• FBA eNewsletter - July 2015

    July 2015  

    Our Mission: Providing Resources and Support for Family Businesses
       • FBA Program Update - Great Things on the Horizon!
       • Re-Evaluate and Re-Energize Your Business with the Chamber Score Card!
       • Get in the Conversation... With facilitated Peer to Peer Exchange Groups!
       • Family Business Networking at The Compleat Baldwin Brass Center!
       • Meet One of our Subject Matter Experts!
       • Need Help with Spreadsheets?
       • Additional Reading for Family Business Owners!
     click for details and to register
      August 20
    Annual Schmooz-A-Palooza Picnic
    Willow Glen Park

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

      National Penn

      Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys

      Mosteller & Associates
    FBA Program Update - Great Things on the Horizon!

    Although it is summer - a time for many to take vacations or slow down from their hectic work and school schedules, we are busy at the Chamber planning our FBA Programs for the coming year! Our mission is 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.

    David Wimer will continue our 'Educating the Family Workshop Series,' which focuses on specific topics unique to family businesses. These informative two-hour sessions are held at the Chamber's Center for Business Excellence in Wyomissing. Dave has enjoyed a 35+ year career in business. He 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. Topics and dates to be announced soon.

    The 2015 FBA Fall Forum is tentatively planned for late October/early November and promises to be a great event again this year. We are working to ensure this year's program will be informative and valuable for attendees. A Save-the-Date will be released in the coming weeks. Watch your email for this exciting news!

    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!

    For more information on programming or general questions, please contact Danielle Antos, Program Coordinator, 610.898.7780.

    Re-Evaluate and Re-Energize Your Business with the Chamber Score Card!

    As a business owner, your journey to success can encounter wrong turns, detours, and even dead-ends. At certain stages of your business growth, there may be different obstacles and challenges that need to be addressed and overcome.

    The Chamber Scorecard is a FREE assessment tool that helps 'take the pulse of your business' by identifying and improving the health of your business in 5 key areas: Marketing, Finance & Accounting, Operations, Sales, and Management.

    By completing the Scorecard assessment tool, the Chamber's expert business advisors will be able to identify the areas in your business where there is opportunity for growth and improvement so we can assist you in developing an action plan. The Scorecard is completely confidential and is available for you to take at your convenience. Upon completing all sections of the assessment (a 30 minute exercise), you will be on your way to operating a healthy business... but your journey is not over there. We guide you to a seasoned advisor through our partnership with SCORE and a resource group of subject matter expert advisors who will assist in creating a plan to get you to your final destination...SUCCESS! To participate in the Chamber Scorecard, please contact Tammy Giorgio, Member Services Representative, 610.898.7778.

    Get in the Conversation... With facilitated Peer to Peer Exchange Groups!

    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. Are you looking for a forum to discuss issues you are facing in your family business? Are you looking for peer advice? What about knowing others who understand your unique situations?

    We allow only one participant per group from each industry segment in order to avoid competitive concerns. The groups are facilitated by Pat Langiotti, Owner of Creative Management Concepts and Chet Mosteller, President of Mosteller & Associates. Pat and Chet are industry experts with many years of experience assisting family-owned businesses.

    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, Program Coordinator, 610.898.7780.

    Family Business Networking at The Compleat Baldwin Brass Center!

    The Compleat Baldwin Brass Center hosted our recent 'All in the Family' Gathering on June 16th. Attendees learned more about Baldwin Brass inside their state-of-the-art showroom while networking with other family business owners. A fun twist on the night was 'Family Feud.' Nancy Campbell played the host of this gameshow while attendees had a blast answering family-related questions.

    If you were not able to attend, check se photos.

    More All in the Family Gatherings are in the planning stages for the fall. Keep watching our newsletters for dates, times and locations.

    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
     Michael R. Depaul, Jr., Esq.

    A Partner in RKL's Tax Services Group, Michael DePaul works closely with family-owned and privately-held companies to deliver strategic planning and compliance aimed at helping them achieve their business and personal goals. He has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of multi-state taxation, pass-through entities and estate and financial planning for business owners and their families, as well as representing clients before the IRS and various state agencies. Michael is passionate about bringing a strategic approach to helping family business owners plan for success throughout the generations.

    Need Help with Spreadsheets?

    Invest in your employees and give them the tools and training they need to get the job done! Let us help: The Chamber partners with Shearer Technical to provide superior training in commonly used programs. Information is broken down over several classes to improve retention and learning. Watch future newsletters for our next series of dates for Introduction to Excel; Intermediate Excel and Advanced Excel and other Microsoft classes beginning in September.

    STILL ENROLLING! Advanced Excel: Working with eleven practical examples, students will learn how to create more advanced charts, database functions, logical formulas, creating range names, and working with large spreadsheets more efficiently. Five 2-hour classes on Wednesdays.

    Advanced Classes: July, 29, August 5, 12, 19 and 26
    Location: Shearer Technical, 727 Penn Avenue, West Reading
    Investment: $200/person
    To Register: Contact Danielle Antos, Program Coordinator, 610.898.7780.

    Additional Reading for Family Business Owners

    Splitting Roles, Chris Eckrich

    Individuals that take on leadership in multiple roles in this way are to be greatly appreciated, as with multiple leadership roles come multiple responsibilities. Read more here.

    Creating a Culture of Accountability in Your Family Business, Mike Fassler

    Accountability is a regular discussion topic with our family business clients. When accountability is alive and well, individuals, the family and the business may share in success. Read more here.

    Increase Efficiency by Slowing Down, Amy Schuman

    Reflection prompts people to be more aware of their progress and gives them confidence to accomplish tasks and goals, the researchers say. Read more here.

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    201 Penn Street, Suite 501, Reading, PA 19601
    Fax: 610.376.4135
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