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  • Membership 2013 3

    T he Central Bucks Chamber of Commerces mission is to help its member businesses grow and thrive. This mission was at the forefront of all Chamber operations 15 years ago when I became a member. The same is true today. The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce helps its member businesses grow

    by providing networking opportunities, educational

    Mission:

    The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce builds alliances among

    its members by uniting business, industry, professionals, artists and

    non-profit organizations.

    The Chamber serves as a catalyst that creates a rich business climate

    and improves the quality of life in the community.

    The Chamber is devoted to

    furthering the arts, humanities and welfare of the Central Bucks region.

    Our business is to help your business grow!TM

    Presidents PersPectiveBy Bob WelchCBCC President

    and training programs and marketing /brand recognition benefits.

    Networking with local area businesses via a chamber membership is the bedrock of all chamber operations. I have always told new or prospective members that if I or the chamber staff doesnt know a certain company or person youre interested in, we know someone who does. Effective networking not only includes looking for new customers but also means identifying new suppliers or consultants that you need to run your business. The chamber has numerous networking events that happen on an almost daily basis to include business card exchanges, business to business breakfasts, committee programs and the list goes on and on. Besides meeting a lot of new people, these events are a lot of fun too.

    The educational and training opportunities found in the chamber are numerous. We have frequent educational seminars on subjects that are germane to todays challenging business environment. For instance, we recently had a half day seminar, free to chamber members, that dealt with the intricacies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Experts from local health insurance companies and law firms gave a great informational session I learned more at that seminar about the ACA than I did in the prior three years since its passage. Other educational and training opportunities offered by the chamber include the Leadership Advancement Program, State of the County, State and Nation Breakfasts, the Business Growth Series and the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program. Take advantage of these educational assets to be the most well informed business person as possible. Remember the old saying: knowledge is power.

    Marketing your business to potential customers is a specialty of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. We have 2,000 members who are a captive audience for you to showcase your particular product or service. Whether its through sponsoring a chamber event or advertising in chamber publications like the popular W4 magazine, we can get your name out there for all our members to see. Chamber membership gets your business name in the annual chamber directory which I use to look up company contact information because I always use the rule Chamber Members First when hiring suppliers or consultants.

    The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce is an active force in our business community. We are sought after by many because we help businesses grow and be successful. Use your chamber membership and get involved to take advantage of the many programs and opportunities we offer. Your business will thank-you that you did !!

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    Link at Lunch Sponsors: CertaPro Painters of Bucks County and Huntingdon Valley Bank

    January 14, 2014

    February 11, 2014

    March 11, 2014 KC Prime Steakhouse

    1580 Easton Road, Warrington

    annuaL Meeting

    February 20, 2014 Noon

    Spring Mill Manor, Ivyland

    You dont want to miss

    Luncheon The

    daTe & Time:

    LOCaTiON:

    Featured Speaker Chris Gheysens, President & CEO of Wawa

    Chris Gheysens is President & CEO of Wawa, a chain of more than 610 convenient, fast-casual-to-go stores located in six states.

    EXPO: The Bucks County Business & Technology Expo 2014 will be held on May 14, at Delaware Valley College. Sponsored by Hatboro Federal Savings, the event is free and open to the entire Bucks County professional community. photo by: Mark Margraff, M Studios Excellence In Design Tour: Bob Swaim, Liz and Jane Wenda, Jerry Anderson, Tom Gockowski (Carroll Engineering Corporation), Larry Menkes network while at the EID Tour Reception at Vertical Screen, Warminster. photo by: Mark Margraff, M Studios State of the County: From left back row, Carlo Borgia (Wells Fargo Bank); Lorina Marshall Blake (Independence Blue Cross Foundation); Brian Jeter (Comcast); Michael Ormonde (Wells Fargo Bank). From left front row, Diane M Elis-Marseglia, Bucks County Commissioner; Charles H Martin, Bucks County Commissioner; Robert G Loughery, Chairman, Bucks County Commissioner at the State of the County Breakfast. photo by: Mark Margraff, M Studios HealthCare: Robert Mitchell, Jr., Esq. (Corr Mitchell, LLC) addresses a packed auditorium during the Health & Wellness Committees Strategies for Making the Affordable Healthcare Act Work for You Sponsored by FirstTrust Bank at the Health & Wellness Center, Warrington. Serving with Robert Mitchell were (seated) Scott Post (Independence Blue Cross), John Cerami (Radnor Benefits) and Greg Wozniak (St. Mary Medical Center). photo by: Mark Margraff, M Studios Burpee: The 2013 Burpee Emergency Services Awards were held on the last Sunday in October. Show are Emcee Brad Segall ( award-winning Suburban Bureau chief at KYW Newsradio), Sponsors Michael Araten (President & CEO, K'nex) and Jim Brexler (President & CEO, Doylestown Hospital) and Keynote Speaker Gregory Jakubowski (Pennsylvania State Fire Instructor). photo by: Larry Brown

