Welcome to the Chamber!

We invite you to explore what the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce has to offer. Our Chamber of Commerce has a history that stretches back over 100 years, but we continue to find new ways to improve the economy and quality of life for our residents in Mifflin and Juniata Counties. We do this by offering opportunities to connect with other businesses, leadership development, advocacy and support, as well as educational opportunities. In coordination with our local school districts, we are working to better prepare our future workforce, ensuring a better tomorrow. We invite you to explore our site, learn about the benefits of membership, browse our membership list, learn more about our upcoming events and meet our staff and board of directors. Most importantly, we want you to “Get Connected”.

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Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more!

February 15, 2024
There are many Christmas movies that we love and look forward to, but there is one that has become a modern-day classic, and that movie is Elf. It is a holiday tradition for many, and it is no wonder since it is the perfect combination of comedy, feel good, and romance all neatly tied up into a beautiful Christmas package. The movie contains so many iconic quotes, you would be hard pressed to go through the holidays without hearing some repeated. One in particular came to mind recently as I was spending time with my grandchildren. That quote is, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” It is quoted a variety of times throughout the movie, but in the end, it is used to encourage the onlooking crowd to raise their combined voices in song loud enough to fix Santa’s damaged sleigh, ultimately saving Christmas. Learn More

Pay it Forward by Shopping Local

December 8, 2023
Pay it Forward by Shopping Local It is that time of year, the time when I pull out my soapbox, (to be honest it is never truly stowed away) and beg everyone to consider shopping locally. I know it is easy and convenient to sit in the comfort of your own home or office, (although I am sure none of you EVER shop during work hours, especially during those long, sometimes coma inducing, ZOOM meetings!) click a few keys, and magically your gifts show up at your door, but is that the best option? I argue, it is not. When your money goes to those online retailers, a whopping zero percent of that money stays in your community. So, what is the big deal you might ask, do my dollars really make that much of a difference? The answer is a resounding yes! Stay with me as I provide you with some startling statistics. For instance, did you know that for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $73 remains in the local economy? Think of the negative collective impact that has on our community when we choose to pull those dollars from our local economy and instead, spend them online. A similar thing is taking place in the world of food service. The statistics for choosing to eat at a locally owned restaurant over a chain are also quite eye opening. For every dollar spent at a locally owned restaurant, 79 percent stays local compared to just 30 percent for chain restaurants. My point is this, our purchasing decisions do matter. Their effects are far reaching and produce a rippling effect. Learn More

A Visit from the Ghost of Christmases Past

December 8, 2023
A Visit from the Ghost of Christmases Past “City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style. In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas.” This is what I see in my mind’s eye as I remember Christmases past. I remember the excitement of “heading to town” during the holidays. Mom would dress me up in my Sunday best, complete with my scarlet red wool coat with matching hat and black velvet trim. On the lapel was my treasured Santa pin. It was extra special since Santa’s red nose lit up when you pulled the string. Then we all piled into our woody station wagon and were off. As we drove into downtown Lewistown, we craned our necks to catch a glimpse of the store windows and the outdoor decorations that lined the streets. It was the culmination of every child’s dream. One of the highlights of our holiday excursions was the Christmas parade. Our first stop was Murphy’s Five and Ten where we would wait in line to receive our free live goldfish, handed to us in a water-filled plastic bag. The streets and sidewalks were packed several people deep with everyone jockeying for a good position so they wouldn’t miss the free candy canes or any of the excitement. There were marching bands, elaborate floats, decorated horses, and finally, bringing up the rear, was Santa and his elves. Santa always looked very regal sitting on his oversized golden throne with the red velvet seat, or some years in his sleigh pulled by nine reindeer, including Rudolph of course. Learn More