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OCTOBER 24 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM-8:30 PM

Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, Holyoke, Mass

TWO CHANGE AGENTS WALK INTO A BAR and reveal how internal and external effectiveness (aka emotional intelligence and data analysis) are two sides of the same coin. When that coin is cashed in, it allows for the design of better solutions, improved engagement and productivity in the workplace. Join us tonight as the aforementioned change agents, JULIA MINES (a leadership coach) and LISA TOTZ (an engineer and business consultant) compare, contrast and convene to demonstrate how change can happen in companies just like yours. See how their individual and combined approaches can help a business family (or any business), with help from improv geniuses KELSEY FLYNN and SCOTT BRAIDMAN.

also: Insurance 102: Let’s Play “The Insurance Feud” Being properly insured plays an essential role in protecting your financial security and future.  But how much do you really understand about your auto and home insurance coverage?  For instance, are you confident you have enough insurance to rebuild your home in the event of a total loss? In light of recent weather related events, it's estimated that two-thirds of homeowners nation-wide do not. At this session, presented by ALANA SAMBOR and MICHAEL LONG of AXIA INSURANCE SERVICES, you will learn common insurance gaps that could put you at risk for significant financial loss. But we will be presenting this information in a fun and relatable format.


DECEMBER 5, 2017 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM-8:30 PM

Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, Holyoke, Mass

"MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON" SURVIVOR DAVE SANDERSON was not even supposed to be on flight 1549. One story he has to tell is how he survived. Another story is about what lessons he learned about helping get everyone else out alive. And then there's the one about how he realized he better get on with his life, foregoing his current success for what would make his life truly fulfilling. Included in this story: what Tony Robbins did to help (Dave was head of security for Tony for 15 years). This will be an exciting evening for anyone interested in staying alive, and discovering how to really stay alive, after you survived the crash. (each attending company will receive a copy of Dave's book, Moments Matter. Profits from our purchase of these books goes to a favorite cause of Ira's, Friends of the Homeless)

also: AN EDUCATIONAL SHORT TALK BY KRIS HOUGHTON, OF MEYERS BROTHERS KALICKA, an FBCPV STRATEGIC PARTNER


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 TOM DOWLING of MEYERS BROTHERS KALICKA and CRAIG REED of ALL STATES MATERIALS GROUP


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

Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting 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)


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

Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke, Mass

WORKSHOP DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED, BUT THE GENERAL TOPIC IS MARKETING YOUR COMPANY FOR SALE


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 27, 2018 •WEDNESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Delaney House, Holyoke, Mass

AN EVENING WITH ZEYNEP TON, AUTHOR OF THE GOOD JOBS STRATEGY If you're like many people who get the job done via employees, you might think it's obvious to cut costs by using as few employees as possible; training them just enough so they can do their job well enough; schedule their hours so that you are covered enough, even if that means their hours are irregular and unpredicatable. After all, you need to lower prices at the same time as boosting profits, or nobody has a job. Come hear from Zeynep Ton, Associate Professor of Management at MIT, who will help you see how the smartest businesses create "good jobs" by paying more, training better, creating a better work life, more opportunities, and superior customer service and operational quality and efficiency. Zeynep uses many practical examples of companies you know and love, or love to hate, to show how you really can't compete and win, unless you provide good jobs at your company. Every company that attends gets a free copy of the book, but you'll be amazed to hear Dr Ton live, making it real and personal for you and your business.

ZEYNEP TON is an adjunct associate professor in the operations management group at MIT Sloan School of Management and the author of The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs & Boost Profits.  Before MIT Sloan, she spent seven years on the faculty at Harvard Business School. Zeynep’s research explores how organizations can design and manage their operations in a way that satisfies employees, customers, and investors simultaneously. She is currently working on developing tools and frameworks to help spread the Good Jobs Strategy, especially in low-wage service industries. Her research has been published in managerial and scholarly journals including Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, and Organization Science. She also wrote several Harvard Business School cases. Her work has been featured widely in the media, including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New York Times, PBS, and NPR. Zeynep teaches MBA and executive education courses in operations management, supply chain management, service operations, sustainability, and operations strategy.  She received several awards for excellence in teaching both at HBS and MIT Sloan.  She was named one of the World’s 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40 by Poets & Quants and was featured by CNNMoney as one of eight young business school professors on the rise. Zeynep lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and four children.  A native of Turkey, she first came to the U.S. on a volleyball scholarship from the Pennsylvania State University. She received her B.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and her D.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.


 

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