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I would like to...

join a peer group with other people who are part of a family business and have confidential discussions in a trusting & inviting environment.

connect with advisors in industries such as banking, legal, insurance and marketing that understand the unique challenges of my family business. 

attend education events in areas that are relevant to my family business.

We understand...

Succession Planning

Succession planning is one of the biggest challenges facing family business. Many businesses fail in the second generation and issues of competence, perceived nepotism and communication present unique challenges to family business owners.

Compensation

Compensation for family in family firms can be complex. Confusion among roles in the business' management, ownership and family can cause tension among family and non-family employees.

Work/Life Balance

The line between work and life is blurry in the workforce in general these days- this goes double for family businesses who work with their family.

Strategic Planning

Family businesses have a better chance of succeeding in the next generation when they have a plan in place that outlines responsibility and authority.

FBA- We're Family

Family Business Atlantic is an enjoyable & engaging organization filled with knowledgeable family businesses and trusted advisors.

Our signature events bring us together to celebrate our successes and create opportunities for us to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of other like minded entrepreneurs.

In addition to networking opportunities, we focus on providing timely educational events and peer groups that help contribute to the success of family businesses. 

One of the many advantages of membership in FBA is the opportunity to meet and share ideas with like minded people.  All members are encouraged to source vendors and advisors from our membership list and we do so freely without solicitation.

We welcome members from all industries and of all sizes.

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Family Members & Advisor Members

Family Members

A family business can range from a small partnership to a larger well established business that has passed to multiple generations.  The scale of a family business may vary, but the issues and challenges are often the same. If you think you are a family business – large or small – FBA can provide you with the support you need to prosper.

Advisors

Advisor Members provide a broad range of professional services to family businesses. They understand the unique issues family businesses face and help bring knowledge and understanding to a complex array of family & business issues.  Advisors do not actively solicit business from family members and comprise no more that 1/3 of our membership.

“I am inspired & motivated by this group of individuals who come from widely different business backgrounds and life experiences. We share with one another and support each other in so many ways.”
Fiona Diamond
Brookes Diamond Productions

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Annual membership is $500+hst and renews on September 1st each year. This special Spring rate is for new members only.

“I look to my peer group as trusted advisors. I go to them for advice on both issues that I have in my personal life and in my business.”
Melissa Brenton
Don Brenton's Fire Protection

Please note: this video was produced pre-Covid.

FAQs

FBA organizes our members into peer groups. This is your unique opportunity to learn from each other, to work on your family business opportunities & challenges and to have the security of confidential discussions in a trusting and inviting environment. We also support our members with educational sessions, access to advisors and networking opportunities.

As a family member, you’ll have the opportunity to join a peer group.

You’ll learn from other members and work on your business opportunities and challenges in a confidential, trusting and inviting environment. Your group will act like a mini board of directors, supporting and guiding you in all aspects of your family business. You’ll gain valuable insight from others who have had similar experiences, and leverage the perspectives of other family businesses, industries and generations.

Our family business community spans all sectors and sizes across the region. These businesses are either owned, funded or supported by family members. Whether a business directly employs family members or receives their financial or emotional support, we exist to connect them and drive their economic prosperity.

The Family Member membership is a family business looking to connect with, learn from, and share with like-minded people who understand the experiences unique to running a family business. We welcome family businesses of all sizes and industry types. Membership benefits extend to all family members and your membership fee provides you with special rates for events along with the opportunity to join an Advisory Team at no extra cost.

A “Family Business” is defined as a business that has one of the following characteristics:

  1. Has been owned and operated by different generations of a family;
  2. Where the potential exists for ownership to be passed on to another family member;
  3. More than one member of a family has active employment in an organization owned by a family; and/or
  4. A family which has in the past or is presently operating a business.
 

We provide regular opportunities to connect with other families and advisors. We host tailored online programs addressing critical business issues.

We also run an annual golf tournament, an awards luncheon and our signature event: the Peter Wilson Dinner*.

*Our offerings have been limited by Covid-19, please stay tuned to our newsletter and social media channels for details. 

The global pandemic has offered us the opportunity to connect and share more frequently and in an online format.

We launched our COVID Webinar series in the Spring of 2020. This series is still running and offers current information on government relief programs and put subject matter experts in front of our members and guests

While we were able to gather safely for some of our key events in the fall of 2020, much of our connections have been virtual.

Our peer groups continue to meet monthly.  Our support to our members remains strong and we will continue to offer support as we all continue to live through these challenging times.

FBA family membership is $500+ HST annually for your entire organization. We offer members an annual or monthly payment plan. FBA Advisor membership is also $500 + HST annually. All memberships run during our fiscal year, September 1st – August 31st.

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