Family Business Institute | Grossman School of Business | The University of Vermont(title)

At the University of Vermont (UVM) Grossman School of Business, we believe that understanding and fostering successful family businesses is a force of good for our planet and people. Our Family Business Institute is pioneering family business research and education. Our research-based internationally renowned in-person and online courses, forums, awards, and case competitions support the learning and networking needs of students, educators, family business advisors, and leaders. 

Leading family business research and education in Vermont and beyond 

The UVM Grossman School’s Family Business Institute is a leader in the field and classroom. Our programming is the direct result of our unparalleled publication record in top journals and location in beautiful Vermont – which happens to be home to the most Certified B Corporations per capita in the country. A significant proportion of these acclaimed enterprises are family businesses. 

Today, the Family Business Institute supports flagship initiatives and an unparalleled curriculum that bring together the brightest minds to explore how many of the world’s most iconic mission-driven family businesses and their leaders operate their enterprises sustainably.

Founded in 1998, thanks to generous funding from Ned Grace, Robin Tauck, Chuck Tauck, and Gallagher, Flynn & Company, the Family Business Institute has grown from a locally focused membership organization to a worldwide leader at the vanguard of research and education on sustainability and innovation of enterprising families. 

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World-Class Curriculum

The Family Business Institute supports credit-bearing in-person and online courses in family business, innovation, and sustainable development for undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.
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Renowned Faculty and Research

Our faculty are engaged in innovative research related to entrepreneurship, longevity, sustainability, and both early-stage and transgenerational mission-driven businesses. Faculty members are active in the editorial boards of entrepreneurship, family business, and sustainability journals.
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Academic and Community Outreach

The Family Business Institute hosts interactive programming, intercollegiate competitions, stakeholder engagement, and awards and recognition of trailblazing family businesses every year. These academic and community outreach initiatives have attracted thousands.

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Meet those who are leading family business research and education in Vermont and beyond.

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