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Entrepreneurial thinking across generations

Multi-generational family businesses are by definition entrepreneurial, and EY is the world leader in advising, guiding and recognizing entrepreneurs. We know that the spirit of innovation that characterizes successful entrepreneurial companies must be present within family businesses if they are to thrive, prosper and compete effectively from one generation to the next.

To help you plan your growth journey, we'll channel our experiences with some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs together with our work with global family businesses from the past three decades.

We can help you:

  • Grow your family business to succeed for generations
  • Increase your personal wealth
  • Capitalize on the unique benefits of family ownership
  • Plan for succession
  • Manage risks
  • Protect the financial value of your legacy

Our Growth DNA Model for Family Business

We know that each family business is unique — yet successful family businesses have much in common. Through our ongoing research with family business leaders, and the knowledge we have gained
from long-term service to entrepreneurs, we have identified common factors that shape the strengths and weaknesses of family businesses. Understanding the success factors underpins the Growth DNA Model for Family Business.

Each key service supports the personal, financial and sustainability agendas of family businesses. The strands of the Growth DNA Model represent areas where we can help by linking to a range of services.

Family Business at the US Strategic Growth Forum 2014

EY - Family Business Services Join us on Wednesday, November 12, at the Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs, California for the special Family Business program, Family Businesses: entrepreneurial thinking across generations. The ability to create and foster an entrepreneurial mindset across generations is critical to family business success and longevity. Join other leaders of multi-generational family businesses to discuss the key success factors of entrepreneurial family businesses and how you can ensure these characteristics survive in your family and business from one generation to the next.
SGF will be the platform for releasing the EY and Kennesaw State University Global Family Business Survey. Attendees will be the first to learn about the study results and hear engaging discussion and reactions to the findings from families during panel and breakout sessions. Learn more at:

2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Family Business Award of Excellence

Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate the country’s most innovative business leaders. Our Family Business category recognizes leaders who have demonstrated how a family business can succeed from generation to generation by skillfully implementing new thinking. Congratulations to the 2013 Family Business Award of Excellence winner and finalists.

Winner, US Family Business Award of Excellence

David Jaffe
CEO and President
Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
David’s bio and EOY award video

Finalists, US Family Business Award of Excellence

Kenneth Robison
Crest Industries, LLC
Chad Grismer
The Wheat Group, Inc.
Kelly Grismer
The Wheat Group, Inc.
Robert Unanue
Goya Foods

Learn more about the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program.

Insight from EY Family Business practice

Preserving wealth through generations
When your family’s wealth is at stake, you want to do everything right. This is precisely where we come in. We support you and your family office in all areas by providing you with answers to the most important questions.
Download the Family Office Services brochure
EY Family Office Guide: pathway to successful family and wealth management
This is our comprehensive guide and integrated approach designed to help family offices structure their wealth and preserve it for future generations.
Download the Family Office Guide

EY Global Family Business Yearbook

EY - Family Business Yearbook 2014

Our first EY Global Family Business Yearbook is now available. Celebrating excellence in family businesses, the yearbook looks at issues facing family firms and provides a glimpse of what is going on inside some of the world’s greatest family businesses in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. You’ll also find profiles of Entrepreneur Of The Year Family Business Award of Excellence Winners and key data and trends that highlight the contribution that family businesses make to local economies.

Find out more about our Global Family Business Yearbook here.

Learn more about Family business facts and figures in North America.

To receive a hard copy of the Family Business Yearbook, please email,

EY Junior Academy Program

Developing the next generation
The EY Junior Academy Program is our unique one-week training event designed for the next generation of young successors in family businesses. This program helps them explore their potential and introduces them to the challenges of running a family business.

For more information, please contact Andrea Baars.

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