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Bring your family to the 2017 Family Business Retreat at the Paul Nelson Farm.

Spend time away from the office working ON the business rather than IN the business.

The Family Business Retreat is the ideal setting to draft a code of conduct, update a buy/sell agreement, create a conflict resolution standard operating procedure, set a family meeting schedule and agenda, draft annual review procedures, and many other items.

We are excited to announce Mike McGrann as our keynote facilitator. Mike led a very successful Family Business Retreat for Prairie Family Business in 2016, and we are pleased to welcome him back for another year of leading our 2017 Family Business Retreat. Mike will also serve as an individual family’s dedicated facilitator.

Individual facilitators will begin having conversations with attending families in the months prior to the retreat to ensure that all parties are adequately prepared to accomplish their goals during the three days at the farm.

The Paul Nelson Farm was honored as the 2016 Orvis Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge of the Year. Learn more about the Paul Nelson Farm and visit the Paul Nelson Farm Facebook page to see photos of the luxurious setting.


Contact the Prairie Family Business Office (fba@usd.edu or 605-274-9530) to register and reserve your family’s facilitator. 


What past attendees have to say about their experiences at the Family Business Retreat at the Paul Nelson Farm with facilitator Mike McGrann:

If you are still talking about management issues and individuals in your meetings and you are not addressing ownership topics, you need this retreat. If you have a family member dominating your meetings, you need this retreat. Take time to focus on your strategic future rather than your day-to-day existence.

Christie Lloyd Ernst, Lloyd Companies

The PFBA Retreat really allowed us time away from the business to focus on planning and communicating our vision for the future. Although we tried many times to work on it during the normal course of daily business, we always seemed distracted by the day-to-day requirements of operating the organization. Once we committed to spending a weekend totally focused with the help of a dedicated facilitator provided by PFBA, we made significant strides in our communication and planning.

]The PFBA Family Retreat provided our family with the opportunity to spend a couple of days focusing solely on the family aspect of our business and identifying areas that needed improvement as it related to contingency and succession plans. It took us away from the day-to-day aspect of the business, so we could focus on the family aspect instead. The facilitator provided us with valuable insight and suggestions for improvement that we had not recognized on our own.