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Fitzpatrick Plans to Visit 100 Businesses in 100 Days

He blasts Democrats on energy, healthcare and the budget, claiming the upcoming season will be a “Summer of Uncertainty.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-8th) made the following statement regarding his commitment to visit ‘100 Businesses in 100 Days’:

“I am visiting ‘100 Businesses in 100 Days’ because I truly believe that the next three months may be one of the most critical stretches of time to get our economy moving again.  Much of the uncertainty plaguing business owners across the district and the nation will come to a head.

With the coming travel and vacation seasons, fuel prices are expected to rise through Memorial Day and through the summer as this Administration has failed to present a comprehensive energy plan.  In June, the Supreme Court will determine the constitutionality of this Administration’s misguided Obamacare legislation.  By August, the Senate will have gone nearly 3 and a half years without passing a budget.  All of these factors create an unpredictable lending and consumer spending environment which only makes it more difficult for businesses to grow and hire new workers.

I look forward to meeting with business owners and their employees to learn more about how they have risen to the challenge to sustain jobs, what I can do to get government out of their way, and, how we can work together to address the pending Summer of Uncertainty.”

Pondeli Hajioannou May 02, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Some things make no sense to me. Five months ago I get a call from someone from your office telling me how you support local businesses and would like to come out and be a guest speaker at one of the Bensalem Business Association meetings. I am not a politician; I am a business owner so I do not know how the calling me and talking to me for an extended period of time then not following through works?
P2YA May 02, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Everything I read about this guy seems to be about him playing up to businesses. That's fine, but what's he doing for regular people? He's onboard with Ryan's budget that would gut Social Security and Medicare. That we know.
Mike Thomas May 02, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Who is this Pondeli? He always has his two sense about anything that has to do with business in bensalem. If you are not part of HIS association, then he bashes you. Maybe he should attend the lower bucks chamber and find legitimate ways of promoting business in bensalem besides just commenting on every bensalem business story. If it weren't for Patch, I would have never even heard of this association...and I checked it out. From what I have seen, they haven't done anything to promote business in this town.
Pondeli Hajioannou May 02, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Bensalem Business Association is the only business association in Bensalem. The lower bucks Chamber is set up to work with businesses in lower bucks. As we are in lower bucks the idea is to help other owners in Bensalem. I own Philadelphia Private Gym and have been a business owner in Bensalem since 2000. I started the BBA and amd the President of it. You are welcome to check us out www.BensalemBusiness.com or talk to anyone who is a member of the BBA.
Mike Thomas May 03, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I have checked it out and more and more members are starting to grumble that businesses outside of Bensalem are joining. What is the purpose of having a bensalem business association that allows outside businesses to promote? Why not just join the Lower Bucks Chamber? You can call yourself the only business association in Bensalem, but you have 13 businesses that are from outside of Bensalem that are competing with other like businesses that ARE from Bensalem in the same group! With so many banks in Bensalem, why do you have a bank from Philadelphia as a member? It looks like a money grab to me? Do you vote every year on who should be President or have you just elected yourself permenant prez?
Pondeli Hajioannou May 03, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Yes we have elections. What is the name of the business you own Mike?
Mike Thomas May 04, 2012 at 12:44 PM
So, you don't answer any of the other accusations, except that you have elections. I will not tell you the name of my business, it's easy to look up if you do the work. We actually have met before at a networking event and you were not very nice then either. My business has been a successful business here in Bensalem for over 34 years and I credit the Lower Bucks Chamber for a lot of the success. Like I said before, I have heard what you do to businesses that don't join or don't like your association and YOU WILL NOT DO THAT TO ME.
Pondeli Hajioannou May 09, 2012 at 10:56 AM
http://bensalem.patch.com/articles/bensalem-business-expo-deemed-a-success#photo-9867611
Pondeli Hajioannou May 09, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Sorry to hear you are upset. I would take it the article in patch about the Bensalem Business Association having its first Expo at Parx will not make you happy. The fact our Mayor, Sen. Tomlinson, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, Counsel President J. Knowles were there for ribbon cutting ceremony will also upset you. The BBA is a not for profit organization. No one gets paid or make money from being an officer or board member. Yes you can join if you own a business outside of Bensalem and do business in Bensalem. I think a chamber rather it is the Lower Buck’s one or the Philadelphia one serves a purpose. The BBA is about local businesses and cost $120 to join for the year. If you are a new business in Bensalem it cost nothing to join for that calendar year. Good luck Mike with the chamber and your work here in Bensalem as a business owner.
Pondeli Hajioannou May 09, 2012 at 11:34 AM
By the way Mike you have no profile on here. I looked on internet for Mike Thomas business owners in Bensalem cannot find anything. I would think since you have been in business like you said for 34 years you do not need the exposure. So my hats off to a business owner who has found a way to do well without others knowing about his service. And the chamber serves a purpose just not one that worked for me. If you check you will find all other communities around have business association for that specific community. So pick what works for you and enjoy your own personal group. I will not stop helping my fellow business owners here in Bensalem and those who do business in Bensalem.

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