Organizations for Family Businesses



EO (Entrepreneurs Organization)


The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a global business network of 8,000+ business owners in 121 chapters and 40 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables small and large business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. Our vision is to build the world's most influential entrepreneur community, which aligns with our mission of supporting entrepreneurial education and engaging entrepreneurs to learn and grow.



Vistage provides professionally facilitated peer advisory experiences that help CEOs, business owners and senior executives become better leaders, make better decisions and ultimately achieve better results.

ACG (Association for Corporate Growth)


The Association for Corporate Growth is the global community dedicated to acquisitions, strategic and organic middle-market business growth. Deals, capital, services and exits can be found among the 13,000 members of ACG. The people of ACG include:

  • private equity groups;
  • lenders;
  • intermediaries;
  • service providers; and
  • corporate development professional

St. Thomas Family Business Center


St. Thomas Family Business Center has been educating business families for over 20 years. As one of the first university based centers they have a unique understanding of the need for:

  • practical tools to help you make important decisions today
  • a community of support that understands your needs
  • connections to other members of the family business community
  • a trusted and safe environment to explore challenging family issues

A vibrant community of business families, students, researchers and advisors. Committed to multi-generational success in business and families, we offer:

  • Quarterly educational events for our core members
  • Family Business Management course through our Ownership Academy
  • Family Business Strategy course through our Ownership Academy
  • Family Business Concentration through the Opus College of Business

Our offerings provide practical tools that are based on credible research and address the whole individual, family and business.

YPO (Young
Presidents' Organization)


YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) connects you with successful young chief executives in a global network unlike any other. Founded in 1950 in New York City by a young president named Ray Hickok, the organization unites approximately 20,000 business leaders in more than 120 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange™.

To join YPO, you must be under the age of 45 and the chief operator (CEO, managing director, president, chairman or equivalent) of a company that fulfills minimum size and revenue requirements. Upon turning 50, you transition from YPO into WPO (World Presidents’ Organization), which allows you to continue reaping the benefits of the YPO experience while also recognizing that your priorities may have shifted over time.

FFI (Family Firm


The Family Firm Institute is the leading membership association worldwide for professionals serving the family enterprise field. It provides a global forum for practitioners, academics and others to acquire multidisciplinary knowledge while engaging in collaborative opportunities. Through its international journal, certificate programs, Global Education Network (GEN), and preeminent international conference, FFI upholds the highest standards in best practices.

Its mission is to be the trusted resource, advancing the field of family enterprise.

FOX (Family Office Exchange)


FOX is an objective, independent resource to help high net worth families, family office executives, and their advisors more effectively discharge their responsibilities as managers of family wealth and wellbeing.

FOX offers an informed point of view on approaches to legacy wealth management supported by proprietary research and over 20 years of daily experience working with high net worth families.

FOX works to identify best practices to help members understand proven ways to address specific issues, saving time and avoiding the learning curve and missteps likely without such guidance.

Anderson Center - St. Cloud


The Anderson Center provides engaging management and leadership development forums for executives across Greater Minnesota. In Center forums, experienced participants—including owners, directors, executives, managers, advisors and financiers—debate and apply the lessons of real-world case studies guided by highly-skilled Discussion Leaders to improve their organizations.

We aspire to be the leading provider of management and leadership development services in Greater Minnesota.

Fourth Generation -
Mpls Foundation


Fourth Generation is an experiential giving program for young professionals. Members work together throughout the year to learn about a critical issue, identify promising efforts to address it, and pool their donations to make a bigger impact than they could alone. Members hone their teamwork, analytical, and leadership skills as they:

  • LEARN about community issues, local nonprofits, smart giving, and how to make grants
  • SHARE their ideas, talents, and experiences to make a difference
  • CONNECT with local leaders and other civic-minded professionals
  • GIVE with other members for greater impact

Rotary International


Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations.

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

NAWBO (National Association of
Women Business Owners)


Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America's more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.

NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries; and boasts over 7000 members and 70 chapters across the country. With far-reaching clout and impact, NAWBO is a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

The organization prides itself on being a global beacon for influence, ingenuity and action and is uniquely positioned to provide incisive commentary on issues of importance to women business owners. Everything NAWBO undertakes leverages the unique attributes that women business owners bring to the table and is designed to illuminate, transform - and ultimately harness – the nation’s wide-ranging community of entrepreneurial women into an ever-more-influential voice and increasingly dynamic leadership roles.


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