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UNH’s Center for Family Business Hosts Series of Programs On Developing Key Business Skills

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1/4/2013 9:00 PM

Jan. 4, 2012

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WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- The Center for Family Business (CFB) at the University of New Haven will host a series of programs designed to provide family-run businesses with important information on a variety of topics.

The CFB is comprised of family businesses from throughout Connecticut.  The center offers programs and services designed to address issues unique to family-run enterprises. 

Prospective members of the center can attend one of the sessions for free to assess whether center membership would benefit their businesses.    

The Jan. 29th program will start off with the discussion of the fiscal cliff deal recently enacted by Congress led by the accounting firm of  Bailey Murphy + Scarano of Branford, Conn., a CFB sponsor. 

Participants will then take part in “Building a Winning Team for Your Family Business” an interactive program that will help attendees see who can lead and who can follow, while having a bit of fun.  Members should encourage their business teams to join them for this session, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Grassy Hill Country Club 441 Clark Lane in Orange beginning at 5:30 p.m., or on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 8 a.m. at the Bigelow Tea headquarters 201 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield.

On Tuesday, March 12, Guy Ferraiolo, a business consultant currently working with CFB member Platt and LaBonia, will provide tips on how to turn around a business with his program “Making Your Business Work Better for You.” Ferraiolo has succeeded in making many types of businesses profitable.  This program will be held at 8 a.m. at Bigelow Tea headquarters and again at 5:30 p.m. at the Grassy Hill Country Club.

“How to Get to Yes When the Road is Paved with No,” will be presented on April 23 by Joshua Weiss, co-founding senior fellow of the Global Negotiation Institute of the Harvard Negotiation Project.  The program is designed to make every participant a better negotiator.  Weiss will provide tips on dealing with people at different levels on a business’s organizational chart, with diverse customers, problem employees and even difficult family members.  This program will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Bigelow Tea headquarters, and again at 5:30 p.m. at the Grassy Hill Country Club.

While sponsors of the CFB will provide the latest information on what family business need to know to be successful in today’s economy at each of the programs, the Tuesday, May 21, session will be devoted to something that NEVER changes - the importance of thoughtful planning. 

“What’s Your Plan?” will take place at 5:30 p.m. on May 21 at Grassy Hill Country Club.  Members will hear stories from real family businesses facing issues common in many family-run firms.  CFB sponsors also will offer advice and be available to answer questions.  Topics will include succession planning, business continuation planning and retirement planning. 

For more information about CFB programs, to register for a program, or to join the CFB, please call Paul Sessions, director of the center, at 203-932-7421 or visit: