Established in 1681, Bristol Borough is the third oldest borough in Pennsylvania. Conveniently located on the Delaware River with easy access to the larger cities of New York and Philadelphia via land and water, Bristol was once known as a major center of transportation and manufacturing hub. Later on, Mill Street flourished as the area’s main shopping district. Within our 1.6 square mile boundary, many historic homes, buildings, and churches still remain. Historical gems such as the King George II Inn, the oldest continually operating inn in the country, and the Grundy clock tower, 168 foot tall icon erected in 1911, are just a two of the many structures on the National Register of Historical Places. Preserving our history yet adapting to the current needs of our community continues to be a priority for the Bristol Borough Business Association (BBBA), the Borough government, and the many community groups located here in Historic Bristol Borough.
With a legacy beginning over 100 years ago, the current members of the BBBA strive to uphold the integrity and tenacity of its predecessors. Through changing economies, trends, and members, the BBBA has remained steadfast in its shared vision to ‘further their own promotional efforts and to take part in community projects’. To ensure we are meeting the needs of our members and the community at large, the BBBA is currently undergoing strategic planning under the facilitation of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit. We are excited to see where this process leads us and are ready to meet our new goals and objectives with high expectations of successful community partnerships and positive economic development.
What is the Bristol Borough Business Association (BBBA)?
The BBBA consists of local businesses, entrepreneurs, civic groups, and non-profit organizations interested in working collectively to empower each other and the Bristol Borough community for success.
What is the mission of the BBBA?
The BBBA exists to promote Bristol Borough and its businesses and to attract consumers and new businesses through events, promotions, advertisement, tourism, and more.
How is the BBBA different from the chamber of commerce or other business associations?
While the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce is a valuable group (of which the BBBA is a member of), it is saddled with the task of representing all of Lower Bucks County. Our group of hard-working, service-oriented, community-building collaborators focus solely on Bristol Borough. Plus, Bristol Borough’s unique location offers access to consumers via several major travel routes such as Interstate 95, the PA and NJ Turnpikes, the Septa Rail and Bus Lines, the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, and the soon-to-be-completed boat ramps on the Delaware River.
Is the BBBA only for small businesses or businesses located in Bristol Borough?
Members of the BBBA come in all shapes and sizes, including owner-operated businesses, retail shops, service-oriented companies, non-profits, and large corporations. Membership does not require a business to be located in Bristol Borough. However, all members must actively support the BBBA’s mission and events.
When are the BBBA meetings?
General meetings are held the third Thursday of the month on a rotating schedule of morning, afternoon, and evening meeting times to accommodate members’ busy, varied schedules. Meetings are held at local businesses to showcase the myriad of resources available in Bristol Borough. Board meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month.
Can I come to a meeting to check out the BBBA before joining?
We’d love for you to join us. Our meetings are generally at mealtimes, and individuals may be required to contribute a minimal fee to cover the cost of their plate. Please RSVP to BBBA1681@gmail.com or 215-788-4288 prior to your attendance so that we can plan accordingly.
Does the BBBA allow multiple members to join with the same type of business?
Yes, the BBBA is not a networking organization, but rather an association of business owners and community leaders focused on the growth and success of Bristol Borough.
Is the BBBA run by Bristol Borough Council?
No, the BBBA is run by its members and elected Board of Directors. However, the Council has been fully supportive of our efforts and the implementation of a newly devised Economic Development Strategic Action Plan has brought together various facets of the community working toward similar goals.
What does it cost to be a member of the BBBA?
Annual dues are $300 per 12-month membership.* Dues can be paid in full or in quarterly installments. Dues are waived for non-profit organizations. Membership begins upon receipt of completed BBBA Membership/Enrollment paperwork and payment. There is no auto-renewal, and members are contacted prior to the end of their membership year with renewal options.
Some benefits of membership include:
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(*First-time members can receive one of the following discounts: new businesses (open for 2 years or less) will receive an 18-month membership for $300 or existing businesses (open for 2 years or more) will receive a 15-month membership for $300.)