Family Business Institute

The "Go To"
Family Business Experts

Don Schwerzler a family business pioneer with more than 40 years' experience

family business institute The Family Business Institute is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. We are the original Family Business Institute - organized in the early 80’s to offer a highly specialized resource for family-owned and closely held businesses. The Family Business Institute was the very first multi-disciplined consulting resource for family owned businesses. Today, our web organization, Family Business Experts , is the highest-ranked, full-service family business resource on the Internet. Each month we register more than 100,000 page views and each month we host visitors from more than 100 different countries!

Don Schwerzler , founder, is a pioneer in the field of family business consulting. Schwerzler gained international recognition for developing the multi-disciplined consulting approach that has proved so successful in dealing with the unique and complex issues that confront family businesses.

Schwerzler has been studying and advising family business entrepreneurs since 1967 - more than 40 years of experience tackling tough family business problems and finding successful solutions. If you are a family business and are seeking help to resolve an issue, the Atlanta-based Family Business Institute is the "go to" place!

The approach used by the Family Business Institute begins with an objective assessment of the business, family members and key non-family executives. The Family Business Assessment process, developed specifically for use with family businesses, begins as a “triage" - a concept for using specialized experts and resources efficiently and effectively.

The processes and strategies developed by the Family Business Institute, plus our experience in coaching and mentoring successful entrepreneurs and senior level managers, enables our ability to bring winning leadership skills to family business owners.

Our team of Family Business Experts knows the importance of taking effective action. We know that family business problems rarely go away by themselves. In fact, just the opposite is true. The longer the problems persist, without being addressed and resolved, the more destructive they will become. Family business issues will continue to escalate and can ultimately wreck the business and destroy family relationships.


The Atlanta-based Family Business Institute, a resource for family-owned businesses, offers a quick response in dealing with family business issues.

According to founder Don Schwerzler, "If there is only one lesson I have learned in studying and advising family businesses for more than 40 years - every family business is unique and complex in its own way. A family business strategy that makes sense for one family business can be a real disaster for another family business."

Based on our experience, working with many hundreds of family businesses, we can quickly judge which strategies will work best for you and your family business, and which ones won't work and should be avoided!

We promise straight talk, objective assessments and "no punches pulled". One phone call or e-mail will start the process of sorting out the issues that need to be addressed, and how best to implement the remedial actions needed to resolve the problems.

The success of our Family Business Experts is based on many years of hands-on experience working with family businesses. Our client relationships are based on trust. We understand family values - and know how to connect them with best business practices.

To date, we have served clients located in 42 states in the USA as well as in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Belize, Japan, England, Germany, South Africa and Kuwait.

If you are a family business owner and want to grow your business, while at the same time maintaining healthy family relations - we welcome an opportunity to work with you. Learn more about our Family Business Assessment.

If you want to find solutions to your most difficult family business problems, ensure peace and harmony in your family, grow your business and make more money, then this might be the most important site you will ever visit!

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