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.




"Get a Grip: 6 Keys to Getting What You
Want From an Entrepreneurial Company"
Friday, NOVEMber 14th, 2014 | 8:00a.m. | Riverfront Center

Networking: 8:00 a.m.  •  Seminar: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  •  Open Tours: 10:00 a.m.
*Event is Free and Open to the Public


Presentation Topic:
Even the most successful entrepreneurs occasionally find running a business more challenging than they expected. Many work longer hours and get less return on their investment of time and money than they would like. Most entrepreneurs regularly grapple with one or more of the following common frustrations:

  • Control - Is balancing time between business and family life a challenge?
  • People - Are all of your people on the same page?
  • Profit - Do you feel you need to grow in order to stay competitive, but can't afford it? 
  • Hitting the Ceiling - Is your company revenue stuck at a plateau? 
  • Nothing's Working - Have you tried strategies from the latest great business books, but nothing seems to stick?

If these challenges seem all too familiar, you're not alone. Join Mike Kotsis, a professional Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) implementer, for a dynamic talk on how to simplify, clarify and get what you really want from your business. Walk away with some simple tools that will help you to achieve your vision, faster! Don't let the company run you - Get a Grip on Your Business.

About the presenter:  Mike Kotsis, professional EOS implementer, has a diverse background including family business, consulting, and corporate experience. Mike successfully led his family's 60+ year old business, Atlas Wholesale Food Co, through a turnaround during the worst of Michigan's economic downturn.  He clarified the business vision, increased accountability while preserving family culture, & implemented structure needed to support business growth.

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). 

Registration Preferred. Click Here or contact Kristin Arntz at or by phone at (810) 762-3252 to register.



"Business Leadership: Good Leaders Need to Be..."
Friday, October 24th, 2014 | 8:30a.m. | Riverfront Center

Networking: 8:30 a.m.  •  Seminar: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.  •  Open Tours: 10:30 a.m.

Presentation Topic:
Good business leaders need to be effective in bad times; represent their company's mission in all decisions, understand its economics & people; be innovative; and realize that they can't do it all on their own. Bob Quigley's presentation on October 24th focuses on how business leaders can use the Business Model Canvas to lead their company to success.

The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management tool for developing new or documenting existing business models. Its use to design, describe, or refine a company's value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances, can be vital in guiding the decision making processes of those in leadership positions.

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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Membership in the Michigan Family Business Center (MFBC) Center is open to family businesses where:

  • the family has controlling interest in the company.
  • one or more family members work for the company.
  • the family expects to continue its management and/or control of the business.

Because of the generosity of our sponsors, the MFBC is pleased to offer the cost-effective annual membership fee of only $400 per company. The membership provides participation for two family members (or delegates) to MFBC events. Additional attendees participate at a nominal $30 fee.

To initiate membership, fill out the online form and we will contact you. You can also contact the MFBC office at (810) 762-3160.



The Michigan Family Business Center (MFBC) is pleased to offer special pricing for AAUM members to all of our events. Please contact us for more details.

MFBC Membership Overview



Larry Nichols, MBA
MFBC Interim Director

Dale Tuttle, MBA
Director, Michigan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Kristin Arntz