Events Calendar - Family Business Programs in Columbus | Peer Groups and Education

The Conway Center for Family Business provides highly relevant, topical and original programming that helps members learn, stay informed and share experiences with their peers. These family-focused educational programs are unique to the Center and cannot be found anywhere else in Central Ohio.

In addition, we offer enjoyable social interactions that allow members to build strong relationships. We believe that some of the most productive experiences are created in less formal, group settings where relationships can be built, ideas shared and new opportunities hatched.

Just some of these activities include our annual Family Business Awards & Expo, Monthly Educational Programs, Networking and Social Events and Peer Groups. Please browse the calendar below for events and topics that can provide solutions to your family business challenge.

Events Calendar

Thursday May 13, 2021
Selling vs. Keeping Your Family Business • When does the family business owner know it is time to sell the business? • How can the owner structure to “keeping” the business in the family? • What are the emotional tolls of selling? • What are the mechanics of selling your business? Generously sponsored by Morgan Stanley It is never too early to think about succession planning in a family owned business! This dynamic monthly peer group is facilitated by Bea Wolper of Emens & Wolper Law Firm, and Meredith Sugar of Taft Law. They provide a forum to discuss all aspects of succession planning - from inter-family dynamics to strategic planning - in interactive sessions that will provide the foundation for transitioning your family business to the next generation. This program is not just for founders/owners attending together with successors or next gens is very important and beneficial. Please register accordingly - either for the ONSITE session or ONLINE via ZOOM ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Thursday May 13, 2021
Join us for our Spring Family Business Networking event at Oakland Nursery! Come learn the history of this 80 year-old family business, while meeting and chatting with family business members. Held at the original store on Oakland Park Avenue - in the garden of Gustav & Bertha Reiner's house (at the rear of the garden center). VIEW map, parking and entrance directions. This is an outdoor event held rain or shine from 4-6:30 pm, a brief company presentation will be held at 5:30 pm. Free for Conway Center members and invited guests, but please RSVP. Light appetizers and drinks will be provided. Masks and social distancing required. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Networking & Social Events
Thursday May 13, 2021
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Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Tuesday May 18, 2021
Collaboration One of the most satisfying aspects of leadership is the ability to help people work together more efficiently and productively. Learn the best practices on how to foster collaboration with anyone in your circle of influence. Take-aways: Learn a process for managing and improving collaboration Participate in exercises to determine specifics steps to improve the way you collaborate with others. The purpose of this peer group is to share our diverse perspectives on what is important for leaders and hear what others are doing in order to build relationships, gain clarity on key leadership challenges or opportunities and support each other. Facilitator Jonathon McKay with PATH leads these sessions in a very collaborative group that encourages peer-to-peer sharing. Generously sponsored by Park National Bank ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Thursday May 20, 2021
Do you use compensation and/or incentives to drive outcomes for your family business? Want to learn more about how to align behavior with the goals of your organization? Compensation and incentives can take on many forms within a business strategy, such as bonus structures, stock options, employee recognition programs, etc. Join us as Nate West (KeyBank) facilitates a conversation with Holli Houseworth (CloudCover), and Thor Hess, (Southeastern Equipment Co.) on methods and creative ways they motivate, encourage, and drive employee success in a family business. Sponsored by KeyBank ... read more
Categories: CCFB Educational Program
Wednesday May 26, 2021
Payments Fraud & Fraud Prevention Did you know that 74% of businesses were targets of fraud in 2020? Join us for an informative conversation with experts from First Merchants Bank to understand how you can mitigate potential fraud. Learn best practices and defensive measures you can put into place to protect your family business! Our guest speakers are Aimee Gilliland, VP & Treasury Management Officer and Nicole Kauffman, Merchant Card Sales Officer - both from First Merchants Bank. They will be providing information on different types of payment fraud and ways to mitigate your risk for fraud in an ever changing electronic environment. REGISTER now and join us for this important live webinar on 5/26. You'll have the opportunity to submit questions during the session and view a recording post session. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Webinar
Thursday May 27, 2021
The Conway Strong CEO Peer Group is for Presidents and CEOs of family-owned businesses. The group is by invitation only and there is an additional annual fee to attend. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Tuesday Jun 1, 2021
For non-family C-suite leaders working in a family business. Peer-to-peer driven, sessions focus on objective and thoughtful insight and advice from those in similar situations. Additional fee to attend. Pre-approval to join and RSVP required. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Thursday Jun 3, 2021
The Rising CEO Peer Group is for next gens who will be taking a greater leadership position in their family business. The group is by invitation only and there is an additional annual fee to attend. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Tuesday Jun 8, 2021
Importance of Setting Clear Boundaries in Family Business • Examples of ways to create appropriate boundaries and having the discipline to maintain them. • Rules of entry into the family business – why establishing entry criteria is crucial to your family business. • Importance of having the ability and courage to say “no” and not feeling guilty for doing so. This group is for women who own, work for, or play a supporting role in a family business. Earning respect, leadership, employment practices, family dynamics, and communication in the family business are just a few of the topics that are explored in this interactive group. Facilitated by Bea Wolper from Emens Wolper Jacobs & Jasin Law Firm. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Wednesday Jun 9, 2021
Our Next Generation Leaders Peer Group is for up-and-coming family business members who are interested in assuming greater leadership roles in their family-owned business. Each month, guest speakers will discuss topics that are relevant and necessary to your growth as a next gen leader – from goal setting, to business valuation, to succession planning, and more. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Thursday Jun 10, 2021
Elder Law Our guest speaker will discuss elder law estate ethical issues and will cover other elder law matters including: • Disability planning • Protecting assets from nursing-home costs • Transferring funds to children to avoid recapture rules • Avoiding will contests among family members. Generously sponsored by Morgan Stanley It is never too early to think about succession planning in a family owned business! This dynamic monthly peer group is facilitated by Bea Wolper of Emens & Wolper Law Firm, Thaddeus OBrien of OBrien & Associates, and Meredith Sugar of Taft Law. They provide a forum to discuss all aspects of succession planning - from inter-family dynamics to strategic planning - in interactive sessions that will provide the foundation for transitioning your family business to the next generation. This program is not just for founders/owners attending together with successors or next gens is very important and beneficial. Family business often has special characteristics and needs that will affect the determination of which entity is best. This session will include discussion of the following: Hear the reasons why LLC’s are preferred for owning real estate Understand why Ohio corporations need shareholder and director minutes What is “piercing the corporate veil” and what happens if it occurs? What are the benefits of subsidiaries in a family owned business? Generously sponsored by Morgan Stanley ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Thursday Jun 10, 2021
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Tuesday Jun 15, 2021
ILeadership Wrap-Up/Adjournment Details TBA The purpose of this peer group is to share our diverse perspectives on what is important for leaders and hear what others are doing in order to build relationships, gain clarity on key leadership challenges or opportunities and support each other. Facilitator Jonathon McKay with PATH leads these sessions in a very collaborative group that encourages peer-to-peer sharing. Generously sponsored by Park National Bank ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Thursday Jun 17, 2021
Tension and struggles in any business is inevitable, but conflict within a family business has its own unique set of challenges. Join us as we candidly discuss best practices, helpful tips, and impactful ways to effectively handle conflict within a family business. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Educational Program
Monday Jun 21, 2021
Join us at our 7th Annual Golf Outing at the beautiful Little Turtle Golf course! Nestled along the banks of Big Walnut Creek, the course offers challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Featuring new club renovations and a brand new fleet of carts (with coolers on each!) - come join the fun! Don't have a foursome? Register as an individual and we'll place you on a team. Great prizes for Longest Drive, Longest Putt, Closest to the Pin, and Best Team Score! Golf scramble begins at noon - lunch provided on your cart. Reception following golf. All Conway Center members (family businesses and service providers) and any Central Ohio family-owned business may participate. Masks are required in the clubhouse when up and about - not seated. You are not required to wear a mask while seated, dining, or when you are outside. Registration Deadline is Friday, June 11th so REGISTER yourself or your team today! Sponsorships are available! ? VIEW sponsorship opportunities Secure your sponsorship by completing the SPONSOR FORM or contacting us. Questions? Contact Amy at adotts@familybusinesscenter.com ... read more
Categories: CCFB Networking & Social Events
Thursday Jun 24, 2021
The Conway Strong CEO Peer Group is for Presidents and CEOs of family-owned businesses. The group is by invitation only and there is an additional annual fee to attend. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Thursday Jul 1, 2021
The Rising CEO Peer Group is for next gens who will be taking a greater leadership position in their family business. The group is by invitation only and there is an additional annual fee to attend. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Tuesday Jul 6, 2021
For non-family C-suite leaders working in a family business. Peer-to-peer driven, sessions focus on objective and thoughtful insight and advice from those in similar situations. Additional fee to attend. Pre-approval to join and RSVP required. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Thursday Jul 8, 2021
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Categories: CCFB Peer Group
Tuesday Jul 13, 2021
Book Recommendations Nobody likes to waste time and money on a new book only to face the disappointment when it doesn't live up to your expectations. Hear from your trusted peers on what books they’ve found valuable and why! Come prepared to share your favorite book(s) that have motivated, inspired, or helped you in some way. Note: We have plans to develop a book club in our members-only section next year to connect with others and discuss selected books. Stay tuned! ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group

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