SPOTLIGHT ON BUCKS

Signature Systems, Inc. has relocated to Warminster Corp. Center

One of Bucks County’s fastest growing and most admired companies, Signature Systems Inc., a leading provider of innovative software solutions and technology-based products, services and support has recently relocated to the Warminster Corporate Center—thanks to the assistance of the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation and the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.

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NOTEWORTHY NEWS

BCEDC 57th Annual Reorganization Dinner & PREP Roadshow

BCEDC held its 57th Annual /Reorganization Dinner & PREP Roadshow on April 29th at Spring Mill Manor, Ivyland. The event was well attended with over 190 attendees. 

The evening began reconnecting with past acquaintances and meeting new ones, followed by a brief meeting to elect the new board members as well as a new executive committee. Bob Cormack stepped to the podium to introduce PREP (Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance) and its partners. 

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THE BOTTOM LINE

Four Ways Your Small Business Can Better Prevent Cyber Crime

As businesses increasingly store confidential information and data in cloud services, the need for more complex security practices and strategies is clear. Although headlines about security breaches are more common for large companies like Home Depot and Target, the threat of cyber crime is still very real for small businesses, where online security tends to be weaker.

The problem, of course, is that small businesses often lack the necessary resources and security policies to defend against these attacks, making them an easier target for hackers.

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FINANCIAL TOOLBOX

SBA Administrator Announces Major Expansion to LINC Online Tool that Matches Entrepreneurs and Lenders is Now Available to All 7(a) Lenders Nationwide

The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet announced a major expansion to the recently launched online tool LINC, Leveraging Information and Networks to Access Capital, a platform that matches entrepreneurs with SBA lenders. Administrator Contreras-Sweet made the announcement during her keynote speech at the National Government Guaranteed Lenders annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, while on her nationwide tour for National Small Business Week, May 4-8.

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STRATEGIC EARLY WARNING SYSTEM

Bucks County Technical Training on Display to Governor Wolf

Recently, Governor Tom Wolf traveled to M&S Centerless Grinding, Inc., whose medical division is located in Bucks County, to witness young people who are helping to make a growing manufacturing organization very successful. While accompanied by an entourage of local dignitaries, the actual showstoppers of the governor’s visit were the young, motivated workers (recent graduates of Buck County Technical training programs) who were operating the sophisticated computer-driven machines used at M&S. The impetus behind the visit was promoting Governor Wolf’s “Jobs That Pay” tour. The result was first-hand interaction with a talented workforce, average age of 32, making high-end products for international medical and aerospace corporations.

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COMPANIES ON THE MOVE

Brode & Brooks Inc. announce the sale of Frank’s Beer Stein

Brode & Brooks Inc. announce the sale of Frank’s Beer Stein located at 124 South West End Blvd in Quakertown, Bucks County, Pa. The sales transaction included the real estate and the business. Michele Hohlfeld of Brode & Brooks Inc represented the sellers, who have operated this beer distributorship for more than 30 years. The purchaser  was represented by PK Property Real Estate and financing was provided by Woori American Bank of NYC, New York. Brode & Brooks Inc. is a full service real estate company with offices in Pennsburg, PA. For more information, www.brodeandbrooks.com.

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MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE

Industry Partnerships: A Winning Proposition for Businesses & Workers

Pennsylvania is known nationally for its leadership in connecting workforce training to the skill needs of key industries, creating workers with the capabilities needed for high productivity, healthy profits, and good wages.

Our state’s Industry Partnership (IP) training program has become a model for other states and has even helped shape a new federal workforce law that will be implemented in the coming months. Through the simple step of bringing businesses within an industry together, over 100,000 participants have been trained since 2005.

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MEMBERS’ CORNER

Griff Unveils New Dry Erase Film-This material can be cut down and attached to make any flat surface a dry erase board.

Griff Decorative Films has created a vinyl that writes on and erases just like a dry erase board. This lightweight material has the glossy finish of a dry erase board, and cleans easily with a wet paper towel or eraser. Offered with an optional permanent or temporary adhesive backing, Dry Erase Film can lay flat and adhere to any level surface to make it rewriteable. Coming in a variety of colors and thicknesses, this material can be cut down to any shape.

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MEMBERS' CORNER

A Bucks County Company receives the 2015 Education Workforce Leadership Award

Lampire Biological Laboratories and Bedford County Technical Center were recently presented with the 2015 Education Workforce Leadership Award. The award was given in front of a large crowd attending the annual Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Conference in Hershey, PA.

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MEMBERS' CORNER

PPL Electric Utilities Focuses on Service, Value, Reliability

PPL Electric Utilities proudly delivers electricity to nearly 30,000 residential and business customers in Bucks County.

Electricity is essential. It powers our homes, our workplaces and our lives. Our job is to deliver it safely and reliably — day and night, in all kinds of weather — while providing great service and good value for our customers.

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MEET ONE OF OUR NEWEST MEMBERS

Jennifer D. Gould, Esquire, Stark & Stark

Jennifer D. Gould is a Shareholder and member of Stark & Stark’s Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights Group. Ms. Gould represents secured and unsecured lenders, equipment leasing companies, other financial institutions and businesses in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. Ms. Gould has significant experience with workouts and restructurings in addition to litigation matters including commercial and residential foreclosures, replevin actions, contract disputes and brokerage commission disputes. 

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MEET ONE OF OUR NEWEST MEMBERS

Melinda Stumpf, Regional Affairs Director, PPL

Melinda Stumpf is the regional affairs director at PPL, a fortune 500 global energy company headquartered in Allentown, PA. Melinda is the principal company contact between PPL Corporation and federal, state, county, and local governments, civic and community organizations, and the news media in Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, and Montgomery counties. She provides leadership in addressing important regional issues such as job retention, economic growth, educational improvements and environmental protection.

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