The Michigan Family Business Center (MFBC) at the University of Michigan–Flint is one of 60 family business centers at prominent universities in the United States and elsewhere which provide high-level business support for family businesses in a confidential setting.

MFBC Programs include guest speaker presentations on topics of general interest to businesses and business students, and mini-forums on specific topics requested by MFBC members. Most MFBC activities are hosted in the Riverfront Center.

MFBC also works in conjunction with the Michigan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at UM-Flint which enhances experiential learning opportunities for students throughout campus, while promoting the growth and success of regional businesses and not-for-profit organizations.



Past Events

"Ready... Hire... Aim:  Just Because Your Competition
Hires This Way, Doesn't Mean You Should"
Friday, April 10th, 2015  |  9:00 a.m.  |  Riverfront Center


Do you know what attracts and inspires superstars? Cindy Gave, President, and John Gave, Managing Partner, of The Metiss Group will help you see the value of putting a true selection "process" in place and introduce you to the selection process basics of finding and keeping those superstars. You will come away with a deeper understanding of how talent assessments can be used to objectively evaluate candidates, and what that means for you and your organization.


Thursday, February 19th, 2015

About the Presenter:
Ken Seawell believes that business owners can have a confident expectation in a brighter future.  For over a decade, Ken has been assisting his clients in developing better business practices that lead to increased sales, increased profits, and increased peace of mind.

As a successful consultant and business coach, Ken continued to assess his own strengths and weaknesses, skills, and limitations.  He found that a stronger selling process was missing. Ken reached out to Erik Meier with Sandler Training to help him build that better selling process for his own business.

Focused Marketing: Getting More
Bang for your marketing bucks
Friday, January 23rd, 2015

About the Presenter:
As a Media Consultant for Townsquare Media-Flint, Samantha Siebert works with local business to help them grow through multimedia marketing campaigns across channels including radio, digital display, social media, and live event promotions. Samantha is a graduate of the University of Michigan. 

"Get a Grip: 6 Keys to Getting What You
Want From an Entrepreneurial Company"
Friday, NOVEMber 14th, 2014

About the presenter:
Mike Kotsis, professional EOS implementer, has a diverse background including family business, consulting, and corporate experience. Today, as an EOS Implementer, Mike spends all of his time helping entrepreneurial leadership teams to implement the tools of The Entrepreneurial Operating System. He uses the EOS tools to run his business (GPS For Small Business), his Christian Non-Profit (Orthodox Detroit Outreach), and even his family & personal life.

Mike is one of 82 trained EOS implementers. The EOS tools are being used in more than 1,163 companies nationwide. Mike helps clients throughout the country but most enjoys working in southeast Michigan, his home, with his wife Jill and children Zachary (3) and Eleni (2).

"Business Leadership: Good Leaders Need to Be..."
Friday, October 24th, 2014

About our presenter:  
Robert (Bob) L. Quigley, Jr. is president and owner of Renaissance Executive Forums in southeast Michigan. Since starting Renaissance Executive Forums in southeast Michigan in 2011, Bob works with business owners/CEOs to help them learn, grow and lead by sharing information, ideas and experiences with each other through CEO peer group forums. He currently facilitates three monthly CEO peer group forums. Bob has over 35 years of professional experience working as a banker, consultant and business owner. Prior to Renaissance Executive Forums, Bob spent 18 years in consulting including 12 years as co-founder, CEO of Bank Insight, LLC a Rochester Hills consulting firm. He started his career at Comerica Bank and spent 15 years at the bank in a variety of areas including marketing and product development.



Family and Closely-Held Business Resources The Michigan Family Business Center provides its members with the following resources to assist in developing the family business and planning for the future. If there is additional information a member wishes to see researched or listed, please contact the Center.

Presentation Materials
Presented by Bob Quigley of Renaissance EXECUTIVE FORUMS
Presented by Dr. David A. Dieterle
Presented by Stanislaw Consulting, LLC
     Emotional Intelligence



Presented by Larry Nichols
     Let's Get It Started



Michigan Estate Planning Law Center
Presented by Patrick Mannor, Development Director
     Competitive Space


Doing Business with the Government
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Larry Nichols, MBA
MFBC Interim Director

Dale Tuttle, MBA
Director, Michigan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Kristin Arntz