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.

Participate in FOBI's New Study

Very little has been studied about how family businesses approach innovation. This study will explore how family firms search for new ideas outside the firm boundaries, and also what factors may encourage or discourage their efforts to be more innovative (family dynamics, level and nature of family involvement in the firm and the nature of their relationships with external stakeholders, including philanthropic activity).

Click here to take the survey now! Thank you for your help in our research activities.

Also to participate in future studies (only a couple per year) please leave your email here.

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FOB Leaders




Strategic Planning: Managing Capital During Transition

Strategic Planning: Managing Capital During Transition

December 9, 2015 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM

SPEAKERS: Matt Becker, BDO                       Rob Jamula, Fifth Third Bank Doug Wilterdink, DWH          ...

NextGen Holiday Party - Members Only

NextGen Holiday Party - Members Only

December 16, 2015 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

NEXTGEN Holiday Party This event is for FBA NextGens and their spouse TICKETS $40 singles / $80 couples Includes Dinner & Cash Bar

Family Meeting Facilitation Training

Family Meeting Facilitation Training

January 27, 2016 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Tom Emigh and Tamara Rosier, Acorn Leadership More information coming soon!

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