WHERE FAMILY BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, & SUSTAINABILITY MEET

At the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business, the Family Business Institute is pioneering family business research and education at the heart of business as a force of good for our planet and people. Our research-based internationally renowned in-person and online courses, forums, awards, and case competitions support the learning and networking needs of students, educators, family business advisors, and leaders.

Founded in 1998 thanks to generous funding from Ned Grace, Robin Tauck, Chuck Tauck, and Gallagher, Flynn & Company, the Family Business Institute has grown from a locally focused membership organization to a worldwide leader at the vanguard of research and education on sustainability and innovation of enterprising families.

Today, the Family Business Institute supports flagship initiatives and an unparalleled curriculum that bring together the brightest minds to explore how many of the world’s most iconic mission-driven family businesses and their leaders operate their enterprises sustainably.

 

LEADING FAMILY BUSINESS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN VERMONT AND BEYOND

UVM’s Family Business Institute is a leader in the field and classroom. Our programming is the direct result of our unparalleled publication record in top journals and location in beautiful Vermont – which happens to be home to the most Certified B Corporations per capita in the country. A significant proportion of these acclaimed enterprises are family businesses.

A selected list of our initiatives includes:

  • Schlesinger Global Family Enterprise Case Competition
  • Family Business Awards
  • Family Enterprise Research Conference
  • Family Business Forum Virtual Series

WORLD-CLASS CURRICULUM

The Family Business Institute supports credit-bearing in-person and online courses in family business, innovation, and sustainable development for undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Students benefit from coursework directly influenced by thought leaders and scholars from around the world. Opportunities to interact with acclaimed family business strategists, educators, advisors, and leaders in intimate, small group learning experiences are integral to our courses.

RENOWNED FACULTY & RESEARCH

Our faculty are engaged in innovative research related to entrepreneurship, longevity, sustainability, and both early-stage and transgenerational mission-driven businesses. Faculty members are active in the editorial boards of prestigious entrepreneurship, family business, and sustainability journals, including service in editorial positions. Our work reflects our strong focus on case-based teaching and new case development to support educational programs.

TRANSFORMATIVE ACADEMIC AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

The Family Business Institute hosts interactive programming, intercollegiate competitions, stakeholder engagement, and awards and recognition of trailblazing family businesses every year. These academic and community outreach initiatives have attracted thousands of students, faculty, and outstanding family business leaders to engage directly with our community and beyond.

 

Schlesinger Global Family Enterprise Case Competition (SG-FECC)

Family Business Awards (FBA)

Family Enterprise research Conference (FERC)

Family Business Sustainability Forums

Snapshot

Family Business Awards 2021
Applications due:
July 10th, 2021
Awards Ceremony (in-person):
October 1st, 2021
Location: UVM Campus

SG-FECC 2022
Last day to register for Virtual SG-FECC:
September 15th, 2021
Virtual SG-FECC submissions:
October, 22nd, 2021
Virtual SG-FECC finalists round:
November, 13th 2021

Last day to register for In-Person SG-FECC: November 1st, 2021.
Competition dates: January 12-15, 2022

FERC
May 24-27th, 2021
Hosted by the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Call for Submissions (PDF)
FERC Listserv

Courses

Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainable Enterprise
BSAD 335 – Entrepreneurial Family Business

Sustainable Innovation MBA
MBA 301A07 – Entrepreneurial Family Business

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
BSAD 235 - Entrepreneurial Family Firms