Biweekly e letter 10/27/2019


E Letter October 27, 2019


Here's the report of local, state and national items of interest that affect your business, the building industry and our association. Sorry we missed a few weeks but we were experiencing some computer issues.

Dave DeBiase
Executive Officer
Blair/ Bedford Builders Association

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Headlines and Announcements:

5 Home Improvement Trends to Watch in 2020
Do you track the home improvement industry? If you do, but didn't make it to the Home Improvement Research Institute's HIRI Summit last month, you can still benefit from the top takeaways shared by thought leaders presenting there. The nonprofit trade organization is made up of global building products manufacturers, large chain retailers and allied entities in the supply chain and media. Here are five of the top trends they discussed, along with insights on what they might mean for you. READ MORE

Pennsylvania lawmaker has new plan to reduce property taxes
After years of lawmakers trying and failing to pass bills to eliminate school property taxes, a state representative is trying a different approach. State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, plans to introduce a bill that would establish a property tax relief rebate program. The proposal would provide an $800 rebate to all property taxpayers for their school property taxes and a $50 rebate to renters. READ MORE

Upcoming Events: (Reservations are Required)

General Membership meeting November 5, 2019 at the U S Hotel. Registration begins at 6:00p and buffet dinner is at 6:30p. Cost is $25.00 p/p and RESERVATIONS are required. We will vote on the slate of Officers and Directors for 2020 at this meeting. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Zane Gates.

Advertising Opportunities Now Available on BBBA Website
We are pleased to announce that we now have our "Rolling Banner Advertising" set up on our website. This is a very inexpensive way to showcase your place of business. Visit our website: and see how the system works. The registration forms are included on the website for you to fill out. Please call the office with any questions.

Member Benefits:

Fax your PA ONE CALL Invoices
To the BBBA office at: 814.693.9712 for payment. DO NOT pay direct. We will verify your membership status and forward to the PBA Office for payment. If you pay your invoice direct to the PA ONE CALL address - we will not be able to get reimbursement for you.

New information and websites for the different rebate programs available to builder members


1) National Purchasing Partners (NPP) Program - Look what's been added - Read the List Below
The NPP serves over 130,000 member organizations and is one of the largest group purchasing organizations in the nation. Receive discounts from: Verizon wireless, Fastenal; Staples; Office Depot; YRC Freight; Best Buy; Sherwin-Williams; Airgas; Impac; Expedia; Legal Zoom; 1-800-flowers; LifeLock
Registration is free and easy, simply visit: and navigate their website to see what the program is all about.

2) You can also participate in another rebate program when you make purchases through companies such as: ThermaTru Doors, ClosetMaid, Fypon, Jacuzzi, Heatilator, TimberTech, Honeywell, Velux, Bilco, Clopay and many other manufacturers. This is a member benefit that doesn't get much easier. To learn more about the program, visit the website: (Please note this is a new website, much easier to navigate and more information.)
3) A large part of your membership is the vast amount of benefits and discounts available at each level within the federation. Be sure to take a look at all of the different opportunities offered through the NAHB Member Advantage Program - you won't find deals this good anywhere else.

NAHB Member Advantage adds 2 new savings opportunities
Two exciting member saving discount programs have joined the NAHB Member Advantage lineup. An Amazon Business account gains you access to the NAHB Amazon store which offers recommended products and unlocks additional business savings. The new Capital One Spark Business Card -With the Spark® Cash credit card earns members unlimited 2 percent cash back on every purchase. In addition, there's no annual fee to use your card. Click here.


Thank you to these members who recently renewed their membership in the Association:
Fiore True Value Hardware; Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center; Wilkins Contracting, Inc.; Harry's Construction, LLC; S. J. McCloskey Builders, Inc.; Coldwell Banker T&C Real Estate, Diehl Company, LLC; Home Depot; Sherwin-Williams Company; Keith Construction



For more than a decade, the Pennsylvania Builders Association has offered workers compensation insurance to its
members through a competitive group program.
This program is underwritten by Eastern Alliance Insurance Group and offers our members the following great benefits:

* Competitive Rates
* Stable Pricing
* Superior Claims Handling
* Possible Dividends
* Parallel Pay - Pay as you go billing.
* No charge for subcontractors who carry at least $300,000 in General Liability Coverage in
For more info, please contact our Program Administrator - McConkey Insurance & Benefits - Ryan Dixon at
(717) 505-3144, or look at their website at

Also, as a member of the Blair/Bedford Builders Association you have access to the Pennsylvania Builders Association Health Care Insurance Program

For more information on the Health Care Program visit:


EVENTS & DATES: (Reservations are required for all events.)

~~~~October - November - December~~~~

October 29th: Board Meeting; 5:30p @ Marzoni's
November 5th: General Membership Meeting; Registration begins @ 6:00p @ US Hotel; Voting to take place
For Officers for 2020. Cost is $25.00 p/p. Dr. Zane Gates to make a presentation on Health Care
November 26th: Board Meeting; 5:30p @ Marzoni's
December 6th: Christmas Party @ US Hotel - details to follow

**Reservations are a must - four convenient ways to register:
1. Phone (814) 693-9710
2. Fax (814) 693-9712
3. Email:
4. Online at

Remember, if you make a reservation for an event and do not cancel it 48-hours prior to the event, you will be billed.

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