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Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

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Call Ira Bryck, President of the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley, Inc., at (413) 835-0810 to get more information, discuss your situation, and commit to an evening or a morning that will expand your thinking about growing your business.

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DECEMBER 15, 2017 •FRIDAY, 8:30 AM-11:00 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

Green High Performance Computing Center, Holyoke, Mass

CREATING AND IMPLEMENTING INTERNAL CONTROLS SO YOU AREN'T A VICTIM OF FRAUD AND EMBEZZLEMENT You may have heard Tyra Dellacroce speak about the devastation caused to her family's business, Connecticut Stone, as a result of fraud and embezzlement. This certainly struck a chord with many of our members, who had lots of questions for Tyra. Even if you weren't there, you've probably heard stories of fraud and embezzlement and wondered how you can better protect your business. In this workshop, you will learn some of the background of fraud prevention techniques, and see real-life examples of how one of our members works to protect their assets from fraud. There will also be time for you to ask specific questions related to your business, and your unique circumstances, and how to keep your assets protected. ; presented by ANTHONY GABINETTI and HOWARD CHENEY of MEYERS BROTHERS KALICKA and CRAIG REED of ALL STATES MATERIALS GROUP, ASTRA ROGERS OF KEY BANK AND DELCIE BEAN OF PARAGUS IT.


MARCH 13, 2018 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Delaney House, Holyoke, Mass

A ROBUST EXPLORATION OF PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS, HOW THEY TIE TO COMPENSATION AND PROMOTION, SO AS NOT BE POPULARITY CONTESTS, BUT INSTEAD BE GEARED TO THE GOALS OF THE ORGANIZATION (a panel discussion that looks at how 4 companies continue to figure this all out... panelists committed thus far: Michelle Wirth of Mercedes Benz of Springfield, Karin Jeffers of Clinical & Support Options)

ALSO: CHARLIE EPSTEIN, OF EPSTEIN FINANCIAL SERVICES, A STRATEGIC PARTNER OF FBCPC, WILL PRESENT ON A TOPIC TBA

also:CREATING YOUR PERSONAL USER MANUAL, presented by ROSS GIOMBETTI, OF GIOMBETTI ASSOCIATES, an FBCPV STRATEGIC PARTNER


MARCH 16, 2018 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke, Mass

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING: IF EVERY BUSINESS IS A STORY, HOW WILL YOU WRITE THE NEXT CHAPTER OF YOURS?

Attention all business owners: if you plan to retire, or think you might someday want to change gears in your life, you will eventually be faced with the task of selling or transferring ownership of your business.  The information in this workshop is invaluable to any business owner -- no matter what age you are, or what stage of its story your business is in!

The workshop will be presented by Philip Steckler and Eric Lineback of Country Business, Inc. (CBI).  CBI is the leading business brokerage and merger & acquisition firm in Northern New England.  The firm has managed the sales of over 1,200 businesses since 1976, with sale prices ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to $30 million, including the following local businesses: Quabbin Industries, New England Wetland Plants, Danco Modern, Bart’s Ice Cream and Graphic Printing.

Phil and Eric will introduce business owners to the following topics: maximizing the value of a business, properly pricing and positioning a business for sale, attracting qualified buyers, minimizing taxes, and maintaining confidentiality.  Additional topics covered will include: analyzing a business’ strengths and weaknesses, understanding the marketplace, valuing a business and properly setting the purchase price and terms, and more.

This will be an interactive workshop, and questions and discussion will be welcome.  Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and business partners.  We hope to see you there!

For more information about CBI, please visit our website at: www.CountryBusiness.net.



APRIL 17, 2018 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, Holyoke, Mass

SHORT BUT POWERFUL LESSONS OF WESTERN MASS BUSINESS OWNERS, POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA

PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. So a presentation is under 7 minutes, but is packed with content and meaning. Tonight you will see one dozen such presentations, from brave business owners who painstakingly built their talks so that you can be inspired, educated, updated, entertained. We will provide some technical support in building your slide show, and some pre-event coaching on making it great. If you're interested in being one of the 12, contact Ira Bryck. for more about Pecha Kucha 20x20, see http://www.pechakucha.org/faq


APRIL 20•FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke, Mass

THE WAY IT'S ALWAYS BEEN DONE NEEDS TO BE REDONE After running your business forever, you've gotten good at business as usual, even dealing with the occasional unusual. But to truly go forward, you need to recapture that entrepreneurial verve that got you into this in the first place. In the first place, your new competitors are driven!!! and don't have the good old days to rely on. Secondly, one giant reason why people want to sell and retire is burnout; and it's hard to sell a burnt out business. Third, what's fun got to do with it? A LOT! This morning's session could not be run by a person more suited to showing you how to get back that entrepreneurial feeling. He, himself, is in a rediscovery mode, having just stepped down from leading Valley Venture Mentors, which he co-founded, and led a huge crowd of Western Mass entrepreneurs into their start up journeys. This type of workshop is what he now wants to do, and we got him to do it.

PAUL SILVA leads the Lean Innovation Institute (www.LIInst.com) where he speaks and trains organizations to develop new revenue streams that diversify income and increase competitive advantage. He leads the River Valley Investors (www.rivervalleyinvestors.com) angel investor network.  Paul leads the selection of presenters for the Northeast Angel Capital Association syndication meetings. In 2011 Paul co-founded Valley Venture Mentors, a startup accelerator recognized as one of the world’s best by the Global Accelerator Network. He is a former board member of the Angel Capital Association and former president of Click Workspace, the premier coworking facility in Western Massachusetts.


JUNE 13, 2018 •WEDNESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, Holyoke, Mass

THE WISDOM OF OUR BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS that have been reading and meeting since January, reading several outstanding business books, and discussing periodically with each other and best selling author and UMass Isenberg SOM Professor Alan Robinson. You will hear many key lessons (and how they can be applied in a real live small or medium sized Western Mass company) from these books:It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy By D. Michael Abrashoff; Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande; Good Jobs Strategy by Zeynep Ton; Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg; Leading Change by John Kotter. You will get the invaluable return on their investment of time and brain power.

ALSO: JULIE DIALESSI LAFLEY, OF BACON\WILSON, A STRATEGIC PARTNER OF FBCPC, WILL PRESENT ON A TOPIC TBA


Sept 12 (Wed)

Oct 16 (Tues) short talk by Tiffany Appleton of Johnson & Hill Staffing; after dinner speaker to be announced

Dec 11 (Tues) a short talk by Kris Houghton, CPA, of Meyers Brothers Kalicka; after dinner speaker to be announced

 

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