Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

BUSINESS OWNERS AND KEY MANAGERS WHO PARTICIPATE IN PEER OR ROUNDTABLE GROUPS report that it's the single best way for them to clarify their thinking, challenge their assumptions, and combine various ideas to create an innovative solution (not to mention, be better at finding and identifying problems).

We invite you to consider or join any of our 3 roundtable groups. In general, they are built from members of the FBC, but we do allow entrepreneurs to take a look, and decide if it's for them. And then maybe they also join the center.

The groups each meet 9x per year, in Holyoke, Northampton and Amherst.They are well facilitated (see testimonials, below), completely safe and confidential, and filled with curious, interested, interesting people who have accomplished much, and also who face many of the same challenges as you.

By the way, we also do occasional special roundtables, including in collabortation with Chambers of Commerce, or for couples in business, or for companies who use the Entrepreneurial Operating System (to name a few).

In conclusion, if you're interested in knowing more, please contact Ira and Jessi by email, or phone 413 835 0810.

See a few testimonials by FBC members, about their experience in our roundtables:

I was first introduced to the amazing power of peer learning through Ira, and, for me, the roundtable he leads is a place to be vulnerable in my challenges and self-doubt, to get fresh perspectives, to sort out what are “impossible puzzles” in my head in a ridiculously short period of time, and also to be validated and encouraged to fight another day.

Ira’s core skills as a roundtable facilitator, in my mind, are the abilities to:

    • ask the question that no one else has the courage or perspective to ask
    • cut to the core of an issue when needed (always with kindness)
    • tell stories and make connections from his broad experience that bring a fresh perspective
    • set rules and boundaries, but not be inflexible about them when needed
    • actively ask for feedback with an open mind, as well as with energy and drive to improve the experience for me and improve his own skills as a facilitator

And if I were Ira, I wouldn’t have responded with bullet points. I would have given you a succinct and interesting story that summed all of those up, and maybe made you laugh.
Meghan Lynch, President, Six Point Creative

As a longtime member of a Pioneer Valley Family Business Center, I have found that active participation in the roundtable forum to be arguably the most valuable aspect of membership. Ira Bryck’s facilitation and guidance is instrumental in creating an intimate and open trust environment. Within that context, the group shares both challenges and helpful external perspectives. The format is both efficiently facilitated, and allowed to relax when appropriate to explore common themes in a somewhat more open manner.

As a facilitator, Ira is a curious researcher – always open to input and adapting to best suit the specific needs of a group, or even a particular discussion that feels worthy of unconventional exploration. He is respectful of time commitments that we each make as business leaders, and tirelessly works to maximize the value of the roundtables. Ira has the insight and experience to help guide the discussion in a catalytic, but non-scripted way. The value is in both seeking input from the roundtable, as well as being able to better appreciate the common challenges and themes that we all face in our unique businesses.
Todd Harris, 42 Design Fab

I have really enjoyed being a part of Ira’s roundtable. As a business owner without formal training, I have found the group to be incredibly helpful. I have appreciated being surrounded by thoughtful advice, support, and like-minded professionals. I value the time away from my business to reflect on my business and find the roundtable to be a productive session that I look forward to. Ira’s guidance and mentorship sets a welcoming and supportive stage for individuals to participate and gain valuable and actionable insight. I’m very grateful to be a part of the roundtable and to work with Ira—thank you!

Kirsten Modestow, Owner & Executive Creative Director, BRIGADE








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