Altoona — The Altoona/Blair County Chamber will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 6 at 11:30 a.m. for a new Downtown Altoona restaurant called Bill Sell’s BOLD.
The restaurant, located at 1413 Eleventh Avenue, will offer lunch, dinner and off-premise catering and will feature flavors of the Southwest, Caribbean and Spain. It will also boast “new world” wines of Argentina, South Africa and Australia. Bill Sell, co-owner of the restaurant along with his wife Brooke, has previously worked as a chef at the Altoona Hotel, the U.S. Hotel and the Johnstown Marriott.
Altoona — Pennsylvania ’s most significant economic opportunity, perhaps in its history, already is making inroads throughout the Commonwealth. But what will Marcellus Shale mean to Blair County and what can businesses do to participate in the process? Those answers and more will be part of a presentation by Jason Fink, Executive Vice-President of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, at the Aug. 12 Blcair County Chamber Breakfast Club.
Fink will present, “Impacts of Marcellus Shale and Opportunities for Blair County .” He’ll focus on what services already are being accessed in the county related to the mammoth project and where additional services will be needed. The cost to attend the Breakfast Club, which is held at The Casino at Lakemont Park beginning at 7:45 a.m., is $16 for Chamber Members and $25 for non-members. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register online. Holiday Inn Express is the corporate sponsor for the Breakfast Club.
Altoona — Michael McLanahan, Chairman of the Board and CEO of McLanahan Corporation, will be the ninth recipient of the Blair County Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence. The award will be presented at the Business Excellence Dinner on June 7 at The Casino at Lakemont Park. Seventeen other business leaders received at least one nomination for the award.
“We’ve got a significant number of people within our county who demonstrate business excellence every day,” remarked Chamber Board Chairman Bob Bilger of M&T Bank. “None of them are more deserving than Mike McLanahan. The Chamber is proud to be able to honor him.”
McLanahan Corporation is celebrating its 175th year in business this year. The foundry is recognized by Modern Casting Magazine as the oldest family-owned foundry in the United States and McLanahan Corporation was ranked by Family Business Magazine as the 49th oldest family-owned business in the country. The company was previously honored with the 2004 National Family Business of the Year Award presented by MassMutual.
Previous award recipients are: Ernie Wissinger (2002), Bill Ward (2003), Steve Sheetz (2004), Donald Devorris (2005), Bill Campbell (2006), John Wolf (2007), Lee Hite (2008) and Don Detwiler (2009).
Altoona – The Blair County Chamber of Commerce has signed a memorandum of understanding to participate as a partner in a regional trade show being coordinated by the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County. The trade show will take place on November 17th at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. All chambers within the region have been extended an invitation to participate. “In view of our regional Buy the Alleghenies effort, this type of event makes perfect sense,” explained Blair County Chamber President Joe Hurd. “We’re anxious to help create a venue where people from throughout the region can make valuable connections that result in more commerce taking place locally rather than in areas far from here.” Although registration for the regional trade show has not yet begun, Hurd is encouraging Blair County Chamber Members to put the date on their calendars and ultimately to register with the Blair County Chamber. “Any residuals that come back to our chamber will only be realized if our members register as exhibitors or become sponsors through us,” he noted. For further information on the trade show, contact Joe Hurd at 943-8151 or E-mail him at email@example.com.