Free Lecture Can Help Family Businesses Grow

Rothman Institute

Madison, NJ (August 18, 2008) — Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies is hosting entrepreneurial expert Ann Dugan, who will present “Brothers, Sisters, and Cousins? Building a Strong and Successful Management Team” on September 11, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The lecture is free and open to anyone who is part of a family business.

Dugan is the Founder, Executive Director and Assistant Dean of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence part of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an accomplished author, lecturer and family business consultant with over 20 years of experience in researching, developing and writing in the areas of family business, strategic planning, development of the franchise system and the dynamics of the entrepreneurial firm. A frequent contributor to articles published in Fortune, Inc, Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Business Times, Ms Dugan is also the editor and co-author of the internationally renowned book, Franchising 101.

In her presentation, Dugan will discuss the challenges of moving from a founder-run business to a second-generation leadership team. Furthermore, she will delve into the unique set of challenges that follow when cousins and other family members are brought into the fold. This program aims to help sibling and cousin teams organize themselves and the extended family into a group that owns and runs a business together. 

Registration is required. To reserve a place, call 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.

The Family Business Forum was established by the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies in 1992 to support family businesses. The Forum is designed to provide family businesses in the metropolitan area with a unique opportunity to learn from leading experts about proven strategies for successfully owning and operating a family business through outcome oriented educational programs and seminars. The Forum also provides members with the opportunity to exchange ideas and share experiences. Programs are designed to foster interaction and participation by addressing issues of specific concern. The members-only environment fosters long-term relationships based on mutual trust and understanding and an ongoing dialogue about family and business issues.

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