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Past Events


Your Family Needs a Disruptor-in-Chief

December 6, 2018 | Facilitator: Stephen Golden, Northeastern University
Family Business Speaker: Rick Roche, Roche Bros.

Who's your Disruptor-in-Chief? Every generation needs to reinvent the family business. The challenge, as always, is finding the right balance between tradition and innovation. We'll hear from Rick Roche of Roche Bros. about his innovative journey to reinvent the business. Steve Golden, Lecturer in Innovation at Northeastern University, shares the ways family businesses stay entrepreneurial and create continuous innovation and reinvention by balancing the best of both.

Embracing Family: Leveraging the Strengths of Your Family Culture

November 8, 2018 | Facilitator: Katelyn Husereau, Center for Applied Research (CFAR)

It's the "soft side" of the business that gives you differentiation and a competitive edge: your family, employees, values, and culture. The right culture, both internal and external, will attract high-talent employees, entice the next generation to join the family business, improve relationships with business partners, and will increase the overall return-on-investment of your brand.

Things Have Got to Change: What Keeps You Up at Night?

October 10 , 2018 | Facilitator: Nancy Capistran, Open Your Eyes and LEAD

Avoiding the difficult issues won't make them go away. Much of the anxiety of running our businesses comes from being blindsided with situations we weren't prepared for. Join us as Nancy Capistran, author of Open Your Eyes and LEAD, describes how we can best anticipate these "speed bumps" and have options for dealing with them in place.


Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards

June 13, 2018 | 2018 Family Business Award Winners

Roadblocks and Opportunities for Innovation in the Family Business

May 8, 2018 | Facilitator: Lana Caron, Colliston Group

Is your company culture attracting innovation or stifling it? Opening up participation in the planning and strategy process beyond the family circle and top management can help bring fresh thinking and new ideas. As entrepreneurs we think we know everything. We need to be open to new ways of doing things and inviting others into the planning and strategy process. But then you knew that already.

The Playbook for Building Your Enterprise Value: How the Best Owner-Managers Build Their Fortune, Capture Their Company's Gains, and Create Their Legacies

April 5, 2018 | Facilitator: Stephen McGee, Bigelow LLC

Every family business should understand the importance of Enterprise Value, whether planning to keep the business in the family for generations to come or planning for an eventual sale. How should you plan for the long-term sustainability of the company beyond your personal ownership? The session will explore how family business owners build their fortune, capture their company gains, and create their legacy.

Family Business Roadmap: How to Anticipate, Rather than React, to Trigger Events

March 7, 2018 | Facilitator: Ted Clark, Northeastern University Center for Family Business

Using the five stages of small business growth as a guide, we will map out the major trigger events that lead to key decision points for the family. Planned for properly they create opportunities to grow the business value. Anticipating these future business events helps avoid disruption to the family and the business.

Strategies for  Attracting, Motivating, and Retaining Key People

December 7, 2017 | Facilitator: Barbara Larson, Northeastern University

Today's work-places are more diversified than ever, with several channels available for reaching talented people. A single recruiting strategy is no longer effective for attracting key employees, while simply hiring new team members is no longer all you need for retaining them long-term. Research shows that money is not the most important motivator for today's employees. Instead, to attract, motivate, and retain key people, we need to be more targeted and customized in our approaches. As the job market continues to improve, now is the time to learn how best to nurture, develop, and employ a more personal approach to keep your star performers.

The 7 Stages of Growth: If You Aren't Growing, You're Dying

November 9, 2017 | Facilitators: Gabrielle Jenkins & Merrill Mahoney, Resource Management of Boston

How prepared are you to predict how growth will impact your company? What if you could identify and attack growth issues before they materialized? At this program, we will introduce the 7 Stages of Growth enterprise model and X-Ray process designed to help business owners diagnose, predict, and solve the challenges associated with growth.

Dealing with Beastly People: Managing People Who Go Beyond Difficult

October 11, 2017 | Facilitator: Jack Agati, Encouraging Concepts Associates

We all manage difficult people in our lives and our businesses. But what do we do after we've tried the usual conflict resolution methods, and these people become worse in their behaviors? They've gone beyond difficult. They're acting beastly and adversely affecting those around them. Allowing them to continue would cause great harm to your business's culture and success. They need to be dealt with, and now.


Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards

June 14, 2017 | 2017 Family Business Award Winners

Drop the Torch: Chasing Succession is a Losing Game 

May 18, 2017 | Facilitator: Ted Clark, Northeastern University

Creating Value for the Family Business: Make Your Business Worth More Money 

April 13, 2017 | Facilitator: David Humphrey, Beacon Equity Advisors

Branding the Family Business from the Inside Out: It's All About Culture 

March 8, 2017 | Facilitator: Evelyn Starr, E. Starr Associates

Hidden Agendas: Identify the Real Issues Holding Back Your Family Business 

December 7, 2016 | Facilitator: Gerard Donnellan, Boston College

Don't let family get in the way! 10 Steps to an Effective Family Meeting 

November 10, 2016 | Facilitator: Ira Bryck, Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

How strong is your team? Creating Your A-Team 

October 12, 2016 | Facilitator: Roberta Matuson, Matuson Consulting
Guest Speakers: Bill Noonan, Contravisory & Michael Dowd, former CEO Grand Circle


Massachusetts Family Business Awards & 25th Anniversary Celebration | June 15, 2016

30 Days to a Family Business Advisory Board: When You Need an Advisory Board Yesterday | May 24, 2016

Getting Goal-Setting Off to a Great Start: Expanding potential in your business and yourself | April 27, 2016

Never Waste a Good Family Conflict: Using Conflict to Grow Your Business to the Next Level | March 16, 2016

Keeping the Family Business Innovative | December 2, 2015

Creating Opportunities for the Next Generation | November 3, 2015

Habits of Highly Effective Family Businesses | October 6, 2015