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Family Business Management


SVSU cares about every student’s story. The Scott L. Carmona College of Business is particularly proud to equip the next generation of students to grow the legacy of their own family’s business. SVSU offers one of the few Family Business Management programs in the country and it's enhanced by an on-campus center for the family organizations. SVSU’s Stevens Center for Family Business connects Cardinals with family businesses throughout the region, ensuring that each student learns from thriving companies that have lasted generations and from the faculty who help struggling corporations weather transition. After completing the family business program at SVSU, students will have the vision and skill to contribute to their family’s business and lead it into the future with strength!

Cardinal Points

  • Less than 5% of business colleges globally are accredited by the AACSB-International—SVSU's Scott L. Carmona College of Business is one of them.

  • The new Scott L. Carmona College of Business will offer state-of-the-art facilities like the Bloomberg trading room, consumer behavior labs and other team project environments.

  • Students work with regional business leaders on projects that reflect real-world experiences.

SVSU's Family Business Management program explores the unique issues of managing a family-owned business. Topics include leadership, roles of family members in the business, succession strategies, governance, strategic growth, motivating and retaining key non-family employees and family culture.

Highlighted Courses

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


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Career Opportunities

Family Business Consultant
Manager of Family Businesses
Management Analysts

  • 7% projected growth for the employment of personal financial advisors with a bachelor’s degree. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $88,890 is the median yearly pay for personal financial advisors in the U.S.A. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a high job placement rate, SVSU prepares Family Business Management majors for far more than running their own family's business.

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.