Family Business Program Schedule

Given the COVID challenges of the unknown and our restrictions of UNH operations, we are going to roll out our program calendar in bite sizes pieces, allowing us to be both nimble and relevant. We stand ready to jump back into in-person programming as soon as it’s allowed and accepted.

To create ease and inclusion, and added value; we are opening all programs to all our memberships.
For instance, if you are normally just a CEO Forum member, but care to dial into a Family Enterprise Program, we’d love to have you.

If there is anything we can do to support you and your family business in this unprecedented time, do not hesitate to reach out. Please be safe and well, and we look forward to being together again in the near future.

Programs follow the timeframe below. 

  • 8:00 a.m. -- Coffee, networking, light breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. -- Program
  • 12:00 -1:00 p.m. -- Working Lunch

September 22, 2021 - October 13, 2021 - November 3, 2021 (this will be our combined program with 
CEO members) - December 1, 2021 - January 26, 2022 - March 2, 2022 - April 20, 2022
Topics and speakers - TBA

2020/2021 Dates - Topics and Venues

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - Virtual
What a Crisis Like COVID Should Make You Think About - Institutionalizing Your Business for Generations and Overall Succession. 
Speakers include Ivan Pirzada, Ben Persofksy, and Dan Head of Brown Brothers Harriman.
Center for Family Enterprise members will enjoy a moderated, thoughtful and sophisticated discussion around the topics of institutionalizing the business, the potential of non-owner executives, and making a strong plan for succession planning, all within the lens of a crisis. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - Virtual - Combined with our CEO members
An Intimate Conversation With Our State's CEO - Governor Chris Sununu

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - Virtual
Remote & On-Site Worker Considerations
Amy Cann, SHRM-SP, SMS of HR-ROI
Managing people is one of the hardest things to do, and has gotten even more challenging in a world of remote working. Join to hear from Amy Cann, an HR practitioner, on the intricacies of working with people today she will talk about accountability for remote workers, accommodations, remote agreements on-site job requirements, and connecting everyone and keeping the company culture. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - Virtual
Dick Anagnost, Founder, and President of Anagnost  Companies
Dick Anagnost, the founder and President of Anagnost Companies, has over 30 years experience in real estate and land development within Northern New England and internationally. Through it all, he has been a true champion of our state’s largest city, Manchester, where he has spearheaded redevelopment and revitalization of key parts of the city. Learn how he’s worked with community and agency partners throughout his efforts, leading New Hampshire’s Business Review to name him in 2011 as “New Hampshire’s Best Commercial Real Estate Developer”, and how today it’s truly become a family business.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - Virtual
The Art
of the (Transition) Deal
Peter Burger
, Attorney and Brad Melson, Attorney at Orr & Reno
As we begin a new year, let's revisit the very important concept of succession planning.
It's never to early to have succession planning on your agenda. Succession planning
does not happen overnight; it's a process. So, regardless of where you are in your business
life cycle and your ownership situation, you can always be cultivating the succession process.
Join attorneys Brad Melson and Peter Burger and hear their recommendations on how to design the process and the key legal aspects of the process. 

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - Virtual
"How to become a B Corp” in conjunction with Institute for Family-Owned Businesses, Maine

Learn more about our  (new 2020-21 season) series "Ask The Experts"
For more details click the "Ask The Experts" above. 


Introducing another new series for our members

“We are grateful that Everett Moitoza, Ed .D, M.B.A, one of our longest-serving sponsors and supporters, is stepping up in these times with a new drop-in program, called “Beating COVID Fatigue.” 
In this program, our members will have an opportunity to bring up a wide range of contemporary family and business issues at a regularly set time through ZOOM.
These programs will be 60 minutes in length and occur monthly on Fridays. 

Join us on

Friday, 12.4.2020 12:00-1:00pm
Families & Couples in Business: Firm, Family and Fatigue Issues.

Friday, 1.8.2021 12:00 - 1:00

Developing Change-Hardy & Empathic Skills in a time of COVID

Friday, 2.5.2021 12:00-1:00pm
Exploring Empathic Leadership During COVID

Friday, 3.5.2021  12:00-1:00pm
Personality, Compliance and Management Challenges During Covid.
Certain personality types are more or less compliant during this pandemic.  A review of those types; some
strategies for dealing with them; and a case study will be offered. This will be an interactional program. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring actual problem examples they experience in managing “difficult” employees and or their own family members.  

Friday, 4.2.2021  12:00-1:00pm
And Away We Go…Leadership into the New Normal




2019/2020 Topics
When to Bring in the Outside Experts; One Small Business Owner's Story
Kerri Mobile, CEO of MaineLine Graphics and longtime CFE member, shares the story of her company's path and when outside consultants made sense for her, and in her opinion, made a great difference.

Combined Program with CEO Members
A Family Run vs. A Family Controlled Business 
Tom Manson, CEO Eastern Propane & Oil

The Hardest Part of Management. Dealing with Conflict, Communication and the Law

The Balancing Act – Growing Pains and Managing Risks

Every Family Business Has Its Own Succession Story - A conversation led by Ted Clark, Director of the Northeastern University Center for Family Business.

Capital and Family Businesses

The Duh! Approach To Management, Supervision, and Conflict Resolution: Dispelling Common
Leadership Myths.

Annual Awards Dinner
Manchester Country Club, Bedford NH
For more information see our awards page.

Questions? Contact or (603) 862-1107