Jim Lukens is a crusader with an artist’s vision, a palette knife, and a mission to showcase Quakertown.
Lukens attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and carries forward the tradition of Pennsylvania Impressionists from the turn of the 20th century. These artists found inspiration and a place to call home in Bucks County’s lush pastoral landscapes, river towns, livestock and wildlife and plein air, or outdoors painting methods.
But more than recreating well and not-so well known scenes across Upper Bucks Luken’s envisions his Main Street Gallery and workspace as a signal of change and cultural revitalization in Quakertown and beyond.
“Upper Bucks County is still Bucks County, but it is really untapped,” Lukens said of more well known artist enclave towns like Doylestown and New Hope. These laid claim to a healthy, vibrant and expensive arts community and market.
And while Lukens is represented by a Doylestown Gallery, he chooses to live and work here. “I want to respect Quakertown by having a gallery here,” Lukens said.
He noted Quakertown as a “confluence” of markets, which include Central Bucks, Philadelphia, Lehigh and Berks counties, all within an hour or less drive, making Upper Bucks an easily accessible day trip.
His refurbished gallery space with a barn red metal roof and updated colonial colors is a corner herald to motorists and pedestrians, announcing “you are in Quakertown. People from all sides (of traffic) can see it,” Lukens said.
Lukens isn’t content only to paint what he sees. Like most artists, he wants to share what he’s discovered because it’s just too much to keep to himself. “I want to make art accessible to everyone,” Lukens said.
He acknowledged fine art often carries an exclusive aura; something he said can create divisions – much like the current political climate across the U.S. - rather than encourage inclusiveness. “This is a place where there isn’t turmoil, where people from both sides [who otherwise disagree], and can come and feel good,” Lukens explained.
Lyn Treffinger from Milford Township has studied with Lukens for the past three years.
She loves taking classes from him because “I learn something every week, and he makes it a lot of fun.”
Not only has Treffinger learned about using oil paints and creating art, she said she sees the world differently, thanks to having studied with Lukens.
“My work has evolved. I have a better understanding of values and color intensity – lights and darks- and it informs how I see the world. Jim is very motivating,” Treffinger said.
Lukens credits McCoole’s owner Jan Hench for being a long-time and steadfast supporter of the arts; for helping him launch the Main Street Gallery, and providing classroom space nearby on the second floor of McCoole’s Arts and Events Place.
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or just about any time with advance notice, The Main Street Gallery is located at 1236 West Broad Street, Quakertown (Corner of Main and Broad streets). Free parking is available at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place (next to McCoole’s at the Red Lion Inn) and Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, 21 N. Main Street. Art is for everyone! For information about classes for all levels, visit the website at www.jimlukensart.com, or call 610.442.4112.
Who doesn’t love a great deal?
From a great deal on shoes, discount or VIP cards at a favored restaurant to deep discounts on airline tix or hotel stays, we are always looking for value.
Tangibles are easy: $100 bucks off a fine rug, the first month’s payment, free (though it never really is free- look for those strings), or value – the rug is an Oriental and the discount is 50 percent off, or the first month is free on a new car lease. Those benefits are immediate, and pretty real.
Intangibles like a professional membership to the chamber can be a little harder to nail down.
When you join the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, you’re joining an organization and tapping into an array of resources.
Today, we’re going to talk about membership and specifically how to use the “Members Only” section on the UBCC website.
The Members Only section provides a gateway to reach others with a few simple clicks.
New to Members Only?
Here’s how to use it:
Go to www.ubcc.org, and select the Membership Tab at the top of the navigation bar.
Click on the drop down and at the bottom, click Members Login.
Once at Members Only you’ll be asked for your log in credentials. If you can’t recall or don’t know them, contact Tracy Kline at tkline @ubcc.org, or call the office (during business hours, please) at 215.536.3211. It just takes a minute, and we’re happy to help.
Great!! Now you’re inside. Once there you can post, navigate your membership, pay a bill - in fact here’s the short list of actions you can take, for Members Only.
*On Members Only home, you’ll see what events you’ve signed up for, as well as the full calendar to add to yours!
*Change your user name and or password, or assign your members only maintenance to a staff member.
