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

Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke, Mass

BUST OUT OF THE SAME OLD SAME OLD, REDISCOVER THE NEW AND DIFFERENT YOU USED TO HAVE 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.

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APRIL 24, 2018 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, Holyoke, Mass

WESTERN MASS' FIRST EVER PECHAKUCHA NIGHT: HEAR A DOZEN DAZZLING STORIES IN 90 MINUTES
PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and in under 7 minutes you get an elegant, clear, passionate story with pictures. We hired a poet, toastmaster, former middle school debate / public speaking coach (that’s one person) and enlisted 12 brave entrepreneurs to edu-tain you with stories galore.

also: 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.

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MAY 18•FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke, Mass

CREATING A CRACKER JACK TEAM THROUGH LAUGHTER

Improv strengthens the individual team member. Experiential training strengthens the team as a whole. Join us for a wildly effective, active, and fun team-buildingworkshop, using the combined power of improv and experiential training to enhance communication, conflict-resolution, decision-making, problem-solving and the development of team norms that supports high performance. Improve team dynamics and cohesiveness by harnessing the power of "Yes, and..." Happier teams work better! This workshop is the newest offering of THROUGH LAUGHTER, Happier Valley Comedy's professional development program which provides training workshops, keynote speeches, and half and full-day retreats that use improv to improve the workplace.

Your Co-Facilitators: PAM VICTOR is founder / president of Happier Valley Comedy where she runs the THROUGH LAUGHTER program and a full-curriculum improv comedy school, and produces regular improv shows in Western Mass. She wrote Baj and the Word Launcher: A Space-Aged Asperger Adventure in Communication and co-authored Improvisation at the Speed of Life; and STEPHEN BUTLER is an independent consultant and trainer, with over 40 years’ experience designing and leading trainings. He’s worked with companies large and small, non-profits, schools, senior leaders and front-line staff. He co-authored Adventure in Business: An I.M.M.E.R.S.I.O.N. Approach to Training and Consulting and QuickSilver.

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MAY 29, 2018 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Log Cabin, Holyoke, Mass

A ROBUST EXPLORATION OF PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS, HOW THEY TIE TO COMPENSATION AND PROMOTION, SO AS NOT TO 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, Karin Jeffers of Clinical & Support Options, Michelle Wirth of Mercedes Benz of Springfield, 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: HOW YOU GONNA KEEP EM DOWN ON THE FARM? A recent Gallup poll shows that 51% of employees are not engaged in their jobs. What does that mean in a market where employers are battling it out over a limited pool of top talent? It means trouble. What can you do to ensure your competition doesn’t lure away your best employees? Tiffany Appleton of Johnson & Hill Staffing will explain how and why investing in your employees through training can create a win-win situation. 

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

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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 a couple of 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 Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg;and 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

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 •WEDNESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Delaney House, Holyoke, Mass

WHY YOU MISTAKENLY MISINTERPRET CUES, MAKE POOR CHOICES, ARE NOT HAPPIER WHEN YOU MAKE MORE MONEY, OVERPAY FOR COFFEE, PICK THE WRONG INVESTMENT, AND IN GENERAL ACT AND THINK IRRATIONALLY, NO MATTER HOW SMART YOU ARE

Tonight's session will help you to recognize the many ways in which you're not seeing situations and choices clearly, by understanding the discoveries of the field known as behavioral economics. Even though human beings have been described as "homo economicus" and being well informed and disciplined enough to solve simple optimization problems (ie: what's best for me?) research has shown, since the 1980s, that we lack the discernment, willpower and consistency to act as rationally as we think we can. Professor Robert H. Frank, of Cornell University, will describe how and why this all happens to the best of us, and how we can overcome the biases and cognitive errors that keep us from getting what we really want and need.

ROBERT H. FRANK is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. For more than a decade, his “Economic View” column appeared monthly in The New York Times. He received his B.S. in mathematics from Georgia Tech, then taught math and science for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Nepal. He holds an M.A. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics, both from the University of California at Berkeley. His papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and other leading professional journals. His books, which include Choosing the Right Pond, Passions Within Reason, Microeconomics and Behavior, Principles of Economics (with Ben Bernanke), Luxury Fever, What Price the Moral High Ground?, Falling Behind, The Economic Naturalist, The Darwin Economy, and Success and Luck, have been translated into 23 languages. The Winner-Take-All Society, co-authored with Philip Cook, received a Critic's Choice Award, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, and was included in Business Week's list of the ten best books of 1995. He is a co-recipient of the 2004 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He was awarded the Johnson School’s Stephen Russell Distinguished teaching award in 2004, 2010, and 2012, and its Apple Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

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

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OCTOBER 16, 2018 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Delaney House, Holyoke, Mass

THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK: THE SCIENCE AND ART OF RECEIVING FEEDBACK WELL

Join us at an evening with SHEILA HEEN, the bestselling co-author of the classic Difficult Conversations, who will teach how to turn evaluations, advice, criticisms, and coaching into productive listening and learning.

We swim in an ocean of feedback. Bosses, colleagues, customers—but also family, friends, and in-laws—they all have “suggestions” for our performance, parenting, or appearance. We know that feedback is essential for healthy relationships and professional development—but we dread it and often dismiss it. That’s because receiving feedback sits at the junction of two conflicting human desires. We do want to learn and grow. And we also want to be accepted just as we are right now. Thanks for the Feedback is the first book to address this tension head on. It explains why getting feedback is so crucial yet so challenging, and offers a powerful framework to help us take on life’s blizzard of off-hand comments, annual evaluations, and unsolicited advice with curiosity and grace. The business world spends billions of dollars and millions of hours each year teaching people how to give feedback more effectively. Stone and Heen argue that we’ve got it backwards and show us why the smart money is on educating receivers— in the workplace and in personal relationships as well. Coauthor of the international bestseller Difficult Conversations, Sheila Heen has spent the last ten years working with businesses, nonprofits, governments, and families to determine what helps us learn and what gets in our way. With humor and clarity, she blends the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology with practical, hard-headed advice. This event will make a huge impact on you and your organization's ability to turn feedback into gold.

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.

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OCTOBER 19, 2018 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

Holyoke Public Library (Community Room), Holyoke, Mass

WHATEVER DOESN'T DISRUPT YOU MAKES YOU OUTDATED

Big changes are up ahead, and they are coming exponentially faster than anything experienced in the history of the world. DELCIE BEAN of PARAGUS IT, and CHARLIE EPSTEIN of EPSTEIN FINANCIAL SERVICES give you a tour through all the tools you'll be using in your business and your life, and how the way it's now done will not be the same in the future. The duo will focus on tools for your business and on everything else, aka your life.

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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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