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Centric Bank
2003 S. Easton Rd, Suite 205, Doylestown
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Centric Bank Announces Winners of Lights, Camera, Save! Video Competition for Pennsylvania High Schools
HARRISBURG, PA (April 19, 2021) – Centric Bank is proud to announce the winners of the Bank’s third “Lights, Camera, Save!” video contest. Fourteen students, representing high schools from Cumberland, Dauphin and Montgomery counties, submitted videos about the importance of smart money management. Lights, Camera, Save! is a nationally sponsored contest offered by ABA (American Bankers Association) Foundation and was locally launched by Centric Bank, one of nine Pennsylvania banks to offer the contest. The 2021 contest was sponsored by VantageScore Solutions, LLC. “We realize that to reach teens with the message of the importance of smart money management, we need to engage them on the channels they use, which is video. It’s critically important for young people to understand financial literacy and financial health, and we were thrilled to be able to offer this contest again this year that delivers a financial learning opportunity for students,” says Patricia (Patti) A. Husic, President and CEO of Centric Bank. The top three received a cash prize of $500, $250, and $100 respectively. The winners are: 1. Hanna Mater, “The Chick’s Temptation,” Central Dauphin High School 2. William Cavallo, “Saving Money Made Simple,” Methacton High School 3. Marissa Garon, “Save Money for Your Retirement,” Central Dauphin High School The first-place winner’s video was submitted to ABA Foundation to compete on the national level for several cash prizes, including $5,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third and fourth place. “I really cannot thank you enough for providing this spectacular opportunity for our students.” says Eli Nilsen, Business Education Department Chair at Central Dauphin High School, “This has been a tremendous bright spot in a challenging year, and I am so grateful to Centric Bank and the ABA for dedicating the time and funds to make sure this competition continues this year. The work that all of you put in does not go unnoticed.” ABOUT LIGHTS, CAMERA, SAVE! Lights, Camera, Save! is a video contest sponsored by the ABA Foundation that engages teens in educating themselves and their peers about the value of saving and using money wisely. For the first time in Lights, Camera, Save! history, national contestants went head to head in a bracket-style tournament on ABA’s Instagram page. ABOUT CENTRIC BANK Founded in 2007, Centric Financial Corporation, and its subsidiary, Centric Bank, is headquartered in south central Pennsylvania with assets of $1.1 billion and remains a leader in organic loan growth. A locally owned, locally loaned community bank, Centric Bank provides competitive and pro-growth financial services to businesses, professionals, individuals, families, and the health care industry. An American Banker 2020, 2019 and 2018 Best Banks to Work For, three-time Best Places to Work, Top 50 Fastest-Growing Companies for seven years, and twice ranked a Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Bank by American Banker for financial performance. Centric Bank has financial centers located in Harrisburg, Hershey, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Doylestown, Devon, and Lancaster, loan production offices in Lancaster and Devon, and an Operations and Executive Office campus in Hampden Township, Cumberland County. To learn more about Centric Bank, call 717.657.7727, or visit CentricBank.com. Connect with them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Centric Financial Corporation is traded over the counter (OTC-Pink) with the ticker symbol CFCX. # # #
Twinkle Photo Booth
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Save $50 On A Photo Booth With Us!
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SCORE Bucks County, PA
11 Welden Drive Suite 100, Doylestown
Phone: 2159438850     Website

SCORE Helps Esthetician Become Her Own Boss Vanity Haus esthetics center opened March 1 in Bethlehem. Mariana Franco traded 13 years of teaching English language arts to kindergarten through eighth-grade students for a new career that paved the way for her to become her own boss. Franco opened Vanity Haus, an esthetics center featuring full-body waxing, facials, skin therapy, lash extensions, lifts, and tints at 701 W. Union Boulevard in Bethlehem on March 1. The entrepreneurial move followed her schooling, subsequent licensing as a skin care esthetician and work in the field for the last seven years. “The reason I went into esthetics was to one day be my own boss,” Franco said. “I want to show my daughter that girls can do it too. You can be strong. You can have a business.” The transition from esthetics employee to business owner was smoother with support from SCORE Bucks County certified mentors Vincent Prinzi and Krishna Akella. Franco began meeting her mentors in summer 2020. Prinzi and Akella offered guidance on startup and operating costs, required licensure, business location and lease agreement review, fit-out of the space, revenue and more. “Vincent and Krishna have been godsends to me,” Franco said, noting that her mentors continue to assist as her business grows. “They gave me a little bit of homework to do. I was always working on the business before the business was even born.” SCORE mentors shared insight on construction work needed to convert typical retail spaces to an esthetics center. In the end, Franco lucked out by leasing a former doctor’s office, which required only “basic cosmetic work,” some pink paint and flooring to “make it look pretty and girly.” Her space features a large lobby, two bathrooms, three treatment suites, an office and storage space. Franco had hoped to open in September 2020 to culminate her 40th birthday and her daughter starting kindergarten. She opted to open six months later due to the pandemic. The later opening was worth the wait. Franco has been busy and expects to hire a skin therapist to provide in-demand client services, including body waxing, lash lifts, and intensive facials for the bikini area. Offering top-notch service is Franco’s primary goal. “Customers always feel like ‘I came in here kind of crummy, now I feel like a million bucks walking out of here,’” Franco said. “I feel like I did my duty by making you feel beautiful.” The entrepreneur’s positivity made mentoring that much simpler. “It makes a mentor’s job much easier when the client is open-minded, driven and enthusiastic,” her SCORE mentors said. “We all make mistakes along the way, but if we think of mistakes as discovery, we tend to keep a positive attitude. That is exactly the attitude our client had during the entire process.” SCORE provides free mentoring services for every step of the business journey, from startup and beyond. About SCORE Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 11 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. With 50 members across the county, SCORE Bucks County provides over 1,500 free mentoring services annually to local small business owners through one-on-one counseling and small business seminars. To stay up to date on news and happenings, join SCORE Bucks County’s email list. Text SCOREBUCKS to 22828.
SCORE Bucks County, PA
11 Welden Drive Suite 100, Doylestown
Phone: 2159438850     Website

