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Dann Van Der Vliet 
The Family Business Initiative at the University of Vermont 


Friday November 8, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST

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Burlington Hilton 
60 Battery Street
Burlington, VT 05401

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Entrepreneurship & Family Business -

Complementary Dynamics. 

1st Families in Business Day

Any business begins with a f
ounder’s or a family’s entrepreneurial vision and entrepreneurship continues to play a significant role throughout the family firm’s evolution as it grows and prospers. Of course, not all family enterprises are entrepreneurial and not all new initiatives are family enterprises. Where is yours and how will it endure?

Spend a day working ON your business and not IN your business. Join with your business peers for the first annual Families in Business Day, hosted by the Family Business Initiative @ UVM. With concurrent sessions focusing on business, ownership or family, the day will offer workshops, stories and networking which focus on the robust link between family enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The Family Business Initiative @ UVM is a statewide network of business owners and successors that are dedicated to working through the challenging issues of growth, strategy and transition.  


8:00 – 9:00 Registration, breakfast and networking

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Kickoff Keynote – “Entrepreneurship & Family Business - Complementary Dynamics. How can family firms encourage entrepreneurship in every generation? And do they need to?” with Dita Sharma  

10:45 – 12:00 p.m. - Concurrent workshops – Session A

  • Business: What’s Your Style? - Building Effectiveness by Understanding Your Natural Personality Type.
  • Family: People Succession: Managing the Family Cast.
  • Ownership: Approaching 2014: If the Government Does Not Succeed in Killing Your Business, Than These Might. 

12:00 – 1:30 – Lunch Keynote - “Staying Innovative after 200 Years in Business” with Charlie Kittredge, Chairman and former CEO of Crane & Co.

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. - Concurrent workshops – Session B

  • Business: Innovation: Not the Same Old Same Old. 
  • Family: Discovering What Works for the Next Generation.
  • Ownership: ‘If I’d Only Known…’ Lessons Learned from the Trenches of a Family Business in Conflict.

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. - Concurrent workshops – Session C

  • Business: Now What? Dealing with Constant Change; A Marketer’s Perspective.
  • Family: Creating a Chain Reaction of Emotional Maturity: Emotional Process in Family Firm Leadership.
  • Ownership: Fraud Prevention: Keys to Protecting your Business.

Who should attend?

Business owners, entrepreneurs, next gen members & key stakeholders.

Registration: Includes breakfast, lunch and all conference materials.

FBI@UVM members – FREE

Non-members - $149/person (prior to November 4).

Non-member family rate - $249/family, up to 4 persons (prior to November 4). 

Solopreneur rate - $99/entrepreneur (less than 5 employees in business) 

Register Now!