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Annual Report & Overview

The Voice of Business

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Chamber’s governing body consists of business and professional leaders from throughout the area. Board members are elected to serve a term of three years and may serve for two terms.

The Chamber salutes the Board members for their service!

Lower Bucks Chamber Staff

A Dedicated, Professional Staff
Effectively manages and administers the many programs and services of a dynamic organization. Having played an integral role in the Chamber’s success, they provide guidance and support on a daily basis and serve as goodwill ambassadors to members and the community.

Feel free to call upon the LBCCC staff…they are happy to be of service to you!

ABOUT THE CHAMBER
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Legislative Action for Business
A large delegation of members traveled to Harrisburg for the annual Legislative Day at the Capitol in April 2007, which featured discussions with a host of policy experts.

Networking Activities
The monthly Percolator Meeting features a program of business interest and information about the latest events in the Chamber.

Members enjoy networking at the monthly Business Card Exchange held at locations throughout the area.

Developing Professional Skills Leadership Bucks County…
Participants enhance their leadership skills, become familiar with the issues impacting the area and meet the “movers and shakers” from the public and private sectors.

Fostering Business Education Partnerships
The Chamber brings the business and education communities together to prepare tomorrow’s workforce!

Youth Leadership…
Students learn about businesses in the area and meet with business and community leaders.

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week
Since 1990, the Chamber and member companies have provided scholarships for local high school students to attend Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW). Students come to PFEW from across the state to learn about free enterprise by working in company teams and participating in a business simulation competition. “We now have more than 90 supporting chambers of commerce across Pennsylvania and, quite literally, it all started with the Lower Bucks experience” stated John Trombetta, PFEW President.

Business Education Partnership Awards
Sponsored by Wheelabrator Falls, these awards salute a business person and an educator for their contributions to free enterprise education in schools.

Helping Your Business Grow
Business Expo
The largest event of its kind in the area attracted over 600 people!

Sharpen Your Edge
Presented by experts in their fields, these seminars provide insight and advice on special business topics for LBCCC members.

Recognizing Business Excellence
The Economic Development award salutes those who have contributed to the area’s economic growth.

Business Technology Forum
The Technology Committee presents this program each quarter. Topics such as the Paperless Office and Windows Vista were presented in 2007.

Supporting Women in Business
Career Women on the Move

It’s the premier event for business and professional women in the area!

The Chamber is Not All business!
Golf Outing Scores an Ace!

Northampton Valley Country Club welcomed the Golf Outing in 2007. Thank you to the committee, players, sponsors, prize donors and volunteers for their support!

Night at Trenton Thunder
Members and guests filled the picnic area and enjoyed a great game!

Thanks to LBCCC Volunteers!

Ambassadors
They extend LBCCC’s friendly hand by welcoming members and guests at events, over the phone and through personal visits!

They’re “SITAWE” for LBCCC!

The “SITAWE” Award recognizes members for their “Shot in the Arm with Enthusiasm!”

Committee Chairs
Their leadership plays a key role in the Chamber’s success! Thank you to all involved!

OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE
If you’re looking to…expand your business contacts…learn about business issues….grow personally and professionally…then join a Chamber committee! Attend a meeting to learn more.

BUILDING & GROUNDS: Evaluates the Chamber’s building and property needs and oversees maintenance and improvement projects. Third Monday, 4:00 p.m. (January, March, May, July, September, November)

BUSINESS CARD EXCHANGE: Organizes and schedules the monthly business card exchanges to encourage business networking. Fourth Monday, 9:00 a.m. (January, March, May, July, September, November)

BUSINESS EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP: Advances communication between business and education to enhance our present and future workforce. Fourth Thursday, 8:00 a.m.

CONVENTION & VISITORS: Promotes Bucks County as a tourist destination and meeting place. First Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Promotes economic development and vitality in Lower Bucks County. Fourth Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.

EXHIBITS: Plans the Business Expo. Third Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.

GOLF: Plans the Annual Golf Outing. Fourth Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: Examines, promotes and monitors legislative activity affecting business to encourage dialogue with elected officials, informs members and recommends action when necessary. First Friday, 8:00 a.m.

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS: Assists in marketing the Chamber and its activities and communicates the organization’s goals and philosophies. Second Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.

MEMBER BENEFITS: Investigates, recommends and implements quality, cost-effective benefits and programs that help meet the needs of Chamber members. Fourth Monday, 8:30 a.m.