SCORE Mentors Offer Ongoing Support for Solopreneur In 2016, Lydia Grossov was at a crossroads. She was contemplating whether to find another corporate job in the pharmaceutical industry or take her long-time side hustle full-time. About the same time, Grossov had heard about a women’s conference that SCORE Bucks County was offering. She signed up for the conference – and for the chapter’s free business mentoring. By early 2017, the veteran graphic designer and web designer took the leap to make her 10-year part-time gig, Expresso Design, a full-time business. Named for the mix of creative expression and bold flavors that she infuses in her client’s logo creation, branding, print and digital marketing solutions, and Website design and development, Grossov’s New Britain-based business specializes in preparing impactful concepts for her primarily healthcare and pharmaceutical clients. Initially, when she arranged her first mentoring session with SCORE Bucks Chairwoman Linda Zangrilli and Vice Chairwoman Vicki Brown, Grossov sought help creating a business plan. “I actually needed a lot more than that,” she said. “So much so that I’m still with them after four years.” SCORE mentors are available to guide entrepreneurs and business owners through every step of the business process. Grossov intends to keep learning and growing with insight from Zangrilli, who retired after more than 25 years in operations management, customer service and management; and Brown, who has owned Harmony Clean, Inc. for nearly 20 years. “They understand business and the challenges in business,” Grossov said. “They have good action items for me. They have homework for me to do. They have advice and a direction to send me in.” Mentoring relationships work best with a give and take, according to Grossov. Brown and Zangrilli appreciate the effort she puts forth. “Lydia is very organized and does thorough research,” Brown said. “It has been great to see her confidence grow throughout the process and for her to find what works for her as far as finding clients to work with.” Zangrilli credited Grossov’s “aggressive networking” with helping her business to thrive. By attending conferences where her ideal clients would be, Grossov was able to meet prospective clients and build invaluable connections. Knowing her ideal client has helped in expanding Expresso Design. While Grossov can create graphics and Websites for any industry, focusing on healthcare and pharmaceuticals helps her differentiate her business. She had one of her best years in 2020 and looks forward to a bright future. One thing is for sure, her SCORE mentors will be by her side. “They’re still helping me shape my business,” Grossov said. “You encounter different challenges and different obstacles.” About SCORE Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 8.5 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. With 50 members across the county, SCORE Bucks County provides over 1,500 free mentoring services annually to local small business owners through one-on-one counseling and small business seminars. To stay up to date on news and happenings, join SCORE Bucks County’s email list. Text SCOREBUCKS to 22828.
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Bucks Beautiful
85 E. State Street, Doylestown
Phone: 2675445275     Website
Bucks Beautiful's 26th Garden Tour
We missed the garden tour as much as you did last year! The bright side is that our hosts had more time to beautify their gardens for this our 26th year of presenting a spectacular event. On Sunday June 13th from 11 am-4 pm, we invite you to visit hidden jewels that have never been publicly shown. Wear comfortable shoes on this tour throughout Doylestown’s charming streets as three gardens are walking distance from one another and three are a short drive from town. The inspiring mix of properties selected range from a quaint cottage to a historic estate. Bucks County Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer expertise as you peruse specimen trees, beloved perennials, colorful annuals, container succulents, ponds, water features, and vegetable gardens so popular these days. Most feature dining areas that will be adorned with fresh flower arrangements courtesy of generous local florists. Brett King, a certified remodeler, and his client, have invited us to view an estate renovation and to stroll the expansive landscaped property. This rare opportunity to walk through this residence will be a special addition to the tour. Gatekeepers will be stationed to ensure that masks are worn and to oversee social distancing protocols. Early birds still catch the worm with a discounted ticket price of $30.00 until May 31st after which the cost will be $35.00. Your purchase includes a booklet with maps, photos and garden descriptions, plus a garden bag filled with gifts for the first 400 guests. Want free tickets? Become a Member and receive complimentary admission plus exclusive access from 10 to 11 a.m. Gardens will open to non-members at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit our reforestation initiative RePlant Bucks, Bulbs for-Bucks daffodil displays, educational programs, community garden projects and memorial plantings throughout the county. Tickets and Memberships can be purchased online at www.bucksbeautiful.org, by phone at 215-340-3639
Hepatitis B Foundation
3805 Old Easton Rd, Doylestown
Phone: (215) 489-4900     Website
Hepatitis B Foundation to hold its annual Crystal Ball Gala on April 30
