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Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

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Contact Jessi Kirley at the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley, Inc., at (413) 320 8744 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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FBC dinner forums ~ included with all membership types. If registering as a guest of a member or strategic partner, can attend for no-charge. If registering as an interested community member, please pay $80 (includes dinner & event). If you join as a member within 3 months, the $80 is deducted from membership cost.

MARCH 20, 2020 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

ANDREW SCIBELLI ENTERPRISE CENTER, STCC, SPRINGFIELD, MASS

BUILDING A GREAT PLACE TO WORK: WHERE TO FOCUS YOUR TIME, ENERGY AND EFFORT

Every organization has a culture. But what happens when you're intentional in how you build that culture? What happens when you consciously and methodically create the conditions for employees to be their most engaged and committed selves? In this powerful two and half hour workshop, we will explore the basic foundation of what makes a great place to work. Take a look at what some of the best companies are doing to solidify their culture, increase engagement, and improve their employer brand. No matter where your organization is on its own cultural journey, this workshop will leave you with new insights and tools you can implement moving forward.

Presented by ELIZABETH SOLOMON, with JIM YOUNG. They collaborate here to present something both practical and visionary. Among Liz' work talents is her longtime role as researcher and writer for Great Place to Work US, and is a Certified Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coach. Jim is a professional coach with extensive leadership experience in private businesses. He is also a skilled facilitator who blends his experience with improv theater, coaching, business consulting, and more to help leaders develop their emotional intelligence skills. 

MARCH 24, 2020 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

THE WORK OF LEADERS: VISION, ALIGNMENT, AND EXECUTION

Presented by INGRID BREDENBERG, Strategic Leadership Coach, who facilitated the leadership transition from Ira to Jessi; is talented at DISC profiles, World Cafe events, helping people develop themselves; and is the record holder for most presentations to the FBC over our quarter century.

NEW Family Business Short Course taught by Ira Bryck! 

APRIL 7, 2020 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

PRESENTATION TOPIC TO BE ANNOUNCED - STAY TUNED!

APRIL 24, 2020 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

IN BUSINESS AND IN LOVE: CREATING THE LOVE YOU LONG FOR WITHOUT SACRIFICING YOUR BUSINESS GOALS

This workshop, led by relationship coach, JOLI HAMILTON, will help you create the relationship you really want. You will leave with actionable steps for addressing common arguments and a clear idea of how to transform lackluster habits into a passionate connection. Discover the path to joyful, loving relationship without sacrificing your business goals or compromising the drive that makes you the successful entrepreneur you are.

MAY 12, 2020 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

SPECIAL PUBLIC PROGRAM for all (not only FBC members and partners)

The 35-Year “Overnight” Success: Tales from the Trenches and Lessons Learned in Building Stonyfield Farm

This April marked Stonyfield Farm’s 37th anniversary, and while many now know them as the world’s largest organic yogurt company, Stonyfield began as a family business and remained that way for the nine years it took until they became profitable.  People forget that there really was no organic or natural market back in the early 80’s, nor were there many willing investors, consumers, suppliers or peers, so on top of the usual challenges of building a family company, they were pretty much on their own. Stonyfield’s entrepreneurial founders had to navigate countless challenges and learn many lessons just to survive, let alone grow a sustainable enterprise.  Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield’s cofounder and long-time CEO and Chairman will provide many colorful stories about facing and overcoming challenges and some of the key lessons he learned and that he now uses in mentoring hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs.

Gary will also announce the launch of Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute at Hampshire College June 4 & 5, with special FBC member pricing!

The cost to attend this event is $95 per person, with a special FBC member and sponsor price of $50 per person.

JUNE 9, 2020 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

MIGHT THE WORKER COOP OR ESOP MODEL SOLVE YOUR SUCCESSION PROBLEM? You may be surprised how many of the boxes your current employees check off, qualifying as a good next generation of owner/management. Much is misunderstood about this method, but there are (of course!) experts and people with wisdom from experience. Come hear!

JUNE 19, 2020 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

MEYERS BROTHERS KALICKA, HOLYOKE MASS

ARE YOU STUCK BETWEEN A BAG OF RECEIPTS AND YOUR CPA?