MEMBER RECRUITMENT & RETENTION: Develops programs to recruit new members and to retain existing members. Second Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.

PERCOLATOR: Organizes the monthly Percolator meetings to provide education, information and networking opportunities for members. Second Thursday (following the Perc.), 9:30 a.m.

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES: Offers activities that help meet the needs of small business. First Thursday, 4:00 p.m.

TECHNOLOGY: Provides information and education to members on technological issues, works to improve the technological infrastructure in Bucks County, and assists the Chamber with the development of its own technology to provide greater services to members. Third Friday, 8:30 a.m.

TRANSPORTATION: Identifies and focuses on transportation infrastructure issues. Develops short- and long-term plans in conjunction with business and governmental sectors. Third Friday, 12:00 noon

Meeting Times are subject to change. Call the Chamber to confirm.

LBCCC offers these great Resources for members!

Outlook Magazine
This monthly publication is mailed to all members and posted on the website.

Chamber Directories
Directory of Members, Buyer’s Guide and Community Profile. Published annually. All members receive a complimentary copy. Additional copies are available upon request.

Website
www.lbccc.org is continually updated with an enhanced Member Directory, Events Calendar (including descriptions and registration), Member Community Events Page, Member Job Postings Page, Lower Bucks map, Outlook magazine and great links!

Notary
Provided free of charge for members. Please call in advance. 215-943-7400.

Speakers Bureau
A complete listing of members to speak on their selected topics to your organization!

Room Rental*
The Sovereign Bank Board Room can accommodate up to 75 people, while the Conference Room is suitable for meetings of up to 12 people. For members only.

Certificate of Origin
An affidavit confirming to the Chamber's best knowledge that goods being exported are manufactured in the United States. Free for all members.

Mailing Labels*
A complete address listing of member companies and representatives. Electronic or self-stick labels.

Area Map*
Includes all highways and streets in Lower Bucks County.

Logo Use
All members can display the Chamber logo on business correspondence. The logo can be used in conjunction with membership status. Contact the Chamber to obtain camera-ready logos.

Socio-Economic & Demographic Profile*
A compilation of demographic information on the Lower Bucks County area. Updated annually.

Group Health Insurance*
Blue Cross® / Blue Shield® group insurance plans are available to member firms of at least two employees, to certain licensed professionals, even sole-proprietors qualify.

Group Dental Insurance*
Available to member firms and their employees, on an individual basis through Dominion Dental Services.

Aetna Medicare, Group Life & Disability Insurance, Prescription and Vision plans are also available.*

Credit Card Processing Discounts*
Chamber members can receive a credit card processing rate lower than the street standard.

Employee Assistance Program
Counseling and referral services for employees and their families. Service is provided by the Bucks County Employee Assistance Consortium.

Member-To-Member Discount
Program Currently, more than 150 members offer special services and discounts! Think Chamber First!

DHL Express*
Discounted rates for overnight shipping and a drop box located at the Chamber!

* Indicates a fee is involved

ACCREDITATION…Your Chamber’s Standard of Excellence

After a comprehensive self-review, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded LBCCC with 3-Star Accreditation in March! This prestigious honor places your Chamber among the top four percent of chambers nationwide. Of 6,936 chambers in the United Sates, only 306 are accredited.

Accreditation involves a thorough examination of the Chamber’s operation in nine core areas including Governance, Finance, Staff, Programs, Technology, Communications and Facilities. A task force consisting of members and staff participates in the process.

LBCCC is proud to be the only chamber of commerce in Bucks County and only one of 14 in Pennsylvania to have earned Accreditation! First earned in 1973, and most recently in 2008, Accreditation ensures that your Chamber has a continuous commitment to excellence.

FINANCIAL REPORT
The Financial records for the 2006-07 fiscal year were audited at the conclusion of the fiscal year. Results of that audit were reported to the Board of Directors. Any member wishing to review the audit report may do so by contacting the Chamber office.

CHAMBER POSITIONS SUPPORT BUSINESS
The LBCCC Board of Directors is charged with adopting positions to support business. Members are also urged to make their feelings known on these issues! Visit www.lbccc.org for more information on these positions.

Support for consolidated Earned Income Tax collection in Pennsylvania
– March, 2008

Support for increased funding for Vocational Technical Education – January, 2008

Support for increased funding to promote tourism
– November, 2007

Support for the Bucks County Open Space Bond
– September, 2007

Opposing mandated costs on business
– June, 2007

Supporting a comprehensive U.S. immigration policy
– April, 2006

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