Hepatitis B Foundation to hold its annual Crystal Ball Gala on April 30 The Gala will celebrate the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary. Doylestown, April 8, 2021 – The Hepatitis B Foundation’s annual Crystal Ball Gala later this month holds a special significance: it is the ceremonial start of the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary celebration. A nonprofit, research-based organization, the Foundation serves people living with hepatitis B, their families and health care providers around the world. It was founded in 1991 by Joan and Tim Block of Doylestown and their friends Janine and Paul Witte. The Wittes had lived in New Hope for many years until Paul passed away in February at the age of 94. The Gala, which is the Foundation’s primary fundraising event, will be held on Friday, April 30, starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Like last year, the 30th Anniversary Gala will be an online event, allowing people to participate from the comfort of their homes. Details are posted on hepbgala.org. The event is free of charge, open to the public and registration is not required. Attendees can join live through the Gala website or the Foundation’s Facebook and YouTube pages. “The Gala provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our 30th Anniversary with our many supporters and everyone interested, sharing some of our history and honoring some very deserving people,” Foundation President and Co-Founder, Timothy Block, PhD, said. “Despite the pandemic, the show must go on, and we have an excellent program planned. One of the highlights will be a wonderful video that provides a glimpse of our history and comments from numerous people who made major contributions over the years.” The 2020 Gala also was virtual and the online format made it more accessible than in previous years, Dr. Block noted. The event attracted participants from 14 different states plus viewers from six countries outside of the U.S. The 2021 Gala includes a silent auction with opportunities to bid on a wide range of exciting items, which are now available for previewing at hepbgala.org. This year’s auction, which is sponsored by Arbutus Biopharma Corporation, features a visit to the Adventure Aquarium, four tickets to Busch Gardens in Florida, a one-night stay at Kalahari Resorts and two Spirit Airlines round-trip vouchers. Among other items are a large YETI Tundra cooler, football autographed by Philadelphia Eagles star Brandon Graham, VIP drag racing experience, craft beer basket, FitBit Alta HR Activity Tracker, basket of Bordeaux wine and beautiful, local artwork, including a gift certificate from the Silverman Gallery of Buckingham. The auction will open for bidding on Monday, April 26, at 7 a.m. EDT and will close at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. During the Gala, the Hepatitis B Foundation will honor Wenhui Li, PhD, of the National Institute of Biological Sciences in Beijing, with the prestigious Baruch S. Blumberg Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Hepatitis B Research. Dr. Li’s work in identifying the receptors in liver cells that are the key pathway to hepatitis B infection has been a major breakthrough in research toward curing the disease, which affects an estimated 300 million people worldwide. The Foundation will present the 2021 Community Commitment Award to Nadine Shiroma, a long-time policy advisor to the Hepatitis B Foundation. In 2010, she was part of a leadership team that helped define hepatitis B as a protected condition under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). More recently has expanded her advocacy to assist those with hep B in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and those facing discrimination in the U.S. military. Also during the Gala, the Foundation will present the Milestone Achievement Award to Eric Freedgood on behalf of the Carol & Edmund Blake Foundation in appreciation for its extremely generous support of the Hepatitis B Foundation’s advocacy, patient support programs and research. The Blake Foundation’s cumulative giving surpassed the $1 million mark this year. About Hepatitis B: The number of people living in the United States who have a chronic hepatitis B infection may be as high as 2.4 million, significantly greater than the generally accepted estimate of 2.2 million in 2011, according to a new analysis by a team of public health experts, scientists and physicians including two authors affiliated with the Hepatitis B Foundation. The study examined U.S. data from 2018 and found the majority of those with chronic hepatitis B, nearly 1.5 million, have emigrated from foreign countries. A report on the analysis, “An Updated Assessment of Chronic Hepatitis B Prevalence among Foreign-Born Persons Living in the United States,” is published in the March issue of Hepatology, the journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Worldwide it is estimated that about 300 million people are chronically infected with hep B and each year up to 1 million people die from the disease, despite the fact that it is preventable and treatable. About the Hepatitis B Foundation: The nation’s leading nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B and improving the quality of life for those affected worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy, the Hepatitis B Foundation was founded in 1991 and is based in Doylestown, Pa., with an office in Washington, D.C. To learn more, go to www.hepb.org and www.hepb30years.org, read our blog at hepb.org/blog, follow us on Twitter @HepBFoundation, find us on Facebook at hepbfoundation or call us at 215-489-4900.To donate, contact Jean Holmes at 215-489-4900 or jean.holmes@hepb.org.
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Newman Elder Law
Park Terrace, 275 S. Main Street, Suite 6, Doylestown
Phone: 2672885765     Website
Know your Options: Medicaid and Asset Protection
DON'T MISS THIS FREE, ZOOM PRESENTATION! YOUR ATTENDANCE AFFORDS YOU A FREE, ONE HOUR CONSULTATION!! EMAIL MICHELE@NEWMANELDERLAW.COM FOR A LINK TO JOIN!!
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Bucks Beautiful
85 E. State Street, Doylestown
Phone: 215-340-3639     Website
Bucks Beautiful's Daffodil Photo Contest
BUCKS BEAUTIFUL’S 2ND ANNUAL DAFFODIL PHOTO CONTEST Our Bulbs for Bucks daffodils are blooming and we’d love to see your photos! Take in some fresh air, flowers and sunshine by visiting one of our Bulbs for Bucks planting sites (map available on our website). Snap pictures with our daffodils and share your favorite on social media to enter. Three random winners will receive two tickets to our June 13 th Garden Tour plus a choice of our signature daffodil mug or canvas tote bag. Entering is easy: Post your daffodil pictures on Facebook or Instagram Tag @BucksBeautiful plus the hashtag #BulbsforBucks Tag the location The contest kicks off April 1 st and will run through midnight on April 30th. Winners will be selected at random and contacted directly. The Bulbs for Bucks Program was the inspiration of board member Chuck Gale, to beautify Bucks County at key locations with the first splendor of spring. Mr. Gale states “I like the idea of planting daffodils because the bulbs multiply each year, and the project is long-lasting for future generations to enjoy. To my knowledge, this is