Lars Peterson, SBDC, (515) 292-6351
Chrissy Spoo, SBDC, (515) 292-6351
Kevin Brown, News Service, (515) 294-8986


AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Family Business Forum, hosted by the Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will be from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at Glen Oaks Country Club, West Des Moines. The SBDC is based at Iowa State University.

Mike Thompson, executive director of Iowa Mediation Services Inc., will present "A Hands On Guide to Conflict Resolution and Negotiation." Thompson will discuss effective team building to maximize productivity and harness conflict, hands-on techniques for managing conflict, and effective negotiating tools. For the past 25 years, Thompson has worked as a mediator, facilitator and arbitrator.

The Family Business Forum provides information and discussion opportunities for family members managing Iowa companies. The cost of the forum is $249 per family. There is a $25 discount for registrations made before Jan. 12. To register, call (800) 373-7232.

The forum is administered by the SBDC, an outreach arm of Iowa State University’s College of Business. For more information, contact Lars Peterson at (515) 292-6351.

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