Business & Real Estate

Family hard to live with? Try working with them. This event can help.

Family-owned businesses have been called the foundation of California’s economy, and a two-day conference next week at the Sacramento Convention Center will bring scores of them under one roof.

The Roseville-based Capital Region Family Business Center’s “Generations” gathering Monday and Tuesday is touted as a “conference designed by and for California’s family businesses.”

The FBC supports family-owned businesses throughout the Sacramento region through educational workshops, round-table discussion groups and social/networking events. The conference will feature some of the high-profile success stories overseen by generations of family members, including prominent regional entrepreneurs.

Scheduled speakers include Eric Stille, president and CEO of Woodland-based Nugget Markets. The supermarket chain, family owned and operated since 1926, oversees 12 Nugget Markets in Northern California, Fork Lift by Nugget Markets in Cameron Park and Food 4 Less Woodland, plus Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market in the Sonoma Valley.

Nugget has made Fortune magazine’s list of the nation’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” 12 years in a row.

Chico-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. founder Ken Grossman will share his experience of making his brewery sustainable.

Brothers Mike and Bill Betts will share stories of their business surviving 150 years, and how they took the Fresno-based BettsCompany from stagecoaches to trains to automotive. Today, it’s a sixth-generation family-owned manufacturer, repair site and supplier of springs and heavy-duty truck parts.

The lineup of speakers also includes family business operators with national and international experience.

Multiple breakout sessions will provide information on best practices for successful family businesses.

Now in its second year, the conference is billed by organizers as the largest family business-focused event in Northern California.

More information about the event, the speaker/workshop schedule and registration can be seen at Organizers said registration is through the opening day of the conference, and the FBC is accepting new members.

The FBC website is

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover