Abundance. Mild weather. A growing economy and positive outlook.
As we wrap up 2015 there’s a lot to remember, and a lot for which to be thankful.
Making connections, providing resources and offering business leaders an opportunity to find one another, were 2015 hallmarks of the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce mission.
From the annual Small Business Conference & Expo at Bucks County Community College, Perkasie Campus in March to developing relationships and better business outcomes, UBCC is an active community member.
Regular business card networking opportunities provide a relaxed way for members to come together. Look for additional, new happy hours in 2016.
The annual June golf classic was another chance to meet and enjoy some relaxed time on the greens. This year’s Upper Bucks Foodie event in October, drew record numbers to the Sands Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership for an outstanding sold-out evening of great food and drink samplings, raffle baskets, and community bon ami.
Take advantage of online webinars and educational opportunities, free online training and staff development – it’s all available through the chamber.
We’re strengthening business relationships.
Throughout the year we’ve blogged and profiled area business leaders and entrepreneurs from food and home services industries, tech companies, manufacturers, a public school district and the area’s technical career school, among others.
Consistently, we hear and see demonstrated the small town charm associated with Quakertown, Perkasie, Sellersville and beyond. And recently, acceptance in the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia program validated what generations living in Quakertown have known all along: The heart of Upper Bucks is a great place to call home.
Upper Bucks leaders, business owners and operators are savvy forward thinkers braced to face the challenges of living in a 21st Century world and economy.
For the first time the newest chamber business directory, Focused, was built from the ground up by chamber members.
Focused will premiere in January. In addition to the print copy of the directory, an online edition promises to be more engaging and interactive than ever before. Online, Focused will be easy to use and provides a launching pad for finding member businesses, and much more. It’s jam packed with information about the wealth of resources that make up our region, and offers our tips and picks for how to spend a day, a vacation, or to settle and live a lifetime.
As we look to better serve existing members and welcome new members, a photo contest for the next chamber directory could showcase your work. We’ll share more on how to submit photos in the New Year.
Among our New Year’s resolutions are continued growth of our membership and networking communities. In 2016, our goal is to grow membership to 1,000 from our current 600 – that’s an ambitious membership increase of roughly 40 percent.
You can help us reach the new member goal. Invite a business colleague, new business start-up or entrepreneurial friend to the next networking event. Tell your non-chamber business contacts about the resources available to them, once they join the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
Don’t be shy. Take advantage of the benefits chamber membership, and a valued place in this diverse community, affords you.