As we turn the page and look forward to 2018, we are excited about the changes in programming and increased family engagement the new year will bring. The Affinity Groups have been launched and we are happy with the turnout. These programs are led and designed by you, our members, so if you have issues that are facing your family business, please let us know. We are here to serve you and provide programming to support the growth and prosperity of your family business.

You may have received a message from Dr. Ryan Fuller from CSUS. We have engaged in a study to look at the readiness of family business to withstand an unforeseen crisis. We believe that with the recent natural disaster our region (and State) has seen in the past few months, it is prudent for us to think about how quickly family businesses can respond. Please take the time to take the survey and be part of the study. All information is confidential, and the information will be compiled and shared with our members. As an added benefit, Sac State will be offering family businesses, for those that don’t already have one, a complimentary crisis readiness plan.

Thank you to all of our volunteers that serve on FBC Committees. The FBC is driven by volunteer efforts and that is what makes our organization so outstanding. We have three committees and each one is active and fully engaged. In fact, the Membership Committee launched an ambassador program, led by Thom Dille and Stephen Bender, and they have met or spoken with each of the new members that joined this year. The Programs Committee launched the Affinity Groups each with outstanding volunteer leads; Curt Rocca is Leading the Presidents/CEO (AG1) Group; Maggie Bender-Johnson is leading the NextGen (AG2) Group; Pat Lewis is leading the Women in the Family Business (AG) Group and with their strong volunteer efforts there is no doubt in my mind that you are going to love spending time with your peers. The Programs Committee also has leads that are in the midst of planning the two half-day events next year; Justin Horner and Meghan Baker are excited to spearhead the spring Family Forum and Pat Lewis and Maggie Bender-Johnson are taking on the fall session. And of course, Tim Schultz, Amber Holwell and the entire Generations Conference Committee should be commended for their herculean efforts with planning the 2018 Conference. You are not going to want to miss this two-day event on January 29 and 30! Please join us and invite other family owned businesses to attend as well.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous new year!!

See you at Generations!!

Stella