Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Business Friendly Organization?
We are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit business organization.
 
What is the purpose of the Business Friendly Organization?
Connecting businesses and nonprofits to the Bensalem community and its residents. Working with each other and giving back to the community we support.
 
What are the requirements to join the Business Friendly Organization?
You are a legally formed company who wants to connect with Bensalem. You must attend one meeting and one Friday morning breakfast a year.
 
What does it cost to be a member of the Business Friendly Organization?
All NEW members are FREE from the date they join us till the end of the year. At the end of the year you joined if you pay before the year is up it cost ($50) fifty dollars to be a member for the next year. If the year has already started then it cost ($100) one hundred dollars. If you have not paid by end of January then you will be removed as a member.
 
Why is it FREE for new members and why the price difference?
We want everyone to experience what we have to offer and become part of our organization. We feel if you like it you will stay on and be part of the BFO experience. The price difference is to encourage members to pay membership before the year is up. We also bundle prices of membership with our Annual Holiday Dinner as it is in December.
 
What is the Annual Holiday Dinner?
Every year in December we have an Annual Holiday Dinner with live music and invite special guests to come help us celebrate what we accomplished. We also do a White Elephant Gift Exchange Game. We have had them at Parx Casino and now we have them at the Bensalem Country Club. There is a fee for this event and since it is right at the time of dues members can pay both at the same time.
 
What do get when you join the BFO?
  • Listing on our website directory.
  • Monthly Meetings / Business Card Exchanges.
  • Participation in events like our annual Picnic and Dinner.
  • Participation in our weekly Friday Breakfast at Golden Corral
  • A connection with other businesses and our community.
 
Why do you allow nonprofit businesses to join the Business Friendly Organization?
One-third of the businesses in America are nonprofits. We feel opening our organization to them allows us all the benefit of knowing about each other.
 
How often do you meet and where?
We meet once a month at various members’ businesses. Usually, this will be on the second Thursday of the month. We also meet once a week at Golden Corral on Street Rd. in Bensalem for morning breakfast to get to learn more about each other. We get a special discounted price for unlimited breakfast and coffee & juice and welcome nonmembers to come out to join us.
 
What are the requirements to host a Business Friendly Organization Monthly Meeting?
Be a member in good standing and have enough space to hold a meeting with seating and have refreshments for everyone.
 
What are the requirements to be a guest speaker?
Normally the company who is hosting the meeting will also be the guest speaker. We ask that you clear with us what you will be talking about as the guest speaker.
 
What time are the monthly meetings / business card exchanges?
If they are at 8:00 am they are typically the second Friday of the month.
If it is 12 noon or 6:30 pm we typically will have it the second Thursday of the month. Since Friday mornings we normally meet up for breakfast at the Golden Corral to network. If we have a monthly meeting that Friday there is no breakfast at the Golden Corral that day.
 
Why does the time of meetings vary?
We have found when you have meetings at one specific time it makes it hard for all members to attend. By allowing them to be at different times we are able to maximize attendance at each meeting.
 
I own a new business in Bensalem. Would you recommend the Business Friendly Organization to me?
ABSOLUTELY! We would love to have you join us. We have businesses of all sizes as members and the more we grow, the more we can help each other. Actually, since we are all business owners ourselves, we love to give you the first calendar year FREE to get you started.
 
My company does not work directly with Bensalem resident; we work directly with other businesses, would the Business Friendly Organization be something for me?
Yes, we already have businesses just like yours as members.
 
Can I come to a Monthly Meeting to check out the BFO before joining?
Yes, all we ask is that you let us know you are coming. This assures we can have a seat and refreshments for you.
 
Is the Business Friendly Organization run by Bensalem Township?
No, a Bensalem business owner came up with this idea and runs our group. With the help of an advisory board.
 
Does the Business Friendly Organization have contact with the leaders of Bensalem Township?
Yes, as we are business owners we know the value of having an open dialogue with our elected officials. We also have them as guest speakers when we can.
 
Can I join the Business Friendly Organization if you already have someone in my line of work?
Yes, we welcome all businesses and do not hold exclusive categories.
 
Why does the Business Friendly Organization have schools & religious organizations on the directory? I thought the idea was for businesses?
Yes we have public and private schools as members; we also have religious organizations as members. We are open to all organizations looking to build a network. Think of it like the old yellow pages, where whatever you wanted was right there at your fingertips. The old yellow pages were the only things you needed before the internet came along. And now, you are on an internet platform of the Yellow Pages of Bensalem. We want to be that one source for everything in Bensalem.
 
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The Business Friendly Organization reserves the right to deny membership to any applicant. The BFO takes no responsibility for the actions of any of the members of the organization as we are not a representative of any specific member. We encourage everyone to be morally and ethically responsible in all matters. If your actions are deemed unethical BFO reserves the right to remove you from our membership with no notice.