the largest bulb planting project in the state of Pennsylvania.” The program debuted in 2010 when 40,000 bulbs were planted along the Route 611 Bypass near Doylestown. Additional plantings include along the Delaware Canal State Park towpath, Washington Crossing Historic Park, Buckingham Green Shopping Center, the Michener Art Museum, Fonthill Castle, and several parks around Newtown, Sellersville and Perkasie, just to name a few. To date over 1.6 million daffodil bulbs have been established throughout the County. With the support of the community, Bucks Beautiful hopes to continue to grow the program and surpass two million. The “Bulbs for Bucks” map of daffodil sites throughout Bucks County is available online at www.bucksbeautiful.org. Bucks Beautiful is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that coordinates events, community projects and educational programs. We create partnerships with like-minded civic coalitions to develop attractive yet sustainable vistas to foster a healthier environment. Since 1991 we have worked to enhance the local landscape for residents and visitors alike by beautifying our towns, schools, parks, roadsides and pathways throughout Bucks County. Our initiatives include RePlant Bucks, to restore the tree canopy, Bulb for-Bucks daffodil plantings, community garden projects at schools, parks, museums and war memorials, and pop-up parks.
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Network of Victim Assistance
2370 Old York Rd #B1, Jamison
Phone: 2153436543     Website
Don’t Miss The Bus! Spot a Mini-Bus with NOVA’s “Not On My Watch” Ad & You May Win a Prize
Bucks County, PA) April is Child Sexual Assault Awareness month, and Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), Bucks County’s comprehensive service agency for victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes, has an ambitious goal of training 25,000 adults in Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) awareness and prevention via its “Not On My Watch” education program. In order to meet that goal, NOVA has placed ads for the program on mini-buses that travel through Bucks County during the month of March. NOVA hopes to raise awareness of this through a photo contest that runs through March 31. In order to participate, individuals who live, work or worship in the County should safely take a photo if they spot a CSA Stoppers mini-bus during their travels and share it at http://bit.ly/3dK3dRG. The contest winner will be chosen in April at random from all submissions. The winner will receive a thank you gift package including a #NotOnMyWatch T-Shirt, a reusable shopping tote, a $10.00 NOVA Thrift Shop gift certificate, and a Hope bracelet. (Retail value $50.00). The contest runs from March 1 to March 30. “The bus campaign is an amazing opportunity to take our message of protecting children directly into our communities,” said Grace Wheeler, NOVA’s Director of Prevention and Education. “Prevention is a community effort, so we need people to sign up for a CSA Stoppers webinar training. I am looking forward to seeing all of the places where residents spot the mini-buses and having a number of them sign up for the training.” “Not on My Watch” is part of the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative, a joint effort by Bucks County, NOVA, Penn State University, and other local organizations to reduce rates of child sexual abuse. The project is funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), and educates the public on Child Sexual Abuse prevention through a two-hour evidence-based program entitled “Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children®.” NOVA aims to train 5% of adults in Bucks County by 2021. This program is available to all adults in Bucks County and CE credits are available for many licensed or certified professions. To become one of the many adults who have joined a growing group of CSA Stoppers in Bucks County, visit www.novabucks.org/csastoppers to learn more and sign up for the FREE two-hour training. For additional information or questions, contact Grace Wheeler, Director of Prevention and Training at grace@novabucks.org. ABOUT NOVA Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) supports, counsels and empowers victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes in Bucks County and works to prevent and eliminate violence in society through advocacy, training, community education and prevention programs. Founded in 1974, NOVA is a non-profit 501(c)(3), community-based organization operating out of three offices in Fairless Hills, Jamison and Perkasie. Services are made possible through the financial support of federal, state and local government grants and contracts, corporations, foundations and private donations. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. For more information, visit www.NOVABucks.org. ABOUT DARKNESS TO LIGHT Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Through education and awareness, the organization seeks to create a safer world for children to grow and thrive. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, Stewards of Children®, is an award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. More than 1.8 million adults including educators, youth serving professionals, organization volunteers, and community members have been certified in the program. Stewards of Children® is the only evidence-informed training of its kind, with the largest network of child protection advocates in the world as facilitators. For more information, visit www.D2L.org. ### Editor’s Note: Photo courtesy of Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) Photo: CSA Stoppers Bus – Network of Victim Assistance is raising awareness of its CSA (Child Sexual Assault) Stoppers initiative through a photo contest that runs through March 31. In order to participate, individuals who live, work or worship in the County should safely take a photo if they spot a CSA Stoppers mini-bus during their travels and share it at http://bit.ly/3dK3dRG. One winner will be chosen at random in April, which is Child Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
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Network of Victim Assistance
2370 York Rd., Ste. B-1, Jamison
Phone: (215) 343-6543     Website
NOVA’S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS GO VIRTUAL
Prevention Programs Continue--Even During COVID-19 Pandemic

