Family business retreat

Navigating the waters of second stage is challenging enough for entrepreneurs, but if you’re running a business with parents, spouses, siblings or other family members, the complexity only increases. Join us on March 13 and 14 at Big Rock Valley for the “Theory of Relative-ity: A Primer to Growing Your Family Business.” This highly interactive program delves into a wide range of issues, from conflict management to succession planning, and enables participants to gain insights from other family-business leaders.

Co-facilitating the program will be Erick Stewart, CEO of Stewart Industries in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Dino Signore, the foundation’s manager of entrepreneurial education. Cost is $400 per participant, which includes facilitation, food and overnight lodgings. To register or get more info, contact Rita Phillips.


Dino Signore

Erick Stewart

Retreat curriculum

Leader Retreats at BRV are designed specifically for leaders of second-stage companies — entrepreneurs who have moved beyond the startup phase and have the intent and capacity for continued growth.

“The retreats have given me new ideas, challenged the way I think and manage my company. Even if we’re having a very difficult period due to the economy or changes in the digital world, I come back energized and ready to roll up my sleeves. I have  a better mindset on how to attack problems. I’m also equipped with the right tools and information.”

— Joan Auritt, founder of Auritt Communications Group in New York, New York

FAQs for retreat guests

Learn more about  how to get here, what you’ll be doing and how to make the most of your retreat experience.


The foundation does not coordinate travel for guests. Retreat participants are responsible for getting to and from the local airports on their own. Please note: Although Chicago has the closest major airports to the foundation; Chicago is on Central time, whereas the foundation is on Eastern time. When making travel arrangements, please be mindful of our arrival window and any time zones that you may pass through.

Value for your time

Want even more opportunities with extremely high value for your time? Here’s a look at the full list of open retreat dates for peer groups, companies and individuals intent on growth.

Lodging and meals

Guests will be given their housing assignments on arrival. During the registration process we ask all participants to disclose dietary restrictions and/or food allergies so we can accommodate any special needs. Retreat meals are provided by our guest services department and are scheduled on your agenda. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided throughout the session.

Your retreat team

Dino Signore
Manager of Entrepreneurial Education

Rita Phillips
Entrepreneurship Project Manager