UT Family Business Center



Contact Us

Savage and Associates Complex

Room 2200
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606-3390


About the Center

The UT Family Business Center was established in 1992 and is dedicated to serving the specific needs of family businesses, primarily in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

The Center is grateful to The Stranahan Foundation for their contribution to Center initiatives through a generous endowment and their continual support of family businesses growth and prosperity in the community. Please take a few moments to watch this video below to understand how and why the Center began.

Purpose (mission) of the Center

The University of Toledo Family Business Center is a premier resource for family businesses fostering education and connections.

Core Values

  1. Member-driven
  2. Safe learning environment
  3. Family health
  4. Collaborative and open relationships with community partners
  5. Mutually beneficial relationship with The University of Toledo


"Joining the Center has been one of our best decisions. Being fairly new to the area, the networking and personal connections to other like-minded professionals have been invaluable. It's an incredible relief knowing that there are others who struggle with similar issues." Todd Hendricks, Pioneer Industrial Systems, member since 2013

"The Center has been a valuable resource for me personally, and for my business. The women's group and the senior group have given me insight to more effective strategies in succession planning, personal relationships with 'human resources,' while also expanding the contacts I can use for later referral, if needed. We are so lucky to have this organization in our community!" Laurie Gross, Gross Electric, founding member since 1993.


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Last Updated: 11/30/17