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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>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 27

Flocks, families, and organizations

Daniel G. Van Der Vliet

  One of the greatest contributions of Bowen Theory to the understanding of groups (families, organizations, or societies), is the following: the functioning of the individual is governed by the group. Theory also points out that if an individual can raise his functioning in relationship to other group members, others predictably raise their functioning as […]

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Family Business. Family owned. Family entrepreneurship. Business family. Families in business. Family influence. Family control. Many terms.

28 Mar 2017

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As a #UVM alum and lifelong @UVMmbb fan, this makes me incredibly proud. Success in the classroom is ultimately wha… https://t.co/vy14ipmOcT

27 Mar 2017

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Family business has many definitions - perhaps it may be easier to define what IS NOT a #familybusiness.

27 Mar 2017