For Spring, last night was a hot night, but a beautiful, celebratory night along the Delaware River in Bristol Borough. It was the one-year anniversary of the Small Business Revolution contest and the award of a half million dollars won by the Borough over 14,000 other small towns nationwide.

It was a stunning victory and we remember it well. Supporters of the borough’s entry in this contest voted and voted and voted, regardless of where they lived in Lower Bucks. And the town that needed a boost, got it.

In winning, the borough had access to experts who would suggest and teach business owners skills necessary for success, including marketing — an area in which the selected businesses would learn how to attract and keep new customers — and more.

The national contest offered a “Main Street Makeover” and the proof is seen in increased activity in the small, riverfront town, that is unique in an “urban” area. I’m a Bristol fan because of the people I know, its small-town flavor, its picturesque riverfront and its diversity. It reminds me of home. Bristol is filled with friendly folks, families who take pride in the community, their future and surely their historic past.

If you have not visited the Borough lately then you have not seen the floating docks and pier at the end of Mill Street that stretches out over the river. This long-awaited dock is an asset that boaters will use to make Bristol a destination where they can enjoy all the aforementioned amenities.

I saw the celebration, last night, the good cheer, laughter and the outdoor music that could be heard all the way to the river. Suffice it to say it was a great party and congratulations to all who made the Small Business Revolution a success.   -PW