Family Business Association (FBA)

Newsletter April 2018

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In this issue:

  • FBA Launches Sponsorship Campaign
  • Upcoming Events
  • FBE & Young Entrepreneur Awards Highlights
  • Event Successes
  • Welcome New Members
  • New FBA Initiatives
  • Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team Retreat
  • Join a Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team
  • Board of Directors
  • Our Mission & Vision
  • Become a Member
  • Join us on LinkedIn

FBA Launches Sponsorship Campaign

Thank you to our 2017/18 valued sponsors!

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Meeting the Challenges

2018/19 Sponsorship Campaign Focus

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FBA, with your help, we can help meet these challenges and change these statistics in our community.

Upcoming Events

Recruiting & Retaining Top Talent

Thursday, April 26th, 5:30-8pm

1400 Derby Road, Cedar Hill Golf Course, Victoria, BC

Join Engaged HR in this interactive workshop where you will learn about best practices in a highly competitive employment environment.

  • We are experiencing an employee driven market.
  • We do not have enough people coming to this community.
  • Victoria is an expensive city to live in and employees can't find a place to rent.

What does this mean for your family business?

You need to be ahead of the game.

Members $45; non-members $65

See event flier

Register HERE

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Celebrating the Role of Family Business in the Economy: Year-end Social

Thursday, June 7th, 5:30-7:30pm

Vista 18, Harbour Room, Chateau Victoria, 740 Burdett Avenue

Family businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy.

We have lots to celebrate!

Your ticket buys you a refreshment, light snacks & great company!

Come & stay or come & go - we value your presence.

Open to members & FBA friends.

See event flier

Cost for everyone - $10 (plus GST) Register HERE

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FBE & Young Entrepreneur Awards

On February 8, 2018, FBA VI celebrated and honoured outstanding Vancouver Island family businesses, a young entrepreneur and our valued sponsors.

DriveWise BC and Titan Boats tied as the recipients of the 2018 Family Business Excellence Awards. Mike Geric Construction was selected as the finalist.

Daisy Klaibert of Beacon Hill Wealth Management was selected as the recipient of our first Young Entrepreneur Award.

To view our photo gallery for our 2018 Family Business Excellence & Young Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony, click here.

Awards Video

Event Successes

Thanks to Sean Bacon with Dynamic Shift Consulting for an intriguing March 14th presentation on Mental Toughness Leadership. The record crowd was especially engaged.
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Thanks to Melissa McLean with Camosun College for her engaging January 26th & February 2nd presentations of Faxes to Facebook
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Welcome New Members

Clearwarter Industries, Family Member, Emilia & Persijs Erglis

Merridale, Family Member, Janet Docherty

Mike Geric Construction, Family Member, Ed Geric

Milroy Engineering, Family Member, David & Neil Hanson

New FBA Initiatives

Advisor Meeting

FBA President, Oliver Sommer; Executive Director, Bernadine Rudichuk & James McKenzie of Monk Office met with FBA Advisor Members & Family Members who provide Advisor Services on February 21st to learn about:

  • ways in which FBA can involve our Advisor Members
  • how they can help FBA
  • how together we can expand our membership base and
  • increase the organization's exposure.

As we focus on growing our membership, we continue to be convinced that member referrals remain our best strategy to introduce others to our dynamic organization. It all begins with event attendance and FBA is committed to holding at least one promotional event annually.

We need for our members to reach out and engage non-members in FBA through event attendance and membership recommendations. Your voice is important.

New Generation Organizing

On February 21st, Kerry Brown, FBA Family Member with Success Biz Coach did an excellent job of facilitating a session with some of our New Generation members. The purpose of the Think Tank session was to determine:

  • how FBA can best serve the New Generation
  • the need for educational sessions specific to this generation
  • ways for this group to get together
  • leadership for this group

Watch for news as our New Generation organizes to become a vibrant pillar of FBA.

Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team Retreat

by Samantha Holmes

Our retreat was centered around balance in our lives. We rented a beautiful seven bedroom house out on Willis point called the View and spent two nights there. We started with a painting class at four Cats where we all took direction from an art teacher and created one of a kind masterpieces. We cooked our own dinner the first night and had our FBA Team meeting.

The next morning we ate a good breakfast and then waited for our bus to pick us up and we drove to Merridale Cidery, new FBA Family Member, where we had a tour and learned all about the process of making cider and other distilled liquor from their fruit. After a nice lunch there, we took our bus back to our house and then had a lecture from a nutritionist and an open discussion around sleep habits and finding ways to encourage movement in our daily lives.

We then had a 4 course catered dinner by a local chef followed by a game night. Sunday morning we had a class on Core Breath and Pilates and we were given journals and guidebooks as a takeaway. We wanted to have fun and stay closer to home this time and really focus on work, life, and health balance. It was a success and we stayed within budget!

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Join a Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team

The teams serve as your own mini board of directors, supporting you in your challenges and opportunities as a family business. Members leverage the perspectives of other family businesses, industries and generations.

We encourage all family business member to join an FBA Team. This is their unique opportunity to learn from each other, to work on their family business is a special way and to have the security of confidential discussions in a trusting and inviting environment. Many members of family businesses feel alone and these groups end the isolation because those in the group understand that operating a family business brings its unique challenges.

The experiences from those who have been there on topics like working with the family, managing the business and succession are among the areas discussed.

Call 250-532-2402 or email for more information.

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Family Business Association (FBA) Vancouver Island

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Our Mission

To promote the sustainability and growth of Vancouver Island business families by providing education and support through

community and shared experience.

Our Vision

We are an engaged and supportive community of vibrant Vancouver Island business families and advisors who connect, share ideas and learn from each others’

unique experiences.

Our organization has been providing a community of support to family businesses on Vancouver Island since 1999. We help families in business succeed through shared experience, education and resources. FBAVI is where Canadian business families go to connect, grow and learn for sustainable success across generations.

Newsletter produced by Bernadine Rudichuk, Executive Director.

We welcome your comments and ideas for newsletter articles.

Contact us:

T. 250-532-2402