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Six chambers of commerce pledge collaboration across county


Six area chambers of commerce across Bucks County have pledged to collaborate on future projects designed to provide even more value to a greater number of their respective members.

Each of the chambers will remain autonomous nonprofit organizations, dedicated to serving the unique needs of their members represented in Bucks County’s vibrant locales.

The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce, Greater BucksMont Chamber of Commerce, Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce, Pennridge Chamber of Commerce and Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce have pledged in a Memorandum of Understanding to a working relationship focused on collaboration and creating a stronger platform for support for businesses in Bucks County.

According to Denise Bowman, a business attorney with Antheil Maslow and MacMinn LLP in Doylestown, sharing and pooling ideas and resources provides greater value and opportunity for engagement for all of the individual chamber’s members.

“When we work together we can find and create new ways to bring additional value to our members, grow the local business economy and make Bucks County an even better place to start or relocate a business,” Bowman said.

Antheil Maslow and MacMinn is a member of several of the participating chambers of commerce.

Bowman noted many business owners belong to more than one chamber of commerce, so pooling resources to plan and promote joint events of interest to businesses throughout the county just makes common sense.

Most recently, the Alliance of Bucks County Chambers of Commerce, along with the Bucks County League of Women voters worked together to host the congressional debate for District 1 held at Delaware Valley University between Brian Fitzpatrick and Scott Wallace.

With combined talent across diverse business demographics, Bowman said chambers will provide high quality value and relevance to meet the needs of their memberships.

She noted all six chambers serve different membership needs, but seek to accomplish many of the same goals. Similarly, their members face many of the same challenges.

“Some manufacturing in Lower Bucks is different from manufacturing in Upper Bucks, but the manufacturers all share the need to identify, attract and retain qualified skilled labor to fill vacant positions,” Bowman said.

“All of our chambers are different and the needs are different, but there are many common goals,” Bowman said. “Collaboration only makes reaching these goals easier for our respective members.”