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Family Businesses: Adjusting to the Changing Economy

  • 10 Mar 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA, 02723 at UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship


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Increases in the minimum wage. Federal mandates and skyrocketing health care costs. Rising interest rates. Election year posturing and promises. Challenges in succession planning. All these issues, and more, can create barriers to growth for a family owned business. But they are not insurmountable. Join the Family Business Association and SNEEF to discover how family businesses like yours are adapting and adjusting to the rapid economic changes we are experiencing.


• Moderator: Mike Maak, NorthEast Business Advisors

Debra Drapalla, Senior Vice President, Webster Bank
John Brough, Tax Partner, DiSanto Priest & Co.
Chris Ciunci, President, Tribal Vision Marketing Agency 

• Travis Droiun, Lead Audit Partner, MFA

• Brad Martin, Partner, Morrison Mahoney



Discussion Panelists 

Dr. Steven Bondonaro

Chief Scientist at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport Northeast Tech Bridge Regional Director

Alf Carroll 

Alf Carroll is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Black Belt at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) where he specializes in new technology program insertion.

Ramprasad Balasubramanian

Vice Provost for Research and Academic Affairs at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Leslie-Ann McGee

Asst. Director for the Consortium of Marine Robotics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 

Jerry Sgobbo

Co-Founder at Dive Technologies, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States 

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