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Center for Family Business Events

Tues. February 7, 2017
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Traditions at Oak Lane
1027 Racebrook Rd.
Woodbridge, CT                 
Weds. February 8, 2017
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Bigelow Tea  
201 Black Rock Tpke.
Fairfield, CT

Why Brainstorming Doesn’t Work,

But Strategic IDEATION Does!


Presented by: Bryan W. Mattimore
President of The Growth Engine Co.

Brainstorming was invented in the late 1930’s. Three-time author and innovation guru Bryan Mattimore has spent his entire business career inventing and applying new creative thinking techniques to solving some of the toughest business challenges imaginable for companies large and small.


Incorporating lessons learned from designing and facilitating over 1000 ideation sessions,in a fun, interactive and “minds-on” workshop, Bryan will share how to:


*  Select “high-probability-of-success” ideation techniques for specific creative challenges.


*  Develop ideational stimuli/“thought triggers” to elicit non-obvious - but strategically-viable ideas.


When you leave this session, you will:


 *  Understand the theory and practice of strategically-focused ideation.


 *  Know a framework for idea-generation processes that can ensure a continuous stream of new growth initiatives for your organization.


*  Have a tool-kit of state-of-the-art ideation tools you and your team can use immediately to start generating breakthrough ideas.


This is not just for family businesses.

What you will learn are tools you can use in daily life. We encourage you to bring your family members and your employees to hear this important presentation.

Tues.  March 7, 2017
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Traditions at Oak Lane
1027 Racebrook Rd.
Woodbridge, CT
Weds. March 8, 2017
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Bigelow Tea
201 Black Rock Tpke.
Fairfield, CT 

Conscious Capitalism and Sustainability:

Working Together for Your Business


Heather Burns, Founder & CEO of CT Sustainable Business Council.


Larry L. Bingaman, President & CEO of Regional Water Authority and founding member for CT’s developing Conscious Capitalism Chapter.

Conscious Capitalism: a business mind-set that emphasizes a Higher Purpose, Conscious Leadership, Conscious Culture and a focus on all Stakeholders.


Sustainable Business: one that captures the Triple Bottom Line, benefiting People, Planet and Profits.


A growing number of businesses are using these principles to engage and retain top talent, strengthen their brand, and create a competitive advantage.


Come and learn how you can open new possibilities within your business using conscious capitalism and sustainable business practices.


Local business leaders, who will share hands-on experience you can apply to your company, will join Heather and Larry during their presentation.


We will challenge your thinking through a hands-on workshop aimed at helping you make values-driven choices by embracing a higher purpose.


Join us and learn how to elevate your mission, serve the broader community, grow and become more profitable!


Tues. April 25, 2017
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Traditions at Oak Lane
1027 Racebrook Rd.
Woodbridge, CT                                                                                   





Presented by:  Bob Hodge and his family




Bob Hodge, accounting student at the University of New Haven.   Graduates.  Gets his CPA.   Creates a thriving practice.  And becomes a well-qualified financial advisor.

Things are going well.  His daughters get interested in horses.  Tough to keep horses in Wallingford, CT, so let’s move to New Hampshire and buy an old farm.  Continue with the financial advising and CPA work in this new location.

The girls get their horses.  Also some calves.  And, in what the family refers to as “a 4H project gone haywire”, the Hodge family find themselves in the dairy business, with about 160 cows.

Does it stop there?  No. From dairy farming it progresses to manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution.  The product:  some of the best puddings you ever tasted.


But there is yet another element that makes the Hodge family odyssey even more remarkable.  Join us on April 25 for the rest of the story…






Running a business is like running on a hostile

treadmill where you cannot control the pace

of the belt moving under your feet.  You must

innovate faster than competitors, all the time.


Come and learn about a novel leadership

framework of tools and practices, which

is helping business owners grow sales and profits.


The session will also provide a hands-on exercise

on one of the basic tools - Balanced Scorecard.

You will walk away with a structured way of

looking at your business performance indicators

and a dashboard for decision making.

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