Family businesses are a major driver in the world economy. What may often start as an idea in the home, with determination and innovation grows into a business built to last. The University of Vermont Grossman School of Business would like to recognize those alumni and Vermont based businesses that have overcome the challenges of succession to achieve lasting success. The University of Vermont Grossman School of Business Family Business Awards seek to recognize and celebrate University of Vermont alumni’s family owned businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to creating sustainable business through leadership and innovation.

Read about the 2016 UVM Family Business Awards here.

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN FOR 2017 FB AWARDS

About the UVM FB Awards

Businesses will be recognized in four categories. Applicants must either be businesses based in Vermont OR out-of-state businesses run by UVMs alumni.

These businesses

  • 1st Gen: Start-up or purchased firms with multiple family members in ownership or operations.
  • Multi-Gen - US Based Enterprise that has completed at least one generational transfer within the family.
  • Multi-Gen - Global Enterprise that has completed at least one generational transfer within the family.
  • Vermont Legacy Achievement Award: Vermont based family business recognized for outstanding and long lasting success.

Who Can Be Nominated

Any family enterprise that is owned or operated by UVMs alumni and/or based in Vermont.

Who Can Nominate?

Nominations can be submitted by the company (self-nominations) or by associated parties.

Judging Criteria

The judging panel will evaluate the nominations and select the winners based on the following criteria:

  • Financial success of the company
  • Governance of the family and the business
  • Contributions to the community and industry
  • Innovative business practices or strategies

Judges Confirmed for 2017 Awards:

  • Steve Schlesinger (’83)– Schlesinger Associates, 2016 Multi-Gen Global Family Enterprise Award Winner
  • Sharon Gutwin (’79)– The RehabGYM, 2016 1st Generation Family Enterprise Award Winner
  • Lisa Lynn – Addison Press, 2016 Vermont Legacy Family Enterprise Award Winner
  • Jarrett Lilien (’84) The Barton Group, 2015 Multi – Gen Global Family Enterprise Award Winner
  • Pramodita Sharma - Sanders Professor for Family Business, UVM Grossman School of Business (non-voting chair)

Past Winners

1st GENERATION FAMILY FIRM: Start-up or purchased firm with multiple family members in ownership or operations.

MULTI-GEN US BASED FIRMS: Family firms that have completed at least one generational transfer within the family.

MULTI-GEN GLOBAL ENTERPRISE: Family firms that have completed at least one generational transfer within the family.

VERMONT LEGACY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Vermont based family business recognized for outstanding and long lasting success -

View pictures, videos and more from previous Family Business Awards.

2014 Pictures

2013 Pictures

2012 Pictures

Contact

For any questions about the Family Business Awards please email fba@bsad.uvm.edu

Family Business Awards Fast Facts

  • Nomination forms can be submitted by the company or by associated parties
  • Nominations must be received by April 28, 2017
  • Selected nominees will be invited to submit a full application
  • Full applications will be due by June 15, 2017
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for the award
  • Honorees will be notified by August 30, 2017