(BUCKS COUNTY, Pa.) As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) is now offering several of their education and prevention programs virtually. These programs are part of NOVA’s mission of reducing the incidences of crime through prevention and education programs for Bucks County students and residents.

NOVA offers school-based programs on topics including: cyberbullying, personal safety, healthy relationships, internet safety, and many others. NOVA is also currently providing virtual training for adults and professionals on the topics of Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Human Trafficking.

NOVA educators are placing extra emphasis on its cyberbullying prevention programs as the effects of quarantine and stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 has resulted in increased usage of computers, phones, social media and the internet and this surge in usage has led to increased incident of cyberbullying. According to L1ght, an organization that tracks online hate speech and harassment, there has been a 70% increase in cyberbullying in just a matter of months.

NOVA’s cyberbullying prevention program clarifies digital rights and responsibilities and teaches appropriate strategies and effective responses to handle cyberbullying.

“NOVA’s educators have worked hard to transform our traditional in-person prevention education programs into programs that could be taught virtually, and the programs we have presented thus far have been extremely well received by students and teachers. We are grateful for the opportunity to reach students in Bucks County on these virtual platforms,” remarked Pattie Cavalli, Education/Awareness Prevention Coordinator for NOVA.

To learn more about NOVA’s virtual programs, visit: https://www.novabucks.org/prevention. For more information, contact Education and Awareness Prevention Coordinator, Pattie Cavalli, at 215-343-6543 x 6702 or email pattie@novabucks.org.

ABOUT NOVA
Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) supports, counsels and empowers victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes in Bucks County and works to prevent and eliminate violence in society through advocacy, training, community education and prevention programs. Founded in 1974, NOVA is a non-profit 501(c)(3), community-based organization operating out of three offices in Fairless Hills, Jamison and Perkasie. Services are made possible through the financial support of federal, state and local government grants and contracts, corporations, foundations and private donations. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. For more information, visit www.NOVABucks.org.

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Editor’s note: Photo courtesy of NOVA:
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) is now offering several of their education and prevention programs virtually. These programs are part of NOVA’s mission of reducing the incidences of crime through prevention and education programs for Bucks County students and residents.
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WSFS Bank
500 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington
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WSFS Financial Corporation to Combine with Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation, Solidifies Position as the Premier Bank and Wealth Management Franchise in the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware Region
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SCORE Bucks County, PA
11 Welden Drive Suite 100, Doylestown
Phone: 2159438850     Website
SCORE Helps Engineer Transition to Business Owner
In his 19.5 years working for a Bucks County engineering company, Jason Saul, a mechanical engineer, strengthened his knowledge of all aspects of the company. In November 2020, Saul leveraged his experience to build his own business. “I was involved in a multitude of things at the company,” he said, adding that he had begun envisioning building a conveyor business. “There’s no reason I can’t do this on my own.” Before starting his Quakertown-based business Dynamic Conveyors and Automation, Saul began mentoring with SCORE Bucks County volunteers Wayne King and Tony Moore at the end of 2019. With their assistance, Saul completed profit and loss projections and created a value proposition outlining what sets his company apart from competitors. Perhaps most beneficial was the input that King and Moore – who both specialize in business strategy and planning – offered. “SCORE allowed me to do that anonymously essentially,” he said. (Wayne and Tony said), ‘let’s talk about the business. Let’s talk about these items.’ That’s something that was invaluable.” Saul’s engineering expertise is in material handling for a variety of industries, including manufacturing, foodservice, pharmaceutical and warehousing. He offers pre-engineered conveyors from reputable manufacturers in a variety of sizes and configurations. When pre-engineered conveyors do not meet his customers’ needs, Saul engineers customized solutions to meet the most demanding applications. In addition, he offers specialized automation to maximize all of the benefits that conveyors can offer. A recent example of Saul’s creativeness was reflected in a project with a candy manufacturer. A series of conveyors and divert mechanisms allowed for rejection of out-of-specification product. The solution was necessary to maintain product quality, but as an added benefit, it required less operator intervention. According to King, Saul is in a great position to develop a strong business. “Jason has built his business on a fundamental guiding business principle to generate a sustainable and differentiated value solution for his customers,” King said. In eight to 12 months, he expects to hire an engineer or salesperson and continue to grow. Upcoming meetings with his SCORE mentors will focus on marketing strategies, he said. Even with the challenges stemming from the pandemic, Saul said his business is “probably more rewarding than I realized. Folks believe in me.” About SCORE Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 8.5 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. With 50 members across the county, SCORE Bucks County provides over 1,500 free mentoring services annually to local small business owners through one-on-one counseling and small business seminars. To stay up to date on news and happenings, join SCORE Bucks County’s email list. Text SCOREBUCKS to 22828.
WSFS Bank
500 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington
Phone: 2158641795     Website
WSFS Bank Donates $850,000 in EITC and OSTC Funds to Pennsylvania Schools and Programs
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SCORE Bucks County, PA
11 Welden Drive Suite 100, Doylestown
Phone: 2159438850     Website

