Dear Family Business Members and Sponsors,

Happy Holidays!

I joined the Capital Region Family Business Center in July, and hopefully you have already noticed some changes that have taken place. Upon my arrival, it has been my priority to understand the organization's infrastructure and membership. I have been diligent in organizing our internal communications amongst the committees and board, as well as have many one-on-one meetings with our members. What I learned is that this non-profit is special and has grown to be an actively involved volunteer organization with an enthusiastic and committed Board of Directors. Steve Bender, current President, has been instrumental in my onboarding and understanding of our membership and the issues that family-owned businesses face.  Steve Bender’s term as Board President ends in April and he will be succeeded by Steve Fleming of River City Bank. Please help me thank them both for their leadership and commitment to moving our organization forward.

New Look and Feel
One of the major changes that we’ve made right off the bat were to develop a new website and logo with family owned business and CRFBC member, Uptown Studios. We are working to differentiate ourselves from the Family Business Association of California and educate the community at large on the differences between the two organizations.  All of this is an effort to grow our membership over the next several years, so that we can continue to ensure that the family businesses in our region have the resources needed to grow and prosper. Check out the website www.capfamilybus.org and let me know what you think.

Are you going to Generations?
The inaugural Generations Conference will take over the Sacramento Convention Center on January 30th -31st.  Tim Schultz, of Lundberg Farms and conference committee chair, has worked tirelessly with his committee to develop an amazing two-day conference. There is an impressive line-up of keynote speakers and breakout sessions aimed at every generation of a family business, so you’ll want to make sure to bring other family members with you to the Conference.  Visit www.generationsconference.com to learn more about the speakers and purchase tickets.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Programs and Affinity Groups
Over the coming year, you will see us becoming more engaged with you, our membership. We’ll be launching a quarterly newsletter and adding resources to the website. The Affinity Groups will be back and the programming will be stronger than ever.  Affinity Groups are for members only and are volunteer-driven programs that speak directly to the challenges facing family-owned businesses.
We will continue to have technical education programming called T3Me (Talk Technical to Me), hosted by our Sponsor members.  Sponsors share their professional skills and expertise that are resources to a family business. I invite you to attend and bring a guest to these morning programs.

Save the Date!
Our annual Family Day at the River Cats is scheduled for Sunday, May 21, 2017. This will be a popular game as the River Cats take on the Nashville Sound and a guaranteed good time for the whole family, so mark you calendar!  
Have a wonderful holiday season with family and friends, and I look forward to seeing you at Generations or a one-on-one in the new year.
 All my best, 

Stella Premo

Executive Director
Capital Regipon Family Business Center
spremo@capfamilybus.org