Past Events

  • WD-40 and all its unusual uses

    One World - One Company - One Tribe

    Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 8:00am

    UNC Asheville, Sherrills Center, room 417

    In 1953, in a small lab in San Diego, California, the fledgling Rocket Chemical Company and its staff of three set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for use in the aerospace industry. It took them 40 attempts to get their water displacing formula to work, but on... Read More

  • Taking Stock

    A documentary screening about a family business.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 3:00pm

    Taking Stock is a documentary which explores the conflicted connections between business and family, community and country.  After the film, the film's creator and son of the shopkeeper will lead a discussion and answer questions. 

    The film follows Clive... Read More

  • How To Get What You Want - Without a Megaphone

    Yes, it can happen.

    Friday, April 20, 2018 - 8:00am

    UNC Asheville, Sherrill Center, room 417

    Working in a family business presents unique leadership challenges. What happens when generational differences impede progress? How does one initiate and effectively execute healthy transition conversations? How can leaders best manage the challenges and triumphs of individual responsibility and... Read More

  • Amazing War Stories

    Will your family be a fatality?

    Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:30am

    UNC Asheville, Sherrill Center, room 417

    Three attorneys walk into a room and tell war stories that could have been avoided in estate and succession planning.  No joke.

    Enjoy lunch, be entertained, amazed, and learn how to avoid being another family business diaster. Hear from a team at McGuire Wood and Bissette, among other... Read More

  • FBF Sponsors and Members are invited to attend selected activities

    Bridging the Gap Between Research and Reality

    Friday, June 9, 2017 - 7:30am

    Asheville Renaissance Hotel

    7:00am - 8:30am
    Breakfast Buffet                          
    Renaissance West Foyer
    7:30am - 8:30am

    Optional screening of “Milk Man: The Life andTimes of  Dairy Farmers”- a documentary about family owned dairies

    Salon A... Read More

  • FBF Sponsors and Members are invited to attend selected activities

    International Conference June 8-10, 2017

    Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

    Asheville Renaissance Hotel

    Poster Session I: review research finding from conference attendees
    Salon C , Renaissance Hotel

    5:00pm - 6:00pm                   
    Welcome Reception
    Patio, Renaissance Hotel

    ... Read More

  • If you do not start collecting things from yesterday

    . . . there will be no tomorrow

    Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:15pm

    Brunk Auction House, 117 Tunnel Road


    John Capers found a new passion after retiring, collecting. John will share the importance of preserving family history, heirlooms, and artifacts. He says, “If You Do Not Start Collecting Yesterday Today – There... Read More

  • Closing the Succession Gap

    Step by Step Guide

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 8:00am

    UNC Asheville, Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room

    "Succession Conversations: Who Says What to Whom, and How, and When?"
    Doing nothing about succession is quite often disastrous for family businesses. Yet many business owners, reluctant to give up control and preferring to live with ambiguity, decide that avoiding the... Read More

  • The Fed Speaks

    Economic Update from the Federal Reserve

    Monday, March 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

    UNC Asheville, Humanities Lecture Hall

    Matt Martin (pictured below) is a senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and a Charlotte regional executive. He is responsible for branch leadership and regional outreach in the Carolinas. He will join us in Asheville for the latest financial news and economic update.... Read More

  • Bridging the Gap with Red Carpet

    Friday, February 3, 2017 - 11:30am

    Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room


    Imagine a world where you did not have customers.  Instead, you have devoted fans who repeatedly purchase your products and services, give you rave reviews online, and proactively bring others customers to you, who then become devoted fans, too!  Learn from Donna Cutting who... Read More