*Update your contact information- Important if you want other member businesses and UBCC staff to find you quickly and effectively. Add new or additional employees you’d like to be active in your membership. Here’s where you can also add your Facebook or other social media platform links, as well as keywords about your business.
*Enhanced listings – Become a premiere member for $75 with an upgraded listing in the online membership directory on www.ubcc.org. Appear in the top of any search for your primary category listing, similar to “Sponsored Listings” in Google search results, appear with an increased font size, highlighted color & border, the addition of your logo and a premier member icon, long business description including bulleted text, ability to insert YouTube video, and the ability to add photos. (This is available on a first-come, first-served basis, per category.)
*Stay informed about chamber news and happenings – like our current Just One campaign, aimed at doubling the chamber’s membership with one real new conversion per existing member.
*Pay bills from your annual membership renewal to events, sponsorships and advertising – you can Pay a Bill online here.
*Take surveys and tell us how we’re doing. This could be feedback on chamber events, programs like breakfast or lunch and learn workshops, chamber offers, or events like the Golf Outing or Foodie.
*Pull referral reports. This part helps you understand how your membership analytics are working, and ask questions if you don’t understand. Analytics work hard to promote your business. And you’ll retrieve this information right from our database. This function also shows you what kinds of referrals you’re getting.
*Add a coupon for a special or business promo. Running a sale? Offering a discount for product or services? Here’s where to push out that information and see results.
*Submit an event- to your calendar or community. Running a promotion? Hosting a 5K race to benefit a worthy cause? Participating in something you want others to know and care about? Here’s the space to do that, and much more.
Only available to UBCC membership, check out the Members Only section, and put it to work for you.
Patient Testimonial-“A lot has happened to me and they have been teaching me how to recover,” said Chappy Mattola, a Success Rehabilitation Inc. client.
As individual as finger prints, so are clients nurtured, cared for and sustained by Success Rehabilitation Inc., located in East Rockhill Township.
For nearly three decades Success Rehabilitation Inc. has been caring for those with traumatic brain injury. “We care for individuals with brain injury with an emphasis on safety and quality of life,” said Ronnie Pozzi, corporate executive for Success.
Whether by accident at work or at home, car or vehicular crash, or illness compassionate, skilled care is vital to helping patients recover a sense of themselves, improve the quality of their daily live and move on with their lives. Injuries may be caused by falls, violence, sports, combat or explosions.
Traumatic brain injury, typically caused by a blow or jolt to the head may be temporary or more long lasting. Success deals with both types of injuries.
Success began in Bensalem, Lower Bucks County, and moved to its present location in rural Upper Bucks in 1996, according to Pozzi.
“We needed room and space to accommodate growth in the number of clients seen,” said Padraig Tangney, Success COO. In fact, clients come to rural Upper Bucks County for Success treatment from across the United States including Colorado, Texas and Virginia but the vast majority of clients hail from the tri-county area.
Pozzi said Success is the “premier provider of brain injury services, in part because of the variety of service options available. We listen to their needs and have a diverse staff,” Pozzi said.
When patients come to Success, they are assessed and an individualized care plan is crafted specifically for them. “What makes us unique is we offer all services on site, from physical (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) services to speech, psychology and psychiatry,” Tangney said.
And because Success works with the entire person, all aspects of care are addressed. “We do things like yoga and meditation, as well as physically, to get me working again,” Mattola said.
Tangney said transitional rehab, which might be for a mild injury could take up to six months, while long term care is indicated for more severe injuries or problems.
Pozzi said Success has the additional advantage of employee retention- maybe have been with the practice since it came to East Rockhill Township. This staff continuity provides a cohesion and quality of care that is a benefit to both short and long-term clients.
In addition to one-on-one care, group breakout sessions are popular and help clients learn about themselves and others dealing with similar issues.
Groups typically run for 8 weeks, although Pozzi said one group in particular has run longer because of its popularity. “One of our break-out groups, Brain Injury Education, is a favorite among our clients due to the interest of our clients in how their injury has affected their lives,” Pozzi said, while Tangney added, “they are invested in their care.”
“Neuroplasticity helps to get the brain making connections again,” Mattola said.
Neuroplasticity is the function which helps the brain “retrain” itself to restore function after illness or injury damages or destroys established neural pathways.
