Join the Forum

The value of membership

  • Hear from world-renowned authorities on family business without ever leaving town
  • Thirty hours of professional education from the only program in WNC dedicated to family business
  • One hour of complimentary consultation with each sponsor per year
  • Annual subscription to the Family Business Magazine
  • Learn from and confer with other owners in a confidential, non-solicitous environment
  • Understand the complexities of family ownership so that the business can function profitably while the family lives harmoniously

Who benefits from membership in the Family Business Forum?

  • Founders of the business
  • Next generation owners
  • Key non-family employees
  • Adult children who are either active or non-active in the family business

Who qualifies for membership?

  • Businesses whose management team contains two or more members from the owning family 
  • Privately or closely held businesses with no public ownership of its shares or assets, or where fewer than five individuals hold more than fifty percent of the company
  • Sole proprietors with no employees who attend for the purpose of education, and never solicitation

Membership Structure and Fees

Membership Type



at no charge**

Strategic Partner Service Provider, Industry Exclusive $5500        8
Large Business More than 50 employees on payroll excluding owner(s) $1800        6
Medium Business 20-49 employees on payroll excluding owner(s) $1500        4
Small Business 6-20 employees on payroll excluding owner(s) $750        3
Micro Business 1-5 employees on payroll excluding owner(s) $500        2
Sole Proprietor No employees $350        1
Collegiate Member Member of family is enrolled full-time at UNC Asheville (proof of enrollment is necessary) Gratis        1

Email Sophia Ungert to renew or start your membership today! Indicate your membership category is and how you wish to be invoiced.

*Annual membership fees are used for program expenses (speaker fees, travel expenses, books, program food and beverages); operating expenses; Family Business Scholarship; and subscription to Family Business Magazine.

**Cost for additional attendees from businesses at all levels of membership is $49 per person.

Non-members may attend for $99 per event per person, payable at event.

Benefits of Sponsorship

  • Industry Exclusivity - only one business from each industry in the Family Business Forum.
  • Ability to give a complimentary membership a year to a valued client.
  • Recognized at programs. 
  • Seat on the FBF Board to guide policy and assist in member recruitment.
  • Logo, company description, and link on website and in the email newsletters.

Family business owners are welcome to attend their first program at no charge.