University of Massachusetts Amherst

Family Business Center

Listen to interviews on my weekly radio show, The Western Mass Business Show, on WHMP, Saturdays at 11am, or on the show's podcast page, at or below

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PAST EPISODES of The Western Mass Business Show, plus Ira's older podcasts

Ira interviews Annie Diemand Bucci of Diemand Farm in Wendell Mass about how they branched out, found their niches, make family business decisions and more

Ira interviews Alan Robinson, author of The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas (part one)

Ira interviews Chris Sikes, about how Common Capital provides financing to businesses and high impact community projects.

Ira interviews Ingrid Bredenberg, about helping business leaders figure out what is needed to build better governance, team cohesiveness, self awareness, and much more.

Taking Care of Business on WHMP: Ira interviews Meghan Rothchild of chikmedia, discussing the startup of her marketing firm aimed at the female customer, and her role as spokesperson for Melanoma Foundation of New England

Taking Care of Business on WHMP - Ira interviews Izzy Gesell, humorist, motivational speaker, improv coach, organizational alchemist

Taking Care of Business on WHMP - Ira interviews Jeff Glaze of EpiCenter, on mastering the ERP software that runs your company, and growing up in an entrepreneurial family

Taking Care of Business on WHMP - Ira interviews Laura Wright of CSW on a changing industry over the generations, and managing near and far

Taking Care of Business on WHMP - Ira interviews Judie Teraspulsky of Judie's Restaurant on distributing authority through her company has allowed her to evolve

Are you thinking of selling your company?

Interview with Peter Rosskothen, on what it takes to run a successful banquet, restaurant and catering company

Ira interviews Leslie Arriola, about how her company, Chaos Control, helps people reduce clutter, develop systems, and create space and clarity

Ira interviews Gary Jaffarian, about how his family has sold cars for 4 generations by focusing on family values

Work in Progress (WHMP) Ira interviews Laurie and Katrina from The Pilates Studio

Interview with an Expert on All Things Search

Improving Your Presentation through Video Feedback Coaching

Growing Emerging Leaders throughout the Pioneer Valley

How a Western Mass Company Let's the Sun Shine In

Holacracy is to Governance as Lean is to Manufacturing

Is Your Company in that Dreaded Stage: Brand Adolescence?

Interview with Turnaround Specialist, David Sands of Dorset Partners

Interview with a 21st century matchmaker, Lanie Delphin of MassMatch

Thom Fox and Angela Lussier Interview Ira Bryck on the radio show "The Engine"

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