UofL Family Business Center

The UofL Family Business Center informs, celebrates, and strengthens family firms in the Kentuckiana

Despite the prominence of family-owned businesses (80-90%), only 40% survive to the 2nd generation, 12% to the third, and 3%to the fourth. The University of Louisville Family Business Center (FBC) is committed to improving these statistics by offering resources designed to inform, strengthen and celebrate family-owned businesses. The FBC has helped many businesses build a strong foundation for fam

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As family businesses face the challenges of maintaining momentum during fast-paced growth periods, embracing transitions of leadership, or simply need to hone in on day-to-day operations, a transformative solution is gaining traction: Fractional Leadership. With expertise at your fingertips, these part-time trailblazers offer the agility and specialized skills needed to navigate the complexities of today's business environment. Whether it's about filling gaps in executive roles temporarily or guiding through growth spurts, fractional leaders provide a blend of experience and flexibility that can propel your family business forward. Join industry leaders as we discuss how fractional leadership can help your family business! https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/navigating-success-with-fractional-leadership


There's still time! Is your family business ready to weather ANY storm? That nagging question can be downright chilling! But hold on, there's a light at the end of the tunnel! Join us for this great panel discussion and start planning for the future...and the unexpected!
Mark your calendars for February 20th. Register today! ➡️ https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/tragedy-to-triumph

Photos from UofL Family Business Center's post 02/15/2024

Are you ready to be part of something truly exceptional? Dive into the world of family business with the UofL Family Business Center! Did you know that the University of Louisville is ranked #38 in family business research productivity in the world?

And Dr. Isabel Botero is ranked #8 among the world’s top family business researchers!

We take Family Business seriously! Contact us at [email protected] to become part of this great community!



Are you looking to scale your company without compromising on the agility and personal touch that defines your family business? Consider a fractional leader - an emerging trend that's redefining the business landscape.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to revolutionize your family business. What are the pain points in your company where a fractional leader could make a significant impact? Could this be the key to balancing tradition with innovation? 🤔
RSVP now and let’s explore the future of leadership together! https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/navigating-success-with-fractional-leadership


Is your family business prepared for the unexpected? Join our expert panel featuring Lewis Rudy of Rudy and Associates, Mark Oppenheimer of Dentons, Bingham, Greenebaum, and Tommy Wallace of Old National Bank on February 20th to hear stories of unexpected events that nearly or completely derailed family businesses and tips to safeguard your business to prepare for the unexpected. Register today! This is a FBC MEMBER ONLY EVENT. https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/tragedy-to-triumph


REMINDER! Be sure to nominate your favorite family businesses and family business leaders SOON! The deadline is rapidly approaching. Shine a spotlight on the cornerstones of our community, the family-owned businesses and visionary leaders who have paved the way for excellence in our region. The deadline is February 19th! Nominations - Louisville Business First (https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/nomination)


Mark your calendars for February 20th because we're about to arm you with the ultimate defense at the renowned Dentons Bingham Greenebaum!
Uncover Secrets to Safeguard Your Legacy!
Not just another event – this is your chance to dive into a survival tale of a family business that not only survived but thrived through turmoil. Gain exclusive access to insider strategies that will fortify your enterprise against the unforeseen.
Click the link NOW and secure your seat to transform your fear into fortress-like strength! https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/tragedy-to-triumph


In an era where adaptability is key, family businesses face a unique set of challenges: rapid growth, leadership transitions, and the constant need for innovation. These can be overwhelming to tackle amidst the hustle of everyday operations. That’s where fractional leadership comes into play. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to revolutionize your family business. RSVP now and let’s explore the future of leadership together! https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/navigating-success-with-fractional-leadership


Nomination Alert! The Annual Family Business Awards is now accepting entries! Shine a spotlight on the cornerstones of our community, the family-owned businesses and visionary leaders who have paved the way for excellence in our region. Don't miss this chance to honor their dedication and success. Head to Louisville Business First and submit your nomination for the deserving family firms and trailblazing individuals today! Nominations - Louisville Business First (https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/nomination)

Photos from UofL Family Business Center's post 01/30/2024

What a great morning at our January education event! Thank you to our amazing panelists, Scott Olinger of Harding Shymanski & Company, Rachel Friend of right angle results and Tom Ice of Gray, Ice, Higdon for sharing your knowledge and experience and tackling the hard questions about Shareholder Agreements in Family Business!

Thank you also to our friends at GLI for allowing us to utilize your beautiful board room for the event and to German American Bank for sponsoring breakfast!


Are you ready for the UNEXPECTED? Family businesses are the heart of our communities, but what happens when disaster strikes? It's a thought we often shy away from, yet it's crucial for the survival of your legacy!

Join us in a thought-provoking evening at Dentons Bingham Greenebaum on February 20th, where we'll dive deep into the critical steps to bulletproof your family business against life's unforeseen events. Hear an inspiring real-life story of resilience and transformation that could change the way you think about your business forever. https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/tragedy-to-triumph


Our friends at Family Enterprise USA stand steadfast in their mission to amplify the voice of generationally-owned family businesses on the national stage. Their quest for the year: Surpass 1000 voices in their pivotal annual survey. Your 5-minute contribution can make a monumental impact, swaying DC legislators with the undeniable evidence that family businesses are the lifeblood of our communities. https://familyenterpriseusa.com/2024-annual-family-business-survey/?utm_source=fambusctrulouis&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=2024Survey


Ever wondered, "What if disaster strikes my family business?" The thought alone can send shivers down your spine. But here’s the silver lining – you don’t have to face those fears alone!
Join us on February 20th at the prestigious Dentons Bingham Greenebaum for an eye-opening event that will change the way you protect your family legacy!

