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.

2020 Annual Directors Meeting

The 2020 Family Business Alliance Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Ivey School of Business in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in June 2020. Specific dates will be announced soon.  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.

Institute/Center College/University
Alberta Business Family Institute University of Alberta
Austin Family Business Program Oregon State University
Business Families Centre (UBC) University of British Columbia
Center for Family Business (CSU Fullerton) Cal State Fullerton
Center for Family Business (IUP) Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Center for Family Business (Northeastern) Northeastern University
Center for Family Business (New Haven) University of New Haven
Center for Family Business (UNH) University of New Hampshire
Center for Family Enterprise Northwestern University
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 (Louisville) University of Louisville
Family Business Center (St. Thomas) University of St. Thomas
Family Business Center (Toledo) University of Toledo
Family Business Center (UW Madison) University of Wisconsin
Family Business Center of Hawaii University of Hawaii at Manoa
Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley Non-affiliated
Family Business Alliance Wilkes University
Family Business Institute University of Vermont
Family Business Program Montana State University
Family Enterprise Center (Arkansas Fort Smith) University of Arkansas Fort Smith
 Family Enterprise Center (UNC Chapel Hill) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Family Owned Business Institute (GVSU)  Grand Valley State University
Family Owned Business Institute (Tulsa) University of Tulsa
Gellert Family Business Resource Center University of San Francisco
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) Fresno State
Institute for Family Business (Pacific) 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
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
 Baylor Institute for Family Business Baylor 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.

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 (CSU Fullerton)

Mike Trueblood

California State University, Fullerton

Los Angeles, California

2006

Family Business Center (UW Madison)

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 (Stetson)

Greg McCann

Stetson University,

Deland, Florida

2009

Chicago Family Business Council

Ernest Barrens

University of Illinois – Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

2010

Center for Family Business (CSU Fullerton)

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 (Pacific)

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)

Marci Schafer

Grand Rapids, MI
 2020

Business Families Centre (Western University)

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.