Welcome to the Smith Family Business Initiative Programs

Family businesses are incredibly dynamic. They include everything from the corner store to the Fortune 500. By most estimates, they make up between 70-90% of all businesses globally, higher in some of the emerging markets. Regardless of size, understanding and harnessing the complexities of the family element is often a constant. Programs offered through the Smith Family Business Initiative bring together peers, business leaders and family members in numerous ways to further explore their family, their business and their future. These programs include small, confidential peer groups, such as the Upstate Owners Forum or our Family Business Roundtables, executive education programs that cover succession, leadership and strategy in a family enterprise, or our annual conference that brings together alumni, students, business owners and practitioners for two days of exploration, discovery and networking.

Programs are open to all eligible participants, however, participation in certain programs may be restricted to family businesses or alumni only to ensure confidentiality.