SCORE Bucks Assists Nonprofit Spurred to Feed, Educate Amid Pandemic Muneera Walker was knee deep in census work in her Lower Merion community when the pandemic began. Soon after, she saw her neighbors struggle to have enough food. A former owner of a general contracting business and avid volunteer, Walker launched her nonprofit organization, Neighbors Helping Neighbors on the Main Line in response to food insecurity in her community. Since March 2020, the effort has taken off and the charitable organization has delivered food weekly to 60 families in Lower Merion Township and another 50 families in Philadelphia. The organization is seeking its own space to expand programming and outreach capabilities that would enable Neighbors Helping Neighbors the ability to provide aid to those in need in Bucks County as well. Walker launched another “tentacle” of the organization, E Squared, Excelling in Education. About 50 students have received free virtual educational assistance in various subject areas from the organization’s pool of current and retired educators, parents, grandparents, high school students and all types of neighbors. “As horrific as this time is for our nation and our world, I’m grateful that the shift toward virtual is actually helping me help the students in ways that I probably would not have thought of,” Walker said. “You always get some good with the bad.” Neighbors Helping Neighbors on the Main Line is funded primarily through private donations. Other organizations, including a local food pantry, contribute food over-abundance to the cause. “My goal has always been to elevate the opportunities and stature of our Black and Latinx communities in Lower Merion,” Walker said. “They have suffered disparities from the past that require strategic work and a lot of energy to correct. Neighbors Helping Neighbors is my opportunity and our opportunity to heal our community.” As the nonprofit began to grow beyond Lower Merion – including Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Delaware County and soon Bucks County – a volunteer recommended that Walker seek out guidance from SCORE Bucks County for insight on grant funding, insurance coverage, business planning and more. “SCORE has been a great asset to Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” Walker said. “It’s a phenomenal resource and everyone should know about it.” SCORE Bucks County volunteer Kumar Natarajan and Rob Purdy began mentoring Walker during the summer. “Muneera has found a very successful strategy and is most definitely meeting the needs of the communities,” Purdy said. Most recently, the nonprofit has expanded to offer a VS3, Virtual School Sensory Support Program, which provides free sensory items, such as wobble cushions and fidgets for individuals with special needs. What began as an initiative to feed Walker’s Lower Merion neighbors has since grown to become so much more. “The main focus is to assist families in any way they need in order to help them rise up,” Walker said, adding that help can come in the form of food donations, educational services, financial assistance, coat drives and more. “Neighbors Helping Neighbors is all about helping each family and each child however they need help.” Walker credits her team of 20 dedicated volunteers, along with her SCORE Bucks mentors with empowering her organization to make an impact. “My desire is to be a lasting entity of help and change for ours and the expanded communities,” she said. “It’s not me. It’s not each individual volunteer. It’s not SCORE. It’s all of us. Together we’re changing the face of our community.” To learn more visit https://www.nhnonthemainline.com/. About SCORE Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 8.5 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. With 50 members across the county, SCORE Bucks County provides over 1,500 free mentoring services annually to local small business owners through one-on-one counseling and small business seminars. To stay up to date on news and happenings, join SCORE Bucks County’s email list. Text SCOREBUCKS to 22828.
WSFS Bank
500 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington
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WSFS Bank Study Finds Millennials and Gen Zers View Their Overall Financial Situations Positively
According to a new WSFS Bank Study of Millennials and Gen Z consumers, 65% of respondents describe their overall financial situation as either “good” or “excellent,” and six in 10 (58%) are optimistic that they’ll achieve their financial goals one day. The nationwide study asked 2,005 people between the ages of 18-40 to describe their financial fears and goals, as well as how their experiences have been informed by previous generations. While respondents remain optimistic when it comes to their finances, 43% said they frequently have trouble paying everyday living expenses, with 19% saying it happens to them “constantly.” Despite this, 58% of respondents think their generation’s level of financial stability is actually better than that of previous generations. “While overspending is often the first thing that pops into consumers’ minds when they think of financial troubles, financial stagnation has played just as large a role in recent years, especially for younger generations,” said Vernita Dorsey, SVP and Director of Community Strategy at WSFS Bank. “Despite the challenges faced, these generations still view their overall financial situations positively, and with the help of online resources and financial institutions they can increase their money management and financial acumen.” Financial Lessons When it comes to financial literacy, 61% of respondents agreed that most of what they’ve learned about finance was through osmosis, with 75% of men agreeing compared to 49% of women. For financial lessons they learned from others, parents topped the list of sources at 36%, followed by romantic partners (33%), grandparents (31%), teachers (29%) and siblings (27%), while 23% said they learned these skills in school and just 17% from their bank or financial institution. “With only 23% of respondents saying they learned financial skills in school, it is clear a financial literacy gap exists that, if addressed, could help build solid foundations prior to reaching adulthood,” said Dorsey. “It’s important to address these educational gaps so future generations are more comfortable discussing and learning about finance from trusted family members and teachers, and to use the resources their financial institutions offer, so they are less likely to feel like they’re on their own to figure things out.” Major Events Impacting Behavior Over half (57%) of respondents blamed the previous generation’s mistakes for the country’s current financial system. Millennials and Gen Z have lived through multiple recessions and other major financial events during late adolescence and early adulthood, and these events have helped shape their behavior, according to the study. Twenty-nine percent of respondents stated that living through the housing crisis of 2008 had a huge impact on their financial behavior. An even larger number of respondents cited the 2015 mini-recession (40%), the Occupy Wall Street movement (38%), the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (34%) and the current COVID-19 crisis (31%) as affecting their financial habits. These major financial events have left respondents anxious when it comes to experiencing setbacks, with 48% worried about losing a job/taking a pay cut, 44% worried about filing for bankruptcy and 40% worried about making bad financial decisions. “While Millennials and Gen Z have faced many obstacles, they’ve also shown resilience, including during COVID-19,” said Dorsey. “Only 10% said the pandemic has negatively impacted their finances overall, likely due to their adaptable money habits. Thirty-five percent said they’re putting more into savings during the pandemic, and more than a third of respondents also cut monthly expenses (44%), put more toward retirement (42%) and refinanced a mortgage (33%).” Habits, Fears and Goals While Millennials and Gen Z respondents showed optimism about their financial situations and stability, they expressed some conflicting views when it comes to their financial habits. Among their struggles: • 47% said they’re not good at paying bills on time. • 55% said they struggle to live within their means. • 55% said they’re not good at increasing 401(k)/retirement savings. • 62% said they’re not good at sticking to a budget. • 78% said they’re not good at maintaining good credit. • 87% said they’re not good at putting money into savings. These struggles have left many feeling common monetary goals are out of reach, including saving for emergency funds (39%), saving for retirement (38%), buying a home (37%) and building good credit (36%). Men (50%) were more likely than women (31%) to see setting aside an emergency fund as out of reach, while women (74%) were more likely than men (48%) to say they struggle to stick to a budget. As a result, 58% of respondents said they actively avoid thinking about or navigating their finances out of fear that “they’ll mess it up,” with men (71%) more likely than women (48%) to agree they avoid thinking about their finances. “Despite all the setbacks, respondents still expressed optimism about their overall financial situations and stability,” said Dorsey. “It’s never too late for any generation to prioritize money management to build financial stability and wealth for yourself and future generations. There is an abundance of educational content online, including interactive lessons through WSFS iQ, that can help these generations build financial confidence and make their financial goals seem much more attainable.” Survey Methodology The study was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of WSFS Bank. The sample includes 2,005 respondents nationwide between the ages of 18 and 40. The survey was conducted on 1/21/21, with a margin of error of 2.2% at 95% confidence. About WSFS Financial Corporation WSFS Financial Corporation is a multi-billion-dollar financial services company. Its primary subsidiary, WSFS Bank, is the oldest and largest locally managed bank and trust company headquartered in Delaware and the Greater Philadelphia region. As of December 31, 2020, WSFS Financial Corporation had $14.3 billion in assets on its balance sheet and $24.2 billion in assets under management and administration. WSFS operates from 112 offices, 89 of which are banking offices, located in Pennsylvania (52), Delaware (42), New Jersey (16), Virginia (1) and Nevada (1) and provides comprehensive financial services including commercial banking, retail banking, cash management and trust and wealth management. Other subsidiaries or divisions include Arrow Land Transfer, Cash Connect®, Cypress Capital Management, LLC, Christiana Trust Company of Delaware®, NewLane Finance®, Powdermill® Financial Solutions, West Capital Management®, WSFS Institutional Services®, WSFS Mortgage®, and WSFS Wealth® Investments. Serving the Greater Delaware Valley since 1832, WSFS Bank is one of the ten oldest banks in the United States continuously operating under the same name. For more information, please visit www.wsfsbank.com.
Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce
252 West Swamp Road, suite 23, Warminster
Phone: 2153712898     Website

Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Appoints New Board Chair Carroll Engineering Corp. President Thomas A. Gockowski to Lead Business Group DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (January 2021) – The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Carroll Engineering Corporation President Thomas A. Gockowski, P.E. has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the business organization that represents nearly 2000 businesses in and around Bucks County. “It is truly a privilege to welcome Tom as our new Chairman of the Board,” said Dr. Vail P. Garvin, FACHE, President and CEO of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. “Tom has been a dedicated member of the Central Bucks Chamber for many years. His expertise and leadership will be a great addition not only for this Chamber, but for the Bucks County community as well.” Mr. Gockowski will serve a two-year term in his new role. He replaces outgoing Chairman of the Board Jeane M. Vidoni. “The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce plays a crucial role in supporting and helping businesses grow throughout the region. As president of a member business and long-time chamber advocate, I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to help lead and grow this fantastic organization,” said Mr. Gockowski. Mr. Gockowski is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company including business development, client retention, financial adherence and operational control of the office. He joined Carroll Engineering in 1987 and his career has spanned the full range of engineering services from planning, design, construction management, and operation of civil engineering projects. He has extensive project management experience on PennDOT, Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, PA Department of General Services and Local (County and Municipal) projects. Prior to being appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Gockowski served as a Board Member at the Chamber. Carroll Engineering’s Corporate Offices are located in Warrington. The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce would also like to welcome four new members to the board of directors. • Jennifer Eckfield, Owner/Business Manager, The Learning Experience Doylestown. The Learning Experience positively impacts the lives of children by developing and implementing ground-breaking care and early childhood education programs. • Scott R. Little, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, Harleysville Bank. Harleysville Bank, chartered in 1915, is a true community bank; a resource for dependable and flexible financial solutions for over a century. Built on a foundation of trust, the bank is committed to providing exceptional customer service and quality financial products and services. • Kevin Jameson, Founder, President, CEO & Chairman, Dementia Society of America. This is the nation’s leading volunteer-driven, all-Dementias awareness organization. DSA provides an information hotline, many online resources and an easy-to-use web-based locator, which can assist families and individuals in finding valuable support near to them. • Pam Mikula Paolino, Web Designer & Developer, Mikula Web Solutions Inc. Since 1995, Mikula Web Solutions Inc. has been specializing in building and maintaining cost-effective websites for small businesses. About the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce: The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce builds alliances among its members by uniting businesses, 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. Learn more at www.centralbuckschamber.com
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Network of Victim Assistance
2370 Old York Rd #B1, Jamison
Phone: 2153436543     Website
Windmill Foundation Provides Grant to NOVA Funding supports work of health services specialist
(JAMISON, Pa.) Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), is pleased to announce that the organization is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Windmill Foundation, which will be used to fund outreach, education and training to the public health, medical communities, and first responders on the medical needs of sexual assault and interpersonal violence victims. This outreach will support the activities of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) by working to advocate for assault victims’ medical rights. Data gathered by NOVA over a four-year period revealed that only 23 percent of patients seen by a forensic nurse sought post-assault counseling services and only 26 percent sought out a legal advocate. It is NOVA’s hope that direct outreach and increased awareness education will lead to the early identification of survivors in a variety of care settings, increase the likelihood of earlier treatment and subsequently prevent chronic health issues that may arise after a sexual assault takes place. NOVA will provide training to a wide array of healthcare professionals and first responders, since they are often the first point of contact a victim of sexual assault or interpersonal violence will have prior to disclosing the abuse they have suffered. Outreach efforts will target urgent care facilities, pediatric, obstetrics and gynecology practices, drug, alcohol and mental health providers, EMS paraprofessionals and members of law enforcement, with a focus on providing trauma-informed, victim-sensitive responses. “For nearly 40 years, NOVA has provided high quality, victim-centered services and prevention programs in schools and the community, as well as training for professionals,” said Tarah Sellers, Director of Client Services, NOVA. “This grant will allow us to build upon our work to assist and counsel victims of sexual assault.” About NOVA: Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) supports, counsels and empowers victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes in Bucks County and works to prevent and eliminate violence in society through advocacy, training, community education and prevention programs. Founded in 1974, NOVA is a non-profit 501(c)(3), community-based organization operating out of three offices in Fairless Hills, Jamison and Perkasie. Services are made possible through the financial support of federal, state and local government grants and contracts, corporations, foundations and private donations. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. For more information, go to www.NOVABucks.org. ###
