Tis the season for counting blessings.

While Thanksgiving, the epitome of American festal holidays draws near, it’s a great time to count blessings – both personal and professional.

There are many ways to conduct business, but taking the time to join a professional organization, such as the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, reaps expected as well as unanticipated rewards.

Tom Merrick owner of Tom’s Help Desk based in Milford Township, said he first joined the chamber in 2005, as a way to meet other local business owners and get the word out about his brand new business venture.

“I joined the chamber because I knew that would be the best way for me to meet other business owners, to spread the word that I had a new computer repair business,” Merrick said in an email.

Merrick’s unknown start up now boasts more than 3,000 customers, and he recently opened a second location in Skippack, Montgomery County.

He credits much of his current success to the benefits of chamber membership.

Merrick’s involvement is set to ramp up, as he pays it forward by becoming chamber Board President in 2015.

“As I became more involved in committees, I realized that I could take a leadership role to help the chamber grow and be recognized by the community,” Merrick said.

“Since the chamber has helped my business to grow so much, I have always tried to give back,” Merrick said.

Happy Thanksgiving!