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Chamber sets trip for 2021

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce is planning a trip for 2021 to several destinations within the United States,

On April 23-30, the trip will be “Bourbon, Bridles and Bluegrass,” which begins with a flight to Louisville, Ky., and includes visits to Lexington, Ashville, N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn. The trip concludes in Nashville prior to flying home. That trip will be done with a partnership between the Chamber, Ketrow KURTZ Travel and Globus.

A virtual informational meeting will be held on at 4 p.m. Sept. 17. Registration is required to receive a link to the virtual event. To register, call Karen Kurtz at 695-1100.

Saleme Insurance recognized

Saleme Insurance, locally owned and operated out of Altoona and State College, has been awarded the Erie Insurance 2019 Elite Award in recognition of its quality service and growth across multiple insurance lines, including personal, commercial and life.

“We are extremely honored to have won this award,” President Barry D’Andrea said in a statement. “To be ranked number one in our region and fourth overall by a Fortune 500 company that works with over 12,000 independent agencies across 12 states still doesn’t seem real to me.”


JARI sets free webinar

John Moore of Moore Power Sales, will present “A Business Leaders Workshop for Sales” during an online Expertise Matters webinar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Attendees will learn how to protect company margins while also influencing decisions to win business. They will also learn why having a systematic selling process is more crucial than ever and when to stop chasing prospects that will waste time.

To register, visit www.jari.com and click on the calendar to access the registration link or contact Lauren Thompson at



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