Your business resource for results
Team Bucks is a partnership of economic development organizations committed to serving business and industry throughout Bucks County. For the business challenges you face, Team Bucks can provide assistance in many areas including corporate strategy, energy issues, international sales, manufacturing improvement, obtaining business loans and workforce development.
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP)
Ben Franklin is the most active early stage capital provider for the region’s technology sectors. Ben Franklin combines best practices of venture capital with a public-spirited purpose: leading the region’s technology community to new heights, creating jobs and changing lives for the better. Through its unique model, Ben provides the capital, counsel and connections that empower innovators to accelerate their ideas and investors to expand their impact. Ben Franklin is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.
Bucks County Community College
Customized Incumbent Worker Training
Bucks County Community College’s Center for Workforce Development provides high value customized training for businesses to help them grow and prosper by upskilling incumbent workers. Topics include leadership and supervision, human resources, computer applications, professional business communications and more. Our instructors are industry professionals who understand your challenges in today’s business world, and how to maximize time and results for your learners. We deliver at all three of our campuses or on site at your business. We administer WEDnetPA grant funds to help defray the cost of training for a variety of industries. We also offer industrial skills training at our Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, much of it grant funded by grants from the County and State.
Denny Surovec, Executive Outplacement
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Capital, Contracting, and Counseling Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent federal agency of the U.S. government whose mission is to help small businesses start, grow and succeed through loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. Specialized outreach programs exist for women, minorities, armed forces veterans, and underserved communities. SBA delivers its services through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations.
Sonia Smith, Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration,
Eastern PA District Office
Upper Bucks County Technical School
Customized Incumbent Worker Training
Upper Bucks County Technical School (UBCTS) is a regional career and technology center offering career training in 21 different program areas. Advanced Manufacturing training programs include Mechatronics, Precision Machining, and Welding & Fabrication. UBCTS serves approximately 700 high school students during the day, but on evenings and weekends, we offer technical skill training to adults. When you need technical skills training, think UBCTS! Conveniently located in the Upper Bucks region, we offer modern, state of the art manufacturing labs, apprenticeship training, and industry experienced instructors. Partner with us so we can help you find your next employee or student intern, train your current employees in our adult education classes, and/or provide customized, targeted training to meet your specific needs.
Emily Evans, Adult Education Coordinator
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
Small Business Consulting & Coaching
The SBDC’s mission is to help small business grow and succeed. The SBDC provides high quality business management consulting and training for aspiring entrepreneurs, small emerging growth companies, and established manufacturers and service businesses throughout Pennsylvania. Bucks County businesses are served by SBDCs at Lehigh University and from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. The SBDCs provide a number of services to businesses and entrepreneurs on a no-fee basis: Business Consulting and Coaching, Marketing Strategy Development and Customized Market Research, Advertising and Design Consulting, Legal Advice and Guidance, International Exporting Guidance, Technology Commercialization Services, Government Marketing Assistance, Environmental and Energy Conservation Advice. In addition, the SBDCs provide opportunities for Affordable Hands-On Business Educational Training through workshops and seminars on a broad number of topics of interest to small businesses.
Karl Kraus, Senior Business Consultant,
Fox School of Business/Temple University SBDC
Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN)
Business Turnaround Service
SEWN is Pennsylvania state funded program targeting stressed manufacturing organizations. A stressed organization is defined as one in danger of eliminating jobs should negative business trends continue. The services of this program are offered to these businesses free of charge. The SEWN turnaround consultant works in conjunction with other state funded partners. Services include: financial: restore cash flow, working capital and re-financing of debt; sales and marketing: including new plans, new customers and markets; revised business strategy; ownership transition; operations and technology improvement. Serving Bucks, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.
Gregory Olson, Director, Southeastern Region
Bucks County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC)
Financing & Economic Development
Bucks County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC) is a non-profit, nonpolitical economic development organization established in 1958 to support economic growth in Bucks County. BCEDC is a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certified economic development agency. BCEDC offers low cost financing options for land/building, machinery and equipment. BCEDC offers a wide array of services, including financing, site selection, research information, education, networking opportunities with economic development agencies, workforce development and international trade.
Jim Pawlikowski, Loan Manager
Bucks County Industrial Development Authority (BCIDA)
Financing & Economic Development
The Bucks County Industrial Development Authority is Bucks County’s lead economic development agency directed by the Bucks County Board of Commissioners. The BCIDA works in partnership with many for- and not-for-profit organizations to support local businesses, enterprises, and entrepreneurs to locate, grow, and expand their business through a wide range of services offered through the Bucks County Board of Commissioners Bucks2Invest initiative. A critical component of their mission is to provide businesses with below market rate financing to help grow and expand their operations and to create and retain family sustaining jobs. This includes land and building acquisition, site preparation and improvements, machinery and equipment purchases, and working capital loans. The BCIDA also serves as a clearing house and one-stop-shop in linking businesses with other financial and technical resources available throughout Bucks County and the State.
Pete Krauss, Executive Director
Bucks County Workforce Development Board (BCWDB) & PA CareerLink® Bucks County
Workforce Investment & Development Funding
The Bucks County Workforce Development Board (BCWDB) is a non-profit organization, serving as the fiscal agent for federal and state workforce funds allocated to Bucks County. The BCWDB continuously strives to increase and improve its stewarding and investing of public workforce dollars. The BCWDB works to ensure that the Bucks County workforce system, covering numerous agencies and multiple disciplines via the Pennsylvania CareerLink® Bucks County, meets both employers’ needs for skilled workers and workers’ needs for career and economic advancement. The BCWDB oversees the development of partnerships with employers, economic development and educational agencies, and other programs to leverage available resources for the benefit of our local workforce.
Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC)
Business Strategy, Operations Excellence
DVIRC is an Economic Development organization committed to assisting small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises compete and grow in the global economy. For nearly 25 years we have provided best practice services to address the strategic and operational needs of advanced manufacturers, in every industry sector. Our experienced professionals come from industry & work closely with manufacturing leaders and their teams.
- Continuous Improvement (CI) /Lean Enterprise
- Strategy, Sales & Marketing
- Supply Chain Optimization /Quality Certifications
- HR for Hire / Training
- Executive Network Groups
Rob Crossett, Director, Business Development DVIRC
Entrepreneur & Small Business Mentoring
Bucks County SCORE provides business mentoring and training to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Whether you are just thinking about owning your own business or are looking to grow your existing business, we offer no-cost, high value one-on-one mentoring sessions with certified business professionals, and free or low-cost training through online and in-class educational workshops. We have counseled businesses in many industries, including retail, food services, import/export, non-profit, technology, and more. Our counseling sessions and educational workshops cover such topics as: business planning; funding sources; marketing and social media; sales; accounting and finance; operations; patents and trademarks.
Lower Bucks County
Chamber of Commerce
409 Hood Boulevard
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP)
International Trade & Global Connection Services
The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) provides a world-class portfolio of international trade services and key global connections to help the region’s companies succeed in global markets, expanding the economic growth of the region as a whole. Services include: international trade (export/import) counseling; education and training; trade missions and shows; market research; business matchmaking; financial resources; import assistance & global procurement; Export Finance Initiative International Design & Engineering Consortium (IDEC); Advancing Technology Exports Program CEO’s China Operations Club; Latin American Trade Development Program Pennsylvania International Trade Guide.
J. Dale Foote, International Trade Specialist, Philadelphia and Bucks Counties