2023 Family Business Retreat

August 16 – 18 at the Paul Nelson Farm in Gettysburg, SD

Relax and recharge at the Paul Nelson Farm

Learn best practices to engage and unify your family

Spend a few days working "on your business" instead of "in your business."

Managing family expectations, working through conflict, increasing communication, and creating family unity can often be the biggest concerns for Family Business owners.


Understanding family business dynamics is vital. When your family faces personal emotions, unresolved past conflicts, or other family-related issues which impact your business, you need skills to address conflict before and as it arises. Our family business retreat will equip you with tools to help maintain family unity and cohesion.


Our three-day event is one of the most important strategies used to strengthen communication in your family-owned business. Located at world class lodge, the Paul Nelson Farm, the retreat will feature nationally recognized consultants and educators through large group sessions and private family time with individual facilitators.

Retreat Benefits

Understand family business dynamics
Be better equipped to manage family business complexities
Gain tools and skills to maintain family unity & cohesion
Manage family expectations
Communication skills that resolve conflict constructively


$5,900 for the first two people
$1,999 for each additional person

Facilitated by:

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Tom Epperson

President, Facilitator

Betsey Fortlouis

Director of Development and Partnerships

Learn What to Expect At Our

Family Business Retreat

At first, it was awkward being so formal with my parents and spouse about our business...

But having a facilitator broke our bad patterns from previous meetings and dinner table discussions.

At the Retreat, people who normally didn’t get the floor enough were able to be heard. Everyone listened to all ideas and thoughts, which made for healthier discussion and decision-making.

Our pattern has absolutely changed since attending. We now meet regularly, we wade straight into delicate or painful topics we avoided before, and we’re beginning to see greater possibilities as our vision becomes clearer for our business and family. We’re not done but we are moving forward now, and I don’t like to think about where we’d be if we hadn’t attended the retreat or gotten involved in PFBA.
   – 3rd Generation Family Business leader