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Family Business Owners, Operators Encouraged to Learn How to Better Run Their Companies; SBDC Offers Conference in North Naples
4/3/2002

FORT MYERS, FL - Owners and operators of small businesses are encouraged to reserve space now to attend the “Family Business Conference” at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Double Tree Hotel in north Naples to learn how to better run their companies. The Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center in the College of Business is presenting the event.

Participants will attend seven hour-long sessions with varying topics to choose from during each time period. The topics were chosen for relevance to family-owned or operated small businesses and range from conflict in family businesses, business personality profile, keeping the business in the family, valuation techniques, maintaining a healthy business and key elements for successful operations.

Stress management for family members, succession plans, estate planning, employment issues and why family businesses fail.

Keynote speakers are Jerry Schmoyer of Miromar Development and Frank D’Allessandro of Grubb and Ellis, who will present “Just What Does the Future Hold for Family Businesses in Southwest Florida?”

Other presenters include Camilo Azcarte, Institute for Conflict Resolution, FGCU; Michael B. Boccia, Enhanced Selection and Performance Inc.; Joan Glance, WCI Communities Inc.; Douglas J. Gribin, Alliance Financial Group Inc.; Grace Gutierrez, Henderson Franklin; and Stephen L. Helgemo, Henderson Franklin

Jan Kantor, Success Systems Business Consulting; Anthony P. Listrom, Swope, Lamberson, Guilkey & O’Connor, PA; Christine Needham, Associates in Assessment; Steve Scheff, FGCU SBDC; Robert Shearman, Henderson Franklin; Linda Weiss, Alliance Financial Group Inc.; and Guy E. Whitesman, Henderson Franklin.

Tuition for either morning or afternoon sessions is $60 pre-registered and $80 the day of the forum. The full day is $109 pre-registered and $129 at the door. All registrations include lunch. Registration is by check, VISA or Master Card. Additional participants from the same family may attend for $45 pre-registered and $75 at the door.

The Forum is sponsored by Alliance Financial Group Inc., Associates in Assessment, Enhanced Selection and Performance Inc., Henderson Franklin law firm and Key Bank.

To register or for more information, call the FGCU SBDC at (941) 948-4040.

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