Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1946, 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 organization offers up a host of seminars, workshops, networking forums and free entrepreneurial assistance to help professionals to more fully develop and grow their businesses. Many offerings are free and exclusive for Chamber members.

The Chamber is devoted to furthering the arts, humanities and welfare of the Central Bucks region through programs such as Bucks Fever, a celebration of Bucks County’s artistic, historical and cultural heritage. Its goals are to augment the economic vitality of the region, actively engage the community in Bucks County’s rich artistic and cultural legacy, and increase tourism.

Bucks Fever events include art exhibits, artist studio and wine tours, musical performances, film festivals, live dance performances and architectural tours.

All Bucks Fever events are scheduled between March and December. In addition to Bucks Fever, the Chamber also promotes education and awareness in community service, entrepreneurial assistance, youth networking and parenting through their many sub-committees.

The Chamber boasts over 2,600 business members and even produces its own award-winning publication, W4, which is published eight times per year. The Chamber’s motto is “Our business is to help your business grow!”

For further information about the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, contact them at Suite 23, 252 W. Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 or visit their website at www.centralbuckschamber.com. You can also email the Chamber at info@centralbuckschamber.com or call 215-348-3913.

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Cuisine for a Cause – the Gourmet Getaway – tops 100 scholarship recipients

by Maria Martino Evans

Sponsored by the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Women in Business (WIB) Committee, the Gourmet Getaway is the biggest fundraiser for the WIB’s Scholarship program for deserving Bucks County women who are going back to school to better provide for their families and, often, to escape a difficult or dangerous environment. Many of them have grown up with severe hardship; most are single moms struggling to earn enough to provide a stable home for their kids (for scholarship applications, contact the Central Bucks Chamber at 215-348-3913).

In the past two decades, the fund has provided more than $284,000 to 104 local women who overcame substantial challenges to make a better life for themselves and their families.

The 2013 scholarship winners were:

  • A single mother of two teenage boys, struggling financially and emotionally, was at risk for homelessness but is now pursuing a nursing degree. 
  • A single mother of two, who has experienced great financial uncertainty after more than 10 years of sales and customer service work and is pursuing an associate’s degree in marketing and a certificate program in multi-media and web design. 
  • A woman who studied psychology and, before graduating, volunteered at A Woman’s Place, VITA Education Services, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and The Mentoring Institute. Later, she moved into business, planning to complete her degree. But due to changes in the industry, her pay was cut and, despite working seven days a week for more than a year, she depleted her savings and became homeless. With help, she returned to volunteering and has been offered a job in the human services field but needs to complete her degree.
  • A single mother who started college right after high school but was derailed by family difficulties and financial constraints. When her marriage ended, she found work but recently learned she needs to have a BA to stay employed in the tightly regulated industry. She cannot afford to do so and provide for herself and her son. 

Tickets are now available for the 21st Annual Gourmet Getaway: Cuisine for a Cause, Thursday, March 27th, from 5:00 to 8:00pm at Spring Mill Manor, 171 Jacksonville Road in Ivyland. Tickets are only $45 to sample food and drink from 25 of Bucks’ finest caterers, restaurants and wineries, plus raffles, silent auctions and live music. Save $5 a ticket if you purchase a block of 10 for $400.

To purchase tickets, donate items for raffle or auction or sponsor the event, call 215-348-3913.

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Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1946, 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 organization offers up a host of seminars, workshops, networking forums and free entrepreneurial assistance to help professionals to more fully develop and grow their businesses. Many offerings are free and exclusive for Chamber members.

The Chamber is devoted to furthering the arts, humanities and welfare of the Central Bucks region through programs such as Bucks Fever, a celebration of Bucks County’s artistic, historical and cultural heritage. Its goals are to augment the economic vitality of the region, actively engage the community in Bucks County’s rich artistic and cultural legacy, and increase tourism.

Bucks Fever events include art exhibits, artist studio and wine tours, musical performances, film festivals, live dance performances and architectural tours.

All Bucks Fever events are scheduled between March and December. In addition to Bucks Fever, the Chamber also promotes education and awareness in community service, entrepreneurial assistance, youth networking and parenting through their many sub-committees.

The Chamber boasts over 2,600 business members and even produces its own award-winning publication, W4, which is published eight times per year. The Chamber’s motto is “Our business is to help your business grow!”

For further information about the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, contact them at Suite 23, 252 W. Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 or visit their website at www.centralbuckschamber.com. You can also email the Chamber at info@centralbuckschamber.com or call 215-348-3913.

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BCMAC’s Barbara Lyons honored by Central Bucks Chamber

 

Bucks County Mediation and Arbitration Center (BCMAC) recently announced that founder Barbara N. Lyons, Esq. has been named the 2013 recipient of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Second Annual V.I.A. Women in Business Leadership Award. Barbara received the award at the Chamber’s Women in Business Annual Awards Dinner on June 6th. 

“I’m honored to be recognized by the Bucks County Chamber of Commerce for my work as an arbitrator and mediator and for the community,” said Barbara. “I am fortunate to work in an industry where I can provide services and guidance to people who are in need of legal advice and alternative dispute resolution services. I’m very grateful to have been recognized as I am passionate about helping people resolve complex legal differences.” 

