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Family Business Forum

Family Business Forum

Family Business Forum Recap


The Family Business Forum, held on March 20, 2014, was a unique two-part event focused on family-owned and small businesses.

The afternoon's first presentation, Leadership Transition: Preparing for and Implementing Your Succession, was led by Joanne B. Ladley (former owner of Kitchen Kettle). Panel participants were:



A second afternoon session, titled Best Practices for Building Multi-Generational Family Businesses, was led by John Reed of Barley Snyder and featured the leaders of three family businesses that are also the top 3 companies on CPBJ's list of privately held companies:



The day wrapped up with a dinner program, which featured keynote speaker, Ron "Jaws" Jaworski, the presentation of the "Family Business Hall of Fame Award" to S. Dale High and tenure awards for members and partners of The High Center.

Click here for photo highlights from the awards dinner.


Past Program Highlights

Generations 2014

Generations 2014
What do Utz Quality Foods, Sun Motor Cars and Knoebels Amusement Resort have in common? They're all regional family businesses. Through the years, they have grown by successfully extending their businesses to the next generations. Today, these families maintain significant ownership in their companies, and they also have family members serving at the executive level. Read on to see many more examples of local family businesses — and family businesses in the making.

Family Business Forum Photos

Family Business Forum Photos
Click on the image on the left to see a slideshow with highlights from the event, as well as a link to more photos.


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Business Events

WEBINAR: How to Leave Your Business in Style
Thursday, May 1, 2014
CPBJ's Small Business Strong Kick-Off Event
Monday, May 12, 2014
CPBJ Business Event
Thursday, May 22, 2014
2014 Women of Influence
Monday, June 16, 2014
2014 Health Care Symposium
Friday, July 25, 2014
CPBJ Business Event
Monday, September 22, 2014

Special Editions

Currents - Spring 2014

Currents - Spring 2014

Generations 2014

Generations 2014
What do Utz Quality Foods, Sun Motor Cars and Knoebels Amusement Resort have in common? They're all regional family businesses. Through the years, they have grown by successfully extending their businesses to the next generations. Today, these families maintain significant ownership in their companies, and they also have family members serving at the executive level. Read on to see many more examples of local family businesses — and family businesses in the making.

Giving Guide 2014

Giving Guide 2014
Central Pennsylvania’s nonprofits don’t sit around waiting for funds to fall into their pockets. Quite the contrary, they’re actively fundraising, networking and getting the community involved in their causes. See how 10 organizations are doing this, and how we can reach out to show our support. Also featured in this publication are the unique approaches and forward-thinking ways of the 2014 Nonprofit Innovation Award winners.

Milestones 2014

Milestones 2014
Join us in celebrating 30 Central Pennsylvania businesses and their notable anniversaries — from five years to 170 years. Reaching such milestones shows a steadfast dedication to improving the business and social landscape of our region. It's all done through impressive business ideas, dedicated employees, lots of gumption and a whole lot more. The result is smart business, and we can all learn from that.

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