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Debbie Goetz Media Connections, LLC
1518 Spearmint Circle, Jamison
Phone: 2156305408     Website
NOVA Virtual Auction & Gala a Roaring Success! Proceeds from an “Evening in the Roaring 20s” will benefit NOVA programs and services
(BUCKS COUNTY, Pa.) Network of Victim Assistance’s (NOVA) virtual Evening in the Roaring 20s Auction & Gala, was a roaring success. Guests were invited to learn the Charleston, bid on silent auction items, and hear from NOVA clients and special guest speaker, Rachael Denhollander, all from the comfort of their own home. The hour-long, live program took place via GoToWebinar and featured 1920's themed entertainment, a silent auction with 200+ items, and a wine pull. The event raised more than $75,000, which will support NOVA’s services and educational programs. Rachael Denhollander, an attorney, author, educator and sexual abuse victims’ advocate was the evening’s guest speaker. Denhollander came to prominence in 2016 when she was the first woman to pursue criminal charges and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics’ team doctor Larry Nassar. As a result, 300 women came forward as victims of Nassar abuse. Denhollander’s work led to Nassar’s imprisonment, numerous charges filed against University of Michigan officials and USA Gymnastics executives and a record-setting $500 million settlement with Michigan State University for Nassar survivors in 2018. In 2019, she published an account of her experience called, What is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics. During her remarks, Denhollander commended NOVA for their efforts on behalf of victims of sexual assault in Bucks County, “From the very beginning of prevention all the way through to healing and pursuing justice, NOVA brings together a team to empower survivors to speak up; to give them the tools to build resilience to walk from victim to survivor; and to help the community understand better how help victims to build resilience and empowerment.” She continued, “Hope is a beautiful thing and it is a privilege to be able to stand together to spread it. In order for the culture of abuse to change, it takes all of us together standing.” Angela McGettigan, Director of Community Relations and Development, NOVA, remarked, “We were extremely honored and grateful to have Rachael Denhollander as our special guest for this year’s Gala. We are so proud of her courage to speak out about her own experiences as a victim/survivor of sexual assault and her hard work and advocacy on behalf of others.” The Presenting Sponsor for an Evening in the Roaring 20s was EC Fence & Ironworks, Inc. EC Fence and Ironworks, Inc. has been supporting NOVA’s auction and other fundraising events for the past 9 years. For more information about EC Fence & Iron Works Inc., visit www.ecfence.net. Fox Trot Sponsors included Penn Community Bank and Parx Casino. Tango Sponsors included Bensalem Township Police Department, Univest Financial, and Worth & Company, Inc. Waltz Sponsors included Antheil, Maslow & MacMinn, LLP, Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks, Inc., Kreischer Miller, Marshall Grezlak Wealth Advisory Services, Inc. and O'Neill Nissan, Inc. ABOUT NOVA Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) supports, counsels and empowers victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes in Bucks County and works to prevent and eliminate violence in society through advocacy, training, community education and based organization operating out of three offices in Fairless Hills, Jamison and Perkasie. Services are made possible through the financial support of federal, state and local government grants and contracts, corporations, foundations and private donations. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. For more information, visit www.NOVABucks.org. ### Editor’s Note: Photo courtesy of Rachael Denhollander Rachael Denhollander was the special guest speaker at NOVA’s Evening in the Roaring 20s Virtual gala. Denhollander is an attorney, author, educator and sexual abuse victims’ advocate. She came to prominence in 2016 as the first woman to pursue criminal charges and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics’ team doctor Larry Nassar. As a result, 300 women came forward as victims of Nassar abuse. Denhollander’s work lead to Nassar’s imprisonment, numerous charges filed against University of Michigan officials and USA Gymnastics executives and a record-setting $500 million settlement with Michigan State University for Nassar survivors in 2018. In 2019, she published an account of her experience called, What is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics.
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Bucks County Country Gentlemen
313 W. State Street, Doylestown Summers: 700 N Shady Retreat Rd, Doylestown, Doylestown
Phone: 2672217747     Website
We rehearse Tuesdays at 7PM. Please join us, we love guests!
We are a 40-member barbershop chorus serving Doylestown and surrounding counties with a cappella entertainment. We are the Bucks County chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society! We rehearse Tuesdays at 7PM. Please join us, we love guests! During the school year we're usually at Lenape Middle School, 313 W. State Street, Doylestown (facing school front, right-most doors) . During the summer we're at the Central Bucks Senior Center, 700 N Shady Retreat Rd, Doylestown.
Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce

215-348-3913

Bailiwick, Suite 23, 252 W. Swamp Rd. (Rt. 313)
Doylestown, PA 18901 (map it)

Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce