Educational institutions are helping family operations by organizing seminars and round tables. Here are a few of the prominent players:

  • The University of Massachusetts Family Business Center. Sponsors presentations by experts in psychology, management, law, accounting, financial and estate planning and banking. Visit www.umass.edu/fambiz.
  • University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business Family Enterprise Center. Educational programs and peer advisory activities. Visit www.familybiz.pitt.edu.
  • The Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center. This Chicago-based organization sponsors research projects on family business leadership, the communication patterns of business-owning families and the performance of family businesses compared with non-family managed counterparts. Visit www.sba.luc.edu/centers/fbc/.
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville, Family Business Forum. Enhances the viability of closely held businesses in North Carolina. Visit www.unca.edu/fbf.
  • The University of San Francisco, Gellert Foundation Family Business Center. Works with family businesses to promote networking. Visit www.usfca.edu/fbrc.
  • University of Southern California Family Business Network. A resource for families and their businesses, providing a sophisticated forum for information about management, growth, continuity and strategy. Visit www.marshall.usc.edu/web/FamilyBusiness.cfm.
  • The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE). While not affiliated with an educational institution, this association is included here because of its critical role in the Canadian family business scene, maintaining chapters throughout the nation. Visit www.cafemembers.org.