As February begins, we are on the horizon of some very exciting and ground-breaking months for Family Business Atlantic. We kicked of 2021 with some timely webinars to help our members begin the year on sound footing. With government funding deadlines looming we continue to promote any and all opportunities that will strengthen their capacity to operate in a pandemic environment. Much of what we do is being done in a digital world, and with HR best practices more crucial than ever, our programming connects us and enable us to learn from one another.

Opportunities to work with our trusted advisors and families in business are just one way our association has been providing value to our members. As such, this month of February is Advisor Appreciation Month and we are encouraging the Peer Groups of FBA to invite an advisor into their monthly meeting to share their advice and guidance. Whether it be legacy planning, mergers & acquisitions, life insurance policies, or just difficult conversations, our subject matter experts are ready to speak with you. You can easily source through our newly designed advisor page.

This is a time of growth for our association and we are thrilled to have established FBA’s 7th peer group. Congratulations to you all on being part of such a robust entrepreneurial spirited group.

We were so fortunate to have had the opportunity to promote and celebrate the accomplishments of three entrepreneurs at our Family Business Awards event as well as gather safely with fellow members at the Links at Montague to fundraise for the John Abbass Sr. Memorial Scholarship.  If you know of some deserving student who is pursuing their first post secondary study, please share this application link with them.  A $3,000 scholarship goes a long way during these challenging times.As we start a new year, I would like to remind families in business that being part of a peer group enriches your membership and family business experience.  If you know of someone who could benefit from discussing the unique challenges family enterprises face with other like-minded individuals – please reach out to us and we will make every effort to place you in one of these confidential forums.

Our goal every year is to celebrate our family business members – their longevity, innovation and leadership, and we are calling for nominations for our 2021 Family Business Awards. You can be part of making a difference in our community’s initiatives by submitting your nominations by March 1. Also, in support of post-secondary business education, applications are now open through to March 31 to the children of family business owners for the annual $3,000 John Abbass Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Thank you to all staff, board of directors, and committee members for getting these exciting opportunities off the ground so early in the year.

I conclude with the proud announcement that FBA is soon to have a presence in the province of PEI. Michael LeBlanc, CFO Lahey Glass, is working diligently with other FBA members and stakeholders to bring resources and support to launch programming and an 8th Peer Group on the Island. Please reach out to your friends and colleagues in PEI and help us grow our membership’s reach there and across Atlantic Canada!

Amanée Mousavi
President, Family Business Association Atlantic

Amanée Mousavi

FBA President

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