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Turn Your Family Business into a Business Family

Family Business Center

30 Years of Family Business Education and Support

The St. Thomas Family Business Center is your thriving learning community of business families, seasoned advisors, students and researchers. We equip 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
  • Ownership Academy Seminars
  • Peer Groups
  • Family Business Courses
  • Adviser Education
  • Find an Adviser
  • Family Business Breakfast Series

    The Family Business Breakfast Series is our most popular event, with about 200 family business attendees each month. It is a safe place for families to tackle unique issues. The 2021-22 Family Business Breakfast Season is set:

    2021-22 Season:

    • September 10: Leadership Changes for a Changing World
    • October 29: Using Your Family’s Values for Business Gain
    • December 10: Finding & Keeping Key Non-family Employees*
    • January 14: National Keynote (Joint program with UW-Madison)*
    • February 25: Rights & Responsibilities of Owners
    • April 8: Improving Relationships in Family and Business
    • May 13: Family Readiness for Transitions

    *The December and January events will be virtual-only. We are planing for the other five events to be in-person on our St. Paul campus and if able will be recorded for those who can not attend.

    Register now for Season Memberships, which remain at $1,250. This grants access for all family members to all breakfast events at no additional cost.

     

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

    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 2021
    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. 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.

    Click Here to 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:

    Succession through the Eyes of the Next Generation
    Experts & Experiences
    Postponed

    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.

    Click Here to Find an Adviser

    Family Business Breakfast Series

    The Family Business Breakfast Series is our most popular event, with about 200 family business attendees each month. It is a safe place for families to tackle unique issues. The 2021-22 Family Business Breakfast Season is set:

    2021-22 Season:

    • September 10: Leadership Changes for a Changing World
    • October 29: Using Your Family’s Values for Business Gain
    • December 10: Finding & Keeping Key Non-family Employees*
    • January 14: National Keynote (Joint program with UW-Madison)*
    • February 25: Rights & Responsibilities of Owners
    • April 8: Improving Relationships in Family and Business
    • May 13: Family Readiness for Transitions

    *The December and January events will be virtual-only. We are planing for the other five events to be in-person on our St. Paul campus and if able will be recorded for those who can not attend.

    Register now for Season Memberships, which remain at $1,250. This grants access for all family members to all breakfast events at no additional cost.

     

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

    Click Here to 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 2021
    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.

    Click Here to 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. 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.

    Click Here to 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.

    Click Here to 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:

    Succession through the Eyes of the Next Generation
    Experts & Experiences
    Postponed

    Click Here to 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.

    Click Here to 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