Presentations and Workshops


Past winners of CFBC’s Leadership Award include Jimmy John’s founder Jimmy John Liautaud (left) and Jim Oberweis of Oberweis Dairy (right).

Learning together is a key part of the CFBC experience. We offer a variety of educational programs throughout the year, including:

Family Business Day: This annual event is an opportunity for members to meet, learn from and network with other member companies. Each year at Family Business Day, CFBC presents our Leadership Award to an outstanding leader who exemplifies CFBC’s entrepreneurial spirit. Past winners include James Oberweis of Oberweis Dairy Inc; Jimmy John’s founder Jimmy John Liautaud; Ivanka Trump; Michael Krasny, the founder and former CEO of CDW; Ron Kittle, a former Chicago White Sox player and chairman of the Indiana Sports Charities; and Playboy Enterprises CEO and philanthropist Christie Hefner.

Powerful Speakers: CFBC regularly invites well-known business and cultural figures to share their insights at our seminars, which are open to members and the public. Past presenters include author and leadership expert Stephen R. Covey; JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon; Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial; and Bill Rancic, winner of the first season of “The Apprentice.”

Hands-On Workshops: Practical business skills are the focus at our hands-on workshops. Led by industry experts, these courses offer useful strategies you can put to work immediately in your own business. Recent topics include the art of negotiating, recruiting strategies and a primer on the 80/20 sales approach. The workshops are open to members and the public.

You can find out more about CFBC’s upcoming programs here.