Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies Offers Free Seminars in Ongoing Family Business Forum Program

Madison, NJ (February 5, 2009) —Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies will offer six seminars this year for those involved in a family business on a wide range of topics, from the changes in healthcare to how to recharge your business and increase profits. The seminars are scheduled from February through November and are free and open to the public.

On February 26, family business consultant Fredda Herz-Brown will present “Back to Basics: Learning to Build on the Uniqueness of Families Who Share a Family Enterprise.” The presentation will run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and will explore the relationships between family members in a family business and will cover issues such as money, leadership, authority, and control.

“Reducing the Cost of Succession in Today’s Society” will be the topic on April 2, given by Andrew Bluestone of Selective Benefits Group, Ed Ahart of Schneck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, and Jeff Jaskol of the Jaskol Group. Bluestone, Ahart, and Jaskol will discuss the tried and true methods of business succession and transition. Current estate tax law, business valuation, transfer opportunities and life insurance options will be covered. The seminar will run from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Tom Cioffie and Pat Basilo of Compensations, PEO will educate the audience with “The New Consumerism – Consumer Driven Healthcare” on May 14. With today’s rising medical costs, a move to a Consumer-Driven Healthcare Plan can result in better healthcare management costs. This seminar, which runs from 8:30-10:30 a.m., will take the audience through the ins and outs of healthcare buying practices.

On September 10, Alan Wink of Amper Politziner & Mattia will, with Bob Lemaire of Sun National Bank, present “Key Tactics: Reinvigorating and Recharging Your Business” from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wink and Lemaire will provide effective strategies that a family business can use to stay on the path of growth and stay one step ahead of the competition. Increasing revenue, caring for employees, and seizing opportunities to acquire weaker firms will be covered.

“The Next Generation: Its 8 Biggest Challenges Updated Session” is the title of the seminar that Greg McCann, CPA, JD of Stetson University’s Family Enterprise Center on October 19 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. McCann will discuss the eight biggest challenges to the next generation for family that owns a business. Each challenge will be addressed, along with examples, consequences of ignoring them, and strategies to overcome them.

Leonard C. Green, founder of the Green Group, will present “Ten Great Ideas to Make You and Your Family More Successful in This Very Challenging Economy: on November 17 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. A family business owner himself, Green has worked with hundreds of family business and will  discuss proven methods of creatively growing a family business and increasing profits. 

To register for a session, call Kim Dennison at 973-443-8880.

The mission of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies of Silberman College of Business is to foster and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic and business communities. Since 1989, the Institute has fulfilled its mission by offering innovative academic and outreach programs on the local, regional and increasingly, global levels.

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