Family Business Alliance

Family Business Alliance

The Family Business Alliance was formed in 2003 to bring together directors of university based family business programs. While this remains an informal associations of professionals, we welcome the participation of additional directors of family business programs in the academic space. There are approximately 50 centers dispersed throughout the United States and Canada who are affiliated with the Family Business Alliance.

Participating Centers and Institutes

Below please find a directory of known centers and institutes affiliated with the Family Business Alliance. The Family Firm Institute also maintains a global list of global family business programs.  

Institute/Center

College/University

Alberta Business Family Institute

University of Alberta

Austin Family Business Program

Oregon State University

Business Families Centre

University of British Columbia

Business Families Centre

University of Western Ontario

Center for Family Business

Cal State Fullerton

Center for Family Business

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Center for Family Business

Northeastern University

Center for Family Business

University of New Haven

Center for Family Business & CEO Forum

University of New Hampshire

Center for Family Business & Privately Held Companies

University of Toledo

 

Center for Private Business

Wake Forest University

Centre for Family Business and Regional Prosperity

Dalhousie University

 

Chicago Family Business Council

DePaul University

Conway Center for Family Business

Ohio Dominican University

Cox Family Enterprise Center

Kennesaw State University

Delaware Valley Family Business Center

Non-affiliated

Deschênes | Molson | Lesage Family Business Centre

HEC Montreal

Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center

Florida International University

 

Family Business Alliance

Non-affiliated

Family Business Center

University of Louisville

Family Business Center

University of St. Thomas

Family Business Center

University of Wisconsin

Family Business Center of Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Family Business Center of the Pioneer Valley

Non-affiliated

Family Business Alliance (Wilkes University) 

Wilkes University

Family Business Institute

University of Vermont

Family Business Program

Montana State University

Family Enterprise Center

University of Arkansas Fort Smith

 Family Enterprise Center University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Family Owned Business Institute  Grand Valley State University
 

Family Owned Business Institute

University of Tulsa

Goering Center for Family and Private Business

University of Cincinnati

Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship

St. Joseph's University

Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence

University of Pittsburgh

Institute for Family Business

Fresno State

Institute for Family Business

University of the Pacific

Institute for Family-Owned Business

Non-affiliated

Kansas Family Business Forum

Wichita State University

Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship

Auburn University

 

Loyola Family Business Center

Loyola University

New York Family Business Center

LeMoyne College 

Niagara University Family Business Center

Niagara University

Prairie Family Business Association

University of South Dakota

Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business

Husson University

S. Dale High Center for Family Business at Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown College

 

Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell

Cornell University

St. Bonaventure University Family Business Club

St. Bonaventure University

Stevens Center for Family Businesses

Saginaw Valley State University

The O. Berk Company Family Business Forum

Fairleigh Dickson University

Tulane Family Business Center

Tulane University

UNC Asheville Family Business Forum

University of North Carolina Asheville

Virginia Family & Private Business Forum

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wisconsin Family Business Forum

University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh

Family Business Alliance Annual Meeting 

Each year, the Family Business Alliance hosts an annual meeting one of the participating campuses. Attendees include directors, program managers, university officials and key stakeholders. While in each region, we also have the opportunity to visit with local family businesses and leaders. The 2017 Alliance conference will take place from June 21 – 23 at Pacific University in San Francisco, California, USA.

Year

Host center and director

Host school and location

2003

The High Center

Elizabethtown College, 

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

2004

Cox Family Enterprise Center

Joe Astrachan

Kennesaw University,

Atlanta, Georgia

2005

Center for Family Business

Mike Trueblood

California State University, Fullerton

Los Angeles, California 

2006

Family Business Center

Ann Kinkade

University of Wisconsin,

Madison, Wisconsin

2007

Family Business Initiative @ UVM

Dann Van Der Vliet

University of Vermont,

Burlington, Vermont

2008

Family Enterprise Center

Greg McCann

Stetson University,

Deland, Florida

2009

Chicago Family Business Council

Ernest Barrens 

University of Illinois - Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

2010

Center for Family Business

Mike Trueblood

California State University, Fullerton

Los Angeles, California 

2011

UNC Asheville Family Business Forum

Cindy Clarke

University of North Carolina - Ashville

Asheville, North Carolina

2012

Tulane Family Business Center

Rosalind Butler

Tulane University,

New Orleans

2013

Alberta Family Business Institute

Shauna Feth

University of Alberta

Alberta, Canada

2014

Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University

Lanie Jordan

Wilkes University,

Wilkes, Pennsylvania

2015

Prairie Family Business Association

Beth Adamson

University of South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

2016

Centre for Family Business and Regional Prosperity

Leslie McNabb

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

2017

Institute for Family Business

Peter Johnson 
University of the Pacific

San Francisco, California 

2018

Smith Family Business Initiative

Dann Van Der Vliet

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

2019

Family Business Alliance (Michigan) 

Ellie Frey Zagel
Grand Rapids, MI 
 2020Business Families Centre

Dave Simpson 
Western University

Toronto, Ontario, CA
Connecting

Listserv: The Family Business Alliance maintains an active listserv which allows for directors and affiliates to share current news, events and topics. SFBI-FBALLIANCE-L@cornell.edu

LinkedIn group - The Family Business Alliance LinkedIn Group is a directory of the professionals associated with the centers affiliated with the Family Business Alliance. 

Twitter list - If you are on Twitter, you can find and follow a number of family business programs through our Twitter list.