The more we know, the more we can help you and your family owned business.

We conduct research through an annual survey. Our findings are then published in an annual report. Here you can participate by completing the latest survey and reading the 2014 Family Owned Business Report.

The Report

Get the 2014 Family Owned Business Report. 

Since 1999, FOBI has helped many businesses thrive and succeed in the West Michigan area. We become part of the family owned business community, and likewise, the family owned business community becomes part of ours. 

Whether we’re helping foster a healthy economy for family owned businesses or FOBI affiliates are helping us fund others, we are all creating an impact for the many family owned businesses in our area.

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The Report


As we continue to impact businesses in our region, we seek to learn more about each of them – and each of you. 

Sign up to participate in the 2015 FOBI Family Business Survey. Coming soon.

The Family Business Survey collects information from Michigan businesses with the goal of providing resources to assist family owned businesses (FOBs), monitoring and improving the health of Michigan FOBs, and conducting targeted institutional research. This survey is sponsored by the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University (WMU) and the Family Business Alliance of Grand Rapids.    

By taking part in the Family Business Survey, please be assured that your contact information is held STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. We will not sell your information or share it with outside entities or any institutional development office. This database is used to (1) request your participation in a more extensive survey on FOBs (optional), and (2) send information about future FOB programs and research conducted by GVSU and WMU. Unsubscribe at any time.

Summary metrics collected from the Family Business Survey will be shared with all survey participants.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Economic Impact Study

FOBI is currently conducting an economic impact study about family owned businesses in West Michigan. Coming soon.

Philanthropic Impact

FOBI will soon conduct an economic impact studying about the philanthropic impact of family owned businesses in West Michigan. Coming soon.