Since 2012, the Family Business Conference & Family Business Achievement Awards is an interactive workshop with leading industry experts that provides the type of actionable insight necessary to plan for a smooth transition of family businesses. This conference to also recognize non-family organizations who have reached at least 50 years in business and learn how they have evolved through the years. Hear from a dynamic line up of panelists as they share real life examples of what separates success stories from failures. This networking breakfast and interactive workshop will offer perspectives from both industry experts and actual family business owners to address this and other issues facing both family-owned and non-family businesses every day.

The Family Business & Business Longevity Conference currently takes place in Cleveland.

Eligible Family Business Achievement Award nominees must have a minimum of two family members involved in the organization, and be privately held. A family member is defined as siblings, spouses, children, grandchildren, or cousins. They may be from a single generation or multi-generations. Eligible Business Longevity Award nominees must have been in business for a minimum of 50 years. Nominees for both awards must a have a physical location in Northeast Ohio.


Take a look back at the 2019 Family Business & Business Longevity Conference featuring the Family Business Achievement and Business Longevity Awards held on September 19, 2019 at The Westin Cleveland Downtown.

Click on the photo to enlarge. Photos by McKinley Wiley. View the entire album on our Facebook page.

CLICK HERE to view the 2019 Honorees!

Family Business Conference  September 23, 2020

Presented by: Smart Business

Venue: The Westin Downtown

7:30 A.M. TO 11:00 A.M.

2020 Nomination and Ticket Information to come.

For more information, contact Molly Carpenter at 440.250.7039 or [email protected]

Take a look back at the 2018 Family Business Conference & Family Business Achievement Awards held on September 8, 2018, at Corporate College East.

Photos by McKinley Wiley. Click on the photo to enlarge.

CLICK HERE to view the 2018 Honorees!


Take a look back at the 2017 Family Business Conference & Family Business Achievement Awards held on September 7, 2017, at Corporate College East.

Click on the photo to enlarge.

CLICK HERE to view the 2017 Honorees!


View past Family Business Achievement Awards coverage:

2019 2018 2017

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