Pozzi said Success also treats high school and college athletes, who suffer from contact injuries such as a concussion.
“Brain injury education is very important to our practice,” Tangney said.
Pozzi and Tangney said stigma remains for those struggling with brain injury and that education is critical because a lot of people still don’t understand what brain injury is, or how personally devastating it is.
Outwardly, brain injury symptoms can be very subtle and missed by the casual observer. “If you break your leg, there is a physical manifestation but an individual with a brain injury may look fine to the casual observer. That is why brain injury is often called the Silent Epidemic,” Pozzi explained.
For more information on Success Rehabilitation, call 215.538.3488 or log onto www.successrehab.com.
Did you know the UBCC refers member businesses 24/7?
Your membership automatically places you in top ranked Internet searches, because as a member you benefit from being part of WebLink Connect, a nationwide chamber specific database platform that we utilize here at UBCC.
Online you’re covered, thanks to our data collection and premium ranked website. Face-to-face you’re covered, by chamber staff and other ambassador members – just like you, who refer one another to people we talk to and meet.
In the past we’ve shown you the types of referrals your online listing receives over the course of a year with your annual membership renewal. In the coming months, we’re going to show you the value of those referrals.
Look for a new report with your annual membership investment notice to renew.
The Value On Investment report will be included with your renewal notice. It shows tangible, concrete information in $$’s, about the value of referrals tracked by WebLink.
Here’s how it works:
Maybe you’ve heard us talk about WebLink, but you don’t know what it is. WebLink is the chamber’s powerful database, a cloud-based software platform used by chambers of commerce nationwide.
That’s right!! Your chamber is using state-of-the-art systems to help you grow your business.
WebLink tracks online activity and provides us the ability to pull reports about visitor clicks and data. So when our website is visited, and a particular industry or service is requested, member listings pop up.
You’ve heard about the value of clicks, but what does that really mean. Clicks on a website, a link or other online content (like this blog post) increase your search engine rankings on the internet.
So any time a visitor on our website views your listing, sponsor banner/logo or clicks on a link to your business, it records that “referral” and each type of referral is assigned an industry standard value.
Consistently UBCC ranks at the top of the heap, because we are positioned with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) keywords, which is what boosts a website or content’s rankings.
SEO keywords and design elements are what web designers and content creators use to make your website more attractive in search rankings.
WebLink does all this for us, and a whole lot more. These benefits are included in your annual membership.
Back to your renewal request-The report you’ll be looking at when you receive your membership renewal request was generated by WebLink. Data gathered about your business through the platform, will be noted as referrals and given an estimated dollar amount value for the exposure you receive in a one-year period. You can also get the report at your convenience by logging in to the Member Login section of the website to view the report for any time-frame you choose. Your login credentials are simple – the email address associated with your company’s profile and the last 4 digits of the phone number.
Case in point: Based on a recent report for a member providing home services, WebLink estimated the value of referrals to be $1,894 or a whopping 743 percent value on membership investment from January 2017 to January 2018. This particular membership costs the business owner $255 annually.
Membership leads to awareness, which leads to inquiries, which leads to visits, which leads to warm leads, because a potential customer is coming to you (not the other way around). Warm leads are ripe for sales to pursue.
Don’t confuse referrals with sales. Our mission is to help you grow your business by providing a network – and a framework – to help you connect with potential clients and customers.
Sometimes business owners join a chamber of commerce thinking guaranteed sales to their business will automatically follow. And when that doesn’t happen right away, they become frustrated and disillusioned. They start to think there’s no value in their membership, so they drop out.
They stop showing up at programs and events, or don’t volunteer for committees. That’s the tipping point moment. Becoming more invested; more involved, and increasing participation will further support the relationship building that’s necessary for other businesses to make that connection with you and further increase the value of your investment with UBCC.
Because ultimately people buy goods and services from people they know and like.
And then they tell others….
Pam Sawyer and Clint Eastwood have a driving philosophy in common.
They believe you get out of something what you put into it.
For Eastwood, the comment was about life.
For Sawyer, it was about UBCC membership.
“Chamber membership requires engagement. You get out of it what you put into it… It’s also a great way to promote your business,” Sawyer said.
