Wilkes University

Family Business Alliance

Family Business Alliance

Welcome to the Family Business Alliance (FBA) at Wilkes University

The mission of the Family Business Alliance (FBA) at Wilkes University and Penn State Worthington-Scranton is to be the trusted resource providing world class services to support strengthening and empowering regional family-owned businesses and our community. 

Upcoming Programs

Modernization and Facility Growth for a Family Business: Making the decision to update and its impact on the Family and Business

Thursday, September 28, 2017 

Benco Dental: Northeast Distribution Center

295 CenterPoint Boulevard, Pittston, Pennsylvania 18640


  • Chuck Cohen, Managing Director at Benco Dental Company
  • PJ Dempsey, President and CEO of Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply
  • Jack Reager, President, BlackOut Design

Take- Aways

The right questions to consider

3 Benefits of Proceeding with Modernization

What to be Cautious About 

Come listen and learn from a panel of experts:

Our experience will begin with a tour of Benco Dental a full service dental office design and supply corporation. This facility is a marvel of engineering that makes their order fulfillment run. Envision the possibilities of your own office revitalization/ growth. The focus of our panel discussion will be on the family business decision to modernize. What were the brainstorm ideas that turned into the ultimate decision? How do the decisions impact the employees and their work environment and customers.


Benco Dental: Northeast Distribution Center
295 CenterPoint Boulevard, Pittston, Pennsylvania 18640
Networking 8 a.m. • Tour will start promptly at 8:30 Panel discussion and questions: 9:00 - 10 a.m.

Register Here

Funding for Growth: How to get the capital to expand your Family Business

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | Two Presentations

8am: Penn State Worthington Scranton, Business Building
5pm: Wilkes University, University Center on Main


  • Stephen J. Ursich, Manager,Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
  • Ken Okrepkie, Manager, Ben Franklin Technology Partners for Pocono/Northeast Region.
  •  Sandy Chickeleti, Administrative Vice President, M&T Bank


  • Robert Watts, Regional Director, Governor's Action Team
  • Dorthey Lane, Director of the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center



  • Options for pursuing your dream
  • Connections to individual resources
  • Gain insight on multiple programs available 

Picture your success that can become reality with the right funding. Come for this panel presentation to learn about money options. This group brings different backgrounds to the table to discuss a multitude of options for your growth plans.


8am- Penn State Worthington Scranton-
Business Building
120 Ridgeview Dr, Dunmore, PA 18512



5pm- Wilkes University
University Center on Main
169 S. Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701



Cyber Security: Prepare, Prevent, Mitigate, Restore

Monday, October 30 , 2017 

Location: TBD




  • Travelers Institute
  • Jeff Krull, Partner, Baker Tilly  

Come Join us in learning about protecting your Business!

An educational symposium helping businesses and organizations tackle evolving cyber threats. As part of a national series, thought leaders from the public and private sectors will share insights into the current threat landscape and strategies your organization can use to help prepare for and respond to a cyber incident.


Location: TBD


Networking Opportunity!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 5-7pm

Location: Glenmaura Golf Club
100 Glenmaura National Blvd
Moosic, PA 18507

Members Only

Don't miss out on this chance to connect with other members. Let's kick off the holiday season together.


Glenmaura Golf Club
100 Glenmaura National Blvd
Moosic, PA 18507


Supporting Partners
Baker Tilly M and T Bank Rosenn, Jenkinsm and Greenwald
Linde Family Wilkes University

Community PARTNERS

SBDC logo

The Institute for public policy and economic development logo
Allan P. Kirby center logo