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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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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 some Western Mass companies continue to figure this all out, including Michelle Wirth of Mercedes Benz of Springfield, Karin Jeffers of Clinical & Support Options, and Howard Cheney of Meyers Brothers Kalicka. Our moderator will be Beth Yohai, of AIM HR Solutions who will lead the conversation through such topics as performance management, the impact of the upcoming Massachusetts Pay Equity Act, defining comparable work, creating a meritocracy, and much more.

also:WHO ARE YOU? WHO, WHO, WHO, WHO? YOUR EMPLOYEES REALLY NEED TO KNOW!

Why is it important for people to know their leaders? Even if you’re not all ‘kumbaya’ on the inside, there is a huge upside to bringing people into your world. A paycheck will only motivate someone so much. When we’re invested in our leader, and their vision, we understand our connectedness to the overall mission – we’re a part of something! Solid relationships inspire people to go above and beyond; leading to a dedicated, action-oriented, workforce. What leader wouldn’t want to lead that? One of the best ways to help your people get to know you is by providing them with a ‘User Manual’ – a document letting them know everything they need to know about YOU. In this mini-workshop, Family Business Center strategic partner and board member ROSS GIOMBETTI, and his GIOMBETTI ASSOCIATES colleagues walk you through their User Manual process which includes reflecting upon your personality and behavior, drafting insightful commentary as to how you interact with the world, and refining your guide to ensure it contains impactful information. 

120 IS THE NEW 60…  WELCOME TO THE ABUNDANT FUTURE: AI, HUMAN LONGEVITY, NANO-TECHNOLOGY & ROBOTICS In the next 10 years these exponential technologies are going to transform life expectancy and how we work and play. Are you prepared? Does your financial plan take into account living  actively to age 120 and beyond? How will these changes impact your myths of money and financial plans? CHARLIE EPSTEIN, of EPSTEIN FINANCIAL SERVICES and THE 401K COACH, author of Paychecks For Life and Save America Save will take us through an update and inquiry into these technologies, the abundant future that awaits usand what you need to be thinking about now with your finances and investmentsto position yourself for greater success and satisfaction.


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

Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke, Mass

Maximize the Value of Your Business: Properly Pricing and Positioning Your Business For Sale

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 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.


APRIL 24, 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

ALSO: SHORT TALK BY MICHAEL LONG AND ALANA SAMBOR, OF AXIA INSURANCE SERVICES, A STRATEGIC PARTNER OF FBCPC, ON A TOPIC TBA


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) HOW TO HAVE A DIFFICULT DISCUSSION, CONFRONT OTHERS AND DEFEND YOURSELF WITH RESPECT AND VERY LITTLE BLOOD OR CRYING

ALSO: short talk by Matt Bannister of PeoplesBank on a banking topic of relevance and importance to you


Oct 16 (Tues) LEARN THE RULES OF PERSUASION AND INFLUENCE, SO THAT PEOPLE WANT TO DO WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO DO

ALSO: short talk by Tiffany Appleton of Johnson & Hill Staffing; after dinner speaker to be announced


Dec 11 (Tues) IDENTIFYING AND GROOMING YOUR HIPOs (high performing employees) AND HOW TO KEEP THEM HAPPY, WORKING AT YOUR COMPANY

ALSO: a short talk by Kris Houghton, CPA, of Meyers Brothers Kalicka; after dinner speaker to be announced

 

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