The Grossman School of Business is a forerunner in family business research and education. Family Business Initiatives at the University of Vermont started in 1998 with generous funding support from Ned Grace, Robin Tauck, Chuck Tauck, and Gallagher, Flynn & Company. In its earlier years, FBI was a membership organization offering Forums and hosting Affinity Groups. Since 2012, our expanded programs aim to serve the educational and learning needs of our students, faculty, and community.


Our undergraduate and graduate students benefit from courses built on leading edge knowledge in the field and provide opportunities to interact with family business leaders and advisors. Unique and global experiences are an integral part of our students’ learning and education. Over fifty of our students are involved in each year in organizing and competing in the only Global Family Enterprise Case Competition in the world considered by many as the World Cup of Family Business Education.


Our faculty members are engaged in family business research related to longevity of family firms, transgenerational entrepreneurship and legacy, and role of family firms in sustainability of environment and communities. Our faculty members are active in the editorial boards of leading entrepreneurship and family business journals, including service in editorial positions. We are proud to serve as an anchor for the global Family Enterprise Research Conference established in 2005.


Since 2012, we have honored the most progressive enterprising families with the prestigious UVM Family Business Awards. This annual event has become a must-attend for many UVM alums from near and far, and the local community, as we celebrate the best of the best every October during UVMs Homecoming week. We run specialized programs for industry / regional / national associations on topics such as Family Business Sustainability, Governance, Leadership Development, Transgenerational Entrepreneurship, and Succession Planning.

The longevity and success of enterprising families of our students, alumni, and community, is our ultimate objective in ALL our programs!


For questions or for more information please contact the Director of FBI Dita Sharma