Creating connections, relationship building and fostering a thriving business community is what drives Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
It’s what we’re all about.
Do you wonder where to find experts to help you source and grow your talent base?
When times are lean and budgets are tight how do you navigate the complicated unemployment process and provide services to those you need to let go?
What does it take to grow a business culture that’s a natural employee magnet??
At the first joint Upper Bucks Employer Summit October 29 held by Pennridge Chamber of Commerce and Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce about 80 business representatives, educators and community members had access to those who could connect the dots, and provide business building resources for free.
The summit was hosted at Bucks County Community College Perkasie Campus.
“Businesses are critical to the health of our communities,” said Daniel Loeper, BCCC director of business development.
Loeper said understanding the needs of employees, business stakeholders and customers is an important step in keeping a robust business model moving forward.
From bullying to safety training, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, English as a second language issues, office conflict management, emotional intelligence training, skills training, CPR and first aid training, BCCC offers business owners and managers resources to keep pace, he said.
These business building resources are free to anyone for the asking.
“UBCC brought these experts to our community to offer opportunities and assistance,” said Danielle Bodnar, executive director of UBCC.
The Bucks County Workforce Development Board and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry are also access points for business resources.
Sharing this information, along with the right places to find it, benefits everyone, Bodnar said.
“UBCC brings the resources and connections to its members through these events to help and support our Upper Bucks businesses,” she noted.
The majority attending agreed more could be done to connect employee prospects with available jobs.
“About 75 students leave high school without a plan,” said William “Bill” Harner, Quakertown Community School District superintendent.
Tapping resources whether in person, online or in some combination, is crucial to making connections that benefit workers and employers.
“Access is critical,” said Billie Barnes, director of Workforce Development’s offices in Bristol.
Employers, especially those in manufacturing and industry, are having a tough time finding workers – either skilled or with a commitment and willingness to learn new skills, to grow with their companies.
Barnes said Workforce Development was exploring new ways to bring resources directly to communities.
A satellite office with hours inside BCCC Perkasie Campus, could better serve Upper Bucks communities. A mobile “Workforce on Wheels” could bring resources directly to communities throughout Bucks County.
From Fairless Hills to Newtown, Riegelsville to Durham, Hilltown to Perkasie, Milford, Richland, Quakertown, or anywhere in between.
“Transportation is the top challenge facing workers in Bucks County,” Barnes said.
Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce
An economic development agency for Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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