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    register today! centralbuckschamber.com/calendar.cfm

  • W4 (USPSOO9782) is owned and published six times a year (Jan./Feb., March/April, May/June, July/Aug., Sept./Oct., Nov./Dec. ) by the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Bailiwick, Ste 23, Doylestown, PA 18901, for $50 per year. Periodicals postage paid at Doylestown, PA. Postmaster: Send address changes to W4/Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Bailiwick, Ste 23, Doylestown, PA 18901.

    Late Fall 2013

    Membership ambassadors 2014This group of business leaders has represented the Chamber throughout 2013 and will continue to serve as Ambassadors throughout 2014. The Chambers Membership Ambassadors are an elite team of professionals who represent the Chamber, inviting businesses to reap the rewards of membership and guiding them on how they maximize their investment.

    In 1982, Beverly m. miller, President of Stepping Up & Out, Inc., joined the Chamber. She pretty quickly became an integral part of the Chamber, involving herself, at one time or another, in almost every committee, project and programof the organization.

    It wasnt long until she became Vice President of Membership on the CBCC Board of Officers & Directors. Beverly directed over two decades of Membership Campaigns, brought hundreds of new members into the Chamber, and helped to shape many of the Chambers initiatives.

    This summer, Beverly Miller passed away. But, her legacy remains. The Chamber is utilizing plans she already crafted and has comprised a very special team of Membership Ambassadors, who are recruiting new members in 2014 using the theme, Stepping Up & Out, in honor of Beverly Miller.

    In Memorium Beverly M. Miller

    Vice President of membership

    Cheryl CastroAaron Mitchell Photography

    elmer a. O 'Brien Jr.Beneficial Bank

    eric JacobsonIQnection Web

    Marketing and Design

    ervin HallProfection Advisors LLC

    Gloria WalkerMary Kay Cosmetics

    Hal LevinCMM Direct LLC

    Jane armstrongT.W. Cooper

    Insurance Agency

    John e. Stanojev RFC CSa

    Capital Insurance & Investment Planning LLC

    Kelley H. NoftsgerAB-8 Waste

    Solutions LLC

    Kip LynchCMIT Solutions of

    Central Bucks

    Natalie WiAllure West

    Photography Studios

    Peter edwardsonP. Edwardson

    Construction LLC

    Steve SabelStreamline Payroll LLC

    Tyler J. FordWarrington

    Country Club

    4 Who What Where When

    Jane mooreMoore Clleaning

    Patricia a. Hueber Bodor

    CP Commercial Printing

    Nicole Boytin M&T Bank

    W4/Who, What, Where, When: Dr. Vail P. Garvin, FACHE, Executive Director Amanda M. Soler, Editor/Deputy Executive Director: Operations Sally Parham, Deputy Executive Director: Administration/Corporate Secretary Debbie Hays, Facilities & Financial Manager Bradford R. Sanders, Design & Layout, Director of Marketing Sue Freeman, W4 Advertising Executive MIGU Press, Inc., Printer

    Permission must be obtained to reprint any editorial material. Editorial content and advertising limited to Chamber members. Editorial coverage does not imply or indicate Chamber endorsement of members business, products or services. The publisher reserves the right to reject any advertising considered not in keeping with the standards of the publication. For more information, call (215)348-3913 or fax (215)348-7154. E-mail: info@centralbuckschamber.com. W4/Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Bailiwick, Ste 23, Doylestown, PA 18901 or visit us at www.centralbuckschamber.com.

    MeMbership ambassador

    Leader

    Franco SalernoDarianna Bridal

    & Tuxedo

    deborah m. a. Wagner

    The Graphic Edge, Inc.