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.


Global Emerging Leaders in Family Enterprise

Global Emerging Leaders for Family Enterprise (GEL) is a select leadership development offering for emerging entrepreneurs from American, Chinese and other international family enterprises. GEL prepares you for success as a next-generation leader of your family business by connecting you with peers and fellow business creators in circumstances you would actually face as an executive seeking to foster international and inter-generational business opportunities and the exchange of values and knowledge.



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Mar 06

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>To join or not to join?

Nov 03

>To join or not to join?

Family Business in the News

Mar 06

Family Business Survey

Family Enterprise USA takes the pulse of family business owners annually. Participate in their 2017 Annual Family Business Survey.

Feb 09

Family businesses are about to hit the mainstream

The study of family businesses across the world of academia is about to go mainstream. 

Jan 27

2016 Family Business Survey

Most recent survey explores the 'missing middle': Bridging the strategy gap in family firms



Family Business Blog

Mar 08

2017 FEUSA Family Business Survey

Daniel G. Van Der Vliet

Family Enterprise USA is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to educating lawmakers and growing public support for family businesses across America. Each year, Family Enterprise USA surveys business owners across the country to learn about their challenges and ensures that their voices are heard on Capitol Hill. The survey is open from February 23 to […]

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@daven_md We even have a 7th generation Kentucky bourbon family business member in class.

23 Mar 2017

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"Leaders in Family Enterprise" class begins tonight - 40 students from nearly every school at Cornell, from 1st year UG to 2nd year MBA.

22 Mar 2017

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"I've done my research - Cornell by far has the best family business community for students." Prospective #CornellMBA student

22 Mar 2017