Family Business Center member benefits

Benefits of Membership

The University of Wisconsin Family Business Center offers world class education, networking and support for family businesses at an exceptional value. Our Center is housed in the Fluno Center, the award-winning Executive Education center for the Wisconsin School of Business. Members enjoy educational lectures, networking opportunities, and peer-related learning activities that enhance the best practices of those involved in a family business. We believe the involvement of our sponsors raises the level of quality experience for all involved. We welcome all guests to our center as potential members.

Speaker Series

At Family Business Center Programs, leading family business experts share insights and information on trends and techniques that can be applied to your business. They help you develop your skills to lead and participate in change and to understand the context of leadership issues in your family business. Relationship building among members enhances the learning and camaraderie that is a key benefit of FBC membership. The FBC provides a stimulating setting for family businesses to develop strategies for growth. Food and materials are provided for each program. Parking is complimentary.

Food For Thought

As an added FBC membership benefit, Sponsors partner to present three to four educational breakfast programs per year. Members learn about relevant topics to help them, their family and family business succeed. This also provides an additional opportunity to meet with fellow FBC members and sponsors.

This special breakfast series is at no cost for FBC Members (family or board members and key non-family managers). All programs will be at the Fluno Center, 601 University Avenue, 8th floor Skyview room. Parking is complimentary.

Members Only Website Section

Our Members Only section in the website offers our members the opportunity to view information that comes directly from our programs. Included are past audio/video presentations, accompanying power point slides, handouts, presentation follow-up materials, member company best practices, newsletter articles, and survey results. This section of the website is password protected.

Affinity Groups for Peer-to-Peer Learning

These confidential, trusted forums allow individuals with similar experiences and backgrounds to discuss sensitive issues and critical business topics. These groups are facilitated by local family business experts.

A Vibrant Networking Community

A unique benefit of belonging to the UW Family Business Center is the opportunity to network with other family businesses. Family business leaders and those that work with them (sponsors) are leaders in the community. Members have the opportunity to network not only at educational and peer functions, but special social gatherings such as our Fall and Spring Socials. Come join the fun!

Reciprocity with Wisconsin Family Business Forum at UW-Oshkosh

The UW-Madison Family Business Center and the Wisconsin Family Business Forum at UW-Oshkosh have a reciprocity agreement that gives members the opportunity to network with other family owned firms and the advantage to attend any program offered by the other Wisconsin center at a nominal charge.

Center for Professional and Executive Development

FBC Members received a 20% discount on over 100 different professional development seminars offered through the UW Madison Executive Education Department. When registering for an Executive Education program, identify your company as an FBC Member.

The Fluno Center - Learn in the Heart of Campus

Family Business Center programs are held at the Fluno Center, an award-winning facility with convenient underground parking, located just a few blocks from State Street shopping, the Memorial Union, and downtown Madison. Members also have access to the Fluno Center's popular Smitty's Study Pub on the building's top floor. Enjoy skyline views, billiards, light fare, and a full-service bar.

Fluno Center
Wisconsin School of Business
Family Business Center
601 University Ave
Madison, WI 53715
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. U.S. CT
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