Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania, situated on the Delaware River, was founded in 1681, one of the oldest communities in the state. The town of roughly 10,000 people is in the heart of Bucks County, just outside of Philadelphia. Once a prospering mill town, the main street was once booming, with full shops and employment. Yet when the mills closed, jobs left and so did the people. The town started turning into a shell of what it once was.
The big employers may not be coming back to Bristol Borough, but the community is slowly coming back to life, with new store owners and a sense of vitality that bodes well for the future.
Amanda Brinkman, chief brand and communications officer at Deluxe and her team, along with celebrity entrepreneur Robert Herjavec and a host of business experts, roll up their sleeves to help enhance the needs of this community. The opening episode provides a glimpse into this diverse community, town leaders and the process of choosing the six small businesses. Watch and learn more about Bristol Borough and get to know the small businesses and leaders that make it special.
Lessons from this episode:
Like so many small, blue collar towns in America, this proud and once prosperous community fell on hard times when neighboring factories closed or drastically reduced their workforce, resulting in a downward spiral of investment and diminished confidence in the town’s future.Learn More
We live in a world where storytelling has long been part of our culture. Sometimes, words and pictures and video can’t do justice to stories. Sometimes, just being able to sit and listen to a small business owner share their story can lead to incredibly inspiring moments.Learn More