An account executive for Comcast Spotlight in North Wales, Sawyer is active on the membership committee and recognizes the long-term value of engagement in her business dealings partnered with chamber membership.
While Eastwood (sadly!!) isn’t a UBCC member, his career is an example of going the distance, being invested and fully engaged. After all, his is a household name.
The same philosophy carries over to every facet of life: Work, education, hobbies and special interests, family and business relationships, friendships and community involvement – whether that’s on a ball field, inside a boardroom or as a member of a professional organization.
Imagine being on a ball team where both competitors sit on the sidelines, sadly staring at each other. It wouldn’t be much of a game.
Same holds true for leadership: A board that isn’t engaged and working together toward a common purpose isn’t getting much done.
Think of membership as your passport to engagement. We set the table, provide the feast, and set up the seats. You come to the table.
Looking for your way in?
Maybe you enjoy networking - we’ve got both evening and early morning card exchanges where different members host a cocktail and refreshment time at the end of the work day or coffee and light faire before starting, usually at their business location or an area eatery.
“This Chamber [provides]…opportunities to meet and network with new people,” Sawyer said. What’s more, you can promote your business in a friendly relaxed, environment.
Networking events are free with your membership. At the non-member price of $25, count the cost. Go to eight events: that’s $200 of value, for a few evenings to network, enjoy a drink and meet new people.
“The chamber is a place to get to know the Who’s Who of local business leaders on a more personal level, and that is what helps bring about a sense of community," said John M. Olson, vice president of wealth management for Janney Montgomery Scott in Allentown.
What about education? The chamber offers both virtual and face-to-face training opportunities. In fact, up to 10 sessions of web-based education is included with membership.
Anyone in your company can take advantage of that training. That’s right, anyone. From HR to safety, business management or social media, there are thousands of titles from which to choose.
What’s more, web-based learning is compatible with most devices and it’s self-paced, so you choose the time the bell rings and class begins.
Do you prefer a more tangible setting, with a live presenter and peers at the table? Attend a breakfast or lunch workshop or seminar at the chamber’s Quakertown office - Not only will you learn something new or grow existing skills, breakfast (or lunch) is on us.
Think about it: How much would professional development cost, if you hired an expert, took time out of the workday to organize the event and hosted it yourself? Probably more than the cost of your annual membership.
What about help with marketing your business?
“The first decision we made was to join the chamber and it turns out to be our best decision. Any questions or issues…are usually answered by the statement 'call Tara or Tracy, they'll know,’” said Mike McGrory, co-owner of SERVPRO Upper Bucks in Perkasie.
How much would you pay for a professional mentor or coach? Probably thousands.
Who couldn’t use some help along the way- either to grow existing skills or tackle new business frontiers.
UBCC helps make that connection. The chamber’s partnership with SCORE, a nationwide organization dedicated to the advancement of small business, is staffed with executives who want to share what they’ve learned along the way and help guide your success.
Don’t forget to pay it forward-
Volunteer!! The chamber’s various committees are the organization’s lifeblood. From the golf outing in June to our wildly popular Foodie event in October, we bring the community together in fun ways.
It’s also a great service opportunity, too. “Join a committee, go to events and get involved, that’s when you will really see the benefits of your chamber membership,” Sawyer said.
Some groups meet monthly throughout the year, while others need a burst of organizational activity for a brief period to get the job done. Many hands make light work.
Vicky McClatchy, a mortgage loan originator with Supreme Lending is a membership committee member. When McClatchy joined, her excitement was contagious and she embraced committee work with zest.
“I’d been to other chambers, but I had no idea before coming to (and joining) UBCC, what a chamber could be like,” McClatchy said.
Do you need a plumber, painter or special occasion photographer? Home improvement supplies, a doctor, dentist, financial advisor, a mortgage or business start-up loan maker, breakfast, lunch, dinner or seasonal outdoor dining?
How about seasonal produce, festivals and farmers markets?
A place to celebrate your 25th wedding anniversary, or your 1st, or 50th?
Realtors who have your back, a stunning wedding cake or personal advice and a proper tuxedo rental fitting?
Look for the sailboat on a field of dappled blue water.
It’s ambling across the page and toward the unseen horizon. It leads you to the title of this year’s focused Upper Bucks County, the chamber’s 2018 community profile and membership directory, and a treasure trove packed inside.
