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Business news of local interest

Business Before Hours set

The Blair County Chamber of Com­merce will hold Business Before Hours from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 15 at Wingate by Wyndham Altoona Downtown/Medical Center, 909 Chestnut Ave.

There is no cost for chamber members to attend. Nonmembers may attend for $10. Registration is required. To make reservations, contact the chamber at 943-8151 or online at www.blairchamber.com.

Best Places to Work listed

HARRISBURG — The alphabetical list of the 100 companies in Pennsylvania to win a designation as a “Best Place to Work” has been revealed.

This year’s list represents about 25,000 employees of 49 small-, 27 medium- and 24 large-sized companies.

Area companies on the list include:

— Small-sized companies: Doing Better Business Inc., Altoona; SilcoTek Corp., Bellefonte; and Wessel & Co., Johnstown.

— Medium-sized companies: 1st Summit Bank, Johnstown; and Avail Technol­ogies Inc., State College.

— Large-sized companies: Best Line Equipment, State College, and CNB Bank, Clearfield.

Agencies launch agritourism

STATE COLLEGE — The Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County have launched a countywide agritourism initiative — Happy Valley Agventures — designed to showcase and promote the area’s agricultural assets and enhance tourism development.

A new website — happyvalleyag

ventures.com — will contain information about offerings and events from the county’s varied agricultural stakeholders.

To be included on the website, an entity must be agriculturally focused, open to the public, provide an ag-related experience and be served by vendors, producers or distributors sourced within central Pennsylvania.

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