Welcome to the Family Owned Business Institute.

The Family Owned Business Institute mission is to champion and serve family owned businesses through scholarship, education 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.

Announcing FOBI's Scholar in Residence 2022-23 - Dr. Andrea Calabrò!

We're very excited to announce the new FOBI Scholar in Residence, Dr. Andrea Calabrò! He is Full Professor of Family Business & Entrepreneurship and founder and Academic Director of the Entrepreneurship & Family Business Center at that IPAG Business School in Nice, France and is also the Global Academic Director of the STEP Project Global Consortium.

Andrea has a Ph.D, from the University of Rome "TOR VERGATA". He has 70+ peer review journal publications, and teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has given multiple executive education courses around. Andrea's research and practice touches a variety of topics including strategy, governance, entrepreneurship, innovation and internalization, in the family business field.

We're very excited to host Professor Calabrò next year!!!

Dr. Andrea Calabrò

Thank You to our Scholar in Residence, Professor Eric Clinton from Dublin City University!

Thank you, Professor Eric Clinton for your wonderful presentation on taming the tensions of a leadership transition in the family business. Eric taught us about the tests next generation leaders should be prepared for during a leadership transition. 

Professor Eric Clinton presenting.
Professor Eric Clinton presenting.

Page last modified June 27, 2022