Welcome to the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum

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There are three programs left in the spring semester and they are FREE to all!  If you thought about checking us out, now is the time because it won't cost you a thing. And the time you invest will be worth it!  See program details: https://fbf.unca.edu/speaker-series


What is the Family Business Forum? Born out of a desire to support and nurture family businesses in western North Carolina, the Family Business Forum provides professional education to help businesses succeed across generations.

Family owned businesses face unique issues. The mission of the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum (FBF), is to provide professional learning opportunities to help family-owned businesses maximize the overall well-being of their company and to assist with transition planning for the next generation of family ownership.

The Family Business Forum is the only ongoing professional development and awareness-raising environment specifically designed for family businesses in western North Carolina. The Family Business Forum is a member-driven organization. All Forum events are based on feedback from members. Membership in the Center is open to family and privately-held businesses.

More members mean:

• Different perspectives
• Broader experiences
• Greater relevance
• Better business relationships

Annual membership is structured for the size of your company.  Any family member, owner, or non-family employee may attend. All business owners are welcome to attend their first program for free.  Family businesses can also pay per program to attend.

The Family Business Forum also operates the regional service center of the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at UNC Asheville. The SBTDC is administered by NC State University and is operated in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All 11 regional service centers of the SBTDC are hosted by constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina.