Welcome to the forefront of family owned business.

The Seidman College of Business’s Family Owned Business Institute’s mission is to champion and serve family owned businesses through education, research and advocacy.

In September 1999, the Seidman College of Business and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce (working with its Family-Owned Business Council) raised $301,000 from a salute to Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos. This became the seed money for the Family Owned Business Institute, housed at the downtown campus of Grand Valley State University.

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FOBI Annual Summit: Discover Your Innovative Advantage

FOBI Annual Summit: Discover Your Innovative Advantage

May 21, 2015 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

For some family businesses change is difficult. But in today's dynamic business climate, innovation is a necessary skill for survival. In this interactive workshop you can expect to: Work...

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