• FBA eNewsletter - August 2015

    August 2015  

    Our Mission: Providing Resources and Support for Family Businesses
       • Struggling with Issues in Your Family Business? You May Need a Peer Discussion Group
       • FBA Academy
       • Thinking about Leadership Development?
       • FBA Program Update
       • Meet One of our Subject Matter Experts!
       • Additional Reading for Family Business Owners!
     click for details and to register

    August 20
    Annual Schmooz-A-Palooza Picnic 2015
    Willow Glen Park, 94 Park Avenue, Sinking Spring PA 19608

    August 28
    10 Trends in Leadership Development Seminar Info Session
    The Chamber's Center for Business Excellence

    September 2
    Business at Breakfast: Berks County Transforms Mobile Banking
    The Abraham Lincoln Hotel

    September 14
    Networking at Night / Fleetwood Bank
    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Free for Members | Registration Required
    The YR Club, Parkside Drive South & Thrush Road, Wyomissing PA 19610

    September 17
    'Chamber Classic With a Twist' Golf Tournament 2015
    Reading Country Club

    Thank you to the sponsors of the
    Berks Family Business Alliance:

      National Penn

      Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys

      Mosteller & Associates

    In addition to working in an ever changing business climate, family-owned companies face a host of unique challenges that often complicate the day to day running of the business. Berks FBA was created to address these pressing issues, helping businesses to find solutions to the complex, unique issues that families working together often struggle to overcome. The Chamber strives to provide programming that is beneficial to our members. We hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities FBA has to offer!

    Struggling with Issues in Your Family Business? You May Need a Peer Discussion Group

    Join us for a FREE Info Session to find out how these groups can help you deal. Hear from our Facilitators on why these groups are so successful and beneficial. Our facilitators are industry experts with many years of experience assisting family-owned businesses. Peer Group members will also be on-hand to speak about the success they've experienced and the value they've found after joining a group.

    DATE: Friday, September 18, 2015
    TIME: 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (includes a light breakfast)
    PLACE: The Chamber's Center for Business Excellence, 49 Commerce Drive, Wyomissing

    Family business owners face extraordinary challenges unique to running a family business. This is a great way to gather with your peers, share common problems and experiences, and to learn how to deal with your unique situations. We allow only one participant per group from each industry segment in order to avoid competitive concerns.

    To promote camaraderie and trust, enrollment is for a designated individual (not meant for a company to send different people at different times). Enrollment in a Facilitated Peer Exchange Group is limited to Chamber members. Peer Groups are meeting a minimum of 8-10 times per year and the annual participation fee is $400.

    To hear testimonials from Peer Group participants, please click here. Sign up by contacting Danielle Antos at 610.898.7780.

    FBA Academy

    Do you find yourself managing people in your family business without the benefit of formal management training? If you knew more about managing others would you be more comfortable in that role? If you answered yes to these questions - rest assured you're not alone!

    Berks FBA in Collaboration with Creative Management Concepts is Proud to Offer the FBA Academy

    Most managers in a family business start out with a specific talent or skill and then, when they do a really good job - they find themselves in a management role -- managing people and processes, without the benefit of any formal management training. No wonder managing people in a family business is such a challenge! If this is an issue you are struggling with, then the FBA Academy is the perfect opportunity for you to learn what you need to know to manage others effectively.

    All classes are presented by Pat Langiotti, President, Creative Management Concepts, who has more than 30 years of hands-on experience coaching and mentoring in family businesses. This course consists of eight sessions-each will tackle a different issue facing family businesses today:

    A Good Manager Is...Management 101 - September 22
    Understanding the Organizational Chart and How to Make It Work for You - September 29
    The Importance of Balancing Authority & Accountability in a Family Business - October 6
    Motivating Employees - October 13
    Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers in a Family Business - October 19
    Dealing with Difficult Situations in a Family Business - October 27


    Investment: $875/person
    Location: Spotts, Stevens & McCoy Headquarters, 1047 N. Park Road, Wyomissing
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. each day

    Thinking about Leadership Development?

