The Newtown Business Association celebrates a long history of service to the community

The Newtown Business Association is a member-based organization that is celebrating over 64 years of service to the Newtown community. They are recognized as one of the largest non-chamber business associations in the entire region featuring over 275 members ranging from retail, non-profits, dining and professional services.

NBA members dedicate their efforts to making Newtown the best place to live and work. Remember, whenever possible, support local NBA businesses that are committed to the community’s continued enrichment and excellence.

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Bucks County Economic Development Corporation

Bucks County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC) is a non-profit, non-political economic development organization established in 1958 to support economic growth in Bucks County.

BCEDC is a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certified economic development agency. BCEDC offers low cost financing options for land/building, machinery/equipment and working capital.

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Consumer Troubleshooter

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

Q: I received a call earlier this week from a man with a heavy accent claiming to be from one of the large computer companies. He told me that my computer was at risk for intrusions from viruses and spyware. Then he offered to remotely access my computer and install a new antivirus program to protect my computer.

He asked me for my credit card information so the company could charge my card for the software. Unfortunately I gave it to them because everything seemed legitimate while I was on the phone with them. I let them access my computer and install the new program but now my computer doesn’t work at all.

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SCORE Bucks County begins Women’s Business Mastermind Group

SCORE Bucks County has announced the formation of the SCORE Women’s Business Mastermind Group, a new business roundtable geared towards issues that concern women-focused small businesses in Bucks County.

“The goal of this group is to help small businesses that are owned and operated by women to discuss common problems faced by local businesses,” says SCORE Bucks Chapter Chair Gene Murtha. “The idea is to hold monthly roundtable discussions with the agenda set by the business owners, facilitated by SCORE, aiming to provide support through open discussion and individual SCORE counseling services as needed.”

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Fraud Alert: Spoofing Scammers

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

We, the staff at Bucks County Consumer Protection, continue to receive complaints about intrusive, telemarketing telephone calls. Some of the calls reported are from legitimate telemarketers while others are from scam artists trying to get your money or your personal information.

Scammers will attempt to get personal information from you and turn around and sell your information on the Internet on what is referred to as a “talker list.” We speak with numerous residents, on a daily basis, that may have had a “polite” conversation with one of these criminals or some have admitted to play along with the scammers by leading them on with no intentions of purchasing or buying anything from them.

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It’s still a crime: New consumer awareness campaign attempts to put the brakes on auto insurance fraud

Seriously dumb. Amazingly idiotic. Totally illegal. See how they lie.

Strong words, but true, according to a new consumer awareness campaign launched by the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (IFPA) to help curb a major epidemic in the state: auto insurance fraud.

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Morrisville Business Association holds card exchange

Members of the Morrisville Business Association held a Business Card Exchange and Dinner Meeting last month at First Baptist Church in Morrisville. The featured guest speaker was Morrisville Police Chief George McClay.

Pictured from left are Jane Burger (Board Member), Kitty Westrope (President), Larry Westrope (Treasurer), Charissa Lees (Secretary), Pat Brofman (Board Member) and Pastor Gary Taylor. Photo by Kelly Maroney.

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How vulnerable to hackers are mobile-payment apps?


submitted by Brittany Thomas,
 Print Campaign Manager, News and Experts

Making a purchase or other payment is not like it used to be. These days, cash and credit cards aren’t the necessities they once were because alternative-payment options are just a tap or two away on a mobile device through apps such as Google Wallet, Apple Pay, Square, Levelup, Kash and PayPal.

But just how secure are those mobile-payment apps and who makes sure that the companies behind them are doing all they can to keep your personal data safe?

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NBA Business Card Exchange is Nov. 11th

The Newtown Business Association will hold its November Business Card Exchange on Wednesday, November 11th, from 5:00 to 7:00pm, hosted at the American Legion Morell Smith Post 440, 41 Linden Avenue in Newtown.

This large annual card exchange highlight of the year is co-sponsored by NBA members. This jointly sponsored card exchange draws a big crowd every year.

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SCORE Bucks County workshop to feature ‘Shark Tank’ style business pitches

Could your small business pitch survive “Shark Tank”? You can find out – without the jeering and humiliation – during SCORE Bucks County’s Entrepreneurs Evening on November 5th.

Applications are being accepted from new business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors willing to give a five-minute business pitch describing their business plan, services or invention to a panel of experienced business people. There will be no prizes and no investment offers. Just advice and encouragement from a panel of experienced business people.

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