Chamber Member Benefits
The Chamber places high priority on creating and developing benefits that add to the value of Chamber Membership. For more information on any of these benefits, please call The Chamber at 814-943-8151.
Advocacy. Through a number of active committees – in particular the Legislative Action and Transportation committees – The Chamber advocates at the local, state, and federal levels on behalf of its members. The Chamber works closely with the U.S. Chamber, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, and other chambers in the region on those advocacy efforts.
Blair Business Mirror is a tabloid newspaper published monthly by The Chamber in cooperation with the Altoona Mirror. The publication features Chamber news, stories on Chamber Members, an opportunity for members to advertise at reduced rates.
Blair County Township/City Maps are available for purchase at The Chamber office. They feature a detailed map of the cities of Altoona and Hollidaysburg and also provide maps of surrounding townships. Chamber members receive a number of free maps and can purchase additional maps at a discounted price.
Bulk Mail Rates are offered to Chamber Members in good standing. Members can use The Chamber’s bulk mail permit number to significantly reduce the cost of postage for qualified mailings.
Business Bulletin is The Chamber’s weekly email newsletter highlighting the Chamber programs,
events, advocacy issues and news that affect Blair County Businesses. Subscriptions are free to all Chamber Members.
Buy Here. Live Here. initiative is The Chamber’s effort to encourage more local purchasing of products and services by Blair County businesses and consumers. The promotional aspects of the program include a strong media presence, a website, and a monthly newsletter highlighting businesses that attempt to change buying habits in favor of local providers.
Buy Here. Live Here. Discount Program encourages members to purchase products and services from one another at discounted prices. The Chamber provides cards to all employees of Chamber-member businesses. There is no cost associated with placing an offer.
Certificates of Origin are provided free of charge, for Chamber Members who export their products outside of the United States.
ChamberChoice is a health insurance plan offered through the Chambers of Commerce Services Corporation. For more information regarding this plan, please call 800-377-3539. (When asked which region, please respond Central PA.) Click here to learn more about ChamberChoice. For more offers from ChamberChoice, please click here. For Commercial Energy information, contact Cheryl Hefft at 717-575-4807.
Chamber Energy Program is an affiliated program through ChamberChoice. The Chamber’s energy program features discounted commercial and residential rates on electricity to Chamber-member businesses and their employees. Click here to sign-on to the energy program. Click here for an informational flyer.
Chamber Foundation is a 501 © (3) foundation created by The Chamber to offer tax advantages to businesses or individuals willing to make contributions to any of the educational programs currently operated or endorsed by The Chamber.
Discounted Rates are offered to all Chamber Members in good standing, and their employees, who choose to participate in educational and networking events held throughout the year.
Mailing labels assist Chamber Members in marketing their products and services. The Chamber provides the opportunity for members to purchase (at a reasonable cost) mailing labels of the businesses and organizations that comprise the Chamber Membership.
Marketing Investments are available for Chamber Members to gain valuable exposure for their businesses. Affordable advertising is available for all forms of media and targeted audiences.
Membership Directory is published annually and distributed throughout Central Pennsylvania and beyond. The directory includes information about the organization, a county profile, and a Buyer’s Guide. Copies of the directory are available for sale at The Chamber office and are in every hotel room in Blair County to assist visitors in leaerning about the area and encouraging them to patronize Chamber businesses. Copies are provided at no charge to Chamber Members.
Privilege Pages are inserts in the mailed issues of the Blair Business Mirror. This offers Chamber Members the opportunity to promote products, services or programs. Privilege Pages are a cost-effective way for members to target market their products and services.
Ribbon Cuttings: Chamber Ribbon cuttings are available at no cost to Members. The chamber will work with the member to coordinate the event, which includes pre- and post-event publicity.
Social Media has become a high priority for The Chamber during the past few years. The Chamber’s Facebook presence has allowed the organization to promote programs and events and to highlight the involvements and accomplishments of Chamber Members. The Chamber anticipates greater social media participation in the future.