The Berks Family Business Alliance, a program of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA), is a leading resource in Berks County serving family owned and operated businesses of all sizes. There are no fees for membership — our programming model is low cost or no cost thanks to our generous sponsors and the vast resources available through the GRCA.
The Berks Family Business Alliance provides diverse programming and numerous interactive opportunities to local businesses. In addition to a full slate of professionally facilitated programs on traditional business topics, we explore the unique challenges that are faced by family business owners and their employees.
Membership is open to all Berks County family-owned businesses and their employees! It’s very easy to join. Just click here.
Our Mission is to provide resources and support for family businesses.
FBA Workshops contain hot topics which family-owned businesses are currently working through.
WORKSHOP I – February 17, 2021
Estate Planning Panel
Stevens & Lee/Grin, RKL LLP, M&T Bank, Kozlo Stoudt Attorneys, and BB&T now Truist
WORKSHOP II – March 23, 2021 (Postponed)
Honoring Legacy & Leading by Principles: The Essig Family Business Story with Steve Essig, G3 President of Essig Plumbing & Heating
(In partnership with Delaware Valley Family Business Center)
Fall Forum & Summer Symposium
These events are held annually and are great opportunities to hear successful and inspiring guest speakers. All sessions are presented by skilled experts on topics specifically focused on the issues family business owners and managers face every day!
Summer Symposium –Pay Equity in Family Business
Why Can’t I Do Whatever I Want With Pay? – It’s My Company!
June 23, 2021 Please note: This date has been updated
Join the Berks Family Business Alliance in welcoming Laurel Cline and Chet Mosteller of Mosteller and Associates for a presentation on pay equity within family businesses. Together, they will discuss the intricacies of paying family members and non-family members in a family business, pay equity throughout the organization, diversity and inclusion issues, market levels of pay by position and market competitive pay equity, and more! They will share best practices for pay equity within family businesses and the best ways for moving forward.
Fall Forum – November 17, 2021
The topic, speakers and event details will be shared closer to the event date and in accordance with all gathering guidelines.
- Paula Barrett – RKL LLP
- Daniel Becker – Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys
- Harry Ciavarella – M&T Bank
- Patrick Dolan – Dolan Construction
- Steve Essig – Paul W. Essig, Inc.
- Cheryl Light – A to Z Vacuum
- Chester Mosteller – Mosteller & Associates
- Tom Newmaster – FORCEpkg
- Dave Roland – BB&T
- Don Schalk – Alvernia University
- Jay Wagner – Stevens & Lee/Griffin