Smith Family Business Initiative

The Smith Family Business Initiative (SFBI)
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Helping family businesses thrive: SFBI turns five years old

A Cornell-wide program, the Smith Family Business Initiative was founded in 2014 with a $10 million donation from John Smith, MBA ’74, and his wife, Dyan.

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So you want to be an entrepreneur? Part 2: Spaces and initiatives

In Part 2 of this series, Donnie and Earl offer a list of co-working spaces, initiatives, events, and resources for aspiring entrepreneurs at Cornell.

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Johnson BusinessFeed

Breaking gender barriers across generations

At the Cornell Family Business Roundtable, women from within the Johnson community and beyond gathered to discuss leadership and their family’s businesses.

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Parth Vedawala, MBA ’19: Learning through observation, leading by example

With his family’s business, Parth developed a passion for interacting with multiple aspects of business management. Now he’s turning passion to practice.

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Johnson BusinessFeed

Navigating through my MBA at 20 years old

Entering Johnson at the age of 20, I was apprehensive of being labeled the ‘baby of the class.’ But I was amazed at how my classmates treated me with the same respect and love as they did any another student.

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Family businesses thrive through the spirit of entrepreneurship

Family business panelists discuss their roles in opening new markets to complement established businesses at Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration 2018.

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Nolan School BusinessFeed

After 105 years, it’s time to scale the family restaurant

Talking with administrators during the application process further highlighted the managerial focus of the program. I was not coming here to learn operations, I was coming here to learn how to be a leader in the industry.

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Digging into the family business landscape with Daniel G. Van Der Vliet

Cornell’s Dann Van Der Vliet shares his thoughts on family business as guest on Successful Generations podcast.

“Looking Back, Moving Forward” panel speakers. From left to right: David Tingue, MBA ’92, Dwight Vicks ’84, MBA ’91, and Peter Bernstein ’03.
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Forum focuses on longtime family businesses

The men behind three family firms that have survived and thrived for 100 years or more shared their insights at the 2017 Families in Business Conference.