Arbella Supports Family Business Association as Gold Sponsor

Non-profit Honors and Educates Family-owned Businesses in Massachusetts

QUINCY, Mass., August 2, 2011 – The Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation is proud to be a gold sponsor of the Family Business Association (FBA), a non-profit, independent organization created to honor and educate family businesses and to promote the development of family businesses and their achievements in Massachusetts. Since its inception, the FBA has grown in size and reach, continuously providing educational resources and business advice through conferences, webinars and literature.

“Family businesses provide significant employment opportunities and economic growth within local communities throughout the state, and their success is essential to our economy and our community,” said Edward D. Tarlow, president and co-founder of the FBA. “We’re grateful for the generosity of sponsors like Arbella, which allows us to recognize the contributions of some of the outstanding family businesses in our state.”

“Part of our mission is to expand our scope and reach every corner of the state with our educational programs,” said Al DeNapoli, co-founder of the FBA. “Arbella’s visibility can help us reach more family business owners. The sponsorship is a great endorsement for our brand.”

Arbella’s sponsorship includes the FBA’s signature event, the annual Family Business Association Awards for Massachusetts, which will take place in Cambridge on Nov. 3rd. The event will honor the state’s most successful multi-generational family businesses in three categories based on size as well as first generation businesses, which have at least two full-time family members but have not yet transitioned from one generation to the next. Additional awards will highlight excellence in community involvement and overcoming adversity. Previous winners include some of the state’s most recognizable family businesses, including New England Coffee, Bernie & Phyl’s, Anton’s Cleaners and the Zildjian Cymbal Company

“Many independent agents are part of family-owned businesses, so we’ve seen firsthand the challenges they face.” said John Donohue, president, CEO and chairman of Arbella Insurance Group. “The FBA awards help recognize family-owned businesses committed to Massachusetts.”

“This sponsorship is a great way for us to show our appreciation to all the family businesses helping to bolster the state’s economy,” said Beverly Tangvik, director of the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation.

Applications are being accepted through Aug. 19. For more information on the 2011 Family Business Association Awards for Massachusetts or to nominate a company, please visit www.fbaedu.com.

About the Arbella Insurance Group and the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation
Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group is a company with more than $600M in revenue with approximately $1B in assets, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Arbella is a customer-focused regional property and casualty insurance company, providing personal and business insurance products including car insurance, home insurance, and umbrella insurance in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and business insurance in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Arbella Insurance Group founded the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation in 2004. The mission of the Foundation is to engage in activities and to support not-for-profit organizations that have a significant positive impact on the people and communities served by Arbella.

About FBA, Inc.
The Family Business Association, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization designed to promote family businesses and family business achievements in Massachusetts. Its goal is to promote and to educate family owned businesses.. The annual awards program honors excellence in business management, growth, community service and business transition within family businesses. For more information, please visit www.fbaedu.com.

For more information:

Amy McHugh
Greenough Communications
617.275.6512 or 617.981.2236 (mobile)
amchugh@greenoughcom.com

Stacey Mann
Greenough Communications
617.275.6523 or 617.699.4853 (mobile)
smann@greenoughcom.com