Directories are in the house and this year’s cover, beautifully rendered by Quakertown Artist Jim Lukens, is an open invitation to sit by the fire and take a closer look at the place we all love and call home.
The 2018 focused Upper Bucks County community profile and membership directory is one of a kind – you cannot and will not find a reference source like it anywhere else in Bucks County.
What’s more, there is no better place to look for professional services, goods, education, entertainment, local government, trends and all things Upper Bucks County, as our advertisers are some of the best names in their businesses.
With the entire region at your fingertips turn the pages, browse and get to know where home is.
Providing a complete resource and reference tool for residents, visitors, business members and consumers, we need your help – ALL of your help – to share it with Upper Bucks County and beyond.
Take pride in your history and culture, and learn something new.
Whether you’re a newcomer or the fourth generation to call Quakertown, Perkasie, Dublin, Riegelsville or Ottsville home, this year’s directory is packed with places, people, things and resources, some down the street, others a short drive away.
Better understand our growing markets from health care and manufacturing to transportation and education, shopping, dining and recreation. Learn a little bit about Bridgeton’s history, Tinicum’s river mystique or West Rockhill Township’s scenic landscape.
Highlighting something unique about all 21 Upper Bucks municipalities the directory offers an armchair pass to take a moment and visit these places without setting foot beyond your front door.
Make a plan and explore Upper Bucks.
Spring is coming and the perfect excuse to pack a picnic, scout out a new shopping destination, visit a winery or brewpub or enjoy a lazy Sunday drive as the grass greens up and the maple sap and temperatures rise.
Stop by. If you’ve advertised, please help us out by taking a case or two of the books with you to share with customers, clients, friends and colleagues.
And if you haven’t advertised this year, consider getting your word out to the region and beyond, with an ad in next year’s 2019 focused Upper Bucks County directory.
You’ll be glad you did!
If you’re a business currently hiring or expect to be hiring soon, don’t miss the upcoming Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce redesigned business EXPO.
This year’s Growing Upper Bucks EXPOtential Career Fair and Biz Expo is different. We’ve added a job and career component to our annual business showcase with the intention of reaching a broader audience, and helping match-up a variety of Upper Bucks employers with prospective job seekers.
“We’re also frequently looking for skilled employees, and the career fair provides another important avenue to connect directly with prospective new hires,” said Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director for PPL Electric Utilities in Allentown.
Mark your calendar now and plan to stop at the region’s premiere business event. Or if you haven’t reserved a booth yet, stop by or give the Chamber a call at 215.536.3211.
A series of seminars tailored to address 21st century job search skills, like effective resume writing and how to use LinkedIn, are part of the event.
“We’ve responded to what our members have asked for, with a career fair to bring in candidates and talent looking for jobs,” said Tara King, executive director for Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
Rodney Altemose, executive director of Bucks County Community College Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie, said adding a job fair to this year’s EXPO was a smart, timely move.
“It now affords the community an opportunity to not only network and know the businesses in the area, but it’s also an opportunity to explore career options in their backyard,” Altemose said.
Altemose added the slightly later new time - from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. “seems to make better sense for all those who want to take part in the event.”
EXPO benefits our exhibitors by providing space that can be customized to best meet your needs. And if you’re looking to hire, nothing beats on the spot face time with applicants. See first-hand the person behind the resume. Private interview spaces will be available.
“The UBCC Career Fair & Business EXPO gives us a valuable opportunity to connect with residents and other businesses in the Upper Bucks area,” Obando-Derstine said.
Brian Schaffer, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for EXPO sponsor QNB said “awareness” was one of the top benefits the event provides.
Creating a job fair component – something the region has lacked for many years – is a timely move.
Schaffer said while QNB is always looking to fill front line positions in its locations, the process typically comes from a regular stream of job applications.
“It’s great they are adding the job career component. Bringing everyone together in one place,” EXPO has the potential to become a hub, Schaffer said.
If you go:
What: Growing Upper Bucks EXPOtential Career Fair & Biz Expo
When: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 14
Where: Bucks County Community College Upper Bucks Campus, One Hillendale Road, Perkasie
A successful pilot class launching in Upper Bucks aims to meet employment needs and address a growing skilled labor shortage in regional manufacturing.
