Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell

Connecting students, alumni and business owners from family and privately held enterprises from across the globe.


The Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the network of owners, leaders and alumni that work in, with or for a family business.

Founded in 2014 from a generous gift from John and Dyan Smith, the Smith Family Business Initiative provides education, networking and new knowledge for family business owners, successors and students from across the globe.


 

THURSDAY - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 -27, 2017

STATLER HOTEL | CORNELL CAMPUS

The 3rd Annual Families in Business Conference brings together alumni, students and business owners for two days of in-depth discussion and exploration focusing on the Future of Family Business.

"A Taste of Family Business" will kick off the conference and feature diverse selections from family-owned wineries, breweries, distilleries and value-added agriculture.

For more information, please contact Babatunde Ayanfodun, ba279@cornell.edu.

 

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Events

10/26/2017    9:00am

2017 Families in Business Conference: The Future of Family Business

Statler Hotel, Ithaca, NY

10/27/2017    8:00am

2017 Families in Business Conference: The Future of Family Business

Statler Hotel, Ithaca, NY

6/20/2018    1:00pm

2018 Family Business Alliance Annual Meeting

Sage Hall



Family Business in the News

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Jul 07

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It is estimated that family businesses make up close to 90% of all business enterprises in North America. Despite this high number, only 30% of them e...

Jul 06

New Report Reveals The 500 Largest Family-Owned Companies In The World

Some of the world's largest companies and best known brands like BMW and Wal-Mart are deeply rooted family businesses.



Family Business Blog

May 31

Why go for an MBA when you are going into your family business anyway?

Daniel G. Van Der Vliet

Recently we concluded our Leaders in Family Enterprise class.  With nearly 40 students enrolled, from 1st generation entrepreneurs to 7th generation legacy businesses, we had an amazing diversity of individuals and backgrounds represented. Students were asked to reflect weekly on each speaker or to encapsulate their thoughts from the entire semester.  I’ve taken a few […]

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