 PM on April 6.

High School Student Job Fair – April 21

Seeking companies to attend the Job fair on Friday, April 21, from 8:00­ – 11:00AM in the St.Marys High School Gymnasium. The high school job fair is a free event open to local companies looking to hire. Meet with students from Cameron County, ECC, Johnsonburg, Ridgway and St. Marys Area High Schools who are eligible to work. Students will be looking for a variety of employment options including: summer jobs, full and part time jobs, Co­Op positions, school­to work and apprenticeship opportunities. Companies in Elk and Cameron Counties with hiring needs are encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity to fill the employment needs of companies with local, hard­working and dedicated youth. Register online using the quick link below or contact the Community Education Center (814)781­3437. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 13th. High school students interested in attending can sign up in their high school guidance offices. REGISTER NOW!

Craft & Home Brew Event at the Edgewood – April 22

One Session – 6:30 – 9:30 PM. Tickets $25 at the door, $20 in advance. Live entertainment with JB Unplugged! Tickets available at the St. Marys Chamber, Ridgway Chamber, St. Marys Beverage, Anderson & Kime, The United Way, and Pam Schlimm’s Beauty Salon. For more info call The St. Marys Area United Way at 814-781-6000.

IRC Manufacturers Growth Conference – May 17

Learn best practices to create and sustain profitable growth! Being competitive and growing your business in a dynamic global economy is challenging. You may have great assets of people, equipment, technology, and processes, but are you maximizing their potential? Join us to learn about world-class best practices from national and local experts. Topics include how to breakdown jobs, standardize work, and train effectively; transfer years of knowledge to less experienced workers; find, develop, and retain good employees; identify new markets for diversification; generate qualified leads and acquire new customers; and commercialize a proprietary product and protect your products and ideas. Keynote address by PA State Representative Matt Gabler. For details and registration info visit http://www.nwirc.org/events or call 814-898-6888.

3rd Annual Headwaters Flyfishing Challenge – June 2

The 3rd Annual Fly Fishing Challenge is set for June 2 at the University of Pittsburgh ­Bradford campus on the West Branch of the Tunungwant Stream. This year’s goal is to raise  $45,000 to improve habitats on the East and West Branches of the Clarion River and West Branch of the Susquehanna River. For more info & registration forms, visit http://www.hwct.org.

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