Bucks County Community College will launch the first Metalworking Training Program Feb. 26, with the goal of duplicating its successful 12-week program located at the Bristol campus.
In partnership with Upper Bucks County Technical School, in Bedminster Township, hands on practical training will take place at the career and technical school campus. The Metalwork Training Program includes theory and hands on skills assessment, and introduces participants to the fundamental concepts and skills required to be a machinist in the field of advanced manufacturing. A participant can earn eight stackable credentials in 12 weeks to prepare for entry-level positions in manufacturing and will receive a certificate of completion, plus OSHA10 and Forklift Safety Training certification, and sit for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) exam for Measurement, Materials, and Safety Certification.
“This is also aimed to compliment the Upper Bucks County Technical Schools newly launched adult education programs. These are great jobs for anyone,” said Tara King, Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce executive director.
“The program will prepare participants for jobs in metal fabrication, machine and CNC operation, welding and assembling positions,” said Susan Herring, interim executive director for the Center for Workforce Development at BCCC in Newtown.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, there were 264,000 new job openings in manufacturing in 2014, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported over $5.4 trillion in goods and products were manufactured in the U.S. in 2016.
The Pew Research Center report cited dollars based on the value of the dollar in 2009 and said food, beverages tobacco, chemical products and automotive made up the bulk of the manufactured output.
Herring said the college’s Bristol program launched in 2014, had a 92 percent job placement rate for those who completed it. She hopes the Perkasie program will become just as successful.
“The goal for the launch is to increase awareness to the region, (for) Upper Bucks and Lehigh Valley employers,” said John Flanagan, director of Bucks County Workforce Development Board, Inc., in Bristol.
Manufacturing in the Greater Lehigh Valley continues to grow and Upper Bucks County’s contribution, along with major arterial highways for transportation and distribution to Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York, places it front and center stage.
“Similar to most areas there is a skilled labor shortage, especially in STEM based professions such as metalworking and industrial maintenance,” Flanagan said.
Both Herring and Flanagan said opportunities have been created since the largely- baby boom aged manufacturing workforce began retiring, and filling those jobs has not kept pace.
“The average age of the manufacturing workforce is more than 55 years old,” Flanagan explained.
He said proactive employers are seeking talent to train and replace those outgoing positions to make sure workflows aren’t interrupted.
What’s more, manufacturing employers want to educate middle and high school students and their families about lucrative trade positions to attract and retain fresh talent.
“First and foremost, we are listening to employer needs,” Flanagan said. He said aligning employer needs with training helps drive appropriate curriculum and increase the skilled talent pool.
For more information about career training development in technical careers, visit www.ubtech.org and select the Programs tab.
For more information about the program at BCCC, Perkasie Campus CLICK HERE.
In the spirit of the season, we’ve been counting our blessings.
First off, 2017 has been a banner year for Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce. We believe 2018 holds promise to be an even bigger and better year for the Upper Bucks communities we serve.
In this season of giving, we’d like to share some of the things we’ve received as the area’s professional business community organization.
“I’m grateful to our members for the growth in participating in the Just One campaign,” said UBCC Board President Jason Wehrung. Wehrung said new ideas have been shared, which help guide the chamber’s direction and success.
“I’m also grateful for the many friends and business associates I have met and used (for professional support) this past year,” Wehrung said.
We’re grateful for involvement - of time, talent and treasure- by the scores of members who regularly and consistently carry our mission forward.
In this season of wonder, we’re grateful you believe in us.
From those business owners who host chamber mixers to the volunteers who sit on committees – all on their own time – to those involved with growing our membership, a humble and heartfelt thank you. We’re grateful for your support.
Our 2018 focused Upper Bucks County business directory and community profile is set to deliver fresh off the presses in mid-January. It promises to be our best directory ever! The directory sets sail with cover art from Quakertown’s own Fine Artist and 2017 member Jim Lukens, and we hit a record advertising revenue marker that can only grow. Thanks to our advertisers and supporters - we couldn’t do this good work without you.
Partnering with the business community is our stock-in-trade, and we want to listen.
