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Turn Your Family Business into a Business Family

Family Business Center

More than 30 Years of Family Business Excellence

The St. Thomas Family Business Center is the leader in family business education, connection and support. This thriving learning community of business families, seasoned advisors, students and researchers equips family businesses with practical tools to balance family, business and ownership needs, with safe environments to explore challenging issues.

Whether you're a Minnesota family business or reside in Wisconsin, Iowa or anywhere else, a St. Thomas alumni family or have never been to campus, we'll serve your needs. Succession planning? We help with that. Family dynamics? That too.

Join our community of family businesses and learn the important conversations that will carry your family legacy into its next generation.

Contact

Jon Keimig

Director, Family Business Center
Phone Number
(651) 962-4560

Family Business Center Offerings

  • Family Business Breakfast Series
  • Full Day Seminars
  • Peer Groups
  • Advisor Education
  • Family Business Courses
  • Find an Advisor
  • Family Business Breakfast Series

    The Family Business Breakfast Series is our most popular event, with more than 150 family businesses engaging each year. It is a safe place for families to tackle unique issues, engage with other families, and find their path forward. The 2022-23 Family Business Breakfast Season has moved to Thursday mornings, still from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on the St. Paul campus. December and January are virtual-only events*

    2022-23 Season:

    • September 22: Fair vs. Equal
    • October 27: Meaningful Work Across Generations​
    • December 1: Returning to Your Family’s Entrepreneurial Roots​*
    • January 19: Leading and Managing Amid Disruptive Demographics​*
    • February 23: Always Prepared: Expected & Unexpected Sale of the Business​
    • April 6: Understanding Self & Others​
    • May 11: Employee Engagement Done Right

    Season Memberships cost $1,250, which grant access for all family members to all Breakfast Series events. You can register your family here.

    For families that are not members, the cost is $200 per family, per event. First-time families are invited to join us at no cost.

    New this year, thanks to the generosity of a donor, the center can now provide financial assistance to smaller family businesses who may not be able to afford the full cost of a season membership. There's a short application to fill out.

    Questions? Contact center director Jon Keimig, jon.keimig@stthomas.edu.

    Full Day Seminars

    In these full-day seminars led by family business experts, gain practical tools to improve decision-making in your business. Learn alongside other business families. Topics include governance, succession planning, financial basics and entrepreneurship. To learn about upcoming seminars and inquire about cost, please contact us at jon.keimig@stthomas.edu.

    Family Business Financial Basics - March 30. 2022
    Family businesses all get financial statements, but do all family members "get" financial statements? If you or someone in your family business doesn't understand the financials of your company or how to read the spreadsheets your accountant sends you, the one-day Ownership Academy: Financial Basics course can help.

    Peer Groups

    Join a roundtable with peers who share similar family business roles. Participate in confidential discussions about critical family and business issues, and help each other to navigate and overcome challenges. The center offers four groups (CEO/owner, next generation, women in family business and non-family executives) that meet up to 10 times a year, up to three hours each time. The annual cost is $950 per person. To ensure that you and your preferred roundtable will be a good fit, you must submit an application. For details, please contact us at jon.keimig@stthomas.edu.

    Submit Application

    Advisor Education

    The Advisor Engagement Luncheon allows family business advisors like bankers, accountants, financial planners, attorneys, psychologists and coaches to learn together about topics that will help them better serve their family business clients and build their professional networks. Advisors can attend individually at $50 each or firms can sponsor a table of eight for the season, to bring and engage with clients, colleagues and partners, at a cost of $3,000 for the year.

    Upcoming Luncheons:

    Interested in joining our group of sponsor tables? Email center director Jon Keimig at jon.keimig@stthomas.edu.

    Family Business Courses

    St. Thomas students can take courses in the family business. Through practical and experiential learning, as well as engagement with a family business, students will learn to be an effective part of their family business or have the tools to help guide someone else's. Learn what makes family businesses unique and harness the dynamics, values and history to create a competitive advantage.

