Creighton's Center for Family Business to Hold First Event
Creighton University’s new Center for Family Business will host its first continental breakfast and talk from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, in the President’s Lounge at Morrison Stadium. Andrew Keyt, executive director of the Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago is the speaker.
Creighton’s Center for Family Business is designed to address the unique issues facing family owned businesses, such as maintaining work-life balance, bringing children into the business and succession planning. It will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and networking, while serving as a repository of information to assist families in the process of family ownership and transition.
Family businesses account for 50% of United States gross domestic product and 60% of the country’s employment. Only one in three family owned businesses successfully passes the torch to the next generation, and with more baby boomers planning to retire in the next 10 years, the risks associated with longevity in family businesses will be higher than ever.
“We hope to engage the greater Omaha community with thought-provoking speakers, forums, printed materials and internet access to resources for family businesses,” said Jerry Sherman, Ph.D., director of Creighton’s Center for Family Business. “The value of the center will increase as families add their experience to that of the business and academic community, along with the help and encouragement of our sponsors.”
Programs scheduled for 2008 include four breakfast sessions, a women’s luncheon, an award’s banquet and a half-day program on leadership. Family businesses can purchase center memberships and participate in events by calling Colleen Hendrick at (402) 280-5520.
For a complete schedule of events and more information about the Center for Family Business visit: http://www.creighton.edu/business/familybusiness/events/index.php