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 Public Policy 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 and stories on Chamber Members, and an opportunity for members to advertise at reduced rates.
Blair County Township/City Maps are available for purchase at The Chamber office. The map features a detailed map of the cities of Altoona and Hollidaysburg and also provides maps of surrounding townships. Chamber members receive a free map 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 affects Blair County Businesses. Subscriptions are free to all Chamber Members.
Buy Here Bucks is a gift certificate program that benefits our Members by promoting local spending. This program is free for Members to participate. Non-members may participate for one year for $150. For more information contact the Chamber at 943-8151.
Buy Here. Live Here. is the Chamber’s county-wide effort to encourage local purchasing of products and services. The program is directed to both businesses and consumers and strives to create greater awareness of the benefits of keeping dollars circulating through avenues of local commerce.
Buy Here. Live Here. POWER Card encourages members to purchase products and services from one another at discounted prices. Chamber members are encouraged to place a discount/offer on the card available exclusively to other Chamber Members. POWER Cards are provided to all employees of Chamber-member businesses. No cost is 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.
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 residential energy program. Click here for an informational flyer. For Commercial Energy information, contact Cheryl Hefft at 717-575-4807.
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.
Digital & Print Advertising Opportunities are available to Chamber members. Digital advertising is available in the Chamber’s weekly email newsletter and on the Chamber’s website. Numerous print advertising opportunities are also available.
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.
Geneva College Program: The Chamber has partnered with Geneva College to offer scholarships to Leadership Blair County graduates who wish to pursue further education. Graduates of Leadership Blair County will receive a $2,000 scholarship toward a 36-credit major of the Adult Degree Programs or toward the 36-credit MS in Leadership Studies program.
Job Board: In an effort to help our Members grow and be successful, the Chamber launched a Job Board on which Members can post open positions completely free of charge.
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 sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available for Chamber signature events and programs and provide members the opportunity to target market their business.
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 learning about the area and encourage 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.