Learn from the masters! Hear the powerful story of a family business that rose from the ashes of adversity and grasp the strategies that can bulletproof your business against the storms of fate.

Photos from UofL Family Business Center's post 01/26/2024

Did you know that the University of Louisville is ranked #38 worldwide in the area of family business research? And our very own Dr. Isabel Botero, George E. and Mary Lee Fischer Chair in Family Entrepreneurship, is personally ranked #8 worldwide among scholars at the forefront of family business research? Get involved in our UofL’s Family Business Center and take advantage of opportunities to learn more from great leaders in this space. Family Business is our priority!
University Ranking : McCoy College of Business : Texas State University (txst.edu)


Calling all champions of family legacies! Nominations are OFFICIALLY OPEN for the Family Business Awards! Your chance to spotlight the heart and soul of our community—the family-owned powerhouses and visionary leaders. Nominate your favorite dynamos at Louisville Business First and let's celebrate the success that only families can build. Don't wait! Head over now and give kudos where they are due! Nominations - Louisville Business First (https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/nomination)


Help us collectively champion for family businesses across the country by completing this 5-minute survey. Our friends at Enterprise USA tirelessly advocate for the heart and soul of our economy—generationally-owned family businesses. This year, they aim for a milestone: 1000+ voices in their annual survey. Your contribution is power; it shapes policies and reinforces the critical role family businesses play in our communities. Let's unite and make our presence resonate in the halls of DC! https://familyenterpriseusa.com/2024-annual-family-business-survey/?utm_source=fambusctrulouis&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=2024Survey


What if disaster strikes your family business? Imagine your legacy facing its toughest challenge yet. On February 20th, step into the halls of Dentons Bingham Greenebaum for an eye-opening conversation on shielding your family business from life's unforeseen calamities. Connect with trailblazing experts and dive deep into a real-life saga of a business hit by unexpected adversity—learn how that pivotal moment reshaped their enterprise philosophy forever. https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/tragedy-to-triumph


It's that special time of year again! Nominations are officially OPEN for the Annual Family Business Awards! 🏆 If you know a family business or a leader that stands out, it's YOUR turn to give them the spotlight they deserve! Head over to Louisville Business First and show some love by nominating your favorites in both the 'Companies' and 'People' categories. Let's celebrate the heart and soul of our region - the families that keep the business world spinning! Nominations - Louisville Business First (https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/nomination)


Is your family business looking to ensure long-term success, harmony, and sustainability? Join us on January 30th for this important discussion to gain insights from local experts on the importance of shareholder agreements and their essential protections. Register now! https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/shareholder-agreements


It's difficult to imagine what could happen to a family business if the unthinkable occurred. Despite the importance of protecting oneself and one's family business in times of tragedy, facing such a harsh reality is a challenge. Join us February 20th at Dentons Bingham Greenebaum to discuss the importance of safeguarding family businesses against potential tragedies and gain insight from leaders in the field. Uncover what one business experienced after an unexpected tragedy and how it has shaped their business mindset forever. Register today! https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/tragedy-to-triumph


Is your family's business future and success protected? Don't miss this event to discover the critical importance of a shareholder agreement. Your business must have the tools to ensure harmony and long-term success! On January 30th at 9am, tune in as three expert family business consultants provide insight on this critical matter. Secure your seat now at: https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/shareholder-agreements


As organizations continue to embrace a blended leadership model, it is crucial to understand the challenges non-family executives often face when they are part of a family enterprise. Join us and delve into a series of real-life case study scenarios and gain insights into the strategies you can use to overcome these challenges. Let's share our findings, collaborate, and discuss how to successfully foster a collaborative environment with both family and non-family executives. https://luc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlduivrz4uH9H4VhauOyqzLx5AJye8CY0b #/registration


Happy New Year! It's going to be a great one! We look forward to spending it with our Family Business Community. Resolve to get more involved this year. 2025 you will thank you!


Join us on January 30th at 9 am to demystify the importance of shareholder agreements and gain insights from our expert panel: Tom Ice of Gray, Ice Higdon, Rachel Friend of right angle results and Scott Olinger of Harding Shymanski. This expert team of family business advisors will unpack the importance of shareholder agreements, highlight basic protection, and offer invaluable tips to ensure your business's longevity and harmony. Don’t miss out - register today! https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/shareholder-agreements


Join us for this virtual event with family business centers across the country and delve into a series of real-life case study scenarios to ensure you properly integrate non-family executives into your family business. Together, we will gain insights into the challenges faced by non-family executives and the strategies you can employ to overcome them. Use the scenarios to share findings, collaborate, and deepen your understanding of the intricacies of blending family and non-family executives in leadership roles. Register today at: https://luc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlduivrz4uH9H4VhauOyqzLx5AJye8CY0b #/registration


How would your business be impacted by a sudden and unexpected loss? Connect with peers and a team of experts for this special Family Business Center event discussing the "what if's" and ensuring you have a plan to keep your business running if an unexpected tragedy should occur. Hear stories of family businesses who were caught off guard and how that experience changed their business mindset forever. Join us on February 20th from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at Dentons Bingham Greenebaum. This is an FBC Member Only Event. Register today! https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/tragedy-to-triumph


Business owners, don’t miss out on this invaluable opportunity to join our expert panel on January 30th to discuss the importance of Shareholder Agreements! This discussion will uncover why these agreements are so important, provide guidance on the types of general protection, and arm you with tips to ensure the longevity and harmony of your family business. Thank you to German American Bank for sponsoring breakfast for this event.
Register today! https://fabcul.memberclicks.net/shareholder-agreements

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