Dear Members,

Capital Region Family Business Center (FBC) programs are all centered around our mission to help Family Businesses grow and prosper. This is accomplished by providing unique networking opportunities where you can dialogue with each other, tackle difficult issues, and share in each other’s successes. The programs that we offer represent a set of core values that reflect the mission, vision, and direction of the FBC. Those values are:

Trust. We are an open forum to share ideas and family goals among businesses in a confidential environment.

Affinity. We are committed to serving and supporting each other as we strive to perpetuate our family businesses.

Education. We deliver in-depth, relevant, and insightful programs for our members.

Collaboration. We believe that family owned businesses that engage with peers will prosper.

Prosperity. We work together for the greater growth and success of our region.

With these values and programs in mind, about a year ago your Board of Directors made the strategic decision to grow our membership as we believe that much of the benefit of membership in the FBC comes from the interactions we have with other family businesses. I am delighted to report that we have 12 wonderful new Family Business Members that have joined since the beginning of this year, plus two new Sponsor Members (GNT Solutions and Silvers HR). It is our intention to continue to add to the membership, so please let us know if you know of any family businesses which would be good additions to our organization.

With quality programming at the core of the value proposition for members of the FBC, member engagement and energy at our programs is a standard measurement of our success. Last month we had 80 family members and sponsors enjoy the River Cats game at Raley Field and with the recent re-launch of the Affinity Groups, we anticipate growing attendance there. As we evaluate our current programs we expect to make some changes in order to bring the most useful and interesting content and groups together.

The inaugural Generations Conference this January was a huge success with keynote speakers representing Raley’s, Ruiz Foods, William Grant & Sons, Guittard Chocolate, and Michael Mondavi Family Estate. I extend many thanks to our Conference Chair, Tim Schultz of Lundberg Family Farms, and the entire team which contributed to the outstanding event. Tim is leading the effort once again for our 2018 Conference and though the bar was set high, he is working to make it even better than last year. Be sure to get your tickets early to ensure you have a seat reserved and please read the Newsletter to learn more about the exciting keynote speakers that we’ve lined up to be there. Information will also be regularly updated on our website.

Please reach out to me or our Executive Director, Stella Premo, if you have news to share about your business or would like more information about any of our programs. Additionally, if you are interested in getting involved with a committee (Generations Conference, Programming, or Membership/Marketing), we welcome your participation.

With gratitude,

Stephen A. Fleming

Board President