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 that are affiliated with the Family Business Alliance.

The Family Business Alliance maintains an active listserv that allows for directors and affiliates to share current news, events, and topics. If you would like to be included on the listserv, please send an email to Dann Van Der Vliet,

Affiliated Centers and Programs

Below please find a directory of known centers and programs affiliated with the Family Business Alliance. The Family Firm Institute also maintains a current list of global family business programs.

Alberta Business Family InstituteUniversity of Alberta
Center for Family EnterpriseOregon State University
Business Families Centre (UBC)University of British Columbia
Center for Family Business (CSU Fullerton)Cal State Fullerton
Gellert Family Business CenterUniversity of San Francisco
Center for Family Business (Northeastern)Northeastern University
Center for Family Business (New Haven)University of New Haven
CEO and Family Enterprise Center University of New Hampshire
Center for Family EnterpriseNorthwestern University
Center for Private BusinessWake Forest University
Centre for Family Business and Regional ProsperityDalhousie University
Entrepreneur and Family Business CouncilDePaul University
Conway Center for Family BusinessOhio Dominican University
Cox Family Enterprise CenterKennesaw State University
Delaware Valley Family Business CenterNon-affiliated
Deschênes | Molson | Lesage Family Business CentreHEC Montreal
Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship CenterFlorida International University
Family Business AllianceGrand Rapids, Michigan
Family Business Center (Louisville)University of Louisville
Family Business Center (St. Thomas)University of St. Thomas
Family Business Center (Toledo)University of Toledo
Wisconsin Family Business CenterUniversity of Wisconsin
Family Business Center of HawaiiUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Northern Iowa Family Business CenterUniversity of Northern Iowa
Family Business AllianceWilkes University
Family Business InstituteUniversity of Vermont
Family Business ProgramMontana 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 CenterUniversity of San Francisco
Goering Center for Family and Private BusinessUniversity of Cincinnati
Initiative for Family Business and EntrepreneurshipSt. Joseph’s University
Institute for Entrepreneurial ExcellenceUniversity of Pittsburgh
Institute for Family Business (Fresno State)Fresno State
Institute for Family Business (Pacific)University of the Pacific
Institute for Family-Owned BusinessNon-affiliated
Kansas Family Business ForumWichita State University
Lowder Center for Family Business and EntrepreneurshipAuburn University
Loyola Family Business CenterLoyola University
New York Family Business CenterLeMoyne College
Niagara University Family Business CenterNiagara University
Prairie Family Business AssociationUniversity of South Dakota
Purdue Initiative for Family Firms (PIFF)Purdue University
Richard E. Dyke Center for Family BusinessHusson University
S. Dale High Center for Family Business at Elizabethtown CollegeElizabethtown College
Smith Family Business Initiative at CornellCornell University
Center for Family BusinessPenn State Behrend
Stevens Center for Family BusinessSaginaw Valley State University
The O. Berk Company Family Business ForumFairleigh Dickson University
Tulane Family Business CenterTulane University
UNC Asheville Family Business ForumUniversity of North Carolina Asheville
Virginia Family Business ForumVirginia Commonwealth University
Baylor Institute for Family BusinessBaylor University
Koch Family Business CenterWashington University in St. Louis – Olin Business School
Old National Bank Center for Closely Held BusinessButler University
USC Family Business ProgramUniversity of Southern California
Lowder Center for Family Business and EntrepreneurshipAuburn University
Kim S. Miller Family Enterprise Institute of South Carolina Anderson University
Center for Family Business Indiana University of Pennslyvania

Family Business Alliance Annual Meeting

Each year, the Family Business Alliance hosts an annual meeting at 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.

YearHost center and directorHost school and location
2003The High CenterElizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
2004Cox Family Enterprise Center
Joe Astrachan
Kennesaw University, Atlanta, Georgia
2005Center for Family Business (CSU Fullerton)
Mike Trueblood
California State University, Fullerton, Los Angeles, California
2006Family Business Center (UW Madison)
Ann Kinkade
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
2007Family Business Initiative @ UVM
Dann Van Der Vliet
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
2008Family Enterprise Center (Stetson)
Greg McCann
Stetson University, Deland, Florida
2009Chicago Family Business Council
Ernest Barrens
University of Illinois – Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
2010Center for Family Business (CSU Fullerton)
Mike Trueblood
California State University, Fullerton, Los Angeles, California
2011UNC Asheville Family Business Forum
Cindy Clarke
University of North Carolina – Ashville, Asheville, North Carolina
2012Tulane Family Business Center
Rosalind Butler
Tulane University, New Orleans
2013Alberta Family Business Institute
Shauna Feth
University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
2014Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University
Lanie Jordan
Wilkes University, Wilkes, Pennsylvania
2015Prairie Family Business Association
Beth Adamson
University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2016Centre for Family Business and Regional Prosperity
Leslie McNabb
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2017Institute for Family Business (Pacific)
Peter Johnson
University of the Pacific, San Francisco, California
2018Smith Family Business Initiative
Dann Van Der Vliet
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2019Family Business Alliance (Michigan)
Marci Schafer
Grand Rapids, MI
2020Virtual Family Business AllianceHosted by all
2021Business Families Centre (Western University) Dave SimpsonWestern University, Toronto, Ontario, CA
2022Center for Family Enterprise
Ted A. Peterson
Oregon State University, Portland, OR
2023Center for Private Enterprise
Lily Cochrane
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
2024UT Family Business Center
Angie Jones
University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio