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Family Business Forum

Why join the Family Business Forum?

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To us, the benefits and importance of family businesses networking together are clear. Our mantra, "family businesses are different," is not just a catchy phrase. We believe family businesses are different because of the unique challenges during their start up, and those which continue through the life of the business.

While every business faces challenges, we have found through the past few years of working closely with Iowa business owners, that there is a specific need for support in conserving family businesses in our home state. The focus of the Advance Iowa Family Business Forum is to create a community of family businesses that will have the ability to learn about business governance, continuity, strategic planning, leadership transition and growth together. 

Whether you are currently struggling to create a family dynamic within your business, or if you feel your business is confident within functioning as family business, participating in the UNI Family Business Forum is for you!


Event 2 - November 30, 2018 | Vernon Companies: A dialogue on Navigating Your Family Through Generational Transitions

Vernon Companies of Newton, Iowa is one of the most successful family companies in the Midwest. President/ CEO Chris Vernon will share some of the tools, tips, processes and stories from their family firm's journey through four generations. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

7:30 A.M Registration/Breakfast

Courtyard By Marriott Ankeny
2405 SE Creekview Drive | Ankeny, IA


Event 3 -  January 25, 2019 | "On Deck Circle" and Developing the Next Generation of Family Leadership

A panel discussion on next generation leadership and how to capitalize on this talent in family business. 

Friday, January, 25, 2019

7:30 A.M Registration/Breakfast

Courtyard By Marriott Ankeny
2405 SE Creekview Drive | Ankeny, IA

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Contact the Advance Iowa team today to get more information about how enrolling in the family business forum can help your family business thrive! 

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