Compass for Entrepreneurial Families

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Communication and Conflict Management

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80% of family businesses fail due to a lack of unity

Be successful by preparing your family and planning for the future

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Start with one of the four themes below!

Explore best practices, structures and governance tools that will ensure your family will remain harmonious as your business grows. Learn more about family-business-ownership roles and aligning life-cycles.

Develop the soft skills to strengthen your family and business for a successful future. Improve your succession plans, communication skills and fair processes, within your family and business.

Welcome the next generation into your business for growth and diversification. Learn how to set the stage for transitioning ownership & leadership while promoting intrapreneurship and innovation.

Initiate new projects and take on a mentorship role. Leave your mark by developing your family legacy, contributing to an advisory council, and engage in coaching and philanthropy.

What Business Families Foundation can offer you

Online Courses

Looking to better understand key family business topics? We combine key concepts, expert advice and family perspectives to address important themes for you to apply in your own practices.

Compass for Entrepreneurial Families

Compass for Entrepreneurial Families is an educational program developed by Business Families Foundation to provide business families with a better understanding of fundamental, contemporary concepts.

Interactive Activities

Need help making important decisions? We’ve spoken to hundreds of families who have lived it. We’ll ask you the tough questions to guide you in finding the right solutions for your family and your business.

What Should We Talk About at Family Meetings?

Play this interactive game to keep the family glue strong and to address issues around family communication and governance.

Relatable Case Stories

Want to see how it’s done? We’ll provide you with relatable business family scenarios so you can learn how to better handle difficult situations, anticipate common reactions, and avoid unnecessary conflict.


Setting clear communication boundaries in a family business can be complicated and every family is unique in how they decide to balance their work life and their family life.

Family Business Interviews

Searching for advice? We’ve collected hundreds of interviews. Listen to your peers speak about overcoming challenges and learn from their triumphs and failures to set your family and business on track for success.

Introducing the Family Business to the Rising Generation

Listen to David as he shares a personal anecdote regarding the introduction of a family business to the new generation. Introducing the company's history to the new generation can spark passion and loyalty at a young age. This passion is especially important to family businesses who often rely on the next generation as successors of the business.

Advice From Leading Experts

Seeking solutions? Hear from our specialists on best practices and strategies for dealing with common and complex family business issues. Take advantage of the knowledge and expertise they have to offer.

Participation of in-laws in family meetings and decision processes

Listen to Dr. Ivan Lansberg, who teaches family business at the Kellogg School of Management, present ways of inclusion and exclusion of spouses in the entrepreneurial family governance and decisions.


Passionate about family business? Browse our interesting and thought-provoking collection of family business tips, tricks and stats! In reading them, we promise you’ll learn a thing or two about family business.

Building a 100-Year Family Business - Successfully Transitioning Over a Century

Imagine if there was a potion to success… Identifiable qualities and steps that you could follow to build a 100-year family business. Well, we have just that. Follow the seven qualities here and you’ll be on your way to a sustainable multi-generation business.

Building a 100-Year Family Business - Successfully Transitioning Over a Century

Monthly Feature

Want to be first in the know? Each month we release one item from our PREMIUM package to the public for a limited time. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out brand new BFF resources.

The Future of Family Business

Today, family businesses play a crucial role in the economy, but will they tomorrow? How will your business react to these global trends?
- The largest turnover of economic control in history
- Growing income inequality and environmental degradation
- Exponential technology advances and shorter product lifecycles
- The changing definition of the nuclear family

Freemium AccessFree

  • Family Business Interviews Peer perspectives on overcoming challenges and lessons learnt from both triumphs and failures.
  • Advice From Leading Experts Expert advice on best practices and strategies for dealing with common and complex family business issues.
  • Infographics A thought-provoking collection of family business tips, tricks and stats.
  • Monthly Feature Special update and access to recently launched resources.

Premium Access$ 299 / year

  • Online Courses A combination of key concepts, expert advice and family perspectives addressing family business topics.
  • Interactive Activities Tools that will guide your thought process towards the solutions that are right for your family, and business.
  • Relatable Case Stories Relatable business family scenarios so you can learn how to better handle difficult situations.
  • Enhanced Learning Experience Guided learning paths, printable workbooks, and facilitation tools.
  • Preferential Rates to Events Reduced rates for Business Family Foundation and partner events.
  • ALL Freemium ACCESS Resources:
    • Family Business Interviews
    • Advice From Leading Experts
    • Infographics
    • Monthly Feature