Archive for May, 2015

The Real Benefits of Creating Long-term #Relationships #BCAProud

The benefits of having a mentor, a team, a network – and of socialization in general – are immense, say experts like Joleen Jaworski, founder of Business Clubs of America.

“Sports teams, fraternities, sororities, all of them lead to higher happiness rates and less depression,” Jaworski says. “The health benefits are there.”

She believes in the “slow” school of building a community. Unlike other groups, Jaworski’s Business Clubs of America was founded in 2005 to “create long-term relationships. We think of the word networking as a curse word. Relationships don’t happen overnight.”

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Shared Activity Principle

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Accordingly to a landmark study by Brian Uzzi, distinguished chair and professor of leadership and organizational change at the Kellogg school of management, there is a common origin that most of the important relationships in our life have.

In a 2005 Harvard Business Review article, Uzzi wrote “ Potent relationships are not forged through casual interactions but through relatively high-stakes activities that connect you.” He calls this the Shared Activity Principle.  Read the rest of this entry »

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BCA June 2015 Charity Spotlight; Philabundance #Generosity #BCAProud @Philabundance

BCA welcomes our June Charity Spotlight, Philabundance, nominated by Bob Kane of First Niagara BankFor 30 years, Philabundance has been driving hunger from our communities, serving more than 75,000 people a week in nine counties in PA and NJ. It serves those at risk of hunger, of which 23% are children and 16% are senior citizens, as well as other vulnerable populations, such as those with disabilities, and families slipping through the hunger safety net. Learn more about its programs and services in this video, Philabundance: More Than Just Food.

There are almost a million people in the Delaware Valley who face hunger every day. Their stories are as diverse as the nine counties served by Philabundance: working families hit hard by the recession, women and children, Read the rest of this entry »

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BCA is Excited to Welcome Guest Speaker Doc Hendley #Generosity #BCAProud

BCA is excited to welcome Doc Hendley to the stage as the June 2015 Guest Speaker. Hendley’s story will inspire you to “Do Great Things”, as he details his amazing feat of life-saving generosity, by turning Wine to Water.

In 2003 Doc Hendley dreamed up the concept of Wine To Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. In January of 2004 he held his first fundraiser and by August was living in Darfur, Sudan installing water systems for victims of the government-supported genocide. Read the rest of this entry »


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Great Roundtable at Today’s Systems Global Showroom #BCAProud

Yesterday BCA Members got to enjoy a wonderful Roundtable hosted by Sam Stroback of Today’s Systems Corporation. A Big Thank You to Sam, for hosting: Getting to know your fellow BCA members on a deeper level. The Roundtable featured a name swap game, as well as, discussions around best practices with regard to BCA Member relationships and groupings. Thank you to all the Members who attended and contributed to the discussion! #BCAProud


Left to Right: Drew Polin- OpDecision, John Politsky- JDMK, Paul Blake- Greater Media, Bob Kane-First Niagara, Sam Stroback- Today’s Systems, Karl Fischer- CamaPlan, Vince Stango- NCC, Larry Cohen- Brulee, Cheryl Beth Kuchler- Ballantree, Ginny Heron-Doerr- ProShred, Lou Rodriguez- Rodriguez Consulting, Jack MacCord- HDI

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