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Entrepreneurship & Family Business - Finding Focus

Spring Families in Business Day – May 29, 2014
The Essex, Essex, Vermont

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL. Spend a day working ON your business and not IN your business. Join with your business peers for the Spring Families in Business Day, hosted by the Family Business Initiative @ UVM. With concurrent sessions focusing on business, ownership, family & 1st Gen, the day will offer workshops and networking which focus on the robust link between family enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The Fall Families in Business day brought together nearly 60 business owners, families and experts. One participant shared after "This was one of the best events ever put on by the Family Business Initiative. It was right on." Be sure to make time for the spring event, full with family business stories, wisdom and exploration.

Who should attend?
  • Business owners
  • Family members
  • 1st Gen founders
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Next gen members
  • Key stakeholders
Registration: Includes breakfast, lunch and all conference materials.
  • FBI@UVM members – FREE
  • Non-members - $149/person (prior to May 23).
  • Non-member family rate - $249/family, up to 4 persons (prior to May 23).
  • "Localpreneur" rate - $99/individual (less than 5 employees in the business)

Register Here


8:00 – 9:00 Registration, breakfast and networking

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Kickoff Keynote and breakfast

"Finding Focus - Why Does a 130-year old Company Need to Change? And How?"
with Bobby Hillerich, 5th generation family member & Lawrence Writer, COO/CFO, Hillerich & Bradsby

What would baseball be like if young Bud Hillerich had followed his father's urging and devoted his efforts to making swinging butter churns? We don't even want to think about it. Hillerich & Bradsby, aka Lousiville Slugger is now steeped in our nation's lore. As a family business, it has endured and innovated while the game has remained the same. After 130 years, it has passed through 5 generations of the Hillerich family and managed to remain true to its core business while expanding its product line. Hear the Hillerich family business story first hand from Bobby Hillerich, and Lawrence Writer, the non-family COO/CFO who has helped this business find its focus once again. 

10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Breakout sessions


  "Identifying and Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of Team" with Joe Kelly, Stone Pillars Consultting, LLC


  "Pre-Mediated Planning: Getting the Whole Family on the Same Page" with Steve Legler, TSI Heritage


  "Beliefs, Purpose and Defining Greatness" with Lawrence Writer, CFO/COO of Hillerich & Bradsby


1st Gen
  "Building Your Brand - Tools, Tricks and Threats" with Nicole Ravlin, Co-Founder of People Making Good

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch Keynote and Owners Summit

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