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Family Business 101

Thursday, May 18, 2017
12:00 pm
- 1:30 pm

Public Event


621 Lyon Street
621 Lyon Street, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Family businesses are the pillars of any community, and West Michigan is no exception. Named the Family Business Mecca by several international business consultants, West Michigan truly understands “family business”.

On May 18th, Ellie Frey Zagel, Executive Director of the Family Business Alliance and 3rd Generation Vice Chair of the Frey Foundation, is going to share:
  • Why family businesses are so awesome and what that means to us locally
  • What the best practices for successful multi-generational family businesses are
  • A few ways to engage the next generation in your family’s business
This event is for family businesses only. If you work with your family members, you are not alone! This is the perfect event to attend to learn more about what it means to have a family business.

Speaker – Ellie Frey Zagel

Almost everything Ellie Frey Zagel knows about success comes from her years growing up on the family farm: Treat people with respect. Embrace hard work. Appreciate and love the outdoors. Don’t shy away from working with your hands. If someone lends you something, return it in better shape.

Those are the values Ellie still lives by in her role as Director of the Family Business Alliance, a West Michigan-based nonprofit that helps family businesses succeed from generation to generation. Under her tenure, the organization has more than tripled in size, growing to 170+ members and expanding programming to meet the needs of family business leaders.

Ellie’s path has taken her from her home in Charlevoix to Boston, Chicago, and New York, with stops in San Francisco and Uganda before landing back in West Michigan. A crew scholarship and four years of rowing in a NCAA Division 1 School taught her how to work hard – and confirmed that quitting just wasn’t in her DNA… (Read More)