Mother, father, sister, brother, co-worker.

Family can be tricky enough. Having family as an employee or boss? That takes it to another level. Family Business Alliance can help you define what’s family and what’s business – and help both work together.


Helping Family Businesses Succeed Generation to Generation.

The Family Business Alliance is focused on your success. We tap into local expertise and national resources to give you the tools you need to thrive.

What’s New?

  • Welcome to our Website

    Mar 30, 2017

    Welcome! We are thrilled you are visiting the new Family Business Alliance website! Do you have a family business in your family? We get it! Our nonprofit is founded and led by family business leaders who walk in your shoes — or heels — every day. We really believe in growing a strong family business community through…
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  • Is family part of your brand identity?

    Jul 14, 2017

    When you think about your business and its brand, what words come to mind? Pause. Really think about this for a moment. Jot down 3-5 words. So, what words made your list? Quality? Service? Innovation? These are all great words. But, what about family—did it make the cut? If not, we suggest that it should….
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  • In Case You Missed It: The Journey of the Family Business Leader, June 13, 2017

    Jun 23, 2017

    If you missed last week’s Family Business Alliance event, not to worry, we’ve compiled a recap for you. The event featured a fantastic panel facilitated by Joe Schmieder from the Family Business Consulting Group. Panelists represented the four generations active in family businesses today: • Leon Slikkers, S2 Yachts, representing the Traditionalist Generation (ages 72-95)…
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  • What does neuroscience have to do with family business?

    Jun 2, 2017

    One mid-November night, I was driving down a country road with my 15-year-old son. I was distracted by intractable problems going on within my family. Suddenly, I saw a stop sign whizzing by me, and I realized there was no way I could stop in time. We hit a car going 40 miles per hour….
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  • The challenge and opportunity of independent business ownership

    Apr 28, 2017

    In the world of many privately owned businesses, there are at least three competing areas to manage actively. These three areas are family, ownership, and management. These three distinct interests can intersect with one or both of the others. This is what can cause conflict and be difficult to manage. Management functions refer to the…
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