At the Family Business Alliance, we believe that connecting with other family business-owning families is a key opportunity to succeed into the next generation. Because of this belief, FBA leaders created two peer group programs – the NextGen Peer Group program, a program for the 20s, 30s, and 40-somethings who aren’t yet running the family business but are working in the business, and the NowGen Peer Group program for the individuals who are running the family business and possibly looking on how best to pass the business down to the next generation.
These are small groups, designed to have a foundation of trust, confidentiality, and shared learning.
Who should join?
The next generation of family business leaders who:
- Work in the family business
- Are interested in future leadership as owners, board members, and/or executives
- Are in mid-level management of businesses which are (or are willing to become) members of FBA
- Want to share with and learn from their peers, and some of the best family business leaders West Michigan can offer, in a safe, confidential, friendly, and structured setting.
Please Note: Networking primarily for lead generation is not a program goal.
Generally, there will be eight to ten people in each group. A group will meet 10–12 times per year for three hours with a trained volunteer moderator. No siblings or competitors will be in the same group. Group members will be assigned to groups by Family Business Alliance staff or moderators. A high level of confidentiality is required from all involved, including each group member, moderator, and all FBA staff. A company’s size and other factors may also be considered in creating groups. Moderators will have had small group facilitation training and experience.
Typical Meeting Agendas
- Quick update from each member
- Presentation by a business leader or outside expert on self-selected topics, or discussion on relevant reading topic.
- “Issue of the Day” from the current experience of one or more group members. The purpose of these discussions is to provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and help each other think through major issues. Initially, these will often be a facility tour and explanation of the business of one of the members.
Peer Group Application
Thank you for your interest in joining the FBA Peer Group program. Please let us know more about you to help us place you in the most appropriate group possible.
Please provide us with the following information about yourself and your company.