    Find an Advisor

    Whether your family is experiencing hardship in personal relationships, succession planning or has a general need for financial planning, an advisor can add value to your business family. Learn what to look for in an adviser and see a list of family business advisors.

    Find an Advisor

    Family Business Breakfast Series

    The Family Business Breakfast Series is our most popular event, with more than 150 family businesses engaging each year. It is a safe place for families to tackle unique issues, engage with other families, and find their path forward. The 2022-23 Family Business Breakfast Season has moved to Thursday mornings, still from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on the St. Paul campus. December and January are virtual-only events*

    2022-23 Season:

    • September 22: Fair vs. Equal
    • October 27: Meaningful Work Across Generations​
    • December 1: Returning to Your Family’s Entrepreneurial Roots​*
    • January 19: Leading and Managing Amid Disruptive Demographics​*
    • February 23: Always Prepared: Expected & Unexpected Sale of the Business​
    • April 6: Understanding Self & Others​
    • May 11: Employee Engagement Done Right

    Season Memberships cost $1,250, which grant access for all family members to all Breakfast Series events. You can register your family here.

    For families that are not members, the cost is $200 per family, per event. First-time families are invited to join us at no cost.

    New this year, thanks to the generosity of a donor, the center can now provide financial assistance to smaller family businesses who may not be able to afford the full cost of a season membership. There's a short application to fill out.

    Questions? Contact center director Jon Keimig, jon.keimig@stthomas.edu.

    Full Day Seminars

    In these full-day seminars led by family business experts, gain practical tools to improve decision-making in your business. Learn alongside other business families. Topics include governance, succession planning, financial basics and entrepreneurship. To learn about upcoming seminars and inquire about cost, please contact us at jon.keimig@stthomas.edu.

    Family Business Financial Basics - March 30. 2022
    Family businesses all get financial statements, but do all family members "get" financial statements? If you or someone in your family business doesn't understand the financials of your company or how to read the spreadsheets your accountant sends you, the one-day Ownership Academy: Financial Basics course can help.

    Peer Groups

    Join a roundtable with peers who share similar family business roles. Participate in confidential discussions about critical family and business issues, and help each other to navigate and overcome challenges. The center offers four groups (CEO/owner, next generation, women in family business and non-family executives) that meet up to 10 times a year, up to three hours each time. The annual cost is $950 per person. To ensure that you and your preferred roundtable will be a good fit, you must submit an application. For details, please contact us at jon.keimig@stthomas.edu.

    Submit Application

    Advisor Education

    The Advisor Engagement Luncheon allows family business advisors like bankers, accountants, financial planners, attorneys, psychologists and coaches to learn together about topics that will help them better serve their family business clients and build their professional networks. Advisors can attend individually at $50 each or firms can sponsor a table of eight for the season, to bring and engage with clients, colleagues and partners, at a cost of $3,000 for the year.

    Upcoming Luncheons:

    Interested in joining our group of sponsor tables? Email center director Jon Keimig at jon.keimig@stthomas.edu.

    Family Business Courses

    St. Thomas students can take courses in the family business. Through practical and experiential learning, as well as engagement with a family business, students will learn to be an effective part of their family business or have the tools to help guide someone else's. Learn what makes family businesses unique and harness the dynamics, values and history to create a competitive advantage.

    Find an Advisor

    Whether your family is experiencing hardship in personal relationships, succession planning or has a general need for financial planning, an advisor can add value to your business family. Learn what to look for in an adviser and see a list of family business advisors.

    Find an Advisor

    Join the Family Business Center

    Are you interested in becoming a part of our community of family businesses?
    Contact us to learn how to join the Family Business Center, gain access to our events and classes, and get help connecting to an adviser.

    Contact us:

    familybusiness@stthomas.edu
    (651) 962-4560
    Schulze Hall 433, Minneapolis Campus