May 21st: Family Owned Business Institute Annual Summit

Learn to increase revenue and profit by "Discovering Your Innovative Advantage."                           

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 "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."  Steve Jobs.  

Research has shown that traditionally, family businesses score lower on measures of innovation. This workshop is designed specifically for family business leaders to increase their ability to innovate in both processes and products. During breakfast, participants will learn about the Family Owned Business Institute and hear from Joe Schmieder of the Family Business Consulting Group who will discuss his new book, Innovation in the Family Business. Breakfast will wrap up with John Berry, a former Vice President at Herman Miller and the Director of the Design Thinking Initiative at GVSU, who will introduce the concepts of Design Thinking.

From 9:00AM - 12:00PM, Seth Starner, of NewNorth Center for Design In Business, will lead participants through an interactive workshop where they can expect to:

  1. Work with Your Team of family and non-family managers to find solutions unique to your business.
  2. Define Your Core Strengths and learn to leverage them to increase profitability.
  3. Learn the 10 Types of Innovation and how utilizing them gives companies a competitive edge as well as a dramatic increase in profitability.
    • Companies that trade on the S&P 500 who have leveraged at least five of the ten types of innovation have seen share prices increase 288% compared to those of their peer group.
  4. Turn Ideas into Action and leave with a plan to implement new concepts in a way that will inspire growth.

We encourage you to bring your family members as well as non-family managers to work on your team and take advantage of our group rate. This workshop is not for consultants or professionals looking to network with family businesses.  


Register: Click here to register for this event.

Cost: Individuals: $100, Groups of two or more: $75 per person.

Date: May 21st, 2015

Time: 7:30AM - 12:00PM

Location: L. William Seidman Center (Room 1008), 50 Front St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Local Accommodations: The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is offering a 20% discount on rooms when you mention GVSU. To reserve a room call (800)-253-3590 or visit their website.

Questions? Please contact Director Joseph J. Horak, Ph.D (616)-331-7278

FOBI Summit in the News:

WGVU Podcast

Crain's Detroit Business


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