The V.I.A. Women in Business Leadership Award is presented each year to the businesswoman who excels in her field and exhibits qualities such as persistence, presence, integrity, professionalism and the ability to overcome obstacles. Recipients are also noted role models who demonstrate compassion and commitment to the Bucks County community.

Barbara founded BCMAC in Doylestown to provide alternatives to traditional litigation. She has practiced law since 1981 having served as both a defense and plaintiffs’ attorney. She is the Chairman of the Doylestown Township Board of Supervisors and has served as Chairman of the Doylestown Township’s Park and Recreation Board. She chairs the township’s annual Golf Outing and has chaired the Oktoberfest.

Lyons has volunteered time and talents to numerous organizations and has provided pro bono legal representation to abused women for nearly three decades. She serves as President of CB Cares Educational Foundation and is a counselor to women and families in transition.

Most recently, Barbara helped create the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program for Bucks County. As a member of the Senate Advisory Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Barbara works to create systems of alternative dispute resolution throughout the Commonwealth.

She helped create the mediation program for the Bucks County civil court system, which provides the alternative of mediation to litigation. She has also served as a member of the faculty at the ABA Advanced Mediation Institute.

A multiple-term director for the Bucks County Bar Association, Barbara was awarded the Bucks County Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award and the PBA Pro Bono Award in 2008. She was the founder and editor of the newsletter for the BCBA, a member of the Women’s Law Division and serves as a trustee to the Charitable Foundation for the Bucks County Bar Association.

PHOTO CAP: Bucks County Mediation and Arbitration Center’s Barbara N. Lyons (center) joined by her family (starting from left) son Dan Lyons, husband Rick Lyons, daughter Alexandra Lyons Williamson and son RJ Lyons at the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce V.I.A. Woman in Business Leadership Award dinner.

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Hatboro Federal awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

Hatboro Federal Savings received the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce 2013 Lifetime Award for Business Achievement last month.

“It is a great honor for Hatboro Federal to receive the Business Achievement Award,” said President and CEO Joseph J. Tryon, Jr. “On behalf of our management, staff, board of directors, officers, customers and friends, I wholeheartedly thank the Central Bucks Chamber for giving us this special recognition.”

The Lifetime Award for Business Achievement is presented biannually to a business that has demonstrated stability and growth in sales while making significant contributions to aid community-oriented organizations through the use of its business resources.

Hatboro Federal donates financial support, as well as countless hours of volunteer time, annually to more than 50 charitable, civic and community groups.

“The operating philosophy that underscores the bank’s mission is that we are only as strong as the communities we serve,” says Tryon. “As one of the few remaining independent ‘hometown’ banks, we work hard to provide our customers with caring and personalized service.”

PHOTO CAP: Hatboro Federal Savings President and CEO, Joseph J. Tryon, Jr.

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Gourmet Getaway Announces Featured Entertainment for Gourmet Getaway

 

The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee is pleased to announce that musicians Lou Pompilio and Art D’Angelo will be providing the entertainment for the 20th Annual Gourmet Getaway: Cuisine for a Cause, on Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Spring Mill Manor, 171 Jacksonville Road, Ivyland, Pa. Pompilio and D’Angelo will perform an exciting variety of Jazz, Blues, Spanish, and Swing music for the event. Both Pompilio and D’Angelo have been musicians for more than 50 years and are accomplished guitarists and vocalists.

Tickets are only $45 to sample food and drink from 25 of Bucks County’s finest caterers, restaurants and wineries, plus raffles, silent auctions and live music – all to help local women in need.

The mission of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce is to build 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!” For more information about the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, visit centralbuckschamber.com or call 215-348-3913.

The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Scholarships assists women who have overcome substantial challenges and wish to re-enter the workforce by educating themselves. Scholarships are awarded to Bucks County women meeting the following criteria: at least 25 years or older, U.S. citizens, beginning or continuing their education, who can demonstrate educational merit and financial need. One hundred percent of the proceeds are distributed directly to the accredited institution the recipient will be attending. These strong, courageous women need financial support to help them achieve their career goals and help them attain personal and professional success.

Photo (courtesy of Montage Show Productions): Art D’Angelo (left) and Lou Pompilio (right) will be the featured performers for the 2013 Gourmet Getaway.  The duo is pictured performing at the 2012 Brown Bag it With the Arts outside the Doylestown Courthouse.

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Peggy Farley receives promotion

Peggy Farley, MBA, is an outstanding community advocate and Bucks County female leader.

Recently, she was promoted from director of programs to an associate executive director for the Hepatitis B Foundation in Doylestown – but this is really just the tip of the iceberg.

Peggy is a dedicated healthcare advocate, community resident, educator and much more. A dedicated advocate for the Hep B Foundation for approximately nine years, Peggy’s new responsibilities include establishing an overall strategy for outreach and education by overseeing the development, expansion, implementation and evaluation of activities, and identifying new programs.

She works to help the Foundation provide annual patient workshops to educate patients, their families and friends regarding the hepatitis B virus.

Peggy is also an active member of the community – serving on the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business committee. She is also an adjunct professor at Delaware Valley College.

Peggy attended Delaware Valley College where she received her bachelors of science degree in business administration/marketing and a master’s in business administration. She also attended Bucks County Community College.

PHOTO CAP: Peggy Farley

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