Family Business

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Johnson BusinessFeed

From Cheese to Fashion: Exploring the Family Businesses of Italy

EMBA Americas student Brandon Jernigan recounts his experience in the 2024 Family Businesses in Italy Trek.

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SC Johnson College BusinessFeed

Cornell’s 2023 Families in Business Conference Ignites Thought Leadership

Clarence Rivette, MBA ’25, provides an overview and shares personal takeaways about the 9th Annual Families in Business Conference held in Ithaca.

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Dyson BusinessFeed

New York FarmNet Cultivates Stability for Farming Families

Fred Lee was on the verge of losing the Long Island farm he had inherited from his family. A call to New York FarmNet helped change his life and his business.

David Tingue, MBA ’92
SC Johnson College BusinessFeed

Entrepreneurship or family business…or both?

Entrepreneurship and family business have at times seemed at odds with each other, but upon a closer look, they are actually joined at the hip.

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Johnson BusinessFeed

Knowledge into action: Preparing the next generation of family business leaders

The Smith Family Business Initiative (SFBI) understands family business—how it operates, what makes it unique, and the impact it has on the global economy.

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Fisk Johnson, CEO of SC Johnson: A champion in the crusade against plastic ocean waste

SC Johnson CEO Fisk Johnson talks about why ending plastic ocean waste is important to him, his company, and human life on this planet.

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Johnson BusinessFeed

Profile in Leadership: Christina Keller, MBA ’07, president and CEO at Cascade Engineering

Christina Keller, CEO and president of Cascade Engineering, upholds and updates a family tradition of do-good capitalism.

The Smith Family Business Initiative (SFBI)
Johnson BusinessFeed

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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A Hotelier’s Perspective: The Little Things Matter

Lani Shufelt, MBA ’12, owner and COO of The Chanler at Cliff Walk, says travelers are looking for unique experiences rather than cookie-cutter accommodations.