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 association 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.

2019 Annual Meeting 

The 2019 Family Business Alliance Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Family Business Alliance in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from June 12 - 14  The annual meeting gathers center directors and assistants to delve into current issues pertaining to running a successful family business program. 

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.  



Alberta Business Family Institute

University of Alberta

Austin Family Business Program

Oregon State University

Business Families Centre

University of British Columbia

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

University of New Hampshire

Family Business Center

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


Deschênes | Molson | Lesage Family Business Centre

HEC Montreal

Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center

Florida International University


Family Business Alliance


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 Pioneer Valley


Family Business Alliance

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


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

Purdue Initiative for Family Firms (PIFF)  Purdue University

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 Business Forum

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wisconsin Family Business Forum

University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh

 Baylor Institute for Family BusinessBaylor University

 Koch Family Business Center Washington University in St. Louis - Olin Business School

 Old National Bank Center for Closely Held Business Butler University

 USC Family Business Program University of Southern California

 Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship Auburn University

 NYC Family Enterprise Center Not Affliated

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.


Host center and director

Host school and location


The High Center

Elizabethtown College, 

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania


Cox Family Enterprise Center

Joe Astrachan

Kennesaw University,

Atlanta, Georgia


Center for Family Business

Mike Trueblood

California State University, Fullerton

Los Angeles, California 


Family Business Center

Ann Kinkade

University of Wisconsin,

Madison, Wisconsin


Family Business Initiative @ UVM

Dann Van Der Vliet

University of Vermont,

Burlington, Vermont


Family Enterprise Center

Greg McCann

Stetson University,

Deland, Florida


Chicago Family Business Council

Ernest Barrens 

University of Illinois - Chicago

Chicago, Illinois


Center for Family Business

Mike Trueblood

California State University, Fullerton

Los Angeles, California 


UNC Asheville Family Business Forum

Cindy Clarke

University of North Carolina - Ashville

Asheville, North Carolina


Tulane Family Business Center

Rosalind Butler

Tulane University,

New Orleans


Alberta Family Business Institute

Shauna Feth

University of Alberta

Alberta, Canada


Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University

Lanie Jordan

Wilkes University,

Wilkes, Pennsylvania


Prairie Family Business Association

Beth Adamson

University of South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Centre for Family Business and Regional Prosperity

Leslie McNabb

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


Institute for Family Business

Peter Johnson 
University of the Pacific

San Francisco, California 


Smith Family Business Initiative

Dann Van Der Vliet

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY


Family Business Alliance (Michigan) 

Marci Schafer
Grand Rapids, MI 
 2020Business Families Centre

Dave Simpson 
Western University

Toronto, Ontario, CA

Listserv: The Family Business Alliance maintains an active listserv which allows for directors and affiliates to share current news, events and topics.

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.