25th Anniversary

We did. We do. We will.

This year, the Entrepreneur and Family Business Council is celebrating 25 years of learning and community. Whatever your goals are this year, we’re eager to celebrate and support you along the way.

Happy 25th Anniversary, EFBC!

We’re honored to cross another major milestone as we kick off our 25th year. Whether you have been with us from the beginning or just recently joined our community, we’re excited to celebrate our past and lay the path for our future.

We did. We do. We will.

Our Story

Our organization’s roots trace back to 1993 when Jim Liautaud approached the University of Illinois about underwriting an organization dedicated to supporting business families. The Family Business Council (FBC) welcomed its first members in 1994 and operated under UIC’s College of Business Administration for nearly two decades. The FBC became an independent nonprofit in 2011 as the Chicago Family Business Council (CFBC) and formed an affiliation with DePaul University in 2012.

To celebrate 25 years of educating and empowering the people of family and entrepreneurial businesses, the Chicago Family Business Council became the Entrepreneur and Family Business Council (EFBC) in 2019. We moved into the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University and launched a new logo, mission, vision and values.

Mission | What We Do
We educate and empower the people of family and entrepreneurial businesses through impactful programs and a unique community of peer support.

Vision | Our Impact
Fostering a community of skilled, energized and inspired business people.

Values | What We Believe
Confidentiality | Trust | Openness | Growth

Our Goals

25 in 25: Growing Our Community

Have you heard?

Our goal is to welcome 25 new members to our community this year! We know that with your support, we can achieve this goal and expand our impact to more businesses and families in Chicagoland. Connect a peer to EFBC by contacting Rick


We are excited to announce we’ve hit our $100,000 sponsorship goal! We are grateful for your support. See all of our 25th Anniversary Sponsors here.


“My life was lived for those that follow
and here I am, and here you’ll go.
Love your life and live with love,
brighten the lives of those you know.”
-Jim Liautaud, Founder of the Entrepreneur and Family Business Council