The Berks Family Business Alliance (Berks FBA), a special 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 GRCA.
Berks FBA 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. Fill out the form below.
Our Mission is to provide resources and support for family businesses.
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Fall Forum & Summer Symposium
These events are held annually and are great opportunities to hear successful and inspiring guest speakers. The Fall Forum is presented by skilled experts on topics specifically focused on the issues family business owners and managers face every day. The Summer Symposium highlights a local and successful family business sharing its own story of overcoming obstacles, succession planning, and more.
Fall Forum: A Candid Conversation with Jim Boscov
Nov. 17, 2021
Jim Boscov, Boscov’s Chairman and CEO, is a 3rd generation family business owner, and the owner that took his company through a global pandemic. Join us on Nov.17 for a delicious DoubleTree breakfast and hear from Jim about his family’s history and the transition to the next generation of business. Knowledge is power and it is vital that a family business knows all their options for succession to prepare them to do whatever is necessary for the family, and the business. Jim will also be sharing information and advice on all the same issues other businesses are having:
- Challenges of getting adequate help, inflation of prices and supply chain issues
- Changes they have made while staying true to the core values of the business
We will also be celebrating Boscovs’ success of their new store opening in Ohio, and we will hear from Jim on the perception of Boscov’s outside of Berks County.
- Paula Barrett – RKL LLC
- Daniel Becker – Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys
- Nick Bentley – American Polarizers
- Harry Ciavarella – M&T Bank
- Patrick Dolan – Dolan Construction
- Steve Essig – Paul W. Essig, Inc.
- Chester Mosteller – Herbein I Mosteller HR Solutions
- Tom Newmaster – FORCEpkg
- Karen Norheim – American Crane & Equipment Co.
- Dave Roland – Truist
- Don Schalk – Alvernia University
- Jay Wagner – The Stevens & Lee Company