UNC Asheville Family Business Forum

Dear business community,

In this time of social distancing, the Family Business Forum has suspended in-person monthly programs. The Family Business Forum is committed to helping business navigate these uncertain times in several ways.

One resource you can find here is a list of free online educational opportunities that are available through my network of family business directors.  I will keep this page updated so that you can find some online programs, Zoom Casts, webinars, and other content any time.  If you hear of other programs available for family businesses, please email sungert@unca.edu.   

Stay healthy, and hope to see you again soon!



From the UNC Asheville Family Business Forum: Business Considerations in the Wake of COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 7, 2 PM - 3 PM

Click here for a recording of the one-hour Zoom meeting with presenters Rollin Groseclose of Johnson Price Sprinkle and Sandra Dennison of SBTDC, discussing the implications of new legislation in the wake of COVID-19.

Click here for a copy of the presentation slides.

A list of the questions and answers posed to the presenters will be up shortly.


From the CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON CENTER FOR FAMILY BUSINESS: an upcoming presentation from Jenny Dinnen of the MacKenzie Corporation called Be Relevant, Stay Relevant, a series of three online modules. 



Accessing your Resilience: Real Stories and Tips for Family Businesses to Deploy in a Crisis Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 3 PM

COVID-19 Webinar - Navigating Your Family Enterprise Through Uncharted Waters Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 2 PM 



Connected Conversations:  Managing the Future of Uncertainty / Embracing the Uncertainty of the Future Wednesday, April 22, 12 PM (registration required)

Connected Conversations:  Managing Anxiety:  At Home, In Business (with John Engles!), May 6 at 12 PM


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

The FBF is the only ongoing professional development program specifically designed for family businesses in Western North Carolina. It is a member-driven organization; all of the programming and events are based on feedback from businesses telling us what they need to learn more about.

The Family Business Forum is grateful for the generous support of the SBTDC:      


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