About the Center for Family Business

Adding the complexities of a family and their needs to the dynamics of a competitive business can be a formidable challenge. The Center for Family Business helps students learn the potential pitfalls, solve complex interpersonal and family business issues, and plan for future family business success in an ever changing and increasingly more competitive environment. 

By providing high quality educational support and networking opportunities we help students understand the complex landscape of the family business to create greater harmony within the family and ensure continued success for the business.

Our programs and activities revolve around the needs and interests of students and other stakeholders and participants in family businesses.

Programs & Activities

Each year, the Northeastern University Center for Family Business recognizes family businesses across the state with the Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards. The awards program was created to promote and highlight some of the great achievements of Massachusetts-based, family-held businesses and entrepreneurs.

Recipients of the Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards are selected by a panel of independent judges based on the following criteria: business success, positive business and family linkages, multi-generational family involvement, contributions to the community and industry, and innovative business practices or strategies.

Last year's finalists representated a combined total of 1,375 years in business, with an average company age of 57 years.
The Center for Family Business crafts quality family business Executive Education programs each season. This series features an interactive dialogue between expert program facilitators, family business guest speakers, and family business attendees. The programs are designed to support the management, operation and long-term health and success of your family business.

Visit our Events page to view upcoming programs and register.
The Center's newsletter, Fambiz, provides family-owned firms with timely business, legal, insurance, investment, and tax planning ideas and offers insights on strengthening family business relationships and family systems.

Fambiz is the leading website for family business news. Center members receive unlimited access to this powerful, web-based search engine with hundreds of top articles and papers regarding family business.

Contact us to join our email list or to subscribe Fambiz today.
Piloted in January 2019, the Center produces a Webinar series that addresses a multitude of business topics from a family business perspective.

Our first installment was a program in three parts that focused on Attracting, Recruiting, and Retaining employees– Human Capital Strategies for 2019. Our second installment, Branding for Family Business, took place in July 2019.

If you missed the live events, you can still view the recorded series online!
Northeastern University Family Business Club, or FBC, is a home to all Northeastern University students who are interested in family business and/or wanting going to work for a prospective family business owner.

The purpose of Family Business Club is to provide the family business committee a chance to meet, to share, to enrich and to support each other to grow. We are here to build your confident when going into a family business.

Email: fbcneu@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NuFamilyBusinessClub
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FBC_NEU
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