Family Business Center

At the University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa Family Business Center offers a comprehensive suite of programs and services to Iowa’s family-owned companies. Family firms face a unique set of challenges and opportunities including succession planning, next generation development, governance and other issues impacting the longevity of the firm. We provide consulting, peer learning, events and networking opportunities to members.

Family businesses are different.

Businesses change leadership and update their business model all of the time. It can be difficult. Now imaging you're navigating employee satisfaction or developing a new product with your brother, aunt, cousin or father-in-law. These situations are not easy, but we're here to help you through roadblocks so that both your business and your family can achieve long-term success.

Take it from our families

“I appreciate the FBC serving as a centralized, independent resource whose focus is family businesses. It's so valuable to have a forum to share best practices and solutions with others who share that perspective.”

Emily Schmitt
Sukup Manufacturing

Emily Schmitt

Thank you to our Founding Families and Partners!

BrownWinick Law FirmfarewayFoster GroupRSMVermeer Corporation