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Turn Your Family Business into a Business Family

Family Business Center

28 Years of Family Business Education and Support

The St. Thomas Family Business Center is a thriving learning community of business families, students, researchers and seasoned advisers. We equip family businesses with practical tools to keep professional and personal ecosystems in balance, and provide a safe environment to explore challenging issues. Whether you're a Minnesota family business, or work in Wisconsin, Iowa or the Dakotas, 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 have 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
  • Ownership Academy Seminars
  • Peer Groups
  • Family Business Courses
  • Adviser Education
  • Find an Adviser
  • Family Business Breakfast Series

    Learn best practices from successful business families and experts, while networking over a breakfast on our beautiful St. Paul, Minnesota campus. 

    2019-20 Season:

    • September 20: Exploring New Business Opportunities
    • November 8: Buying, Selling or Raising Growth Capital
    • December 6: Managing Difficult Conversations
    • January 24: Utilizing Non-employed Family Members
    • February 28: Developing Your Next Generation Leader
    • March 27: An Outsider's View of a Strong Family Business
    • May 15: Financial Matters: Entitlement Prevention & Fair vs. Equal

    Register for the 2019-20 season!

    Regular registration for one breakfast is $200 per family, or you can register for the whole season (seven breakfasts) for $1,250. Attend your first breakfast at no cost, to see if it meets the needs of your family. All breakfasts run from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

     

    Last year's topics:

    • Educating the Next Generation
    • Creating Family Unity
    • Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Next Generation
    • Family Roles in Retirement
    • Harnessing the Competitive Advantages of the Family Business
    • Motivational & Compensation Strategies
    • Succession through the Eyes of the Next Generation

    Thanks to the 500+ individuals from 150+ families who attended a breakfast event this past year!

    Ownership Academy 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.

     

    Family Business Governance - Fall 2019
    When family, business and ownership are understood and aligned, family businesses can thrive. This three-day course is for the family that wants to get on the same page, learn how be effective owners, and create its own system to secure the long-term future of the family and business. There isn't a more impactful class we offer.

    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. Sessions are facilitated by an adviser who has experience working with business families. 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.
    Submit Application

    Family Business Courses

    St. Thomas students can take courses in 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.

    Adviser Education

    The Adviser Engagement Luncheon allows family business advisers 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. Adviser firms can purchase a table of eight, to bring clients, colleagues and partners, or purchase individual seats to learn with their peers. This group meets three times per year.

    Upcoming Luncheons:

    When the Unexpected Happens to a Family Business Leader
    November 7, 2019

    Find an Adviser

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

    Family Business Breakfast Series

    Learn best practices from successful business families and experts, while networking over a breakfast on our beautiful St. Paul, Minnesota campus. 

    2019-20 Season:

    • September 20: Exploring New Business Opportunities
    • November 8: Buying, Selling or Raising Growth Capital
    • December 6: Managing Difficult Conversations
    • January 24: Utilizing Non-employed Family Members
    • February 28: Developing Your Next Generation Leader
    • March 27: An Outsider's View of a Strong Family Business
    • May 15: Financial Matters: Entitlement Prevention & Fair vs. Equal

    Register for the 2019-20 season!

    Regular registration for one breakfast is $200 per family, or you can register for the whole season (seven breakfasts) for $1,250. Attend your first breakfast at no cost, to see if it meets the needs of your family. All breakfasts run from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

     

    Last year's topics:

    • Educating the Next Generation
    • Creating Family Unity
    • Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Next Generation
    • Family Roles in Retirement
    • Harnessing the Competitive Advantages of the Family Business
    • Motivational & Compensation Strategies
    • Succession through the Eyes of the Next Generation

    Thanks to the 500+ individuals from 150+ families who attended a breakfast event this past year!

    Find an Adviser

    Ownership Academy 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.

     

    Family Business Governance - Fall 2019
    When family, business and ownership are understood and aligned, family businesses can thrive. This three-day course is for the family that wants to get on the same page, learn how be effective owners, and create its own system to secure the long-term future of the family and business. There isn't a more impactful class we offer.

    Find an Adviser

    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. Sessions are facilitated by an adviser who has experience working with business families. 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.
    Find an Adviser

    Family Business Courses

    St. Thomas students can take courses in 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 Adviser

    Adviser Education

    The Adviser Engagement Luncheon allows family business advisers 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. Adviser firms can purchase a table of eight, to bring clients, colleagues and partners, or purchase individual seats to learn with their peers. This group meets three times per year.

    Upcoming Luncheons:

    When the Unexpected Happens to a Family Business Leader
    November 7, 2019

    Find an Adviser

    Find an Adviser

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

    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