Now Accepting Nominations & Applications for the 2018 Excellence in Family Business Awards

Do you know a family that deserves recognition?

You can nominate them for the 2018 Excellence in Family Business Awards. Your family business nominee will be notified of your nomination and invited to complete a full application. A family business is broadly defined as having multiple family members or generations involved in the strategic direction, management, and/or working in the company with the intention for the business to remain in the family.

Are you ready to apply?

Applications are being accepted until May 1, 2018. Family businesses may create an application online by clicking the button below, or by downloading a printable version and mailing or faxing the completed application to the Austin Family Business Program. Family businesses do not need to be nominated before submitting an application.


About the Awards

Started in 1988, the OSU Austin Family Business Program Excellence in Family Business Awards were the nation’s first, competitive peer-reviewed awards focused solely on the accomplishments of family-owned businesses. Unlike other programs, the EFBA recognizes businesses across all industries, regardless of size or revenue, as long as they meet the basic criteria of a family business and demonstrate excellence in family business principles. Over the years the program has honored a wide variety of family firms.

Award Categories

Family Harmony - Family members actively work to build connections and create a shared purpose with one another, and show a high level of trust, unity and developed personal relationships.

Generational Leadership - The family demonstrates active and thoughtful personal and professional development of the next generation of both family and business leaders.

Business Renewal - The family works to ensure stewardship of the business that sustains growth and shareholders assets with future generations in mind.

The Dean's Award for Family Business Leadership

Since 2008, ten distinguished family businesses and individuals have been recognized for their leadership in the essential family business elements of exemplary business practices, a strong family focus, and a commitment to their communities. View the past recipients of the Dean's Award for Family Business Leadership.


2017 Excellence Award Honorees

Read all about the 2017 honorees!

Family Harmony: Miles Fiberglass & Composites, Inc., Happy Valley. Finalists in the category included Myers Container, LLC, Portland; and Optimize Technologies, Oregon City.
Generational Development: NiceBadge, Grants Pass. Higher Taste of Portland and the Portland Pet Food Company were finalists in the category.
Business Renewal: Domaine Serene Winery, Dayton. Finalists included Chown Hardware Portland and Western Precision Products of Tualatin.
Student Award: Geoffrey Wildish, Eugene.

2017 Reception Sponsor