• FBA eNewsletter - June 2015

    June 2015  

    Our Mission: Providing Resources and Support for Family Businesses
       • 'RESPECT THE ELEPHANT: Dealing with Undiscussables in Family Business'
       • Family Business Networking! Meet and Chat with Others in Family Businesses!
       • Get in the Conversation
       • Meet One of our Subject Matter Experts!
       • Excel Training Opportunities for Small Businesses
       • Additional Reading for Family Business Owners!

    Join us for Chamber Night at the Reading Fightin Phils on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10
    call Anna at 610.376.6766

     click for details and to register

    Wednesday, June 10
    Berks FBA Educating the Family Workshop:
    'RESPECT THE ELEPHANT: Dealing with Undiscussables in Family Business' ?

    Center for Business Excellence
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    $20.00 per person

    Thursday, June 11
    Opening Doors for Small Businesses - A Reverse Trade Show
    Crowne Plaza Reading
    7:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    FREE for members

    Tuesday, June 16
    Health Care in Transition - 2015 Health Care Summit
    Berkshire Country Club
    11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    $25 Members/$45 Non-Members
    Includes buffet lunch

    Tuesday, June 16
    All in the Family Gathering
    The Compleat Baldwin Brass Center
    5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  |  Free

    Wednesday, June 17
    Power Networking Lunch
    Big Vision Foundation, Inc.
    11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    $15 per person

    Wednesday, June 17
    Networking at Noon Mid-Day Cafe
    Gateway Building
    2nd & Penn Streets

    11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    food available for purchase

    Wednesdays: June 24 to July 22
    Intermediate Excel - Evening
    Shearer Technical Computer Consultants
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    $200.00 per person


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

       National Penn

       Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys
       Murray Securus

       Mosteller & Associates
    'RESPECT THE ELEPHANT: Dealing with Undiscussables in Family Business'


    Facilitated by Dave Wimer, this 2-hour session will be a group discussion on outlining 'undiscussables' and their impacts on the family and the enterprise. It includes a presentation on the power of acknowledgment and includes identifying approaches and resources that provide the value of respectful confrontation. Attendees will be asked to share general experiences and identify potential approaches to confront and diffuse the power of an elephant in the room. 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 owner experiences, Dave took on leadership challenges as a key financial and chief executive for three family businesses. Join us and hear Dave's thoughtful insights.

    DATE: Wednesday, June 10
    TIME: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    PLACE: The Chamber's Center for Business Excellence, Wyomissing
    Exclusive to family business owners and their employees.
    Click here to register.

    Family Business Networking! Meet and Chat with Others in Family Businesses

    The Compleat Baldwin Brass Center will host our next 'All in the Family' Gathering as part of our Berks Family Business Alliance initiative. This gathering will offer a great opportunity to learn more about Baldwin Brass, visit their state-of-the-art showroom, learn more about the Berks Family Business Alliance, and meet and network with other family business owners.

    The history of Compleat Baldwin Brass Center starts with the rich heritage of Baldwin Hardware Corporation. Baldwin was born in America, and in the spirit of its birthplace, strives constantly to achieve a rich combination of 'timeless craftsmanship and good taste.' From the beginning, the skilled use of forging gave the Baldwin brand a competitive edge and went on to become the industry standard. Their current retail store offers a design center with high-end kitchen and bath elements, as well as a 'live' kitchen. For more than 50 years, Baldwin has successfully aimed at setting new standards of excellence in its products for the home and workplace.

    DATE: Tuesday, June 16
    TIME: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    LOCATION: The Compleat Baldwin Brass Center, 623 Penn Avenue, West Reading, PA

    Please join us for this FREE event, exclusive to family business owners and their employees. Click here to register.

    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 via email or by calling 610-898-7780.


    Have You Visited the FBA Website Yet?

    Check out www.berksfba.com for all things Family Business!

    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
    Len Dombroski, Commercial Lines
    National Penn Insurance

    Len has more than 30 years of insurance industry experience and is responsible for business development and client relationship management throughout the region. Over his career he has worked with many family-owned businesses ranging from small local firms to large national companies. As a trusted advisor, Len works with clients to help them identify and better understand the exposures created by their business ownership, analyze their individual risk tolerance and develop a detailed risk management and insurance program to meet their specific needs. In addition, Len has experience assisting clients through generational transitions in management and ownership.

    Excel Training Opportunities for Small Businesses

    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. These courses can be consecutive for the beginner or folks can enroll in the level they need. Intermediate and Advanced level classes are currently available. Watch future newsletters for a Beginners class in the fall.

    Intermediate and 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:

    Intermediate Classes: June 24, July 1, 8, 15 and 22 (4-6 pm class only)
    Advanced Classes: July 29, August 5, 12, 19 and 26 (8-10 am or 5-6 pm)
    Location: Shearer Technical, 727 Penn Avenue, West Reading
    To Register: Danielle Antos, Program Coordinator, 610-898-7780


    Building Family Harmony Starts with Living Our Values
    Deb Houden, Ph.D.

    Few changes happen in a vacuum. Imagine you are a successful next-generation family member with great professional success in a related industry. - read more here.

    Building Family Harmony Starts with Living Our Values
    Deb Houden, Ph.D.

    What does family harmony mean? It means the ability to trust and support, communicate differences in a constructive manner and look beyond the self (and immediate family) at a broader picture. - read more here.

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