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Institute for Family Business

The Institute for Family Business is a comprehensive resource center for education, family business knowledge, and community involvement that serves the needs of the family-owned and closely-held partnerships in the Central California area with the intent of improving the success of families and their businesses. In addition, the Institute provides a forum where important family business issues can be openly discussed, encouraging the exchange of ideas and information among trusted experts and family business owners.  More importantly, we aim to inspire our diverse student body to become the next generation of family business leaders. 



As a comprehensive resource center, we offer family-owned businesses: 

  • Seminars - we cover broad business issues, such as strategic planning, as well as other issues unique to families and partnerships, such as succession and conflict management, and relationship issues unique to the personal involvement within family-owned organizations.
  • Affinity meetings - workshops designed for select family members to develop critical family business skills.
  • Network and Advisory sessions - provide a non-commercial atmosphere for advisory members to discuss pressing family-business and general-business issues.
  • A direct connection to Fresno State, encouraging the recruitment of graduates as employees, current students as interns, and networking with experienced faculty members.
  • We’re regularly updating our website’s library of business resources with new educational videos, recommended family business literature, and other resources.

Please join us in celebrating Central Valley family businesses by becoming a member of the Institute for Family Business. 

Upcoming Events

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4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Available Resources and Downsizing Options to Sustain Your Family Businesses Amid COVID-19

The Institute for Family Business in collaboration with the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board will virtually host Sierra HR Partners Inc, the Small Business Administration, and the Employment Development Department to help family businesses learn more about the immediate resources available during this COVID-19 emergency. The panel will also provide compliance guidelines and tips to follow in case your business must make the difficult choice to reduce its workforce.


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Pass the Business Please: Transitioning the Family Company to the Next GenerationIn her presentation “Pass the Business, Please” founding partner of Evolve Partner Group, LLC,  Lois Lang, Psy.D., will discuss the most common pitfalls that derail family businesses and offer solid strategies for avoiding them. And by following the journeys of three real-life family companies, you will see what to do, what not to do and how to correct course midway to ensure your company’s success.RSVP:
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