“Tell us your business challenges. Help us gain insights into your needs, so we can better serve you. We want to know your stories,” said Tara King, UBCC Executive Director.
When area manufacturers and skilled trades employers came to the chamber earlier this year with concerns about a hiring shortage, we responded.
What began with those casual conversations is now an Upper Bucks Skilled Workforce Initiative partnership between the chamber, Bucks County Community College and Upper Bucks County Technical School.
Coupled with newly launched training programs available at the technical school, we’re poised to energize area manufacturing by attracting and retaining the next wave of qualified workers.
We’re grateful for partnerships - large and small, formal and informal - because relationships build partnerships. “We’re grateful when a member tells someone new, and that new person becomes a member,” King said, a hallmark of the Just One campaign.
New in 2017, the Just One initiative’s ambitious goal is to grow UBCC to 1,000 members, while maintaining our close-knit “everyone knows your name” mission.
“There is strength in numbers, and there is clout. We can connect with bigger agencies, for advocacy and for change. As a bigger voice, we can get better buying power for our members – for health care and other essentials our businesses need,” King said.
And with a larger voice, UBCC can attract even bigger players – from Fortune 200 companies to state and federal legislators like Bob Casey Jr. and Brian Fitzpatrick (both were 2017 legislative breakfast speakers) to come to the table and lend their support to all our businesses – large and small – with a 2018 goal of smart, stable growth and meaningful success.
When was the last time you went to a business networking event and left with a handful of business cards, or passed out lots of your own?
Learned something new over a lunch break that could shift your business perspective, or change how you do business? Stepped up to shape legislative public policy and make business better for yourself and others?
People want to do business with those they like, know and trust.
“Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce provides a great platform for business owners to meet and get to know each other. We provide the space for this,” said Tara King, UBCC executive director.
There really is a free lunch. A recent UBCC Lunch and Learn program guided about 15 participants in getting more from Linked In by upping their profile pages, creating engagement and exposure by commenting, liking and publishing content on the business social media platform, known for its broad reach and professionalism.
Lunch and Learn programs are open to members and their employees and lunch is free of charge, thanks to generous support by Quakertown Chick- fil-A.
“I’d been to other chambers, but I had no idea before coming to (and joining) UBCC what a chamber could be like,” said Victoria McClatchy, mortgage loan originator with First Choice Loan Services, Inc., in Southampton.
New to the Upper Bucks business community? UBCC is a SCORE hub. Our members can tap into and find mentoring from business pros with years of experience providing one-on-one sessions and support with marketing and business promotion, and its free.
The Small Business Development Center at Lehigh University also offers free resources and staff. They also host Lunch and Learn programs designed, to help new and established tackle issues that may stymie company growth. “We love UBCC,” said Rob Mineo, SBDC financing assistance program director.
Considering doing business overseas? UBCC provides unlimited Certificates of Origin, and they’re free.
Visit the website for a summary listing of member benefits at http://www.ubcc.org/member-benefits.html
Like a gym membership, magazine subscription, Netflix or any pay service, to be worthwhile upfront cash is the initial investment, but use puts those wheels on the bus.
“Chamber membership requires engagement. You get out of it what you put into it,” said Pam Sawyer, account executive for Comcast Spotlight in North Wales.
An active part of the chamber’s Membership Committee, Sawyer understands relationship building takes time and persistence.
“Join a committee, go to events and get involved, that’s when you will really see the benefits of your chamber membership,” Sawyer said.
UBCC is the go-to source for member opportunities. Make use of our networking events. Advertise! Connect with service opportunities, education or volunteer during events. Be a mentor. Provide the next generation business summer or college break internships. Shape business legislative public policy by attending events or serving on the committee.
Member volunteers drive and staff events like Foodie and our first Clay Shoot, June Golf Outing and a re-energized Expo and Career Fair, coming in March 2018.
While chambers can sometimes feel intimidating, long-time members, newcomers and guests are quickly made to feel at home at UBCC.
Describing UBCC as the friendliest chamber he’s ever been involved with, Steve Gortvay may have just said it best. "The reason I’m here (at a membership committee meeting) is because of the warm welcome I’ve received, which has been a hallmark of this chamber and every event I’ve attended,” said Gortvay, long-time regional advertising sales executive, of Macungie.
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