Welcome to the Family Business Forum

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Born out of a desire to support and nurture family businesses in western North Carolina, the Family Business Forum provides professional education to help businesses succeed across generations.

Family owned businesses face unique issues. The mission of the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum (FBF), is to provide professional learning opportunities to help family owned businesses maximize the overall well-being of their company and to assist with transition planning for the next generation of family ownership. The Family Business Forum is the only ongoing professional development and awareness-raising environment specifically designed for family businesses in western North Carolina.

The Family Business Forum is a member driven organization. All Forum events are based on feedback from members. Membership in the Center is open to family and privately-held businesses.  

More members means:

• Different perspectives
• Broader experiences 
• Greater relevance
• Better business relationships

Annual membership is structed for the size of your company.  Any family member, owner, or non-family employee may attend. All business owners are welcome to attend their first program for free.  Family businesses can also pay per program to attend.