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Family Owned Business Management (MGT 437)

Offered through the management department of the Seidman College of Business, the Family Owned Business course brings Grand Valley students face-to-face with established members of the West Michigan family owned business community. These guest lecturers teach students with or without family business background about the intricate connections between management, ownership and family that are unique to family firms. They are exposed to case study practices through the stories of real, local family businesses and analysis of written cases.  

Students are also challenged to think critically about their own personal and career development through various personality tests and the final life plan assignment. The course includes learning theories and assessments pertaining to leadership, family functioning and values. Participants are encouraged to share ideas, resources, and experiences for a practical and interactive learning experience.

We offer business classes and seminars to help you and your business prosper.

Students for Family Enterprise





The purpose of this organization is to serve the West Michigan Region by building a community of next generation family business leaders who take pride in their individual histories and innovative futures. The organization also provides a link between the university and family owned businesses.

This organization is open to any major at Grand Valley State University. 


Students for Family Enterprise is affiliated with the Family Owned Business Institute of Grand Valley State University. Joseph Horak, director of the Family Owned Business Institute at the Seidman College of Business, is the adviser of this organization.


The primary goal of our organization is to teach and inform the future family business leaders. This organization will strive to promote collaboration between students with varying academic backgrounds. This organization is for anyone interested in learning more about family business, analyzing family case studies, and/or joining the Students for Family Enterprise.

For more information about the organization and membership, you may visit their Facebook page here or contact