    Attend a FREE Info Session
    10 Trends in Leadership Development Seminar Information Session
    DATE: Friday, August 28, 2015
    TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    PLACE: The Chamber’s Center for Business Excellence, Wyomissing

    Click here to register.

    During this FREE thought-provoking information session on the 10 Trends in Leadership Development, you will learn how organizations across the country are developing leaders and managers. Facilitated by Shawn Doyle, a nationally recognized trainer, author, keynote speaker and coach, and whose book, Jumpstart Your Motivation recently hit #1 on Amazon’s Best Seller list.
    This information session will give you an idea of some of the developmental methods used in the Lessons in Leadership course, which consists of six full-day sessions and will be held this fall

    For more information or to register for the Info Session, contact Diane Reed, Director of Business Services, at 610.898.8387.

    FBA Program Update

    Exciting programs are coming your way this year with Berks FBA! We are busy planning our programs - fulfilling our mission to help you gain control of your business, learn where you are today, envision where you want to be in the future and develop a plan to get there.

    The 'All in the Family Gatherings' will continue to offer networking opportunities and the ability to connect and learn more about other family businesses in Berks County. Watch for dates, times and locations to be announced soon.

    Our 'Educating the Family Workshop Series' will continue with more opportunities to learn about handling specific issues unique to family businesses. These informative two-hour sessions are held at the Chamber's Center for Business Excellence in Wyomissing. Watch upcoming newsletters and emails for dates and times.

    David Wimer will be back to present sessions on: 'Wearing Many Hats: The Difference between the Shareholder/Owner Role and the Day-to-Day Managerial Role' and 'Family Members Must Be Accountable Too.' Dave has enjoyed a 35+ year career in business and has owned and operated five businesses in different sectors: B2B direct sales, technology, logistics, manufacturing and franchise. Applying these experiences, Dave took on leadership challenges as a key financial and chief executive for three family businesses.

    In addition, other experts will present additional programs that will focus on topics such as: 'Is Equal the Same as Fair;' 'Creating Law & Order in a Family Business;' and 'Financials for the Non-Financial.'

    For more information on programming or general questions, please contact Danielle Antos, Program Coordinator, at 610.898.7780.
    Meet One of Our Subject Matter Experts!
    Meet one of our
    Subject Matter Experts!

    We have a full range of experts in all disciplines to assist you with those issues that are critical to your business' success. These professionals can offer up to two hours of one-on-one consultation at your office or their location.
    To get in touch with a SME, please contact
    Danielle Antos, Program Coordinator at 610.898.7780
    Patricia L. (Pat) Langiotti, PMC

    Creative Management Concepts

    Pat provides advice and support to family owned and operated businesses - and to their employee management teams. In addition to solid business expertise which helps them maximize profitability, she is an expert at facilitating open communication and guiding family teams in developing the processes, principles, and priorities required to help them avoid and resolve conflict. She has been instrumental in change leadership - especially during times of generational transition, as well as serving as a consultant to thousands of family businesses across varied business segments. Pat also serves as a member of an independent Board of Advisors/Board of Directors to many.

    Additional Reading for Family Business Owners

    3 Tricks for Running a Business with Your Spouse without Divorcing or Going Broke by Mary Camacho
    Fundamentally, if two people don't already bring out the best in one another when organizing a dinner party or coordinating a family vacation, then they may not really be suited for adding a business partnership into the mix of a romantic relationship. Read more here.

    Banking on a Strong Corporate Governance Process by Otis W. Baskin, Ph.D.
    Why are banks so fond of boards with independent directors? What is the big deal? Read more here.

    Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    Tel: 610.376.6766
    201 Penn Street, Suite 501, Reading, PA 19601
    Fax: 610.376.4135
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