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Why join the Family Business Forum?

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!

Vermeer Postcard Join the Family Business Forum at
Vermeer Headquarters in Pella IA

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 10AM—3:15PM

This event is designed for participants to experience a glimpse into the Vermeer family; including a facility tour and breakout sessions led by Vermeer leadership focused on generational transitioning and development.

For more details and schedule, please download the flyer. 


Vermeer Event Registration



2019-2020 Breakfast Series

Some upcoming topics include:  managing difficult personalities in & out of the family, thinking like a futurist – family business strategic planning, family business innovation, family governance best practices.
Dates for fall series: 

Fri Sept 20, 2019 
Fri Nov 15, 2019 
Fri Jan 17, 2020 
Fri Mar 20, 2020 
Fri May 15, 2020

All Breakfast Family Business Forum events are scheduled from 8-10 AM at Ankeny, Courtyard by Marriott | 2405 SE Creekview Drive

Register now for the Fall Breakfast Series and receive 2 FREE tickets to the Vermeer event! 5 Breakfast Series $750 until August 15. 





Upcoming Programs

Family Business Summer Reunion Tour …. Details coming soon!

Next Generation?  Let us know you are interested …. Peer groups forming this fall

Contact Us

At or call 319-273-4692 (IOWA)