This hands-on, interactive workshop will cover the essentials of bookkeeping and accounting for small business owners like you. You will walk away with best practice tips for bookkeeping systems and how to best prepare for your CPA, who does not really want to organize the papers in your shoebox. Presented by Chelsea Cox, CPA, Senior Audit Associate at Meyers Brothers Kalicka and Rebecca Stacey, who is Bookkeeper, Business Manager, and Client Liaison at Your Quickbooks Guru.

SEPTEMBER, 15, 2020 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

NAVIGATING CHALLENGING TRANSITIONS: INCLUSIVE APPROACHES TO MANAGING CHANGE Tonight’s session will be highly interactive and explore the challenges of change. After viewing some theatrical dramatizations of both positive and negative examples of difficult transitions, you and others will be able to suggest changes to those episodes, in order to identify and clarify successful and failing strategies to managing change, after seeing what seems to work, at least on stage. The scenes will tap into our common experiences, situations and themes, helping us consider how change can best happen. One area of change we will include is the need to make our own (FBC’s) learning environment more diverse and inclusive. We will learn of models and frameworks that illuminate and interpret our thoughts and feelings, so we can more successfully have those “uncomfortable conversations”

Presented by WILL C and TIM VAN NESS of VAN NESS & COMPANY. Will is a skilled facilitator of individual, community and leadership development. He grew up on the streets of Boston under intensely challenging socio‐economic circumstances, and worked and “willed” his way into a superior situation. He is now an educator for multiple institutions of higher education including being an adjunct professor at Brandeis University. He holds an M.Ed from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and a BA in Theater Arts from Brandeis. He is also a performer, and trainer of Playback Theatre, and has led programs in the US, Canada, Germany, Brazil and Australia. Will is currently using Playback Theatre as a tool for civic engagement, dialogue, and bringing the Cambridge, MA community of Cambridgeport together through the sharing and enactment of personal story. Tim is an expert in the use of theatre, storytelling and action methods for organizational change and leadership development. He has designed and delivered distinctive programs for clients across diverse industries including consumer products, financial services, health care, higher education, manufacturing, energy and technology. Tim is a 30-year veteran of Playback Theatre, an original form of improvisational theatre based on the enactment of personal story, and also coaches and consults with business leaders around the world in the art of leadership presence. Tim was also instrumental in the troupe that co-created (with Ira Bryck and others) the interactive shows The Perils of Pauline’s Family Business, and Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home. Tim also played Bud Rosenbloom in Ira's autobiographical play A Tough Nut To Crack.

SEPTEMBER 25th •FRIDAY, 9:00-11:30 AM

LOCATION TBA

5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Sales Process

Many small and mid-sized business owners have clear processes for functions where clear guidelines exist: Finance, Legal, Operations and Engineering, HR, etc. Most leave growing the top line and sales execution to chance – seeking to increase revenue by duplicating effort in too many - or too few - directions, and then letting the marketplace drive their success. Effective sales processes that support overall business strategy take the guess work out of forecasting, optimize sales productivity for whoever is filling that role, and drive consistency in revenue growth.

Presented by JON ANDERSON OF SIDEHILL GROUP and Sidehill Xceleration, which brings over 1,000 of years of sales leadership experience to small and medium sized businesses. Jon works hands-on with local companies to build and deliver the sales strategies, function integration, systems and processes, and tactical execution that create sustainable growth.

OCTOBER, 2020 (exact date tba) •5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AT WORK

presented by MICHELE NEVAREZ, CEO of GOLEMAN EI

DECEMBER 1, 2020 •TUESDAY 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

W.S. Badger Company: A Legacy of Doing Good

Rebecca Hamilton, second-generation family owner of the Badger Company, will share her unique family story and how that led to the creation of Badger, a leading brand of natural mineral sunscreens and a world-renowned manufacturer of organic body care products. Storytelling is an important aspect of the Badger ethos, as is the desire to walk a path of kindness through each choice that they make. Rebecca will tell Badger’s founding story and its journey to become a B Corp, and Q&A will follow.

Archive of past Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley dinner forums

TRY IT- YOU'LL LIKE IT !! Come as the guest of a member company or strategic partner
For more information, or to register, contact Jessi Kirley or Jesuann Ortiz

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