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.

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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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